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One-Day Workshop: The Social Contract in an Era of (Post-)Neoliberalism and Populism
21st of June 2019, Department of Anthropology, UCL
Keynote speaker: Dr Sian Lazar (University of Cambridge)
Organisers: Miranda Sheild Johansson (UCL), Gwen Burnyeat (UCL)
We invite papers that contemplate the social contract through themes such as political change, the public good, bureaucracy, good governance, public policy, crime, social movements, state-society negotiations and fiscal relations, among others. We are open to exploratory papers in early stages of linking existing ethnographic data and analysis to a discussion of the social contract. This is an excellent opportunity for PhD and early career researchers to meet each other and receive feedback from our discussants and keynote speaker, and we anticipate that the workshop will result in a special issue proposal to a political anthropology journal.
The workshop will take place on Friday 21st of June and consist of three panels. Dr Sian Lazar will give a keynote at the end of the day. To participate please submit a title, abstract (max 250 words) and short bio or CV to Miranda [email protected] and Gwen [email protected] by Mon the 20th of May. We will inform all applicants of the outcome of their submissions by Friday the 24th of May. Lunch, tea/coffee will be provided and there is some funding for travel.
While 20th century contractarians, e.g. John Rawls, agree that state-society relations are not the result of actual contracts, but rather conquest, usurpation or gradual shifts in institutions that do not require a conscious opt-in, the social contract as a metaphor, or a set of mutual and varied expectations remains a powerful way for people, governments and social scientists to conceptualise state-society relations and assess political legitimacy. From notions of reciprocity (a citizen perceiving paying tax as a productive exchange with the state, Bjӧrklund Larsen 2018), and rejections of ‘the public’ under neoliberalism (citizens that prefer autonomy to state protection, Abelin 2012), to culture clashes brought on by competing logics of bureaucracy and everyday life (Mathur 2014), and contradictory affects and expectations towards states in conflict regions (Ramírez 2011), social contract theory is ever present in anthropological analysis. Today, in the context of global political transformations toward post-neoliberal and populist models, the concept has gained further traction. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together recent ethnographic research on state-society engagements to analyse the utility and meaning of the social contract today, both as an everyday emic category employed by research participants, and as a political philosophy category within anthropology.
Russell Sage Foundation Programs and Initiatives Currently Accepting Letters of Inquiry (Deadline: May 23, 2019): Behavioral Economics; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political and Economic Inequality; Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the ACA
The Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” The foundation now focuses exclusively on supporting social science research in its core program areas as a means of examining social issues and improving policies. Grants are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. Budget requests are limited to a maximum of $175,000 (including overhead) per project (max. 2 years). A detailed letter of inquiry must precede a full proposal. See http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply. Questions should be sent to [email protected].
The 2019 Global Business Anthropology Summit will be held in New York City at Fordham University, May 29-30, 2019.
The 2019 Global Business Anthropology Summit will bring together an international group of practitioners, scholars and industry experts to reflect upon future directions for the field, training priorities for the next generation, and ways to strengthen our global networks – all of which will enhance the value of anthropology applied to businesses.
The Global Business Anthropology Summit aims to:
advance thinking on the value of anthropological perspectives in business;
generate ways to spread appreciation of our work to academics, students, industry leaders, and the general public;
build community among scholars and practitioners.
To register for the summit, attendees MUST fill out the linked survey, and then they will be guided to the sign up page.
Registration and Attendance for the Summit are free.
We are pleased to announce the Call for Participation for the 2019 Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Meeting, October 17-19 in Portland, Oregon. Our conference theme is “The Profession of Sociological Practice.” Please see the text below and attached flyer. We would appreciate it greatly if you would forward this mail to colleagues in your department, and others who may be interested in attending a professional conference dedicated to advancing the social and behavioral sciences in work, occupations, professions, and organizations, as well as networking with applied, clinical, and engaged public sociologists, and other professionals, at the 2019 AACS Annual Meeting.
Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference, October 17-19, 2019. Portland, Oregon. Theme: “The Profession of Sociological Practice.” In the last quarter century, applied and clinical sociologists have marshalled significant momentum to “professionalize” sociological practice. Join sociologists who serve the public in sundry occupations in the academic and non-academic workplace and professional marketplace. Open to all sociologists, social and behavioral scientists, and professionals who use social and behavioral science in business and industry, government, and academia. AACS Annual Meetings attract practicing sociologists and other professionals from around the world who know how to make a difference.
We don’t just present “papers” at AACS – we look for innovation and creativity in content and presentation form. Consider leading a professional development workshop, panel, roundtable, or poster session. Proposals that address teaching with an applied focus are also invited. Do you have a project to submit for the Social Design Award? Learn More. Program participants are invited to submit their presentations to the Journal of Applied Social Science, AACS’s Official peer-refereed journal, for publication.
AACS has a reputation as a student-friendly Association. Our annual meetings offer mentoring opportunities for students. Students who attend AACS Annual Meetings are encouraged to submit their papers for the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competition. Student teams are welcome to participate in the Client Problem-solving Competition.
AACS pre-conference professional development workshops are available on Thursday afternoon for a modest additional charge for non-members. Registration includes welcome and closing receptions, complimentary breakfasts by Embassy Suites with stay, keynote and presidential luncheons, and refreshments.
The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with any of the five fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Applied.
Deadline: June 1, 2019.
There is no entry fee for this competition. Please email your entry of no more than three unpublished poems as a single pdf document to: [email protected] without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with the following information:
- NAME, TITLE, INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION (S)
- CONTACT INFO (ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL)
- POEM TITLE (S)
- ETHNOPOETRY STATEMENT*
The anonymous entry pdf must include an *ethnographic statement (of no more than 400 words) which connects the poem(s) submitted to anthropology which will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections. Examples of ethnographic statements can be found in the poems published in Anthropology and Humanism: (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anhu.12058/full).
Before you submit a manuscript to the competition, please consider exploring the work of the ethnographic poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination, vivid imagery, and musical approaches to fresh language, risk-taking, and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience. We seek a layer of trust concerning the writer’s experience and perspective as both anthropologist and creative writer, one who is ethically responsible in terms of representing the other, one who is able to locate his or her reader in the context of the ethnographic study and reveal anthropological themes associated with any of the fields of anthropology.
Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 20-24, 2019. The first-place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. (Note that Membership in AAA or an institutional subscription is required for digital access to the journal and SHA membership with the paid print option is required to receive a print issue.)
JUDGES: Ather Zia, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Leah Zani & Nomi Stone
The Society for Humanistic Anthropology is pleased to announce that we are opening our annual writing contest for Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. We celebrate the use of creative literary prose genres to explore anthropological concerns, and we encourage you to share your work with us.
As a guideline, ethnographic fiction and creative nonfiction use literary elements to bring stories to life and engage the reader. Whether fiction or nonfiction, these creative prose pieces reflect insights about the real world seen through an anthropological lens or reflecting an anthropological sensibility (related to any field of anthropology).
Submissions should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced, and need to work as stand-alone stories. There is a limit of one submission per applicant.
We do expect contestants to be affiliated with the field or practice of anthropology and/or ethnography in some manner. There is no entry fee for this competition.
Submission deadline is June 1, 2019. Submissions must be previously unpublished and not currently under consideration elsewhere.
Please email your entry as two pdf documents to: [email protected]
The entry should consist of two files:
- Your story (double spaced) with title but without the author’s name (anonymized), PLUS an extra final page with a statement of no more than 400 words that answers the question: “How is this piece anthropologically informed and in what ways has your background in the field contributed to it?” This statement will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.
- A separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, mailing address, email address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable).
JUDGES: Julia Offen (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Editor, Anthropology and Humanism), John Wood (Professor, University of North Carolina Asheville), Katrina Daly Thompson (Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison), Caitrin Lynch (Professor, Olin College), and Helle Bundgaard (Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen).
Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 20-24, 2019.
The first-place winner will receive an award of $100 and publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The second-place winner will receive $75. And the third-place winner will receive $50. All winners will receive a certificate of their award.
7th CONGRESS OF THE PORTUGUESE ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Lisbon, 4-7 June, 2019 (NOVA – School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Submission of paper proposals: until January 7, 2019
The period for submission of paper proposals is open until January 7, 2019. The 7th Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association (APA) will take place between June 4 and 7, 2019 in Lisbon, at NOVA – School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. To submit a paper proposal to the congress, proponents should first consult the list of approved panels and identify the most appropriate panel for their paper proposal. Paper proposals should be addressed directly to the panel coordinators using the contacts provided with the detailed information of each panel.
List of approved panels: http://apa2019.apantropologia.org/en/approved-panels/
Rules to submit a paper proposal: http://apa2019.apantropologia.org/en/call-for-papers/
The 7th APA congress aims to discuss the condition of being human and being in the world today, 2019. A year of a possible calendar among many other available. Without identifying themes, reference words, categories or classifications, 2019 marks a stage in the social and natural history of the planet. The openness suggested in an ‘untitled’ congress also points to an anthropology without conceptual, thematic or epistemological boundaries. It is life in itself that interests anthropology, anthropologies, thinking the gerund of human existence, others and the rest from multiple interpretive possibilities. After all, anthropology is practiced on everything and everyone in a project of knowledge that remains inexhaustible in terms of what exists and is to come.
By simply proposing 2019, APA recognizes that the terrain of anthropology goes beyond the most obvious – on the most immediate scales of perception possible from the condition of being human. In a time when we also talk about societal, anthropocentric, climate change or end of the world challenges, the intentionally open proposal is an invitation to think about everything that affects the past, present and future unequally lived by humans and nonhumans.
2019 marks the 30 years of APA as an Association that represents anthropology and anthropologists who speak Portuguese or who work in Portugal. It is a congress celebrating a journey seen as a process under construction and for which so many have contributed. May 2019 be the first of more 30 years of Portuguese anthropology in the world.
Further information: http://apa2019.apantropologia.org/
October 3-6, 2019
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department of Anthropology 50th Anniversary
As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Anthropology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites colleagues and collaborators, current students and alumni, faculty past and present, as well as scholars, practitioners, and activists near and far to join us for a four-day conference from October 3rd through October 6th.
At this moment of escalating precarity and deepening inequalities, of resurgent nativisms, social dislocations, and ongoing colonialism—and with climate change threatening life as we know it—we seek to explore how to mobilize anthropological theory and methods to make sense of and respond to these conditions. How might we identify and work toward alternatives?
We seek proposals for academic sessions, papers, workshops, and special events. We have also planned exciting plenaries, community engaged workshops, dinners and socials, and events that reflect on the history of the department.
Conference Events and Themes
Our conference theme, Engaging Anthropology, is meant to highlight the importance of ongoing engagements with the many challenges of the day. In line with our department’s history and the field’s diversity of orientations towards research, teaching, and practice, sessions around our theme of Engaging Anthropology might include any of these areas (though you need not limit your submissions to these areas).
- Bio-Cultural Synthesis
- New Directions in Archaeology and Social Justice
- Marxism today
- Engaged Pedagogy
- Evolutionary Anthropology
- Critical Heritage Studies
- Activism and Organizing
- Medical Anthropology and Global Health
- Whiteness and Racism
- Feminist & Queer Theory’s impact for Anthropology
- Indigenous Epistemologies & Methods
- Anthropology of Europe
- Political Ecology and Environmental Anthropology
Distinguished Lecturer in the Anthropology of Europe
Lilith Mahmud, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California Irvine
Archaeology of the 21st Century
Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Black Feminism Today
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amanda Walker Johnson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dana-Ain Davis, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate Center, CUNY
Engaging the Present, Envisioning the Future
Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Stephen Healy, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University and member of the Community Economies Collective.
Registration and Proposal Submission
You are invited to attend as a general participant. We also seek papers, presentations, events, workshops, posters, and other activities that engage the discipline of anthropology in critical dialogue and mobilize anthropological theory and methods towards transformative practice.
Click here for general registration, abstract submission, and for more information.
Please contact the conference planning committee at [email protected] with questions or for additional information.
Join the Facebook event site at https://www.facebook.com/events/225899184991945/ or visit the conference page for updates https://www.umass.edu/anthro/engaging-anthropology
Russell Sage Foundation
Visiting Scholars Fellowship for Academic Year 2020-2021
Application Deadline: June 27, 2019
The Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic, political and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the foundation in New York City. The foundation annually awards up to 17 residential fellowships to scholars who are at least several years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the foundation’s core programs and special initiatives. The fellowship period is September 1st through June 30th. Scholars are provided with an office at the foundation, computers, library access, supplemental salary support, and some limited research assistance. Scholars from outside NYC are provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF. See http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/visiting-scholars-program. Questions should be directed to James Wilson, Program Director, at [email protected].
THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES (AIIS) is a non-profit consortium of eighty-six American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India in all of its complexity. AIIS invites applications from scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India in 2020-21.
JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months.
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Available to scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree, either for long-term (six to nine months) or short-term (four months or less) periods.
SENIOR SCHOLARLY/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIPS
Available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India.
SENIOR CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIPS
Available to practitioners of the arts of India.
Note: Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for AIIS fellowships as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at a college or university in the U.S. This provision is not required for U.S. citizens who apply for senior or performing/creative arts fellowships.
July 1, 2019