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Jul
31
Sun
Call for Papers: Migration, Mobile Goods and Trade Networks in the Caucasus @ Friedrich Schiller University
Jul 31 all-day

Migration is one of the most popular strategies of coping with poverty among citizens from the Caucasus. In addition to economic factors, migration forms a set of practices aimed at securing social security and personal development. Political changes and economic crises within host countries affect migration patterns and the circulation of goods. At the same time, migration dynamics have an impact on changes in border policy, attitude towards migrants and labour market regulations. For those involved, human mobility creates translocal and transnational ties (or networks) that pave the way for the circulation of goods and enable or facilitate movement of immobile people. For people in the Caucasus, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, social networks in their multiple localities play a crucial role in establishing livelihood strategies and ways of operating in domestic economies. Social networks affect not only migration flows from the Caucasus but also influence the kind of survival tactics migrants employ while abroad. In this light, we are interested in how migration chains and communities are built and how they function.

The circulation of goods is embedded in social activities as a way of bridging and not bridging networks. Within this framework, we would like to address the following questions during the conference: What kind of impact does migration and the circulation of mobile goods have on mobile and immobile people from the Caucasus? How does this impact effect the relations between South Caucasian states and societies and external entities such as the Russian Federation and the EU?

This international conference will be organised as part of the EU-FP7 CASCADE project by the working group dedicated to issues of migration, mobilities and poverty in the Caucasus. We invite scholars from different disciplines, who are exploring migration, mobile goods and trade networks in the Caucasus and beyond. The conference is funded by the EU’s 7th FWP project CASCADE. Paper proposals (250 words) together with a short bio (100 words) should be submitted in English by 31 July 2016 to Tamar Khutsishvili (tamar.khutsishvili@uni-jena.de) Weronika Zmiejewski (weronika.zmiejewski@uni-jena.de) and Annika Jooß (annika.jooss@uni-jena.de). The authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 15 August 2016 and asked to submit an extended outline of their presentation (ca. 2000 words) by 18 October 2016 that then will be shared among the presenters, chairs and discussants. The conference will take place in Jena (Friedrich Schiller University) on 18 and 19 November 2016. Travel to, and accommodation in Jena will be funded for the authors of accepted papers.

Call for Papers: Mistrust, Mobilities, Insecurities Conference @ Friedrich Schiller University
Jul 31 all-day

This international conference will be organised as part of the EU-FP7 CASCADE project by the working group dedicated to issues of migration, mobilities and poverty in the Caucasus.

The central notion to be explored during the conference is mistrust. In contrast to the notion of trust, which has become popular as a social phenomenon in the social sciences of late, the notion of mistrust is mostly overlooked. If at all, mistrust is investigated as the flip side of trust, as an annoying absence and a societal failure. In this vein, post-Soviet citizens such as those from the Caucasus are depicted as notoriously deficient: alienated from the state due to the Soviet past they are still haunted by, incapable of creating a genuine civil society, unwilling to follow the rule of law, relying on personal networks and relations rather than the state apparatus, predisposed to corruption. The most pressing question thus seems to be how to restore trust in the state, and how to foster trust in civil agents and free markets.

With this conference, we intend to take a step back and explore what people actually do when they mistrust. Particular attention will be paid to how mistrust relates to poverty, insecurity and (voluntary as well as involuntary) forms of mobility as widespread experiences in the post-Soviet Caucasus and beyond. We also ask for the constructive potential of practices of mistrust. Can we identify communities of mistrust? May mistrust be culturally coded? If so, what is particular about these codes? Does the sharing of mistrust create new forms of legitimacy?

The conference is funded by the EU’s 7th FWP project CASCADEPaper proposals (250 words) together with a short bio (100 words) should be submitted in English by 31 July 2016 to Florian Mühlfried (florian.muehlfried@uni-jena.de) and Annika Jooß (annika.jooss@uni-jena.de). The authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 15 August 2016 and asked to submit a draft of their paper by 16 October 2016 that will then be spread among the presenters, chairs and discussants.

The conference will take place in Jena (Friedrich Schiller University) on 16 and 17 November 2016. Travel to, and accommodation in Jena will be funded for the authors of accepted papers. Selected papers of the conference will be published in an edited volume dedicated to the anthropology of mistrust.

Aug
1
Mon
Call For Papers: Research in Economic Anthropology
Aug 1 all-day

Call for Papers — Research in Economic Anthropology, Volume 37

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Anthropological papers with an economic focus are now being sought for Volume 37 of Research in Economic Anthropology, the oldest series in the world exclusively dedicated to economic anthropology.

Although a broad range of articles and essays can be accepted for consideration, preference will be granted to manuscripts that draw on original ethnographic or archaeological research (i.e., empirical case studies).

In principle, initial submissions should be under 10,000 words. Initial submissions should be 2x or 1.5x spaced, and all images/figures (with captions) need to be included in the document. An abstract of 100-200 words is also needed, and all works cited should be included in a references section at the end. Self-identification should be avoided if possible.

Please submit papers directly to the editor, Donald Wood, at wood@med.akita-u.ac.jp

Aug
3
Wed
30th Brazilian Association of Anthropology’s Biennial Meeting
Aug 3 – Aug 6 all-day

The website of the 30th Brazilian Association of Anthropology’s Biennial Meeting is now online: http://www.30rba.abant.org.br/site/capa
ABA’s 2016 Biannual Meeting will happen in João Pessoa city, from 3rd-6th August.
An English version of the site will go up shortly.

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship Opportunities
Aug 3 all-day

I am writing to update you on the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship opportunities for U.S. scholars in India for the 2017-18 academic year.  I hope this may inspire you to share the information with outstanding faculty on your campus or in your organization.

India, as you may know, has the largest U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program in the world.  Over the past few years, USIEF has expanded its grant categories for scholars and professionals and added some new grant benefits:

  • USIEF has introduced Postdoctoral Fellowships for candidates who have earned a doctorate degree in the last five years.
  • Grants for teaching, teaching/research, and research have been combined under Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence award category which is open to faculty and professionals in all disciplines.
  • “Flex grants” allow faculty the opportunity to conduct research in India during shorter in-country stays, over the course of two years.
  • Distinguished Chair awards, designed for eminent scholars with substantial teaching experience, offer the opportunity to travel to prominent institutions in India to deliver guest lectures and participate in conferences and workshops.
  • USIEF provides a dependent education allowance up to $10,000.

For more information on grant options and benefits for scholars and professionals, visit the CIES website. The application deadline is August 3, 2016.

Recently, many U.S. institutions have developed strategic plans to guide their engagement in India.  Each year dozens of U.S. university delegations visit India on fact-finding missions to determine the most effective way to engage with their counterparts here. A Fulbright-Nehru grant is an excellent way to seed potential long-term partnerships with Indian institutions.  In fact, each year we have grantees whose research collaborations and other joint efforts lead to active engagement at an institutional level.

We hope you will assist us in identifying worthy applicants for our fellowship programs.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about these opportunities.  We hope to welcome you and your colleagues to India someday soon.

Aug
15
Mon
Call for Proposals: Sustainability and Transformation @ University of Glasgow
Aug 15 – Oct 4 all-day

Sustainability and Transformation

University of Glasgow, UK • July 12-14, 2017
Organized by the Council for European Studies

Call for Proposals

Europe is currently sinking into its deepest morass since the 1960s. Questions about the sustainability of European political economies, social solidarity, party systems, values, and the project of European integration abound. With the British voting to leave the European Union, and powerful political forces in other member states pressing for similar moves, the future of the EU is on the line. Paraphrasing the famous quote from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s great novel The Leopard, “for things to remain the same, everything must change.” Many argue: if Europe is to reinvigorate its economy, society, politics, and culture, transformations are necessary.

Sustainability, a concept borrowed from and often linked to ecology, refers to the capacity to survive, to remain diverse and productive into the foreseeable future. We invite panels and proposals that investigate the sustainability of current European policies, dynamics, and an integrated Europe, as well as proposals that explore ways political actors can promote or damage sustainability. Threats to sustainability often emerge from exclusive attention to improving efficiency, reducing risk, boosting legitimacy, or strengthening social cohesion at the local level (at the expense of the survival of the wider system in which these efforts are embedded). Companies that successfully pursue profit threaten their natural and social environment. Investors who hedge their own risk endanger financial markets. National politicians who pander to voters and shun international responsibilities to keep power imperil the global order. Efforts to achieve ethnic, regional, and national unity by fanning tribalism and xenophobia fracture relationships with other groups and generate largescale conflicts. 
Are the refugee policies of the European states sustainable in the long run, or will short-term solutions destabilize Europe as a whole? Can the current policies governing the management of the European monetary union work for both individual countries and the entire union in the end? Has Brexit ushered in a phase of European disintegration? Are we entering a world of great volatility where decisions lead to unpredictable chain reactions?

Transformation refers to major change, in either form or substance. We invite panels and proposals that investigate the transformations Europe currently faces, as well as the major changes required to respond to them. For example, emerging technology is on the verge of making renewable energy viable; advances in genetics are confronting European societies with new ethical and medical dilemmas; the combined power of communication technology and artificial intelligence is now poised to profoundly reorganize the way people live, think and work and even the way crime and terrorism occur or can be averted. Dramatic shifts in the transnational movement of people and the demographic profile of European societies are intersecting to create new challenges for European politicians and citizens. The drift towards right-wing populism and the revival of nationalism are destabilizing democratic political institutions. These transformations are posing difficult problems and call for other major changes that deliver sustainable solutions.

Proposals may be submitted from August 15th to October 4th, 2016. Priority will be given to panel submissions. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by January 9th, 2017. Information on how to submit proposals will be posted on the CES website and disseminated through its newsletter.

 

Conference Information:

Questions about the sustainability of European political economies, social solidarity, party systems, values, and the project of European integration abound. With the British voting to leave the European Union, and powerful political forces in other member states pressing for similar moves, the future of the EU is on the line. Many argue: if Europe is to reinvigorate its economy, society, politics, and culture, transformations are necessary.

We invite panels and proposals that investigate the transformations Europe currently faces, as well as the major changes required to respond to them. We also invite panels and proposals that investigate the sustainability of current European policies, dynamics, and an integrated Europe, as well as proposals that explore ways political actors can promote or damage sustainability.

 

Practical Information:

Proposals may be submitted from August 15-October 4, 2016. Priority will be given to panel submissions. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by January 9, 2017. Information on how to submit proposals will be posted on the CES website.

 

For more details:

Aug
19
Fri
World Humanitarian Day @ Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE
WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY

Friday, 19 August 2016, 10.00 am
Room XX

Please save the date for the forthcoming commemoration of the World Humanitarian Day, scheduled to take place on Friday, 19 August 2016 in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (Room XX) at the Palais des Nations.

The commemoration, held under the theme “Youth in Humanitarian Action” will include a panel discussion from 10.00 to 11.30 am,  followed by a solemn commemoration ceremony outside of Room XX and a reception at 12.00 noon.

More information, together with the official invitation will be sent shortly.

Aug
20
Sat
Call for Panels and Papers: Conference of the Czech Association for Social Anthropology
Aug 20 all-day

4th Biennial Conference of the Czech Association for Social Anthropology (CASA): AMBIGUITY

 

Call for Panels and Papers

Social anthropology produces a specific kind of knowledge with sensitivity to ambiguities or even contradictions. The deeper anthropologists immerse themselves into local modes of thinking and action, the more likely paradoxes and ambiguities arise and scholars face the challenge of representing them. Such phenomena may be perceived as constitutive parts of social reality, results of semiosis or epistemic orientation of researchers who prefer to reflect upon their doubt and uncertainty. Sensitivity to ambiguity may even embody one of the key features of the discipline. While some anthropological traditions view ambiguity as a foundation and guiding principle of research entangled with indeterminacy of human and non-human agency, others attempt to tame it via causal reasoning, formal graphs or models. Public discourses, which stem from the economy of knowledge requiring clarity and unequivocalness, often suppress ambiguity. They expect results of anthropological research to be translated, evaluated, and applied.

We invite proposals for thematic panels as well as individual papers that would relate to the central theme of the conference. Ambiguity provides an arena for various kinds of anthropological reasoning about the world from ontology to the relationship between anthropology and media. Conference sessions may map various conceptualizations of ambiguity, its epistemic, methodological, or ethical dimensions, impact on research praxis, education or public. Also, we welcome proposals for panels or papers representing current Czech anthropological research that does not directly relate to the central theme of the conference. However, we request authors of such proposals to clearly state this at the time of submission.

 

PROPOSALS
Proposals should include the names of author(s), institutional affiliation, and abstract (250 words max.) and be submitted via e-mail to 2016conference@casaonline.cz. Authors will be notified within 5 days of the submission deadline about acceptance/rejection of their proposals. Panel organisers are welcome to submit a proposal including a list of participants but are advised to keep the panel open for other proposals throughout the submission period. The list of all panels will be published by July 31 on the web of CASA.

 

FEE
250 CZK / 10 EUR
Conference fee will be payable by bank transfer

Free for:
• CASA members (who have their 2016 membership fee paid at the time of submission)
• Students and scholars affiliated to the Faculty of Arts, Charles University
• Scholars affiliated to the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences.

Aug
29
Mon
Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference 2016
Aug 29 @ 6:05 pm – Sep 1 @ 7:05 pm

The 2016 Conference has as its theme, Pathmaking. It is hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. This is the first time the conference has been co-hosted by an anthropology department and a school of business. Pathmaking emphasizes the sharing of academic insights deriving from the theory and practice of ethnography, and international best practices in business and industry.

EPIC will have a tremendous variety of presentations in many formats: internationally known keynote speakers, paper presentations, PechaKucha events, tutorials and salons.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Sherry and Sherry—John F. Sherry and John W. Sherry Jr. will engage in a Keynote Duo. Both Messrs. Sherry have Ph.D.s in Anthropology. John F. Sherry is Herrick Professor of Marketing at Notre Dame University, and John W. Sherry Jr. is Director of the Experience Innovation Lab at Intel Corporation. Both are extensively published. John F. Sherry’s many publications on marketing, including Explorations in Consumer Culture Theory (Routledge, 2008), and Contemporary Marketing and Consumer Behavior: An Anthropological Sourcebook (SAGE, 1995) are used in business schools and boardrooms throughout the world. John W. Sherry Jr. began his career studying Navaho activism, Land, Wind and Hard Words: A Story of Navaho Activism.  Since 2001 he has been involved with consumer research, UX Design and Business Innovation at Intel.

Eric Weiner is the bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss (Twelve, 2008), Man Seeks God (Twelve, 2012) and The Geography of Genius,(Simon and Schuster, 2016) in which he traveled throughout the world to discover how creative genius emerges at specific times and in specific places. In The Geography of Bliss, Weiner discovers how different countries and cultures pursue happiness. He was a correspondent for many years for National Public Radio where he was based in New Delhi, Tokyo and Jerusalem

Karen Ho is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University. Her primary fieldwork was conducted among Wall Street Banking and Investment firms. Her internationally praised book, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke, 2009) details the culture of Wall Street financiers and workers, and is a major contribution to the anthropology of finance. Professor Ho has appeared widely in international media commenting on economy and culture.

James H. Gilmore—Founder and director of the company Strategic Horizons, Mr. Gilmore is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of The Experience Economy (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011), Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Harvard Business Review Press, 2007), and author of Look: A Practical Guide for Improving your Observational Skills (Greenleaf, 2016), which will be “launched” at the opening reception of EPIC.

PAPERS, PECHAKUCHA, CASE STUDIES, SALONS AND TUTORIALS

Papers EPIC will feature five paper sections , all focusing on Ethnography: Ethnography/Analytics, Ethnography/Carnivalesque, Ethnography/Emerging Consumers, Ethnography/Innovation and Ethnography/Organizations and Change. Papers will present research on a wide variety of topics ranging from e-cigarettes, consumer life in Tamil Nadu, India, social business in Brazil, cooking in Africa, the anthropology of “wearables,” and organizational culture for service design.

Pechakucha is a special presentational format in which presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each. It creates exciting sessions with highly concentrated content. Some of the 20 Pechakucha titles to be presented are: “The Flat World.” “Living Comfortably in Glass Houses.” “Locating Ourselves in the Liminal,” “What I think  About when I think about Running.” and “Working For It” Feminist Art and Ethnography”

Case Studies will present real-world examples showing how ethnographic methods will be used to address specific product, service or organizational issues. These case studies will cover a wide range of international topics from problems of creating collaboration between organizations, developing human centered Practices in New Organizational Contexts, Dealing with the bureaucracy in India, plus size fashion for women, and self-driving cars.

Tutorials—Seven tutorial sessions will allow EPIC attendees to expand their knowledge and skills in small sessions with limited enrollment. Topics include: MBA Basics: How to Think Like a Business, Anthropological Theory for Ethnography in Business, Ethnographic Thinking for Social Change, Decoding Organizational Change, Semiotics: A User’s Guide to Seeing Differently, Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy, and Structuring Analysis for Innovation.

Salons—will involve small group discussions on topics that are pressing for the community of ethnographic practitioners engaged in or interested in business applications. These will include: Strategy and AGILE Research Methods, De-skilling Revisited, Ethics Workshop, Working for Social Change and Ethography & Quantified Self.

BUSINESS STRATEGY SERIES

On Monday, August 29 a special group of classes will be held by distinguished faculty from the Carleson School of Management of the University of Minnesota. These constitute a “mini-MBA” for those who would like to obtain additional business skills. The classes will be: Strategic Thinking, Leading through Quality: Strategy and Execution and Pathmaking Pricing.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

In addition to these sessions, there will be a number of social events, including a visit to the Minnesota State Fair, the largest in the nation, for the EPIC conference dinner, a number of receptions and many opportunities to meet other ethnographic practitioners.

The city of Minneapolis is one of the most important commercial centers in the nation, with more Fortune 100 Companies per capita than any other urban area in America. The city is full of beautiful parks, bicycle paths and hiking trails, wonderful restaurants and an outstanding array of cultural attractions. The 2016 American Anthropological Association Meetings will be held here from November 16-20.

Much more information on EPIC, including paper abstracts and a detailed schedule as well as registration information can be found at the Conference web site, epicpeople.org/2016. EPIC is also a membership organization, and Conference discounts are available to all who join.

 

William O. Beeman
Conference Chair

Sep
1
Thu
Call for Papers: The Feminine Mystic
Sep 1 all-day

Call for Papers: The Feminine Mystic: American Prophetesses and the Politics of Religious Experience

June 9-11, 2017

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon

Marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State in 1917, The Feminine Mystic is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the significance of women’s religious authority in American political and cultural contexts from the early republic through the long nineteenth century. Special consideration will be given to the Shakers’ celibacy and gender separation in relation to their efforts to establish women’s authority from their landing in New York from Manchester in 1774. The Shaker experience illuminates the troubled, contingent, and fundamentally disunified idea of an American union in contour and counterpoint, and in prologue to the 19th-century heterodoxies of Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen White, Helena Blavatsky and other women whose political agency took forms of ecstatic prophecy, alternative theology, and visionary epistemology. Diverse in doctrine, these women align in their similar relation to structures of power and strategies for critiquing those structures. This conference, hosted jointly by Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, invites papers in history, literature, theology, gender studies, American studies, and other areas of the humanities and social sciences about any aspect of women’s religious experience in the United States in the late 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries; the intersection of religious and political contexts for women; the bearing of that intersection upon the suffrage movement, the prohibition movement, and other causes; and literary and visual representations of women’s political and religious commitments during the period. Papers on the antecedents or after-effects of these themes in the earlier 18th or later 20th-21st centuries are also welcome.

Please email an abstract of no more than 200 words to Professor Katie Boswell at kboswell@simons-rock.edu by September 1, 2016.