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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
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.
The HCRR program includes two funding categories: Implementation and Foundations. More information can be found here.
Application available: May 16, 2019
Optional Draft due: June 4, 2019
Application due: July 16, 2019
Expected notification date: April 30, 2020
Project start date: June 1, 2020
Contested Identities: Critical Conceptualisations of the Human
November 22–23, 2019
The South African Society for Critical Theory (SASCT) invites abstract submissions of up to 500 words for its 3rd Annual Conference which will take place at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, from the 22nd to the 23rd of November 2019.
SASCT invites papers which address the vexed notion of the “human” in the contemporary age. As part of such considerations, this conference welcomes papers that consider the possibilities and pitfalls of identity theory in relation to Critical Theory. What analytic and conceptual resources does identity politics offer Critical Theory? What might a critical analysis of identity politics reveal? Do identity politics serve as an instance of a process whereby we come to view our own individuality in terms of pre-constructed cultural categories? What stance should Critical Theory adopt towards identity politics?
This conference also welcomes papers that explore the concept of “the human” and “human nature” from a critical perspective. What, for instance, might we construe as “essential” human characteristics? Is critical reason to be understood as such a characteristic? Is the question of the “human’ even meaningful any longer? Would the attempt to define the “human” in its present historico-social conditions enable us to map its future trajectory? Would the attempt to formulate such a definition facilitate liberation or merely serve a repressive ideological function? If the “human” or “human nature” are no longer meaningful categories, then what is it that Critical Theory aims to liberate? Has the technological mediation of existence altered our understanding of humanity? In short, what is the future of the “human”?
The conference welcomes approaches from all aspects of Critical Theory, broadly construed. In particular, the conference welcomes papers that address issues relating to: African Critical Theory, Digital Culture, the intersections between Critical Theory of European origin (Frankfurt School, Foucault, etc.), Black Existentialism, and Africana Critical Theory as well as contributions on any and all aspects of Critical Theory, e.g. the 3 generations of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Postcolonial Theory, De-colonial Theory, Critical Feminism, Critical Film Studies, Critical Race Theory, Critical Theory of Technology, Critical Legal Studies, Post-structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Critical Hermeneutics, Liberation Theory, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Theology, Critical Anthropology, etc.
The Conference organisers would also appreciate papers that address thinkers whose work lies outside the “canon” of Critical Theory, but whose work can extend current research in Critical Theory or whose work in itself embodies alternative forms of Critical Theory. Whilst the organisers encourage contributions that address the conference theme, the theme itself should be viewed as merely suggestive.
Please submit abstracts to [email protected] by the 7th September 2019 Acceptance letters will be sent by the 21st of September at the latest.
Should you have queries regarding any aspect of the conference then please do not hesitate to contact the conference organising committee.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is open and accepting applications for academic year 2020-2021! Whether you plan to conduct independent research, teach students, or pursue a professional project, Fulbright makes a real and lasting impact. Fulbright Scholars return to their home institutions with enhanced career prospects, ideas for future collaborations, and a truly global perspective. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to share knowledge and serve as a cultural ambassador through Fulbright. The deadline to apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is September 16th, 2019.
There are many options for awards focusing on Anthropology and Archaeology including the following:
Czech Republic: Fulbright-Palacky University Distinguished Chair
Egypt: American University in Cairo
Peru: All Disciplines
Ukraine: Cultural Resource Management
For the full list of related awards, click here.
Join us for a live webinar focused on Fulbright US Scholar Program Opportunities including Anthropology and Archaeology. Register below:
May 22, 2019 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Team
Contact: [email protected]
Just Code: Power, Inequality, and the Global Political Economy of IT
Just Code is a one and a half day CBI symposium/workshop on how code—construed broadly, from software routines to bodies of law and policy—structures and reinforces power relations. It will explore the often invisible ways that individuals and institutions use software, algorithms, and computerized systems to establish, legitimize, and reinforce widespread social, material, commercial, and cultural inequalities and power imbalances. The event will also examine how individuals, unions, political organizations, and other institutions use code to fight for equality and justice. Other major themes include the (pre-)history of code/algorithmic thinking; code as means of concealment or secret communications; codes of conduct in business, governance, and culture related to IT and its institutions (local and global exploitation through imperialism, human rights violations, and environmental degradation); and codes of ethics in information technology. The papers will draw from across the humanities and qualitative social sciences, including disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, geography, and communications. We anticipate that papers (collectively) will examine a wide range of themes in the global business, cultural, social, legal, and environmental history of the political economy of information technology. Papers will be pre-circulated (among presenters) and we have plans to publish revised papers (after editorial and peer review) as an edited volume in the Springer History of Computing Book Series.
Submission and Dates
Proposals should include a two-page curriculum vitae and a 300 to 450 word abstract (as a single PDF) that highlights the key argument(s), connection of the paper to the symposium’s topic/themes, and a description of core methods/sources. This should be sent to cbi at umn.edu (please have your last name in the file name and use the subject line “Just Code Symposium Proposal”).
Deadline for Paper Proposals is Oct. 15, 2019 (notifications will be made within 30 days)
Deadline for Submission of Papers (for those offered and accepting a place on the program) is March 31, 2020 (papers will only be pre-circulated to fellow presenters/panelists on the program, not to all registrants).
Those offered and accepting a spot on the program will have to commit to participating in the entire workshop, revising their work based on feedback from peers at the event and the organizers/editors, and submitting it for consideration to the planned edited volume.
For those offered and accepting a place on the symposium’s program (presenters/panelists), CBI will cover the cost of 2 nights lodging at a nearby hotel (walking distance to CBI), lunch, and an event dinner. Early career presenters on the program (graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty) can apply for CBI travel grants of $300 to partially offset their travel costs (done as a reimbursement/partial reimbursement). Please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these travel grants at the bottom of your abstract. The program will commence at 8:30 AM on Friday May 8 and conclude at 12:30 PM on Saturday May 9. Registration is automatic for everyone on the program.
For those wanting to attend who are not presenting, the symposium’s registration is free and open to CBI Friends (and those who become CBI Friends), and to students, academic staff, and faculty of the Univ. of Minnesota. Lunch is provided for all who register. The event dinner is only for those on the program. Information on becoming a CBI Friend is at http://www.cbi.umn.edu/about/friends.html
Registration form for those attending but not presenting. The size will be capped, so we encourage registering far in advance. https://forms.gle/KK5n37jhN1Mdnyxp9
The event will be at CBI–Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 80th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 17-21, 2020. The theme of the Program is “Cultural Citizenship and Diversity in Complex Societies.”
The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2019. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page (www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/).
Society for Ethnomusicology 2019 Annual Meeting – Bloomington, IN, Nov 7-10, 2019
The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 64th Annual Meeting on November 7-10, 2019, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The meeting will be hosted by Indiana University in conjunction with the IU Bicentennial (1820-2020). For the Call for Proposals, abstract submission instructions, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM 2019 area of the SEM website (www.ethnomusicology.org).
In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, two concurrent pre-conference symposia will be presented on November 6: “Film as Ethnography, Activism, and Public Work in Ethnomusicology” and “Heritage and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin American Brass Bands.”
Visit the conference website for more information about the Annual Meeting, pre-conference symposia, online registration, and hotel accommodations.