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Nov
15
Fri
Cuba Ethnographic Field School 2020
Nov 15 all-day

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria is organizing for another year the Cuba Ethnographic field school from July 13 to August 3, 2020.

This year’s theme is Audio-Vision in Revolution. While exploring audio-visual methodologies, participants will discover some of the unique contemporary cultural practices and social dynamics that characterize the biggest island in the Caribbean. The field school Contemporary Cuban Culture (ANTH 393) and Qualitative and Audio-Visual Field Methods in Ethnography (ANTH 395).

For more information and application package, please visit the Department of Anthropology’s website or contact the main organizer of the field school, Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier ([email protected]).

Application deadline: November 15, 2019

Nov
20
Wed
2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting @ Vancouver Convention Center
Nov 20 – Nov 24 all-day

Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice//Changer d’air : Lutte, collaboration et justice

We are thrilled to announce the theme of the joint AAA/CASCA 2019 Meeting to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice / Changer d’air: Lutte, collaboration et justice. This theme was developed through a collaborative effort by the Executive Program Committee, which includes members of both CASCA and the AAA.

 

ENGLISH VERSION

“Changing Climates / Changer d’air”: AAA and CASCA are collaborating for the first time to host the 2019 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Executive Program Committee invites anthropologists and their collaborators to examine how we engage with communities around issues of change over time, including climate change, to envision and build a more equitable future. In this sense, “climates” signals the contexts in which we work: environmental, social, and political climates, as well as climates for research, for inclusion and equity, and for teaching. “Climates” also points to anthropology’s holistic approach, which connects systemic elements and can illuminate shifting relationships, conflicts, and opportunities.

“Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice” reflect the context, dynamic, and outcomes that we seek through our work. We call for a reflection on “Struggle,” acknowledging the complex nature of change, which often includes challenges, conflicts, and misunderstandings, as well as different forms of resistance and resilience. Struggle can also be romanticized even as it re-entrenches power. We must acknowledge these facets of our work to note sources and productive outcomes of tension.

“Collaboration” highlights how anthropologists engage with various communities, from local to global, to construct research questions, design approaches, and make recommendations. Anthropology’s focus on local experience and perspectives provides us with a set of theoretical and methodological tools for building relationships with communities—relationships that can evolve into genuine coproduction of new knowledge. This is a call to bring your collaborators into conversation at the Annual Meeting about how these relationships develop and change over time. Collaborators could be those you learn from, the people who conduct research with you, or the people who learn from you. For those without collaborators, this will be an opportunity to envision developing relationships that are built on reciprocity, trust, and deep collaboration.

And finally, we call for a reflection on “Justice” to highlight the potential for these collaborations to contribute to reconciliation, self-determination, decolonization, redistribution as well as other ways of addressing power inequalities. Anthropology’s commitment to long-term research and integrative theory and methods provides a unique perspective on how prehistoric, historical, and current events contribute to ongoing inequalities and subjugation, as well as how to design collaborative projects that have the potential to generate more just opportunities that matter in practice.

Since we are convening in Vancouver, on unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, we want to offer opportunities to highlight how anthropology connects to Indigenous communities through active collaborations as well as struggles to deal with anthropology’s implications in ongoing coloniality.

VERSION FRANÇAISE

« Changer d’air / Changing Climates » : Pour la première fois en 2019, la American Anthropological Association (AAA) et la Société canadienne d’anthropologie (CASCA) collaborent en vue de tenir un congrès conjoint à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Le comité directeur du programme invite les anthropologues et leurs collaborateurs à examiner notre façon de travailler avec les communautés aux prises avec des enjeux relatifs au changement d’ère, notamment en lien avec les changements climatiques, afin de concevoir et de construire un avenir plus équitable. En ce sens, la partie principale du thème, « changer d’air », renvoie aux changements touchant les contextes dans lesquels nous travaillons—qu’ils soient environnementaux, sociaux et politiques—ainsi qu’à ceux touchant les milieux de la recherche et de l’enseignement, mais également les espaces d’inclusion et d’équité. Cette composante du thème renvoie aussi à l’approche holiste en anthropologie, qui permet de mettre en lumière les relations en mutation entre les divers éléments de ces contextes, ainsi que les conflits et les possibilités qu’elles sous-tendent.

La composante « Lutte, collaboration et justice » reflète le milieu, la dynamique et les résultats que nous visons à travers nos travaux. Nous invitons à réfléchir à la « lutte », conscients de la nature complexe du changement qui sous-tend souvent des défis, des conflits, des malentendus ainsi que différentes formes de résistance et de résilience. La lutte peut aussi être idéalisée alors même qu’elle participe à réaffirmer les relations de pouvoir existantes. Voilà des facettes de notre travail à considérer pour repérer les sources, mais également les résultats productifs des tensions.

« Collaboration » souligne la façon dont les anthropologues s’engagent auprès de diverses communautés, tant sur les plans locaux qu’internationaux, afin d’élaborer les questions de recherche, de concevoir les approches et de formuler des recommandations. Les expériences et perspectives locales au cœur de la démarche anthropologique nous fournissent un ensemble d’outils théoriques et méthodologiques utiles pour nouer des liens avec les communautés, lesquels peuvent déboucher sur une véritable coproduction de nouvelles connaissances. Vous êtes invités à convier vos collaborateurs à participer, lors du congrès, à la discussion sur la façon dont ces relations se développent et évoluent. Les collaborateurs peuvent être les personnes auprès desquelles vous apprenez, celles avec qui vous menez vos travaux de recherche ou celles qui apprennent de vous. Les participants et participantes qui n’ont pas de collaborateurs pourront profiter de l’occasion pour songer à établir des liens reposant sur la réciprocité, la confiance et une collaboration féconde.

Enfin, nous vous invitons à réfléchir à la « justice » afin de mettre en relief comment ces collaborations peuvent contribuer à la réconciliation, à l’autodétermination, à la décolonisation, à la redistribution ainsi qu’à d’autres moyens de corriger les inégalités de pouvoir. De par son engagement envers la recherche à long terme ainsi qu’envers la théorie et les méthodes intégratives, l’anthropologie offre une perspective unique sur la façon dont les événements préhistoriques, historiques et actuels participent aux asservissements et aux inégalités toujours existants, ainsi que sur la manière de concevoir des projets de collaboration susceptibles d’engendrer des possibilités plus justes qui seront en mesure de faire la différence.

Comme nous nous réunirons à Vancouver, sur les terres non cédées des Premières Nations Musqueam, Squamish et Tsleil-Waututh, nous voulons que cet événement offre des occasions de souligner les liens entre l’anthropologie et les communautés autochtones. Ces liens se nouent et se renforcent tant dans la collaboration active que dans les luttes pour faire face aux implications de la discipline anthropologique dans la colonialité, une réalité toujours d’actualité.

Nov
22
Fri
German Studies Association: Call for Seminar Proposals
Nov 22 all-day

The 44th German Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., from October 1-4, 2020 will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see https://www.thegsa.org/conference).

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference. They explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking. Seminars are typically proposed and led by two to three conveners (in special cases, there may be four conveners) and must consist of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 participants, including the conveners themselves and any auditors. Conveners are expected to make every effort to aim for broad diversity and include scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages, including graduate students. Seminars may enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; engagement with pre-circulated papers; an opportunity to debate the work of scholars with different approaches; the coming together of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, musical piece, painting, or other artwork. Conveners are strongly encouraged to structure their seminars around creative and engaging forms of  intellectual exchange; lengthy individual presentations are discouraged as they imitate “traditional” panels and may hamper discussion, collaboration, and innovative thinking.

In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are required to participate in all three seminar meetings. Please note that both seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a paper in a regular panel session. However, they may take on one additional role in the conference independent of their role in a seminar – as moderator or commentator on another session or as a participant in a roundtable. In addition, seminar conveners must come from different institutions (where there are more than two conveners, no more than two may come from the same institution).

Although the GSA does accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years, the GSA’s Seminar Committee gives preference to newcomers and thus encourages the rotation of seminar conveners in similarly-themed seminars. We further recommend that conveners contact the coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Network Committee, Professors Heather Mathews ([email protected]) and Winson Chu ([email protected]), to connect with GSA Networks close to their topic.

Starting in 2020, seminar conveners will have the opportunity to propose a cluster of pieces representing the work of the seminar for publication in Konturen, a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal of international and interdisciplinary German Studies (see http://journals.oregondigital.org/index.php/konturen/pages/view/gsalanding for more information). Please note: although the portal for applications for publication in Konturen will only open in October, 2020 (after the conference is over), conveners may address their interest in this project in their seminar description.

Applying to convene a seminar is a two-step process. Initially, the Seminar Committee invites GSA members to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the following items:

  1. Title of proposed seminar
  2. Names, ranks, and institutional affiliations of conveners
  3. A 150-word description of the seminar’s subject (which will eventually be used in the call for participants, the printed program, and the online program/mobile app)
  4. A 50-word description of the seminar’s format (which will appear in the call for participants, etc.)
  5. A 200-word statement of seminar goals and procedures.

These items are due by November 22, 2019, by 11:59 pm EST. Please submit your application online at https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa. Your username and password are the same as those you use to log in to your GSA profile at https://thegsa.org/members/profile. Please note that you must be a current member of the GSA to submit a proposal. If your password needs to be reset, please contact Ms. Ursula Sykes ([email protected]) at Johns Hopkins University Press. If technical questions or problems arise with the submission interface itself, please contact Benita Blessing ([email protected]).

Following the submission of preliminary proposals, the GSA Seminar Committee will provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission, which is due by December 6, 2019, 11:59 pm EST to the same website. The Committee will then review seminar proposals and post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by January 6, 2020. Conveners may then enlist participants to join the seminar. A call for auditors (who may observe but who are not considered formal participants) will be issued later in the year, once the final conference program has been published.

 

The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

Joe Perry (Georgia State University) | [email protected] (chair)

Elizabeth Drummond (Loyola Marymount University) | [email protected]

Richard Langston (University of North Carolina) | [email protected]

 

Please direct inquiries to all three of us.  Thank you for your support of the GSA’s seminar program!

Sep
2
Wed
COMELA 2020 @ American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
Sep 2 – Sep 5 all-day

The COMELA 2020 – The (Annual) Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020

American College of Greece, Athens, Greece, September 2 – 5, 2020

https://comela2020.acg.edu

Information

Following the growth of the COMELA, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, we announce The COMELA 2020, September 2-5, 2020, at The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.

The COMELA seeks to redefine scholarship on Mediterranean and European Language and Society.

 

Purpose and Structure

The COMELA 2020 invites academics in the fields of Linguistics, Anthropology, Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology, and Ethnology, pertinent to The Mediterranean and Europe, to discuss work, and engage in scholarly collaborations, thus strengthening global academic networks in the field.

 

Location

American College of Greece
Athens, Greece

 

Keynote and Plenary Speakers 

Jan Blommaert – Tilburg University
Alexandra Georgakopoulou – King’s College London
Dimitris Dalakoglou – Vrije University Amsterdam

Partners

  • Taylor and Francis Global Publishers (Official Publishing Partner)
  • 120 major academic institutions globally
  • Scientific Committee of over 120 academics

Publications

Journal Special Issues, and Monographs, from papers submitted that meet publication requirements. Papers selected will be published with Top-Tier journals. Here, ample assistance will be provided to revise manuscripts.

All COMELA Conference proceedings will be SCOPUS published.

 

Dates

Abstract and poster proposal submission – June 1, 2019 – November 15, 2019

Notification of acceptance – No later than December 30, 2019 (for those submitted prior to this)

Registration

  • Early bird – October 30, 2019 – January 21, 2020
  • Normal bird – January 22, 2020 – April 25, 2020
    • Presenters must register by April 25, 2020, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this, but conference organizers cannot guarantee placement in the conference.
  • Late bird – April 26, 2020 – September 5, 2020 (Conference end)

 

Conference dates

Wednesday September 2, 2020 – Saturday September 5, 2020

Final day comprises optional Anthropological excursion (separate cost)

 

Abstract submissions

The Call for Abstracts opens on June 1, 2019, at https://comela2020.acg.edu, which contains all information

 

Anthropological Excursion

Several options
Attica, Greece

 

Theme

Bounded Languages … Unbounded

Politics of identity are central to language change. Here, linguistic boundaries rise and fall, motivating the ephemeral characteristics of language communities. The Mediterranean and European region is one replete with histories, with power struggles, uniquely demarcating nation, ethnicity, and community. For this, cultural and political identities, language ideologies, as well as the languages themselves, have sought boundedness, dynamics of which have indeed sought change over eons, through demographic movements, through geopolitics, through technological innovation. In a current era of technological advancement, transnational fluidity, intellectual power, capitalism, and new sexualities, then, we question, once again, the boundedness of language and identity, and ways in which to unbound languages and ideologies. More than before, we now increasingly pursue anthropological toil, so to innovate ways to locate these ideologies and their fluid boundaries, actively. We now need to increasingly unbind these languages, and their ideologies, so to arrive at progressive realizations, and to rectify, or at least see and move past, the segregations of old.

The COMELA 2020 theme, “Bounded languages… Unbounded”, encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As the continuous tension between demarcation, and the concurrent legitimization, of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enters an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities to take on roles super-ordinate to the past, flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.

The COMELA 2020 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of the Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, political histories, and futures of Mediterranean and European regions, and by those working in Mediterranean and European regions.

 

Strands

Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to Mediterranean and European countries and regions:

  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Applied Sociolinguistics
  • Buddhist studies and discourses
  • Cognitive Anthropology and Language
  • Critical Linguistic Anthropology
  • Ethnographical Language Work
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • General Sociolinguistics
  • Islamic Studies and discourses
  • Language, Community, Ethnicity
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Language, Dialect, Sociolect, Genre
  • Language Documentation
  • Language, Gender, Sexuality
  • Language Ideologies
  • Language Minorities and Majorities
  • Language Revitalization
  • Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
  • Language Socialization
  • Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
  • Multi functionality
  • Narrative and Meta narrative
  • Nonverbal Semiotics
  • Poetics
  • Post-Structuralism and Language
  • Semiotics and Semiology
  • Social Psychology of Language
  • Text, Context, Entextualization

 

Presentation lengths

  • Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Parts A and B are possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
  • General paper sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, including 5 mins for questions/responses
  • Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the COMELA 2020

 

Submission Guidelines (via the online submission website, or by email (see below))

General session papers

  • 18-word maximum title
  • 400-word maximum abstract, including references

Colloquia

  • Submission of only the main abstract for colloquium required
  • Abstract must contain the colloquium main description, and a summary of each individual paper within the colloquium

 

Evaluation of proposals

  • All abstracts for general sessions will be double blind reviewed.
  • Main parent abstracts for colloquia will be double blind reviewed. All abstracts for individual presentations within each colloquia will not be peer reviewed, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the colloquium parent abstract.

Review of criteria are as follows:

  • Appropriateness and significance to COMELA themes
  • Originality/significance/impact of the research
  • Clarity/coherence of research concerns
  • Theoretical and analytical framework(s)
  • Description of research, data collection, findings/conclusions, rhetoric, and exegesis as a whole
  • For colloquia, importance/significance of the overarching topic and/or framework(s) addressed, and its coherence of and with individual presentations.

 

For more information, please contact:

Chair

Professor Helena Maragou

Helena P. Maragou, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The American College of Greece

 

Head of Communications

Ms. Nhan Huynh

[email protected]
https://comela2020.acg.edu