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Call for Book Chapters (Edited Collection): A Reflexive study of the Rituals Associated with Death and Dying (working title)
The editors wish to put together an interdisciplinary collection of essays that utilize reflexive scholarly inquiry to interrogate cultural responses to death by gathering essays that analyze various aspects of death while at the same time acknowledging that death affects us all. Any study on the topic cannot be decontextualized. We must all necessarily grapple with loss and mortality as we examine cultural responses to death. In order to do so, we would like to address in this work is how one can both critically view mortuary practices as an observer/researcher while also being an emotionally invested participant.
Each author should have a unique perspective on an observance relating to the dead, death, or dying. They should be present either as someone with close ties to the terminally ill individual or the deceased, or there must be some extrapolation from what is observed as a bystander to an expansion or change of the researcher’s own philosophy or emotional state relating to dying and/or death. These accounts must include both a critical analysis of the practices witnessed and an understanding of the emotional component that all aspects of death provoke in humans, whether it is disgust, fear, awe, sadness, anger, or even joy.
We suggest that applicants consider a preparatory reading of Renato Rosaldo’s essay “Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage,” the introduction to his text “Culture & Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis” (Beacon Press, 1993). Although this is an anthropological text, the editors wish to put together an interdisciplinary collection that is both holistic in its approach to this topic and accessible to a broader audience.
- Submission deadline for abstracts: October 19, 2018
- Decision of acceptance: November 19, 2018
- Deadline for chapter Submissions: April 30, 2019
Abstracts should be 250 to 500 words. Please include a title with your abstract. Original manuscripts of 8,000–10,000 words, including sources and footnotes. All manuscripts submitted will be subject to a rigorous peer review process as well as editorial and production processes. Inquiries and proposals welcome: Contact Kalliopi Christodoulaki, [email protected], or Aubrey Thamann, [email protected]
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION’S HIGHEST HONOR
The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation for promising, early-career researchers. The annual award has been bestowed upon early career scientists and engineers since 1975, when Congress established the award to honor the agency’s first director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 40 years of age or younger, or no more than 10 years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degrees by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on their field.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Sherrie B. Green, Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
To nominate a candidate, please go to: www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards
Information on the award and past recipients is also available at: www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp
RFP: “The Self, Virtue, and Public Life”
The University of Oklahoma, with a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) on the topics of “The Self, Virtue, and Public Life.” The full RFP is available at: https://selfvirtueandpubliclife.com/initiatives/grants/.
Approximately ten research proposals at approximately $190,000 each will be funded through this initiative. This international grant competition has three primary aims:
- To support innovative research on the self, virtue, and public life.
- To encourage methodological innovation in the study of the self, virtue, and public life.
- To encourage interdisciplinary teamwork, specifically between social sciences and humanities, though scientists from other areas, such as neuroscience and the health sciences, are also welcome to apply with collaborators from the humanities.
A subsidiary aim is to support scholars who are new to the investigation of these topics or have not received funding elsewhere. Research collaborations between younger and more established scholars are especially encouraged. The central research themes we seek to explore through this RFP can be framed at the level of the civic virtues of individuals, as well as at the level of institutions. For a list of possible research questions, please see the full RFP.
Research into character and virtue is often conducted by scholars within a single disciplinary perspective – philosophers research by themselves, psychologists team up with each other, historians and anthropologists proceed from their own disciplinary perspectives. This disciplinary isolationism is not maximally productive of new knowledge about virtue. To ensure that research funded by this proposal closes the disciplinary gap, funded research teams must meet the requirement of “deep integration,” as explained in the full RFP (https://selfvirtueandpubliclife.com/initiatives/grants/).
Awards are intended to support research from August 1, 2019, through May 31, 2021. Letters of intent are due no later than December 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM, and must be submitted via an online portal linked to the project website. Full proposals are by invitation only and are due no later than March 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Further information is available in the full RFP, on our project website, and by contacting us by e-mail.
Project Website: http://www.selfvirtueandpubliclife.com
Full Request for Proposals: https://selfvirtueandpubliclife.com/initiatives/grants/
Contact Email: [email protected]
AAS2018: LIFE IN AN AGE OF DEATH
4-7 December, 2018
James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
During the first decades of the twenty-first century, the proliferation of life as a generative possibility has become marked by the spectre of death, closure, denial and ends. Ours is an era of precarity, extinction, militarised inequality, a seemingly boundless war on terror, the waning legitimacy of human rights, a rising consciousness of animal cruelty and consumer complicity in killing and suffering, and the global closure of decolonial and socialist windows of emancipation. Artificial intelligence and post-human technology-flesh interventions have become sources of existential threat to be secured against, rather than means of freeing, or otherwise expanding life. Mbembe (2003) first developed the notion of necropolitics in relation to ‘assemblages of death’, zones where technology, economy and social structures bind together to reproduce patterns of extreme violence. Following Foucault, he envisaged a distribution of the world into life zones and death zones. While we can readily identify zones of life and death on these terms, the imaginaries of death have increasingly colonised life zones.
This conference seeks to embrace this moment in history in all its roiling complexity, challenge, and specificity. It asks what accounts for this current interest in the spectre of Death in the anthropological imagination? What sorts of life—social, cultural, technological, creative—emerge in spaces pregnant with death and other life-ending spectres? What new horizons of fear, hope and possibility emerge? What kinds of new social formations, subjectivities and cultural imaginaries?
What social and cultural forms might an affirmative biopolitics, where the power of life is regained from the spectre of death, take? What new strategies of engagement, activism and refusal?
What can anthropology specifically bring to these emergent and often-interdisciplinary zones of urgency? How might our methods, theories and orientations be re-tooled and re-energised for these shadowed times?
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Refugee camp life, detention centres, border zones
- New interspecies alliances
- Securitisation of the internet of things
- Agriculture and food in relation to animal cruelty and environmental degradation
- Militarisation of urban space and zones of expulsion
- Affective ecologies
- Terms of the biopolitical across species, taxa
- Aging populations
- Securitising life, normalised insecurity
- The medical body and social body technologies
- Death of the fight for the internet
- Reimagining the museum
- Mediated death and the digital
- Indigenous deathscapes
- Posthuman experiments in and experiences of technology in the flesh
- Autonomous systems
- Memory, affect and imaginaries of life
- Affirmative and critical biopolitics
For further information please see:
Call for Panels and roundtables: 5 April to 7 May
Call for Papers, Labs: 21 May to 22 June
Early Bird registration opens: 10 August
Standard registration opens: 29 September
Understanding the Rules of life: Building a Synthetic Cell (NSF 18-599) invites researchers to apply to participate in an interdisciplinary Ideas Lab focused on facilitating innovative research projects for designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes. Up to $10,000,000 of funding is available for successful project proposals resulting from the Ideas Lab.
Building a synthetic cell is a grand challenge at the interface between biological, mathematical, computer and physical sciences and engineering. Meeting this challenge requires simultaneous careful exploration of the social and ethical dimensions of such research as well as educating today’s students to engage in the activities and technologies required to develop and use synthetic cells.
To apply to this program, researchers should:
- submit preliminary proposals due December 28, 2018,
- participate, if selected, in the Ideas Lab workshop to be held February 25 – March 1, 2019, and
- if invited to do so, submit, as part of a team, a full proposal due May 13, 2019.
Full details regarding the specifics of the research ideas, proposal limitations, and the application process can be found in the full solicitation.
CHRÓNOS is an International Multi-Disciplinary Percussion Symposium bringing together scholars, performers, pedagogues, and health and wellness professionals in an inclusive environment aimed at delving à l’intérieur of percussion studies and percussive processes.
Organization: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Location: School of Music, Brownsville, TX
Dates: April 4 & 5, 2019
Abstract Deadline: January 4, 2019
Call for Presentations
UTRGV School of Music invites abstracts for its international, multi-disciplinary percussion symposium with keynote address by Dr. John Parks IV. We invite proposals for paper presentations, interactive sessions, or posters/exhibits addressing the following theme and perspectives:
The Art of Noise
In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century. With the advent of machinery, noise reigns supreme over human sensibility. —Luigi Russolo (1913)
Reflective: “Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery.”
Current: “To excite our sensibility, music has developed into a search for a more complex polyphony and a greater variety of instrumental tones and coloring. It has tried to obtain the most complex succession of dissonant chords, thus preparing the ground for musical noise.”
Forward: “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds.”
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to [email protected] by January 4. The abstract should include title of the paper, name of the author, institutional affiliation, short bio, and any A/V requirements. Invitations to present will be sent via email by January 21, 2019.
Dear Fellow Anthropologists,
We are in the process of updating an introductory ‘primer’ in Applied Anthropology, entitled What Anthropologists Do, which was initially published in 2009.
The intention was originally to introduce the subject to school leavers or first year undergraduates, who often have little idea about what anthropology is, or what anthropologists do. The purpose of this second edition remains primarily to encourage people to study anthropology and also to illustrate the wide variety of careers now available to anthropologists. The book has also become widely used in undergraduate anthropology courses, to help people think about the areas they want to focus on as they progress.
The text has a secondary purpose: many potential employers of anthropologists – industries, agencies and government organisations – also have little familiarity with anthropology as a discipline, and thus only rarely make use of anthropologists and their particular skills. By providing them with a highly accessible and updated introduction to the subject, the volume will – it is hoped – encourage greater use of anthropology and the potential insights provided by ethnographic research.
What we are looking for this time are exciting new examples of research and short autobiographical accounts describing people’s experiences in applying anthropology, especially in emergent areas.
If you would like to be involved in helping to get our discipline ‘out there’, please have a look at these new areas (below). Depending on your level of enthusiasm and ability to spend some time on this, you could send some brief examples of your current research and how you have applied anthropology. How did you get involved, and what difference has the inclusion of anthropology made in your work? (If I quote you or make broader use of your comments, this will be acknowledged.)
And/or you could offer a short autobiographical account (1000-2000 words) of your work as an applied anthropologist, possibly including some feedback about it from the people with whom you have worked. If you think you might like to do this, please write a brief outline (about 200 words), and attach a CV as well as your contact details.
We do hope that you will support this continuing effort to encourage wider engagement with our discipline. So if you are doing some good things with anthropology, please let us know, sending responses to either [email protected] or [email protected].
Initial drafts/suggestions should be submitted by the end of September, so that we can spend October reviewing possible items to include. The deadline for the inclusion of final drafts for approved content is January 31st, 2019.
Veronica Strang and Joanna Puckering
Summary of new areas, update for 2nd edition.
A more substantial body of literature to mention, including basic introductions to anthropology and to professional practice.
Chapter 1. Anthropology and Advocacy
Debates on GM and related issues – new issues such as:
Indigenous rights and mining issues, eg. Standing Rock
Debates about ecological justice/rights for nature
Efforts to declare rivers as ‘living ancestors’ and ‘legal persons’
Advocacy more directly in relation to non-human rights and conservation
More focus on displacement
Treatment of refugees
Rights to clean water
Rights to sanitation
Chapter 2. Anthropology and Aid
General updating with ongoing research on (and critiques of) international aid development
More on involvement of anthropologists in participatory action research
Material about gypsies could be updated
Chapter 3. Anthropology and Development
Emergent conflicts around tourism taking over cities (eg. Barcelona, Lisbon)
Displacement of local residents in favour of profitable Air B&B accommodation etc.
Dams continue to be controversial
Diversion of limited freshwater resources into irrigation
Chapter 4. Anthropology and the Environment
Impacts of the patterns of freshwater use (and see Ch3)
Plastics in the ocean
Tipping points in extinctions
Air quality issues
Fisheries policy (and Brexit)
Conservation controversies over big cat protection
Updates to climate change debates / anthropological perspectives
Archaeology and historical archaeology
– Recent controversies over Stonehenge tunnel would update that material
– Lighthouses and heritage
– Land and identity
– Strengthen the material on urban identities
Chapter 5. Anthropology and Governance
Recent rise in populism, Brexit etc.
Rising influence of social media
Anthropology’s involvement in public policy development
Changes in managerial cultures
Corporatisation of health and education institutions (schools and universities)
Continued rise of transnational corporations; their ownership of key resources and utilities
Involvement of anthropology in military and covert government activities
Chapter 6. Anthropology, Business and Industry
Business and digital developments:
– Advertising etc. via Facebook (and related controversies)
– Virtual realities/cyberspace
– Online gaming
– Employment of anthropologists by Google, Microsoft etc
Anthropologists working with unions/on industrial action
New methods such as UX (user experience) testing
Gender pay gap
Chapter 7. Anthropology and Health
Changes in the last decade, eg. issues:
– Sperm donation
– Child rearing
Emergent issues about millennials and health
Changes in approaches to mental health
Huge issues (especially in the UK) about the demographics of aging, dementia etc.
Related concerns around health provision:
– Health insurance in the US etc.
Major new outbreaks of disease, eg. Ebola (importance of anthropological understandings)
Forensic anthropology – continues to expand, especially in relation to disaster zones
Chapter 8. Anthropology, Art and Identity
Standalone ‘identity’ related topics
Those expressed via art and material culture
New work dealing with gender and sexuality, eg.
– Same sex marriage
– Transgender issues
– Adoption etc.
Discussions about race:
– Re-emergence of the extreme right wing and its effects
Breakdown of federal states, eg. Scotland and Catalonia, efforts to achieve independence and outcomes to date
Visual anthropology and representation:
– Cultural heritage
– Archaeology and historical archaeology
Development and (both tangible and intangible) cultural heritage
Visual anthropology and social intervention
Chapter 9. Interdisciplinary Anthropology (New chapter)
Situations in which interdisciplinary research involves (and is assisted by the involvement of) anthropology
Issues around how anthropology is applied
The need to provide students with practical training in engaging with other disciplines
The perspectives of non-academic professionals, industry specialists etc.
Engaging with alternate forms of expertise involves:
– seeking shared research questions
– common theoretical framework
– navigating sometimes difficult issues, eg. disciplinary identity, territoriality, power, access to funding, disciplinary status
Additional section providing a vision of where anthropology is heading in the future.
Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics (NSF 18-600) invites proposals which investigate heritable biological or chemical mechanisms that produce a phenotypic effect without alteration of the DNA sequence. Projects must integrate education perspectives and research approaches from more than one research discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences) to understand epigenetic mechanisms associated with environmental change, the resultant phenotypic characteristics of organisms, and the resultant robustness and adaptability of organisms and populations. Studies that cross multiple levels of organizational complexity (molecular, cellular, physiological, organismal, population) and temporal (including evolutionary) scales, and taxa within the tree of life – both unicellular and multicellular organisms, including humans — are particularly encouraged.
Full proposals are due February 1, 2019, and can be submitted in one of two submission tracks:
(1) award duration of up to 3 years and a total budget of $500,000 or
(2) award duration of up to 5 years and a total budget of $3,000,000.
The specifics of the program priorities and areas of emphasis, as well as additional limitations and guidelines, can be found in the full solicitation.
Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, and Diasporic Communities in a Transnational World
The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) invites panel and/or paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the theme of “Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, Diasporic Communities and Transnationalism in a Transnational World”. Departing from the traditional ethnic-studies- in-Canada perspective, the theme of this CESA conference intends to explicitly connect with transnationalism allowing reflection of current, dynamic and ongoing transformations of Canada and its ethnic community landscape in a globalized era. Constant population movements within, but also across national borders, alongside a much more extensive and complex communicational, informational and exchange network, are permanent features of a globalized world. Both population movements and intricate exchange networks signal the multiple economic, cultural, social, ideological and symbolic mobilities within and across states in transnational social spaces.
Such radical changes in the Canadian multicultural state necessitate that we recast traditional Canadian ethnic studies beyond ethnic communities to encompass (im)migrant movements, “mobilities,” not only within Canada but also over and beyond Canada. Even if it has been a myth that historians have debunked that previous immigrants to Canada rarely moved again globally, contemporary (im)migrants have complex and diverse forms of mobilities which have surpassed those of any previous imagination and have called into question not just borders, sovereignty and national states but also citizenship, belonging and the very nature of our multicultural mosaic. Furthermore, although for some mobility is a privilege that they enjoy and a tool they utilize to improve their social locations, for many mobility is forced, unwanted, and even resisted. What are the forces behind the creation of transnational social spaces, the mechanisms, routes, and processes, as well as the consequences of these radical changes in Canada and globally? How exactly do they change the Canadian multicultural mosaic, citizenship, identities and belonging? What can we expect of the 21st century with respect to such phenomena? Within this larger problematic, CESA invites theoretical and empirically-based papers, fully formed panels or presentations in other formats, addressing, from a variety of disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives, more specific topics such as:
- The future of immigration, ethnic studies, and multiculturalism
- Intersections of immigration and race, class and gender
- Voluntary and forced mobilities: Refugees and the Canadian state
- Youth, ethnicity, and identity in multicultural Canada
- Ethnic communities, global diasporas and transnationalism in Canada
- “Homelands”: Memories, reconstructions, returns and directions forward
- Citizenship and belonging in transnational spaces
- Gender, class, and ethnic intersections in transnationalism
- The future of transnational and ethnic mobilities in an unsettled world
Conference organizers welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, posters and video presentations that address any of these and other related topics. Organizers invite submissions from a variety of perspectives, academic disciplines, and areas of study. We will endeavour to make a decision shortly after the abstract is received in order to facilitate those who need verification of their acceptance for travel funding purposes at their own institutions.
Who should attend? In addition to members of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, the conference will be relevant to a wide range of people interested in history, ethnicity, race, immigration and citizenship issues in Canada and internationally. University professors, graduate students, other researchers and teachers; policymakers and civil servants from all levels of government; those who work in various non-governmental organizations, as well as those involved as frontline workers delivering various kinds of social services – all of these will find that this conference offers them worthwhile information, challenging critical perspectives, and an opportunity to network and discuss important issues with people from across the country and from a variety of academic disciplines and institutional perspectives. A special issue of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal will showcase selected papers from the conference. To be considered for publication, papers must be submitted no later than four weeks after the conference. Papers must be written in accordance with the journal’s guidelines.
All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and will be refereed by the CESA Program Committee. Individual conference presentations will normally be 20 minutes in length, and conference sessions will be 90 minutes. Abstracts should be directed electronically to [email protected].
CESA will provide a $600 subsidy for conference presenters who stay at the Banff Springs Hotel. This subsidy will be provided for the first 50 presenters who register for the conference.
Please visit our new website: http://www.cesa-scee.ca for more information.
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations is February 15th, 2018.
2019 African Critical Inquiry Workshop: African Ethnographies
The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is pleased to announce that the 2019 ACIP workshop will be African Ethnographies. The project was proposed and will be organized by colleagues at the University of the Western Cape, Jung Ran Annachiara Forte (Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology) and Sakhumzi Mfecane (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology). Activities will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
While the practice of ethnography has a long history in Africa, insufficient debate has emerged around it recently on the African continent. Far from being specific only to anthropology, ethnography has become a widespread mode of knowing inside and outside academic spaces. We would like to prompt reflection around this concept and practice, which is slippery, changing, dense, polysemic, and composed of a plurality of voices. The African Ethnographies workshop will raise questions about ethnography across disciplines, its contemporary forms – not exclusively written, and its publics. Ethnography enables conceptual work that transcends simple divides between the empirical, the methodological, and the theoretical. The workshop is particularly interested in understanding how ethnography and its conceptual work can allow us to grasp the complexities of contemporary African worlds, their precariousness, and their becomings. We are interested in exploring: (1) the work of theorization that ethnography makes possible; (2) understandings of public ethnography today; and finally (3) ways to re-rethink ethnography from the African continent. The workshop seeks to open a space of dialogue by bringing together emerging scholars across different disciplines and from institutions across Africa. By engaging in discussions around theory, methods, public engagements, and ethnographic sensibilities and modes of expression, we hope to better understand the challenges of doing ethnography in Africa’s contemporary worlds. The workshop will include a performance/ lecture that explores the performative potential of ethnographic work and will result in both an edited book and a film about ethnography based on the workshop and interviews with participants.
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Founded in 2012, the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape in Cape Town and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta. Supported by donations to the Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz Fund, the ACIP fosters thinking and working across public cultural institutions, across disciplines and fields, and across generations. It seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa through an annual ACIP workshop and through the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards, which support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled at South African universities.
Information about applying to organize the 2020 ACIP workshop and for the 2019 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards will be available in November 2018. The deadline for both workshop applications and student applications is 1 May 2019.
For further information, see http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html and https://www.facebook.com/ivan.karp.corinne.kratz.fund.