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In 2017 the Biannual Conference of EASA Medical Anthropology Network will be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, with the prospect of promoting a compact encounter with more plenaries and less parallel sessions. The purpose is to maximize the interweaving of our experiences and understandings across the different niches and orientations within medical anthropology and in exchange with neighboring fields; we hope that bringing back plenary sessions creates room for unpredicted synergies. Around 120 medical anthropologists from around the globe will meet at the University of Lisbon to debate current research and developments and discuss the field’s contribution to gain a broader and deepened understanding of the conference’s overarching topic.
We chose the ubiquitous theme of the body, qualified in its transitional, mobile, itinerant and dynamic character. We welcome panel and paper proposals addressing different understandings of transition – historical processes, colonial encounters, displacements, migrations, social mobility, cyborg and post-human transformations, environmental variances and, last but not least, the multiple dynamics of embodiment – keeping in mind the centrality of power and knowledge as meaningful and critical axes of medical anthropology approaches to body and health. In particular, the ideas of bodies and transition cannot be disjointed from the larger concept of power and knowledge. How do different powers (state, institutions, movements, individuals) and at different levels (inter and trans-national, national, local) act, interact and/or counteract in the construction of the bodies? And how may knowledge play a role in these dynamics?
Starting from the fundamental notion in medical anthropology that it is ‘good to think with the body’ we open many past, current and future fields by critically reflecting why our human body represents so many different meanings, roles, constructions, interpretations and subjectivities. Humans ‘speak’ with pregnant, aged, tortured, modified, disabled, infected and gendered as well as with beautiful, charming and well-toned bodies, but they epitomize all the pervasive nexus of culture and biology. Moreover, women’s and men’s body exerts intrinsically powerful qualities: Whether a body is healthy or ill, strong or frail, provides care or needs care – it matters in its conjunction with other bodies and minds. Nevertheless, these ascriptions and perceptions are never static and fixed attributes, their transitional and casual nature in inter- and intracultural perspective will certainly shape the conference’s theme of “bodies in transition.”
Panel proposals should consist of:
– Panel title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words)
– Name and e-mail of panel proponent with institutional affiliation
All proposals should be submitted (in English) by electronic mail to the conference secretariat: [email protected]
Panel proponents should note that:
– Every panel shall have one coordinator and, if needed, a co-coordinator;
– Proponents shall coordinate one panel only; they can, however, serve as co-coordinator in a second panel.
Deadline for panel proposals: February 15th, 2017.
Panel proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the list of panels accepted will be announced on March 1st, 2017.
The 2017 Jean Rouch International Film Festival is now open for entries.
- The deadline to submit a film is 15th April 2017.
- Entries must have been completed after 1st January 2016.
- Films may be submitted via online screener (secure vimeo link available until November 15th 2017) or DVD.
- Only French and English subtitled versions are accepted.
- You will find the online entry form on our website,via http://comitedufilmethnographique.com/inscription-entry-form-2/
- The list of the selected films will be available on our website homepage in early July 2017.
The Organizing Committee: Barberine Feinberg, Françoise Foucault, Laurent Pellé.
The Festival Jean Rouch, previously known as Bilan du FIlm Ethnographique, was created in March 1982 by anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch.
Over the past thirty five years, the Festival’s aim has been to showcase the most innovative and relevant trends in ethnographic film-making, visual anthropology, and to promote dialogue between cultures.
The Festival selects films that document and explore human societies and cultures in their many facets, such as social and cultural diversity, continuity and change, cultural transmission, relationship to the environment…
We welcome submissions of documentary films made by anthropologists, students, and professional filmmakers. We welcome all forms and styles of film-making, without restriction to theme and length.
Organized by the Comité du Film Ethnographique, this international film festival is held in Paris (France). Each year, it brings together filmmakers, academics, students and producers, in an attempt to promote discussions and debates amongst ethnographic film practitioners and their many publics, and to favor the diffusion and the distribution of the films.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
TO ORGANIZE A WORKSHOP
Closing Date: Monday 1 May 2017
The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organize a workshop to take place in 2018. The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) 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. The ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/history, and to fostering inquiry into the politics of knowledge production, the relationships between the colonial/apartheid and the postcolonial/postapartheid, and the importance of critical pluralism as against nationalist discourse. ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
ACIP Workshops are intended as annual occasions to identify and address critical themes, fundamental questions and pressing practical issues concerning public culture. For instance, Workshops might focus on particular questions and issues related to publics, visuality, museums and exhibitions, art, performance, or representational or institutional forms from diverse methodological, practical, and theoretical vantages. They might examine forms and practices of public scholarship and the theories, histories and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship. Workshops should encourage comparative, interdisciplinary and cross-institutional interchange and reflection that brings into conversation public scholarship in Africa, creative cultural production, and critical theory. Workshop budgets will vary depending on proposed plans; the maximum award is ZAR 60,000.
Find more information and access the application at: http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html.
Now in its tenth year, the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Southern Studies Conference invites proposals for preformed panels or individual papers on any topic pertaining to the history and culture of the American South from any time period, including presentations on art practice, American history, the history of science and medicine, the history of art, anthropology, history of music, foodways studies, theater, literature, and sociology.
Proposals should be emailed to [email protected] and include a 250-word abstract and a brief CV. The deadline for proposals is October 16, 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.cas.aum.edu/community-resources/southern-studies-conference