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16th-17th November 2017, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern
Annual General Meeting (AGM) Seminar of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) organised in collaboration with the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, PrecAnthro Group and the Swiss Anthropological Association.
Call for contributions (Deadline 7th August 2017)
The interplay of nationalism, right wing populism and neoliberal policies affects European residents in general and university education and academics in particular. Recent developments in Turkey, Hungary, and Russia have shown appalling consequences of anti-intellectualism, creating precarity for thousands of academics and damaging intellectual development. Furthermore, academia is also challenged by early career scholars who blame universities, research centres and their neoliberal structures for social and professional insecurities and for creating precarity as normalcy in academia. Precarity, ‘once seen as the fate of the less fortunate’, today, Anna Tsing (2015, 2) states, is ‘life without the promise of security’, an indeterminacy that is less the exception than the condition of our times.
The 2017 EASA AGM Seminar will bring together debates on different strands of precarity, analyse sites of disempowerment at the intersection of precarity and politics and discuss potentials of collaboration, solidarity and unionization.
The event is structured in three workshops followed by a press briefing to publicly disseminate the results of this two-day meeting. A keynote speaker (Özlem Biner, LSE) will discuss the topic of this AGM from a theoretical point of view but also through the lense of her own experiences and practices inside academia.
Scholars from different national contexts and geographical areas are invited to send an abstract (max 200 words) in relation to Workshops 1 or 2. For each workshop, 3-6 short presentations (max 7 minutes) will be scheduled in order to share knowledge on local transformation and on current strategies and potentials for solidarity. This format will simultaneously allow us to bring together regional variations of precarity in order to multiply options for collaboration that will be discussed in Workshop 3.
Press conference: Let’s Give Voice to Scholars at Risk and Precarious Researchers
The aim of the two-day seminar is to bring together different experiences and potentials in three workshops and discuss recent threats and activities of scholars at risk and variations of precarious lives in academia. The press conference will focus on relevant issues about anthropological contributions to the politics of precarity in populist-nationalist, as well as in neoliberal ‘publish or perish’ academic contexts.
This two-day EASA AGM seminar focusing on politics and precarities in academia, will serve to a significant degree to gather information on the actual situation of precariousness in Europe in order to make it more visible and develop strategies of support beyond petitions. The workshops and keynote will address questions concerning the precarious generation of anthropologists and scholars at risk. Each workshop’s debates will be specifically addressed in a report leading to an EASA position paper.
EASA will include reports on variations of precarity in academia in the position paper that will be officially presented to different universities, the European Commission’s Director General for Research, Science and Innovation, but also to the Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
The press conference Let’s Give Voice to Scholars at Risk and Precarious Researchers will distribute information about the actual situation and will answer questions from journalists. This conference should be considered as a follow-up to the press conference organized in Prague in 2015 “Making Anthropology Matter” where the importance of anthropology and need for anthropological input in a constantly changing world was underlined.
In collaboration with the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) project “Global Survey of Anthropological Practice”, this meeting will contribute to the creation of a database of precarious researchers and a collaborative transnational approach to scholars at risk to be realized in partnership with the other anthropological associations that are members of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.
After the seminar, a selection of contributions may be published in the Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale Journal, subject to the normal peer review process.
Applications for Workshops 1 and 2
Applications should include a 200-word abstract of your contribution, which comprises title and an explicit topic that will be addressed on the main priorities, and challenges of W1 or W2 (see above). Junior scholars are encouraged to apply. Those presenting at the seminar will benefit of free travel and accommodation.
Please send your application and/or any question you might have to politicsandprecarities(at)gmail.com no later than 7th August 2017.
Thursday 16th November
14:00-16:00 Workshop 1: Politics and Precarious Lives
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Annual General Meeting
19:45-20:45 Drinks reception at the department (Apéro)
Friday 17th November
09:00-11:00 Workshop 2: Structural Precarity in Anthropology
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:30 Workshop 3: Transnational Collaboration against Political and Structural Precarity
14:00-15:30 Press Conference “Let’s Give Voice to Precarious Research and Scholars at Risk”
On behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF), we invite you to register as a potential 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) panelist. GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science or engineering at accredited US institutions. (See the Program Solicitation, NSF 16-588, for more details on GRFP.) NSF seeks GRFP panels composed of researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds.
Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply your research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders, and to gain valuable perspective to share with faculty and students at your institution. Panelists will also receive a flat rate payment of $200 per day for each full four-hour virtual panel session they attend. However, panelists who are Federal employees, citizens of foreign countries who are not permanent residents, and special visa holders are not entitled to the flat rate payment.
Below are details of the 2018 panels:
- All reviews and panels will be conducted online without travel requirements. There will be no on-site participation for the GRFP panels; the panels are completely virtual.
- In November, panelists must attend an orientation session webinar, selecting one from several available sessions. This is required for both new and returning panelists, as orienting information is subject to change.
- Panelists review graduate school-like applications that include one 3-page statement, one 2-page statement, transcripts, and three reference letters.
- Each panelist will review approximately 30 assigned applications in early December, over the course of about 4 weeks.
- Panelists will enter their reviews and ratings online.
- In January 2018, panels will convene online using WebEx for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday) to discuss the applicant pool and make selection recommendations to NSF.
If you would like to be considered as a 2018 GRFP panelist, please visit https://nsfgrfp.org/panelists to register in the panelist system. If you have not been a GRFP panelist, you may create a new profile by clicking “Create an account.” If you have been a GRFP panelist, please log in with your email address and password, and update your profile. Registering in the panelist system or creating a profile does not commit you to serving as a GRFP panelist. Based on anticipated needs, NSF will send formal invitations to registered panelists starting in late September. See https://www.nsfgrfp.org/panelist_info for additional panelist information.
NOTE: If you have a student applying for the 2018 GRFP program or you will write a letter of recommendation for an applicant in a particular field of study, we request that you do not register to be a panelist in that field due to the conflict of interest. Since GRFP applicants are early in their scientific training and are still developing their interests, most panelists are qualified to review in a range of fields. If you register in a particular field and subsequently learn of a conflict of interest, please inform us so we can remove your name from the list of potential panelists or attempt to place you on a different panel.
Please share this opportunity to review GRFP applications with your colleagues.
We thank you in advance for your interest. If you have any questions, please contact the GRFP Operations Center at [email protected] or (866) 673-4737.
“Situations, Times, and Places in Hunter-Gatherer Research”
12th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XII) 23–27 July 2018
Convenor: Lye Tuck-Po, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Organisation:INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR HUNTER GATHERER RESEARCH (ISHGR)
Hosted by: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA
The Call for Sessions is now open!
Submission by online form only: https://goo.gl/forms/ghcDs1WqHeFOCACF2.
Closing date: 7 September 2017 (11:59 PM Kuala Lumpur time)
CHAGS conferences generate intellectual exchange, advance knowledge of the lives and times of hunter-gatherers in the past, present, and future, and have made significant contributions to anthropological theory. CHAGS X (Liverpool, 2013) and CHAGS XI (Vienna, 2015) attracted unprecedented numbers of first-timers and students interested in hunter-gatherer societies and the dynamics and conditions of their lives, and offered the promise of new disciplinary crossways, concerns, and approaches. The objective of CHAGS XII is to push this momentum forward and to expand the social spaces of knowledge sharing and production. We aim to cultivate not just diversity in concept-building but good practices of working with and relating to hunter-gatherers.
As with previous conferences, the scope of CHAGS XII is broadly global and its perspective is towards the long-term. We welcome proposals for sessions that seek ways to go beyond geographical and disciplinary specialisms, and that promote new pathways of knowledge production. We invite participants to reflect on “situations, times, and places” whether integratively (as a springboard for general theoretical reflections on their interconnections) or separately (as discrete themes and topics), and to examine the intersections of time and place with fieldwork and theorising across the many concerns of hunter-gatherer research. This last will include the time-space compressions of the digital age, which are changing everyday experiences everywhere.
Anthropology of Media in Turkey: Theory, Methodology, and Future Orientations:
The goal of this workshop is to launch a sustainable platform for media ethnographers of Turkey where they delve into critical theoretical issues and pressing methodological discussions that are specific to the Turkish context. The Turkish context is comprised of a dynamic and complex cultural field, which makes it a challenging task for media anthropologists to define their researcher identity and to designate their theoretical approach. The current media environment marked by censorship, political pressure, and deepening polarization further complicates the picture for ethnographers of Turkish media and renders it difficult for them to find safe entry points for participant observation. A first in this area, this workshop will constitute a platform where a select group of media ethnographers would develop channels of conversation to define, refine, and expand the tools of anthropological knowledge on media. For three days, eighteen invited media ethnographers would engage in discussions on ethnography as both a methodological endeavor and a theoretical outlook in studying the social and cultural processes of media. Moreover, the workshop devotes a full day to the extensive discussions of the practical issues that come directly from the participants’ field experiences. The participants will work in small groups on specific research situations. Role-playing would be used as a technique to embody field experiences and unpack complicated examples of entries, skills of immersion, instances of being labelled and co-opted, threats and dangers encountered, and the process of ending the fieldwork. The anthropological discourse that flourishes in and through the workshop would result in two forms of concrete outcomes. One of them is a collected volume. The second is a web blog that would have dynamic and interactive content about both media ethnography in Turkey and global tendencies in the relevant anthropological literature.
We seek authors willing to submit articles for the next issue of the Remembrance and Solidarity Studies. Deadline: 15 September.
Issue will be titled Violence in Twentieth-Century European History: Commemorating, Documenting, Educating.
The issue will be edited by Florin Abraham and Réka Földváryné Kiss. Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in 20th Century European History is published online (enrs.eu/studies) and, in limited copies, in paperback.
Please send your proposals (up to 500 words) by 15 September, 2017. Full articles, not exceeding 6000 words (including footnotes), will be expected by 31 October, 2017.
We accept articles in English and other languages. If submission is made in a different language than English, the article will be translated and published in English.
All articles must be submitted within the provided deadline in Microsoft Word format (*.doc). Submissions should be emailed as attachment to: [email protected].
Deadline: 15 September
The Indian Ocean Spice Trade and Global Histories of Connection, a public lecture by Eric Tagliacozzo, PhD, Professor of History, Cornell University.
Friday, September 15, 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
1100 16th NW Washington, DC 20036
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To RSVP please click here.
Spices and other rare commodities from places like Oman, have been traded since time immemorial; these goods brought the world together in important ways. This lecture looks at some of that long history, which centers around the Indian Ocean, and which connected Europe and Asia writ-large in ever-widening orbits of exchange. A broad-angled view of this commerce teaches us how the globe became part of a common conversation over the course of the centuries.
In 2010, SQCC established its Research Fellowship Program, which aims to promote and cultivate scholarly research about Oman across several academic disciplines. The fellowship is open to PhD candidates and university academics who are US citizens or affiliated with an American university, and funds one scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.
To read more about previous fellows and their research, visit this page.
The 2018 Fellowship application period is open.
How to Apply
1) Submit completed application form and supporting materials via website.
Deadline to submit an application and supporting materials is September 17, 2017.
2) Instruct your references to submit their letters of recommendation via the upload form on this page. You will receive a confirmation number upon submitting your application. You must give this confirmation number to your references, who will need it in order to upload their letters of recommendation.
Deadline for references to submit letters of recommendation is September 20, 2017.
We call on each and every anthropologist to participate in a collective action to stand up for a just world in the weeks leading up to Monday, September 18, 2017, when we will hold Understanding Race After Charlottesville, a collaborative effort between the American Anthropological Association, the American Historical Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
We know that at a minimum, accurate information and knowledge are essential if we are to realize a just world. Misinformation, disinformation, and distortion are enemies of social justice. Understanding Race After Charlottesville is our opportunity to turn around the state of utter confusion being promulgated by the least responsible of leadership and disseminated by the least accountable of sources.
The Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies 2017, 4th annual conference will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland between September 20-22, 2017. The conference will be organized by Department of Environmental Health.
Plenary speakers include:
Center for Evolution and Medicine
School for Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Department of Human Biology
University of Wroclaw
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the SQCC Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds American scholars to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. This program is offered annually and is open to PhD candidates and university academics.
This fellowship awards up to $51,000 annually to a scholar, or team of scholars, to conduct research in Oman for up to one year.
SQCC is now accepting applications for the 2018 Research Fellowship Program.
For more information on the Research Fellowship Program please visit this page.