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May
5
Fri
Extraordinary Variations of the Human Mind: Lessons for Anthropogeny Webcast
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join the live webcast!  “Extraordinary Variations of the Human Mind: Lessons for Anthropogeny” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) and the Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind (KIBM) on Friday, May 5th (1:00-5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Daniel Geschwind (UCLA School of Medicine) and Isabelle Peretz (Univ of Montreal).

The human mind is one of the features that makes our species unusual, and any narrative of our origins must include explanations for how our mental facilities were generated by genetic and cultural evolutionary processes.  Comparative studies with other species and direct studies of how the typical human brain creates the mind are valuable approaches.  However, many useful clues can also be gleaned from studying extraordinary variations of the human mind.  This symposium brings together experts who have pursued in-depth explorations of some of these variations.

Access the live webcast here on May 5:
https://carta.anthropogeny.org/events/extraordinary-variations-human-mind-lessons-anthropogeny

May
11
Thu
Europe and its Immigrants in the 21st Century
May 11 – May 12 all-day

“Europe and Its Immigrants in the 21st Century,” to take place on May 11-12, 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The themes of the discussion will include:

  • Managing international migration better: Principles and perspectives for gaining more from migration 
  • The challenge of integration in Europe 
  • Future demographic change in Europe: Contribution of migration 
  • The new role of immigrants in the economies of South-eastern Europe 
  • Building successful urban policy in the new era of migration 
  • Selecting economic migrants 
  • Integration processes of migrants: Research findings and policy lessons 
  • Migrants and the European labour market 
  • Migrants and immigration policy in Europe  

Please see the website: europeanimmigrationconference.com for more information including information on submitting abstracts. The conference is being organized by:

Centar za istraživanje Hrvatskog iseljeništva (Centre for Croatian diaspora studies)

Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar (Institute for Social Sciences Ivo Pilar)

Institut za migracije i narodnost (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies)

International Metropolis Project

May
15
Mon
Institutional Development Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation
May 15 all-day

Institutional Development Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation 

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research established the Institutional Development Grant (IDG) program in 2008. The IDG is intended to strengthen (or to support the development of) anthropological doctoral programs in countries where the discipline is underrepresented. The grant provides $25,000 per year, is renewable for a maximum of five years (total support of $125,000), and may be used for any purpose to achieve the academic development goals of the applicant department. A minimum of one new award will be made each year, and applicant departments are expected to have developed strong partnership arrangements with other anthropological institutions that can help them achieve their development goals.

Since the program’s inauguration, ten institutions have received IDG grants: The Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal; The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Mongolian National University; The Museo Antropologia, National University of Cordoba, Argentina; The Anthropological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines; The Department of Anthropology, Vietnam, National University, Hanoi, Vietnam; The Department of Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; The Faculté d’Ethnologie at Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti; The Baltic States – University of Latvia, Riga Stradins University (Latvia), University of Tallinn (Estonia)  and Vytautus Magnus University (Lithuania); the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire /University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal, and The College Of Language And Culture Studies, Royal University Of Bhutan, Taktse, Trongsa, Bhutan.

The Institutional Development Grant has a two-stage application process: the submission of a preliminary inquiry, followed by the submission of a full application. The deadline for the mandatory preliminary inquiry is May 15, 2016. The preliminary inquiry must be submitted using the preliminary inquiry form, which can be downloaded from the Wenner-Gren website, at http://www.wennergren.org/programs/institutional-development-grants. The deadline for those applicants invited to submit a full application is September 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in November 2017 for programs beginning in January 2018.

Wenner-Gren Foundation

470 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor

New York, NY  10016  USA

Tel (212) 683-5000

Fax (212) 532-1492

General inquiries:  inquiries@wennergren.org

Institutional Development Grant inquiries:   development@wennergren.org

Vinson Sutlive Book Prize in Historical Anthropology
May 15 all-day

The Department of Anthropology at William & Mary is pleased to invite nominations for the first Vinson Sutlive Book Prize in Historical Anthropology.  The prize goes to the best book published in the prior year, in any discipline, that makes use of anthropological perspectives in order to examine historical contexts and/or the role of the past in the present.

Nominated books must be published in English during 2016. Anyone may nominate a book. Nominations should be accompanied by a nominating letter; send the letter no later than May 15, 2017 directly to each of the Sutlive book prize jurors.

Gillian Feeley-Harnik, University of Michigan
gfharnik@umich.edu

Jonathan Glasser, William & Mary
jglasser@wm.edu

Andrea Wright, William & Mary
agwright@wm.edu

May
19
Fri
Conference- The Cost of Freedom: Debt and Slavery @ Brooklyn College, City University of New York
May 19 – May 20 all-day

The Cost of Freedom: Debt and Slavery

A conference in the Fredric Ewen Series on Civil Liberties and Academic Freedom, 19-20 May 2017

Brooklyn College, City University of New York

The rhetorics of freedom and liberty permeate contemporary and historical political discourse. This language and its associated symbols is invariably positively connoted from the perspective of the speaker and the presumed audience. However, the associated values and defining principles shift dramatically in each social context. In short we can all agree freedom is good, but we cannot agree what it means to be free. One of the key sites of contention in such discourse is what needs to be sacrificed in order to achieve liberty and what costs are associated with the preservation of freedom. The valuation of liberty is directly linked to whose freedom is prioritized and who is seen as bearing the associated costs. All of this is especially true in any discussion of slavery.

The aim of this conference is to bring scholars from numerous disciplines into conversation across the historical timeline. Just as freedom and liberty are slippery concepts, so are ideas of debt, value, and payment. But rather than simply viewing these terms as rhetorical devices that make freedom seem worthwhile, we deploy debt, value,and payment as analytical tools for understanding how freedom works – while also keeping in mind that these are concepts that themselves demand investigation. These ideas unite the discourses of freedom and liberty, from ethical and economic discourses, which describe freedom as either physical labor or a mental activity, as well as the language of religion and science. Often our innumerable ways of assessing value bleed one into another, especially in conversations regarding individual and shared liberties.

By explicitly juxtaposing the different methodologies used in asking “what does freedom cost?” from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present, we hope to explore overlapping areas of research and help expand the existing conversations in each discipline. In addition to providing vocabularies, practices and theories of freedom that we still use today, Ancient Greece and Rome provide many examples of peoples who lacked freedom but strove to obtain it, including slaves, women and conquered peoples. By simultaneously examining the Greco-Roman antiquity and modernity, we bring to light recurrent historical patterns of the costs that people have and continue pay for freedom.

Our ultimate goal is to produce a rigorous edited volume of the most substantial and unified conference contributions for publication by a major university press.

Our confirmed keynote speakers include, Orlando Patterson (John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University), Saidiya Hartman (Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University) and Deborah Kamen (Associate Professor, Classics, University of Washington).  We are seeking contributions for at least four panels of 3-4 participants each.  We hope to attract participation from a wide range of academic disciplines and from scholars at all levels, and will try to reflect this diversity in our creation of each broad panel.  Examples of possible panel titles might be: “Themes of Freedom and Payment in the Novel”, “The Economics of Emancipation”, “Cross-Cultural Political Theories of Sacrifices and Liberty”, “Comparative Histories of Debt-Bondage”, or “The Shifting Demographics of Civil Liberties”.

 

We will be offering a minimum of six bursaries of up to 500 dollars to be awarded on the basis of greatest need, taking into account access to institutional funding and the distance of the conference from the participant’s home institution.

 

31 October 2016 is the deadline for the submission of abstracts. Please include the following as separate files:  (1) title, abstract of 300-500 words, a one page bibliography (no self identifying information please!); (2) your name, title of your proposed talk, institutional affiliation, short academic bio, and an indication of whether you’d like to be consider for a bursary, a budget for the amount requested, and any information we should take into consideration when making our bursary allocations.

These two files (PDF or MSWord preferred) should be sent to: c-f-p@debtandslavery.com

General questions on this conference should be sent to: queries@debtandslavery.com

 

We hope to notify successful applicants by 15 November.

31 March 2017 will be the deadline for submission of draft papers for pre-circulation among fellow panelists and organizers.

We will also invite poster submissions from undergraduates conducting research on related themes; the deadline for poster proposals will be 1 March 2017.

May
20
Sat
Anthropologies of the United States of America: Views from Near and from Afar CFP
May 20 all-day

Anthropologies of the United States of America: Views from Near and from Afar
International Conference
University of Palermo, June 15 – 16, 2017

This conference is an interdisciplinary research project intended for scholars from various fields. The aim is to discuss a historically, anthropologically and politically central country: the United States. Is it possible to see the United States as a country to be examined from multiple points of view – both from near and from afar – with particular interest in the current “anthropological” culture, while also paying attention to history and making predictions about the future? Specialists and enthusiasts from various backgrounds are invited to respond from specific perspectives, in order to compare and contrast different interpretations of the “American galaxy”. To this end, both studies of a theoretical nature and case studies are encouraged. The view from near and from afar, obviously a reference to Lévi-Strauss, alludes to a modus operandi anthropologically based on comparing and contrasting different perspectives. Anthropologists are directly concerned here, because it was in the United States that the much-discussed anthropological Postmodernism recently emerged, and because it was also in the United States that the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, based on studies of Native Americans, was conceived. The reference to “anthropologies” should therefore be viewed literally (anthropologists specializing in the United States in largely ethnographic terms) and with a culturally wider meaning (linguists, comparatists, geographers, semiologists, historians, etc., who observe American culture from their respective epistemological perspectives). The reference to the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, aside from being a theoretical inclination shared by the organizers, is a happy necessity for those who study a multicultural country like the United States, with its difficult past of coexistence between colonizers and natives, as well as between the different cultures of which it is composed today.

We offer the following suggestions as possible topics of discussion, from a comparative perspective or otherwise:

  • Native and non-native cultures
  • Ancient/recent migratory phenomena
  • Conformism/individualism
  • Multiculturalism and identity
  • Religious radicalization and New Age movements
  • Processes of globalization and local agency
  • American anthropology/other anthropologies
  • American literature/other literatures
  • The linguistic relativity hypothesis today
  • Everyday cultures
  • Tradition and modernity
  • Processes of homogenization and diversification of knowledge
  • Spaces of imagination
  • Places and non-places
  • Ecologies of landscape
  • Wilderness
  • Languages of power and knowledge
  • Current political situation
  • Politics of inclusion/exclusion
  • Oral histories
  • Etc.

Keynote speaker:
Vincent Crapanzano, City University of New York

Scientific board:
Stefano Montes and Matteo Meschiari

Administrative organization:
Dipartimento Culture e Società
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italia

For information and to submit proposals:
Stefano Montes (montes.stefano@tiscalinet.it)
Matteo Meschiari (matmeschiari@gmail.com)

Practical information:
Deadline for submitting proposals: 20 May 2017
Proposal summary and title: 250-300 words
Duration of presentations: 20 minutes
Conference languages: Italian, French and English
Conference participation is free of charge
Travel costs, accommodation expenses and meals are covered by participants or their institutions
Proceedings of the conference will be published

May
29
Mon
Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility, Belgrade, Serbia
May 29 – Jul 7 all-day

May 29 – July 7, 2017

The University of Alberta Anthropology Department offers a 6-week, 6-credit undergraduate/graduate Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia. Hone your ethnographic sensibility through attention and sensorium training methods developed in visual and dramatic arts, performance, and music. Break your perceptual habits and develop acute receptivity to the nuances of the ways people walk and argue, use things and spaces, organize their time, mix smells and tastes, sit at a table, or hail a taxi. Become a sensitive instrument for registering surprises, noting patterns in them, and transposing them into ethnographic writing, film, photography, sound, or performance. In its third year, the Fieldschool is aimed at anthropologists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and others interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. Accommodation in hostel and local families. Two field-trips outside Belgrade. No knowledge of Serbian required.

International Interdisciplinary Summer School: “Political Ecology” with Bruno Latour
May 29 all-day

A one-week International Interdisciplinary Summer School on “Political Ecology” with Bruno Latour will take place during this year’s Unseld Lectures May 29–June 2. For further information about the Unseld Lectures as well as the workshop please see the call for applications and our website.

To apply for the international summer school, applicants have to send in a completed application form downloadable from our website, including a CV according to usual standards. Additionally, each applicant is required to submit an essay of up to 5000 characters. This essay should delineate your specific motivations and qualifications for the summer school’s topic. Deadline for the receipt of complete applications (application form, CV, essay) is March 10th, 2017. A letter of admission will reach successful applicants by March 30th.

There is no program fee. The Forum Scien-tiarum seeks to facilitate the participation of competent students from all over the world, and as the Forum Scientiarum is provided a limited fund by the Udo Keller Foundation Forum Hu-manum for covering part of travel expenses, limited financial resources should not affect your decision to apply. Moreover, the Forum Scientiarum will assist participants in finding inexpensive accommodation. For more infor-mation please see our website.

Applications should be sent to un-seld@fsci.uni-tuebingen.de or to postal address:
FORUM SCIENTIARUM
Doblerstr. 33
D-72074 Tübingen
Germany

May
30
Tue
International Interdisciplinary Summer School: “Political Ecology” with Bruno Latour
May 30 all-day

A one-week International Interdisciplinary Summer School on “Political Ecology” with Bruno Latour will take place during this year’s Unseld Lectures May 29–June 2. For further information about the Unseld Lectures as well as the workshop please see the call for applications and our website.

To apply for the international summer school, applicants have to send in a completed application form downloadable from our website, including a CV according to usual standards. Additionally, each applicant is required to submit an essay of up to 5000 characters. This essay should delineate your specific motivations and qualifications for the summer school’s topic. Deadline for the receipt of complete applications (application form, CV, essay) is March 10th, 2017. A letter of admission will reach successful applicants by March 30th.

There is no program fee. The Forum Scien-tiarum seeks to facilitate the participation of competent students from all over the world, and as the Forum Scientiarum is provided a limited fund by the Udo Keller Foundation Forum Hu-manum for covering part of travel expenses, limited financial resources should not affect your decision to apply. Moreover, the Forum Scientiarum will assist participants in finding inexpensive accommodation. For more infor-mation please see our website.

Applications should be sent to un-seld@fsci.uni-tuebingen.de or to postal address:
FORUM SCIENTIARUM
Doblerstr. 33
D-72074 Tübingen
Germany

May
31
Wed
Costume Society of America’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Symposium @ Westin Portland Harborview
May 31 – Jun 4 all-day

Call for Papers: Oral/Design Research, Panels/Discussion Sessions, Virtual Exhibition Tours, Research (including Design) Exhibits

Deadline: October 14, 2016 Contact: Jessica Urick at jurick@risd.edu

Click here for more information.

Call for Submissions: Juried Creative Design Exhibition

Deadline: October 14, 2016

Contact: Susan Hannel via email at shannel@uri.edu  Click here for more information.

Call for Submissions: Professional Development Sessions

Deadline: October 14, 2016

Contact: Rebecca Kelly at rebeccajkelly3@gmail.com  Click here for more information.