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Mar
31
Fri
CfP: Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science
Mar 31 all-day

Achille Mbembe (2003) used the term ‘necropolitics’ to account for the existence of ‘death worlds’ within postcolonial geopolitical spaces.

While work in biopolitics has privileged the dynamics of ‘making live and letting die,’ Mbembe highlights the importance of both, extending lives and making deaths.

Rosi Braidotti (2013) follows Mbembe and includes posthuman subjects within the politics of death. Contemporary Anthropocene — as a limit of total extinction provoking an intense scholarship around the boundaries of life and worthy lives — is not exempt from problems associated with Western notions of individualism and humanism (Haraway 2016). In certain ways, Braidotti’s approach, along with other vitalist materialisms such as the work of Bennett (2010) or Barad (2007), allow for the generativity of Life to be seen as a material ongoing force that usurps such Western tendencies. While they transcend the idea of death as an exceptionally human experience that conditions political existence, at the same time they tend to reduce processes of death into Life, or ongoing generativity.

How can STS/ the anthropology of science and technology, research and mobilize the production of boundaries between life and death, between Life as organic and that which is Non-Life (Povinelli 2016)? How can we account for processes of differential dying in more-than-Western, more-than-human, more-than-bios, or even, more-than-earth worlds? This panel looks for contributions around the material semiotics of death, dead subjects, and killing/elimination that engage with the processes by which they are maintained, resignified, or disrupted.  Welcoming fabulation, empirical, theoretical, or speculative communications.

More information on the panel can be found here http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/open_panel_topics_34_66

The deadline for submission is March 1st. You may apply at https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s17/

 

Museums in Arabia 2017: Hosted by the Bahrain National Museum
Mar 31 all-day

Museums in Arabia is an internationally established conference series. Museums in Arabia operates as an international collaborative network for exploring the theory and practice of museums and heritage in the Arabian Peninsula. Established in 2011 the conference series has developed successful events at different host institutions, including the British Museum in 2012 as a special session at the Arabian Seminar and at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, in partnership with UCL Qatar in 2014. The conference provides a platform for local, regional and international scholars and practitioners to come together to discuss and exchange ideas around museum and heritage practices in the Gulf.

The 2017 iteration of the Museums in Arabia series aims to engage more specifically with how artistic and aesthetic practice and production (in the broadest sense) is employed within museums, galleries, heritage events, and urban planning in the Arabian Peninsula. Hosted by the Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain and generously supported by the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, October 11-13, 2017. Conference sessions will take place over two days on the 11th and 12th of October. On October 13th 2017 all participants will be invited to engage in a day of site visits and discussions led by the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities.

We encourage paper proposals that examine the specific ways in which ‘artistic’ practice and production is presented and consumed within the context of Gulf museums, galleries, exhibitions and events.

Representation and Identity

How is artistic expression defined in the Gulf? What ‘forms’ of artistic expression are produced (in the past and the present) and by whom? How are different identities represented and reproduced through artistic practice in the cultural sector in the region and how do these relate to the museums and heritage landscape in general? Who has the power to represent and re-produce identity through artistic expression? 

Artistic Practice

What artistic practices are employed within museums in the region? How do these practices relate to the production of museum aesthetics both ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the museum? How is artistic practice used in the production of new museums, architecture, and in the heritage field and who is involved in creating those expressions? Where is art produced and by whom? How is artistic practice used to represent local, regional and international identity? What aspects of museums can be considered ‘artistic’?

Space and Place

How are artistic practices employed in the production of space and place? How is cultural production implicated in the development of new buildings, districts and cities? How are heritage buildings re-created and re-used as spaces of artistic and creative enterprise in contemporary Gulf societies? How is the past, present and future represented in spaces and places in the Gulf?

Themes may address but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Art Practice and Theory in Gulf Museology
  • Artistic Identity
  • Architects, Architectural Styles and Architectural Practice
  • New Technologies
  • Artists and Designers
  • Designers, Design Museums and Design Districts
  • Creation of Zones and Districts
  • Adaption and Re-Adaption of Heritage Spaces and Places

Abstracts addressing other themes relevant to this conference will also be considered.

The Museums in Arabia series encourages cross-disciplinary exchange and engagement. The conference attracts participants from a broad array of disciplines with the aim of encouraging interdisciplinary modes of inquiry. We therefore encourage academics and practitioners from any relevant discipline to submit proposals.

By exploring the relationship(s) between artistic production and practice (in the broadest sense) in museums, galleries and heritage institutions we seek to broaden the conversation around the significance of this area and to identify future avenues for related research. Additionally, as the Museums in Arabia series attracts scholars from a wide variety of geographic locations and research specializations it provides a unique opportunity to foster multidisciplinary dialogue around the theory and practice of museum, gallery and heritage activities in the region.

Theoretical analysis and understandings of artistic and aesthetic production and practice is under-represented in the literature relating to museums and heritage in the Gulf. We therefore expect to draw contributions that can lead to new publications in the field. Selected papers of this conference will be published in an edited volume. Already the 2014 Museums in Arabia conference led to the publication of the edited volume Museums in Arabia: Transnational Practices and Regional Processes (K. Exell & S. Wakefield, 2016, Routledge).

This conference will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students interested in museum and heritage theory and practice in the Gulf, Creative and artistic practices, and, more broadly, those with an interest in the cultural, economic and political landscape of the region.

Abstracts should follow the Museums in Arabia submission guidelines. Abstracts must include author’s institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract (500 words maximum); author’s biography, author’s contact details and keywords.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 31st March 2017

Please submit abstracts to: conference@museumsinarabia.com

For any queries regarding abstract submissions please email Sarina Wakefield at Sarina.Wakefield@zu.ac.ae and Laila Prager at lp75@nyu.edu

Listening participants must pre-register for the conference. If you would like to attend the conference as a listening participant, please send an email to conference@museumsinarabia with ‘Listening Participant’ in the subject line. Attendance will only be confirmed once you have received confirmation of your place at the conference. Arabic-English and English Arabic Translation will be available for all conference sessions.

Decisions will be communicated by 30th April 2017.

Website: http://www.museumsinarabia.com

Twitter: @museumsinarabia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/museumsinarabia/

 

 

Second International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt Call for Proposals @ Pabellón Cultural de la República
Mar 31 all-day

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF SALT

12–16 October 2017, Los Cabos, México

Registration and paper submissions now open

We welcome sessions on any and beyond the following themes: Salt and Gastronomy, Salt and Medicine, Shamanism, magic, esoterism and witchcraft, Art and salt, Tourism and salt, Religion Rituals and salt, Ecotourism and salt, Salt and science, Salt, astronomy and space exploration, Economy and salt, History and salt, Prehistory and salt, Lexicon and vocabulary of salt, Toponymy, Literature and salt, Salt inheritance, Archaeology and salt, Salt, Art rock and petroglyphs, Sal and technology, Health, healing and salt, Salt and industry, Salt and ancient costumes, Salt and indigenous culture, Salt and university education, Salt palaeontology, Salt and artcraft, Salt and environment, Microbial carpets and salt, Salt and biology, Salt and geology, Salt, beauty, cosmetics and make up, Cinema, music and arts of salt, Photography and salt, Salt and tanning leather, The Encyclopedia of Salt.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society
Mar 31 @ 2:57 pm – 3:57 pm

 

Community: Resistance, Reclamation, and Re-Creation

Whose traditions get to be expressed, sanctioned and studied and whose do not?  When the exclusionary dominant version is the worldview accepted as official, what costs do communities outside the dominant group pay in terms of sustaining their traditions? How do power, privilege, whiteness, and intersectionality shape the story? Where are those structures that reinforce or challenge systems of exclusion?

As folklorists, we are committed to exploring the absent, invisible, and counter expressions of communities in our midst. These creations can be sites of re-creating community in the face of disruption, reclaiming traditional knowledge, and resisting the power structures that silence or marginalize them.

This year’s organizing team invites participants to examine, interpret and explore the breadth of this topic. Relevant topics especially include cultural issues facing transnational communities, New Americans and communities of color as well as other communities (e.g., disabilities, LGBTQ) whose identities and cultures have been invisible. The work of public folklorists and folklorists in the schools may have much to offer on this topic as well.  Of course, in addition to this topic, we encourage participants to explore the full dimensions of their scholarship, regardless of topic.

The 128th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen friendships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required.

You can find more information about the meeting, including instructions for submitting proposals, beginning February 1, 2016, at http://www.afsnet.org/page/2017AM.

 Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2017

Meeting Information:

October 18-21, 2017

Marriott City Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Contact info:

Lorraine Walsh Cashman

American Folklore Society

Classroom-Office Building, Indiana University

1800 East Third Street

Bloomington, IN 47405

812-856-2422; fax: 812-856-2483

Apr
1
Sat
Bodies in Transition: Power Knowledge and Medical Anthropology Call for Proposals @ University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences
Apr 1 all-day

BODIES IN TRANSITION – POWER, KNOWLEDGE AND MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
EASA Medical Anthropology Network
2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting
5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal
Local organization: Portuguese Anthropological Association (APA)
Conference presentation / theme: http://medanthlisbon2017.apantropologia.org/presentation/

PAPER PROPOSALS

To submit a paper proposal please choose the panel you find more adequate from the list of panels: http://medanthlisbon2017.apantropologia.org/list-of-selected-panels/

Send your proposal directly to the panel(s) convenor(s) using the email address(es) provided in the detailed information of each panel.

Paper proposals should be submitted in English and should consist of:
– Paper title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words);
– Name and e-mail of paper proponent with institutional affiliation.

Paper proponents should note that:
– For future reference, the leading proponent of a paper will be considered the author; the remaining proponent(s) will be considered co-author(s);
– Each author may only present one paper to the congress; an author may, however, serve as co-author in a second paper.

Deadline for paper proposals:  April 1st, 2017.

Paper proposals will be evaluated by panel coordinators. The list of papers accepted will be announced on April 15th, 2017.

The 9/11 Legacy: “History is Not Was, History Is” Call for Proposals @ National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Apr 1 all-day

The 9/11 Legacy: “History is Not Was, History Is

This past September, thousands of family members gathered at the 9/11 Memorial to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. At this site, the effects of that day are still obvious: memorial fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, the steady drone of construction on surrounding projects still underway, rebuilding the devastation left behind, and two large steel tridents that once formed part of the external façade of the North Tower visible through the windows of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s entry pavilion. Here, the effects of terror are evident. Here, to quote Pope Francis on his own visit to the site in 2015, “grief is palpable.”

This conference, to be held at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, will explore the broader legacy of 9/11. This was the most globally witnessed event in history and one that led to the longest war in the history of the United States. What, then, are the legacies that ripple out from the memorial fountains across the city, the country, and the globe? As William Faulkner observed, “History is not was, history is.” How has the event of 9/11 reverberated in our understanding of the past and in more contemporary social, political, and cultural life; in the economy, in war and peace, surveillance and security, the geopolitics of the Middle East, the refugee crisis and in the debates over identity, memory and sacred space? What historical processes might we trace – either backwards or forwards – from September 11, 2001? What news headlines can we connect to 9/11 in meaningful and instructive ways: Paris, Orlando, Istanbul, the Arab Spring, Aleppo, the death of Syrian refugee child Alan Kurdi, Edward Snowden, Russia, the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the list goes on…

We invite proposals for interdisciplinary papers and panels that consider the ways in which, to quote Mark Redfield in The Rhetoric of Terror, a “new history begins here at this calendrical ground zero.” We seek contributions, both empirical and conceptual, that consider the myriad ways that the events of September 11, 2001, continue to inform the past, the present and the future – both in the United States and around the globe.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

–          9/11 and historiography

–          9/11 and periodization

–          Memory and memorialization

–          Sacred and contested spaces

–          “America in the world”

–          The conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia

–          Acts of terror around the globe since 9/11

–          The changing face of terrorism

–          The changing face of warfare and nation-building

–          Intelligence, surveillance and counter-terrorism

–          Para-legality, states of exception and rendition

–          Nationalism, identity, “self “and “other”

–          Human rights, civil liberties and conceptions of “freedom”

–          Shifts in cultural production and representation since 9/11

–          The media, social media and the “image” of terror

–          The academy, museums and cultural institutions

–          The return of religion

–          The refugee crisis

–          Discussions of time and space; home and homeland

We especially seek papers that draw on the intersections between these topics and themes in order to explore the ways in which they might (or might not be) traced back to, or through, 9/11. Do they have a narrative coherence shaped by the forces created that day in September? Or do they operate outside the event, as part of some other inevitable geopolitical shift that we now know only by that name-date even if that shift might have happened anyway?

We invite paper and panel proposals from scholars who can speak to the conference theme. We also seek contributions from practitioners, museum professionals and graduate students. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and CV to the conference organizers (Dr. Andrew Hammond and Dr. Lindsay Balfour) at 2017conference@911memorial.org by April 1, 2017. Panel proposals should include an additional abstract for the theme of the panel. Some financial assistance will be available to help offset the cost of attendance. Selected papers may be included in a follow-up edited volume/special edition.

Apr
14
Fri
The Southern Foodways Alliance 2017 Graduate Student Conference CFP
Apr 14 all-day

The Southern Foodways Alliance 2017 Graduate Student Conference:
Foodways and Social Justice in the U.S. South

Oxford, Mississippi
September 11-12, 2017

Call for Abstracts: DUE April 14, 2017

The Southern Foodways Alliance, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi, announce a call for papers, multimedia projects, or short documentaries for a colloquium to be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, September 11-12, 2017.

We welcome original research or projects that engage with the broad topic of social justice through the lens of Southern foodways or Southern agriculture.  Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Southern foodways or agriculture and intersectional Southern identities (race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, etc.)
  • Food system labor in the U.S. South
  • Immigrant foodways of the U.S. South
  • Critical analyses of contemporary Southern foodways
  • Social, historical, or ecological studies of Southern agriculture, with emphasis on discrimination, environmental justice, etc.
  • Methodological approaches to food studies that attend to issues of racism, sexism, and myriad of other forms of systemic discrimination and oppression

By Friday, April 14, please complete the online application. On the application, describe your paper or project in 200 words and include a short biographical statement.  Please contact Afton Thomas at afton@southernfoodways.org with any questions.

All applicants will receive notification on May 5.  Accepted participants’ final projects for presentation are due by Friday, August 4 at 5 p.m. CT.

Conference fees, including three tasty meals, are waived for accepted presenters.  Travel to Oxford, Mississippi, and lodging costs are the responsibility of presenters.

Apr
15
Sat
Call for Films for 2017 Jean Rouch International Film Festival
Apr 15 all-day

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.

 

Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Apr 15 all-day

Sacrifice, Consumption, and the Public Good

The Society for Values in Higher Education invites presentations and panels on the theme of sacrifice—in particular, the tension between sacrifice and consumption vis-a-vis the public good, what de Tocqueville styled “interest rightly understood.” Direct questions and inquiries to Eric Bain-Selbo, Executive Director, Society for Values in Higher Education (bain-selbo@svhe.org).

Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of the human condition, particularly aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, and religious values. We welcome work from a variety of disciplinary and especially interdisciplinary approaches, including the arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Reviews of books, films, and exhibits are also welcome.

To submit a manuscript to the editorial office, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/soundings/ and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your manuscript. General questions can be directed to soundings@wku.edu.

Apr
20
Thu
4th International Conference of Ethnography and Education CFP
Apr 20 all-day

The 4th International Conference of Ethnography and Education organized in Spain is a forum of debate drawing on current contributions of ethnographic research in education. We encourage all participants to submit abstracts focusing on new knowledge and new approaches to the emerging challenges of education, diversity and inequality in the 21st century in a global world. Please, consider submitting to one of the three following strands:

1. Ethnographic inquiry before old and new research problems
2. Ethnographic research and the assessment of education policy
3. Debates and methodological advances in ethnography of education

The deadline for the submission of abstracts ends on the 20th of April 2017. The completed templates should be sent by email to cieye2017@uab.cat or using the link: http://us13.campaign-archive2.com/?u=65bbcb956634fa98123daa5fc&id=db4f065814

Important Dates:

April 20, 2017 Submission of abstracts ends
May 3, 2017 Review results announced 
May 3, 2017 Registration starts
May 15, 2017 Participants with papers and early bird ends
 June 10, 2017 Presentation times announced
July 10, 2017 Registration Deadline

Registration fees:

CIEYE 2017 conference fees: Registration by 15 May Registration from 16 May
Delegates 150 EUR 190 EUR
Students/Unemployed/Low GDP country delegates 70 EUR 130 EUR