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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”
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 Forty-First Annual Conference will take place October 5th-8th, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The annual German Studies Association conference brings together over 1,000 scholars in the areas of German history, literature, culture, politics and any other discipline with a focus on German-speaking Europe in any time period. Presentations range over the period between the Middle Ages and the present. Younger scholars, including graduate students, can present alongside established members of the association.
On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 14th African Studies Conference titled “Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions.” The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.
The Organizing Committee would like to encourage you to submit panel proposals, focusing on any particular topics related to the Conference’s umbrella theme. The deadline for panel proposals submitting is December 1, 2016. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in English or both English and Russian) received by this date. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal includes the proposed panel convenor(s)’ full name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers. The list of prospective papergivers with their particulars is desirable but not compulsory.
The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.
The American Folklore Society’s 128th annual meeting will take place October 18-21, 2017 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Community: Resistance, Reclamation and Re-creation” is the theme for the 2017 meeting of the American Folklore Society in Minneapolis because, as folklorists, we are committed to exploring the absent, invisible, and counter narratives of communities in our midst. These narratives can be sites of re-creating community in the face of disruption, reclaiming traditional knowledge, and resisting the power structures that silence or marginalize these narratives.
The preliminary schedule and details for registration and hotel accommodations can be found by visiting the American Folklore Society’s website.
The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting on October 26-29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College.
In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, Colorado College and the SEM Indigenous Music Section will present a pre-conference symposium, “Sound Alliances: A Celebration of Indigenous Musics and Cultures,” on October 25 in Colorado Springs.
Visit www.ethnomusicology.org and select “Conferences” for more information about the Annual Meeting, online registration, and hotel accommodations.
The fifth edition of the annual symposium “Why the World Needs Anthropologists” explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.
DAY 1, Saturday, 28 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)
The event will be officially opened by Sandra Bell, Maggie Bosanquest, and convenors of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.
ENERGY FUTURES: PEOPLE, PLACE AND GENERATION
What is the role of communities in the future of energy production? How might engineers work with social scientists on the introduction of new energy technologies?
SOPHIE BOULY DE LESDAIN
Title and synopsis of Sophie Bouly de Lesdain’s lecture are to be announced in upcoming weeks. Thank you for your understanding.
DELAYING OR ENHANCING SOLUTIONS TO THE ENERGY DILEMMA?
In the search for solutions to the energy dilemma – provision of modern energy for all and sustainable production and consumption – what role could or should be played by anthropologists? In this presentation Winther draws on her experiences to reflect on the relationship between the open and contextualized type of knowledge we produce as anthropologists and the normative realm of policies.
EMPOWERING INFRASTRUCTURES: WATER, STEEL AND STONE
Water infrastructure brings together some very ‘powerful’ materials: water, steel and stone which, through their particular properties, co-construct the relationships we have with them. This paper aims to provide some insights into the ‘power of materials’.
The discussion will focus on the development of new sustainable solutions for energy production and consumption. Discussants: Benj Sykes, Tanja Winther, Sophie Bouly de Lesdain, and Veronica Strang. Moderator: Dan Podjed, Convenor of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.
During the day, our co-organisers, sponsors and partners will present at the Energy Hotspot. Do not miss the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts from all sorts of different domains in academia, energy industry and non-for-profit sector.
Do you still have the energy to join us for a social event? We will use the cutting-edge anthropological approaches to spot the best place in Durham.
DAY 2, Saturday, 29 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)
ACCOUNTING FOR ENERGY (Energethics)
The roles of corporations in aiming for a sustainable future, and how anthropological insights help asking the right questions.
How to work appropriately with technical practice innovations in culturing skills for renewable energy.
INSIGHTFUL JOBS (ASA Apply)
Demonstrating the Value of Reflexive Thinking.
MINING HISTORY (Durham Energy Institute)
A walking tour of Durham featuring its hidden history as the centre of what was once the largest coalfield in England.
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Simone A. Abram, Sandra Bell, Pavel Borecký, Ben Campbell, Lynn Gibson, Meta Gorup, Dan Podjed, Evelyn Tehrani
Lawrence Agbemabiese, Ellen Bal, Sandra Bell, Alenka Bezjak Mlakar, Simone Borile, Carlo A. Cubero, Lu Ann De Cunzo, Jurij Fikfak, Carla Guerrón Montero, Duška Knežević Hočevar, Kristin Kuutma, Art Leete, Rajko Muršič, Desirée Pangerc, Jaka Repič, Klāvs Sedlenieks, Veronica Strang, Peter Simonič, Giulia Sinatti, Ülo Valk, Rhoda Woets
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Durham Energy Institute, Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, Department of Anthropology at Durham University
The 2017 National Humanities Conference, co-hosted with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, is the second in a series of three joint national meetings that will bring the humanities community together as whole to consider how, by leveraging our strengths, we can achieve broader public impact and showcase the fundamental role the humanities play in addressing both local and global challenges.