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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
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
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
30
Sun
International Metropolis Conference: Migration and Global Justice Call for Proposals
Apr 30 all-day

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for workshops and individual papers/presentations for the 2017 International Metropolis Conference. The World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands, will host us from September 18th to September 22nd, where professionals from different sectors (i.e. policy, research, civil society) will be discussing the state of migration, integration, and diversity across the world.

The theme of this year’s conference is Migration and Global Justice, and through it we will focus on mobility, voluntary and forced alike, on how our societies and governments respond, and on how to bring considerations of global justice to the discussion. The refugee crisis that continues to unfold in the Middle East and Europe is a clear case in point, but so, too, are the population shifts elsewhere in the world from resource-poor to resource-rich countries, and the movements from the hinterland to cities and suburbs. Our conference will illustrate how researchers can help us and our governments gain a better understanding of these global changes and how best to cope with, and take advantage of, today’s unprecedented degree of human mobility. Are the tested approaches still effective, or do we need new ways of managing migration, the crises that it can create, and the new opportunities that it offers? Do rising nationalism and the emergence of “post-truth politics” require new thinking about the relations between research, policy, and practice?

Our theme will also explore the challenges faced by our institutions of governance, local, national, and supranational governments, as well as by the many private sector and not-for-profit organizations, ranging from civil society institutions to NGOs and multinational companies, which find themselves in a highly dynamic migration landscape, where power and responsibilities are shifting dramatically. In this landscape, principles of global justice may require actors to assume new roles and to develop new ways of working in collaboration. The 2017 International Metropolis Conference will allow participants to discuss and analyze these issues in a forum that encourages open exchanges and debate among the world’s different stakeholders in the migration process.

The deadline to submit your proposal is midnight, April 30th, 2017, CET. To view the full Call for Proposals, including submission guidelines, please visit www.metropolisthehague.org.

If you wish to receive updates on this conference, please register your email address here.

May
31
Wed
The People of the Great Stones Symposium CFP
May 31 all-day

Florida Symposium—Native American Traditions to Help European Scholars Interpret Prehistory

Call for Papers now open for International Multi-Disciplinary Event

Myakka City, FL—Megaliths, mounds, kivas and cairns: monumental ceremonial and ritual spaces are hallmarks of human development that predate agriculture and technology.   In March 2018 researchers from around the world will gather on Florida’s Gulf Coast to explore and share the traditions of various Indigenous people in pursuit of a better understanding of how civilization got on its current path.  Joining us will be the Head Curator of the world’s oldest freestanding buildings.  Rock Art, Monument Building, Belief Systems, Rites of Passage, Archaeo-astronomy and more will be explored.

“A lot of things can be proved by local archaeological, historical, folkloric material but cross-cultural analysis would complete the researcher’s final conclusions and findings,” says H. G. Ananyan, Curator of the Museum of the Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan.  “This initiative is a great opportunity to exchange thoughts and get acquainted with the rituals, legends and beliefs of other people.”
Equal benefit to the New World side of the exchange is suggested by Stanford University Anthropology professor Dr. Ian Hodder:  “I do think that there is an exciting potential for getting the new generation of Native American scholars to interpret the monuments of the ‘origin of civilization’ in the Mediterranean and Middle East – a wonderful example of ‘talking back’.”
The People of the Great Stones Symposium welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars, and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices, as well as spokespersons for First Nations and other indigenous cultures.   CFP closes on 31 May 2017; 250-300 word abstracts should be submitted in English.  Details for submission, participation and observer attendance are on the  website:  http://www.OTSF.org/greatstonesymposium.html
The symposium is organized by The OTS Foundation,  a United States of America not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational foundation dedicated to research and public outreach concerning  the Neolithic (New Stone Age) in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Jun
16
Fri
Call for Papers: Journal of Homosexuality
Jun 16 all-day

Now in its 63rd volume year, the Journal of Homosexuality (JH), a landmark international peer-reviewed scholarly journal in sexuality studies, welcomes submissions from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. While the majority of articles published in the JH have traditionally focused on empirically-based social scientific topics, JH welcomes on an ongoing basis submissions from such fields as: art, art history, performing arts, visual arts, classics, cultural studies, education, ethnic studies, geography, history, international relations, journalism, language and literature, philosophy, political science, queer studies, and women and gender studies.

JH has been published since 1974 and is known broadly as a classic among sexuality studies journals, and it continues to be highly respected among scholars in sexuality studies across the globe. It currently publishes 12 issues per year and will move to 14 issues annually beginning in 2017. Accepted manuscripts will be uploaded to the JH/Taylor & Francis website with DOI numbers prior to being published in the print version of the journal to provide maximum exposure.

Submissions Process

Please submit manuscripts directly via e-mail attachment to the Editor-in-Chief Dr. John P. Elia at jpelia@sfsu.edu (JH does not utilize online manuscript submissions via ScholarOne or Manuscript Central).

Manuscripts should…

  1. Contain 7,000 words or fewer including references, and footnotes/endnotes (lengthier manuscripts may be approved by writing directly to the editor-in-chief)
  2. Have a 150-word abstract with 7-10 key words immediately following the abstract
  3. Conform to the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition (2012).
Jun
19
Mon
10th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine @ Palace Dubrovnik
Jun 19 – Jun 24 all-day

The 10th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine is inviting abstract submissions to contribute to an already exciting list of speakers.

International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) is founded with an idea to promote, enhance and extend research, development and education in molecular biology as applied to clinical and molecular medicine, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics, forensic and anthropological genetics, biotechnology and individualized medicine. Although the first official assembly of the ISABS was held in 2004, the society has actually started with its activities in 1997 by organizing the international meeting in forensic ad clinical genetics: First European – American Intensive Course in PCR Based Clinical and Forensic Testing. Along the organization of biannual scientific meetings, during the past years the Society has become a rich source of prominent young scientist that are continually giving a huge contribution to the promotion and advancement in the various fields of applied biomedical sciences both in Croatia and abroad.

 

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10th ISABS Conference brochure.

The foundation of Anthropology and Global Health Section under the ISABS Scientific Committee will take place at the 10th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 19-24, 2017.

The Conference will host 5 Nobel Prize Laureates, including dr. Ada Yonath (Weizmann Institute of Science), dr. Robert Huber (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry), dr. Avram Hershko (Technion), dr. Harald zur Hausen (University of Heildeberg) and dr. Paul Modrich (Duke University).

More than 60 invited speakers from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Duke University, Penn State University, National Institutes of Health-NIH, Institute for Cancer Genetics, Columbia University, University of Cambridge, etc., as well as 500 participants from more than 55 countries will attend the Conference.

More information on ISABS and 10th ISABS Conference is available at www.isabs.hr