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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/
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.
For the first time, the International Metropolis Conference in collaboration with the City of The Hague and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam will offer a special program for PhD students. The program will start on Sunday evening, September 17, 2017 and will adjourn just before the opening of the Conference on Monday afternoon, September 18. The aim is to bring PhD students together to support the development of their international networks and to offer them a platform to discuss, directly with policy officials and civil society organizations, the value of their research for policy. There will be space for 25 students who will be selected on a first come, first served basis, subject to them meeting criteria detailed on the website (see link below).
Those who are accepted will be offered dinner on Sunday evening, lunch on Monday, a waiver for the registration fee for the International Metropolis Conference (September 18-22, 2017), and accommodation free of charge from Sunday September 17 until Friday September 22.
Students who wish to sign up should send an email with information about i) their affiliation, ii) the title and topic of their PhD project, iii) details about their policy related activities, iv) a CV, and v) two letters of recommendation from their supervisors to [email protected].
Please follow the link below to apply for this exciting opportunity: https://metropolisthehague.org/programme/phd.php
Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea (MOE)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
Korean National Commission for UNESCO
Busan Metropolitan City
The theme for the 5th World Humanities Forum is “The Human Image in a Changing World.” The very purpose of humanities research is to study humans, but the image of humans however, has gone through on-going changes not only throughout different time periods but also according to the various local situations. Therefore it is important that we primarily capture human images and then document the characteristics of the human images from past to present in various academic and ordinary lives.
The theme of “The Human Image in a Changing World” seeks to examine the imbrications of human images across time and space, in order to redefine the ways in which humanities have been envisioned, particularly to visualize the various ways in which humanities engage with the cultural processes in the past, present, and future. Literature, visual arts, and new media have always taken the leading and guiding role in representing the human image as imagined and understood by the public. Historians have frequently been at the forefront of analyzing the dynamics of differences in human images in the continuum of time. Philosophers have generated profound yet varying discourses on how human images have been thought differently in terms of a philosophical relationship with nature, gender, and bodies. The emergence of the robotic industry and artificial intelligence demands investigation in order to recognize the human image, especially in the 21st century. Above all, it is crucial to discover human images as they are, and reflect them thoughtfully from various insights.
All humanities research, in its essence, explores human images that have evolved over time. It is the fundamental premise of our humanities research to understand the changing human images of today. We hope to explore and share distinctive human images, and hence develop new directions of humanities research for future generations.
Participants applying are welcome to take on additional roles as moderator and commentator during the forum. Please check the boxes if you are able to moderate a session or be a commentator for other presentations.
The moderator has the important role of overseeing the session. For a successful session, the moderator will be responsible for the following: 1) Give a short introduction of the speakers, 2) manage the time for each presentation and, 3) briefly summarize each presentation and facilitate the discussion.
Presenters participating in the WHF are welcome to be commentators in other sessions. Around 2~3 commentators will be present at each session and give their opinion at the end of the presentation to begin the discussions.
January 31, 2018
The World Humanities Forum will provide full support for flight and accommodation for the period of the Forum to all authors invited to present at the Forum.
For the first time in 2018 Achill Archaeological Field School will offer two $2000 scholarships for any of our 6-week or 12-week accredited excavation courses (Excavations and Recording 1, 2, or 7). The bursaries, which can be offset against course fees, aim to support students in their field school journey of discovery.
- Applicants for the scholarship should submit a 500 word statement outlining why they wish to study at the Achill Archaeological Field School accompanied by a CV.
- Students must have applied and completed enrolment at the Achill Archaeological Field School before the scholarship deadline of April 30, 2018.
- Applications should be sent to [email protected] with subject title ‘Scholarship’.
Place of Study
The study will be taken at Achill Archaeological Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
There is no nationality restriction.
30 April 2018.
If you have any further questions please contact us at [email protected].