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The forthcoming 9th Conference will be held at the University of Zadar, Croatia

CfP: Alterity and the Research Imagination Conference (Lisbon, 25-26 January 2018)

Alterity and the Research Imagination
VII Graduate Conference in Culture Studies
 
25–26 January 2018
School of Human Sciences ׀ Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon
 
 
Keynote Speakers
Jess Auerbach ׀ Assistant Professor of Social Science, African Leadership University
Jeremy Gilbert ׀ Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London
Margherita Laera ׀ Lecturer in Drama and Theater, School of Arts, University of Kent
Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius ׀ Associate Lecturer, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
Preoccupation with theories and practices of representation and othering, across the breadth of various genres and disciplines, has moved forward debates about positioning in research and modes of constructing and producing knowledge. In Meatless Days (1989), a vivid memoir of her girlhood in postcolonial Pakistan, Sara Suleri Goodyear deplores being regarded as an “otherness machine”—a concern Kwame Anthony Appiah (1991) shares in his famous critique of postcolonial literature, culture and critical studies. A host of scholars who tend to conflate the post-isms as such contend that postcolonial theory and praxis are embedded in Western institutions that shape the field. Aijaz Ahmad (1992) and Arif Dirlik (1994) have argued that, owing to its reliance on poststructuralist approaches, postcolonial thought excludes questions of economic and political power structures. A staunch Derridean who uses deconstruction to uncover and disrupt such inevitable hegemonic relations of power in the academy or elsewhere, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1999) has likewise dissociated herself from the postcolonial mainstream. Edward Said (1983), whose groundbreaking book Orientalism (1978) sets out a toolbox for colonial discourse analysis, has grown more and more dissatisfied with the untenable apolitical nature of the theoretical insights of Derrida, Foucault and others. Yet, some scholars, and Said himself, have pointed to the geocultural limitations of his theoretical model. In considering discourses of orientalism and balkanism, for instance, Maria Todorova (1997) argues that, unlike the Orient, the Balkans is a concrete entity that is peripheral, but not completely other, to Europe. Paul Gilroy has challenged the racial and ethnocentric biases inherent within British cultural studies in his first major work There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack (1987). His discussion of diasporic hybridity (1993), however, has been censured for being gender-neutral. In his seminal essay The New Cultural Politics of Difference (1990), Cornel West locates his polemic on the emergence of the new black (or African-American) cultural worker in a critical historical juncture that might be comparable to what Stuart Hall calls “the end of the innocent notion of the essential black subject” (1988). More recently, Arjun Appadurai (2006) has made the case for research as a human right—an exercise of the imagination that is intrinsic to knowledge citizenship in the era of globalization. This conference considers the theoretical and methodological conundrums researchers and practitioners in the humanities, arts and social sciences face when encountering sites of alterity. We invite proposals that engage with the concept of alterity and subject it to a searching critique through the lenses of multiple disciplines. Themes of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Representations of alterity in film, literature, architecture, the visual and performing arts, etc.
  • Alternative media, politics and creativity
  • Multicultural, intercultural and transcultural communication
  • Critical human geography
  • The everyday—its antecedents and simulacra
  • Sociality and the ethics of care
  • Hybrid modalities of identity and difference
  • Ethnographic translations of radical alterity
The working language of the conference is English.
Individual paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Proposals for panels of 3 papers (90 minutes) or roundtables of 3–5 participants (60 minutes) related to the theme of the conference are welcome. We aim to integrate an ambitious range of perspectives. Proposals incorporating practice as research, or other creative work, are encouraged.
Please send an abstract (250 words) and a brief biographical note (150 words) to alterityresearchimagination@gmail.com. All proposals should include a title, your name(s), contact details and, if relevant, institutional affiliation(s). The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 August 2017. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent on 1 October 2017. The deadline for registration is 15 November 2017.
Registration Fee
€50 (includes admission to all keynotes and plenary sessions and refreshments and lunch breaks during the conference)
Organizing Committee
Amani Maihoub (CECC-UCP)
Gregor Taul (CECC-UCP)
Contact
The Lisbon Consortium
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisbon
Portugal

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies / announcement of scholarships

Beginning November 15, 2017 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers the following doctoral positions: up to 3 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 3 PhD scholarships.

Application deadline: July 23, 2017

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint program by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012. Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:

  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
  • Cultural Systems
  • Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law. In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.

 

To view the full call, please visit http://www.gs-oses.de/reader-165/items/cfa-doctoral-students-2017.html.

“When Things Become Property”: A Book by Stefan Dorondel

The latest book in Berghahn’s series Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy is co-authored by Stefan Dorondel, member of InASEA’s Executive Committee.

When Things Become Property interrogates the mixed outcomes of conferring ownership by examining postsocialist land and forest reforms in Albania, Romania and Vietnam, and finds that property reforms are no longer, if they ever were, miracle tools available to governments for refashioning economies, politics or environments.

Further information on the book is available here.

Déjà Lu, vol. 5

Issue 5 of Déjà Lu has now been published by the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA). This is the biggest issue yet, with 42 articles from around the anthropological world.

The website address for  Déjà Lu is:   https://www.wcaanet.org/dejalu/

CfP: Bodies In Transition – Power, Knowledge And Medical Anthropology

CALL FOR PAPERS

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)
Venue: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences (Av. Prof. Aníbal Bettencourt, 9)

Conference presentation / theme: http://medanthlisbon2017.apantropologia.org/presentation/

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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.

Call for Field Research: The European Union: a bottom up view. Emic interpretations of decline along the Lower Danube.

Danube Seminar and Pilot Field Studies – Summer 2017

1 – 15 Aug. (Module 1); 3-10 Sept. (Module 2)

Yulian Konstantinov, Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies

Henrik Egbert, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Overview

Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.

Objectives:

The principal objectives of the events are:

to provide opportunities for researchers from a broad range of social science disciplines (e.g. Sociocultural Anthropology, Sociology, Human Geography, Economics) to participate in a seminar discussion of the proposed topic (Programme, below);

to provide opportunities for pilot field-research (Research Topics and Sites for Pilot Research, below);

to prepare the way for designing and submitting a research-project proposal on the proposed general theme of the events, with a possible additional inclusion of Romania and Ukraine as research sites, and targeting the period 1.06.2018-31.05.2020.
Location and logistics:

The events will take part at a Tent Camp of BSRCS at Km 727 on the Bulgarian bank of the Danube (Google Maps, below). Nearest town: Lom, nearest villages Stanevo (3 km.), Kovachitsa (7 km.). Arrangements for arrival/departure to and from the Camp will be made individually with each participant. We request participants to get in touch with Yulian for further details.

 

Board and lodging:

There is tent space for up to 10 people at the Camp. Kitchen, electric generator, other basic facilities. We get food and drinking water from the nearby villages, or from Lom. We use water from the river for cooking and washing.

Warning! Participants should be confident that they are not allergic to insect bites. Daily temperatures in August may get over 400 C. Thunderstorms and strong gales, lasting for several days, tend to hit the location at least once during the summer.

 

Financing:

The events are self-financed. While at Camp, participants are expected to contribute to daily expenses (food, mineral water, soft drinks, petrol for transport to and from Kovachitsa, fuel/oil for boat, for electric generator, propane/butane for refrigerators, internet wi-fi (if we manage to install it). Judging from experience this should be not more than EUR 15 per person/day, possibly less according to daily/weekly needs. Wine or other alcoholic beverages are bought individually.

 

Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.

 

Contacts:

BSRCS (Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies), NGO (PIC 923085466),

1000 Sofia, 6 Latinka Str. (Bulgaria). Tel. (+359) 899 175 222.

e-mail (Yulian): konstantinovyulian01@gmail.com

 

Dr. Henrik Egbert, Professor of Economics. Department of Economics, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Strenzfelder Allee 28, D 06406 Bernburg
Phone: ++49 (0) 3471 355 1332
Email: henrik.egbert@hs-anhalt.de

 

Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.

CfPanels: EASA Medical Anthropology Network 2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting

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)
Venue: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences (Av. Prof. Aníbal Bettencourt, 9)

 

PRESENTATION

In 2017 the Biannual Conference of EASA Medical Anthropology Network will be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, with the prospect of promoting a compact encounter with more plenaries and less parallel sessions. The purpose is to maximize the interweaving of our experiences and understandings across the different niches and orientations within medical anthropology and in exchange with neighboring fields; we hope that bringing back plenary sessions creates room for unpredicted synergies. Around 120 medical anthropologists from around the globe will meet at the University of Lisbon to debate current research and developments and discuss the field’s contribution to gain a broader and deepened understanding of the conference’s overarching topic.

We chose the ubiquitous theme of the body, qualified in its transitional, mobile, itinerant and dynamic character. We welcome panel and paper proposals addressing different understandings of transition – historical processes, colonial encounters, displacements, migrations, social mobility, cyborg and post-human transformations, environmental variances and, last but not least, the multiple dynamics of embodiment – keeping in mind the centrality of power and knowledge as meaningful and critical axes of medical anthropology approaches to body and health. In particular, the ideas of bodies and transition cannot be disjointed from the larger concept of power and knowledge. How do different powers (state, institutions, movements, individuals) and at different levels (inter and trans-national, national, local) act, interact and/or counteract in the construction of the bodies? And how may knowledge play a role in these dynamics?

Starting from the fundamental notion in medical anthropology that it is ‘good to think with the body’ we open many past, current and future fields by critically reflecting why our human body represents so many different meanings, roles, constructions, interpretations and subjectivities. Humans ‘speak’ with pregnant, aged, tortured, modified, disabled, infected and gendered as well as with beautiful, charming and well-toned bodies, but they epitomize all the pervasive nexus of culture and biology. Moreover, women’s and men’s body exerts intrinsically powerful qualities: Whether a body is healthy or ill, strong or frail, provides care or needs care – it matters in its conjunction with other bodies and minds. Nevertheless, these ascriptions and perceptions are never static and fixed attributes, their transitional and casual nature in inter- and intracultural perspective will certainly shape the conference’s theme of ‘bodies in transition’.

 

PANEL PROPOSALS

Panel proposals should consist of:
– Panel title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words)
– Name and e-mail of panel proponent with institutional affiliation

All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail to the conference secretariat: medanthlisbon2017@gmail.com

Panel proponents should note that:
– Every panel shall have one coordinator and, if needed, a co-coordinator;
– Proponents shall coordinate one panel only; they can, however, serve as co-coordinator in a second panel. 

Deadline for panel proposals: February 15th, 2017.

Panel proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the list of panels accepted will be announced on March 1st, 2017.

 

Download Call for Panels as PDF file > here

Conference website > http://medanthlisbon2017.apantropologia.org/

Interdisciplinary conference ‘Market, Territoriality and Culture’, Zadar

The Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar (Croatia) is pleased to invite you to participate in the interdisciplinary conference on ‘Market, Territoriality and Culture’. The conference will be held June 9-11, 2017 in Zadar.
The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts is December 1st. Call for paper and additional information can be found on conference web page or in this file (pdf).

“When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia”

We are happy to announce the publication of the new book “When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia”, edited by Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl and Phuc Xuan To. Stefan Dorondel is a long time member of InASEA and member of the Advisory Board.

The book is published by Berghahn and can be ordered here.

“Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral material, such as air and genetic resources. When Things Become Property interrogates the mixed outcomes of conferring ownership by examining postsocialist land and forest reforms in Albania, Romania and Vietnam, and finds that property reforms are no longer, if they ever were, miracle tools available to governments for refashioning economies, politics or environments.”

“Disrupted Landscapes”: A New Book from Stefan Dorondel

We are pleased to announce that Stefan Dorondel, member of InASEA’s Executive Committee, has published a book entitled ‘Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania’, part of Berhahn’s series on environment in history.

For more information on the book and the author as well as purchasing information and available discounts, please visit this link.