Une présentation à l'Université Sainte-Anne. Invited guest talk

L'Identité Métisse Contestée

6 mars, 2017



The Power of Indigenous Arts Conference organized by the Indigenous Student Alliance

McGill University, March 18th



Native Youth and Culture Fund Grants
First Nations Development Institute

Deadline: March 8, 2017



“Risk on the Table: Food, Health, and Environmental Exposures,” March 10–11, 2017, Princeton University



Dear all,

Please find below the Call for Papers for the Postgraduate Conference 'Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective', to be held at the University of Birmingham, 17th May 2017. Please address any enquiries to postcolonialmidlands@gmail.com<mailto:postcolonialmidlands@gmail.com>

Best wishes,

Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective
This one-day event will showcase postgraduate research investigating postcolonialism during the 20th and 21st centuries from a range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives. As well as providing a graduate platform for discussing the state of the field and ways forward in postcolonial studies, the event will provide postgraduates with an opportunity to present research and receive feedback in a friendly and constructive environment.

More broadly, the conference aims to foster a community of postgraduate researchers who are interested in postcolonial studies, and to provide them with the opportunity to become aware of cutting-edge research by experts in the field.

The day will consist of four themed panels of postgraduate presentations, as well as two keynote speeches that will book-end proceedings. The chance to network with other postgraduates will be central to the event. Refreshments, lunch and a wine reception will be provided

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15th March. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to postcolonialmidlands@gmail.com<mailto:postcolonialmidlands@gmail.com> using the subject heading ‘Abstract 2017’, along with a biography of up to 150 words. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 31st March, and those selected will be invited to give a 20 min. presentation.

Call for papers: Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA) 6th Bi-annual meeting, 28-30 August 2017, Amsterdam.

Security Provision and Citizenship: Privatization, Pluralization and Differentiation
Conveners: Lior Volinz (University of Amsterdam) and Carolina Frossard (University of Amsterdam)

A plethora of private and public security actors are increasingly involved in fulfilling security roles that were once perceived as belonging to the exclusive domain of the state police and military forces. This involvement takes a number of shapes: the outsourcing of policing services to private companies, partnerships between governments and military contractors, the pluralization of security through a growing number of state actors, and the self-responsibilization of citizens turned neighbourhood watchmen, or even vigilantes. These developments entail not only the formation of new relations between public and private security providers, but also new relations and interfaces between security providers and different citizens.
The panel at hand invites abstract submissions from researchers that have been grappling with non-state involvement in security provision in a range of different contexts, and scales, from particular urban locales, to global geopolitics. We are particularly interested in the following themes:

The relationships forged between citizens and non-state security actors
The reconfiguration of state authority alongside the pluralization of security
Reflections on the introduction and diffusion of security practices, performances and materialities among and between state and non-state security actors
Emerging forms of citizen differentiation, as well as mobilization, in relation to non-state, or plural, security provision
Abstracts submissions are welcomed until April 2nd. Please send your abstracts directly to pacsa2017@gmail.com, with a cc to the conveners: l.volinz@uva.nl and c.maurityfrossard@uva.nl; please specify the panel's title.

Dear all,

The call for papers/abstracts for the bi-annual PACSA (Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology) meeting is now open!!

The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security: Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion.

6th Bi-annual meeting, 28-30 August 2017, Amsterdam.

Organized in cooperation with the Anthropology of Security Network, SECURCIT (University of Amsterdam) and the Dept. of Anthropology (VU University Amsterdam)

Conference theme and call:

See online http://www.pacsa-web.eu/pasca-meeting-2017-amsterdam/

Please submit your abstract (max 250 words) to pacsa2017@gmail.com<mailto:pacsa2017@gmail.com> before Sunday 2 April, 2017 and indicate in which panel you would like to present your paper (see link for the panel abstracts).

Living in emergency: humanitarianism and medicine

20th February 2017



Damned by Dams– Artefacts of Modernization and Conflicts of Transformation

Since their inception, large-scale hydroelectric dams have been controversially debated. On the one hand, they represent ideas of climate change mitigation, low-carbon energy production and economic development. On the other hand, they have continuously been at the centre of various political, social and cultural conflicts. In many cases, these conflicts are based on contradictory objectives, interests and strategies: For example, the relocation of indigenous and vulnerable populations, the destruction of delicate ecosystems and biodiversity or cultural heritage is set off against economic growth, energy sovereignty and the need for “green” development. Across the globe, there are both striking similarities and interesting differences between the various big dam projects. In developing as well as developed countries respective conflicts often emerge from cooperation challenges: Between for-profit and not-for-profit agents, between international organizations, such as World Bank and IMF, and national or local organizations, and between various groups of actors within states. These challenges are linked to bigger questions of the twenty-first century, such as development, climate justice, the interaction of global and local institutions, and the role of corporations in the governance of the world.

Whereas dam projects sometimes seem to mainly demonstrate cleavages between local populations and a coalition of corporations and international institutions, a closer look often shows that things can be more complicated: For example, in Brazil, it was Lula’s Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores), a force often associated with the rise of the new left and emancipatory alternatives to corporate globalization, which actually put the dam project of Belo Monte into practice. Or in Ethiopia, the Gibe III dam is also viewed as a regional integration project in a conflict-prone area delivering electricity to neighbouring countries, like Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti, and to local people who have never lived with electricity before.

This workshop will address a variety of issues around conflict and cooperation in hydroelectric dam projects. It will particularly focus on reflecting on the different conflicts of modernization and transformation that emerge in the context of these large-scale development projects and how these can possibly be addressed. The workshop sets out to do so from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective: While history and cultural studies can tell us a lot about the symbolic power of huge dams as projection screens for various visions of development since the New Deal era, social science can analyse the interaction of dam proponents and counter-movements. Philosophy, in turn, can help us to disentangle the conflicting claims and recourses to norms such as human rights, which are at stake in those conflicts. Therefore, we welcome contributions from these and other disciplinary backgrounds which look at hydroelectric dam projects with a focus on conflict and cooperation in the context of transformation processes.

Possible questions include, but are not limited to the following :

What are contemporary practices and politics of large-scale dam projects?
Which conflicting values, visions, interests, relations of power and challenges of cooperation are related to them?
How can we understand dams in terms of their ‘material politics’ but also as representations of wider contradictions related to capitalist development and discourses of modernity?
What are possible alternatives to large-scale hydroelectric dam projects?
How can hydroelectric dam projects be planned and implemented in a more participatory way, respecting the rights and livelihoods of affected groups and actors, such as indigenous peoples and at the same time protecting delicate ecosystems and biodiversity?
In which way can we resolve resource conflicts that emerge in the context of large-scale hydroelectric dams?

We particularly welcome papers that have their empirical basis in field research on one of the large-scale hydroelectric dam projects around the world, such as Narmada in India, Belo Monte in Brazil, Gibe III in Ethiopia or Itoiz in Spain.

The workshop will take place on 26th and 27th October 2017 at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Kristine Avram (avram@gcr21.uni-due.de) by 30/03/2017. You will be notified by 30/04/2017 whether your paper has been accepted for the workshop. Full papers will have to be submitted by 13/10/2017 in order to allow enough time for the discussants to prepare commentaries.

Our objective is to envisage a common publication, such as a special issue or an edited volume, using selected workshop papers.


Andrea Schapper (University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)

Christian Scheper (Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany)

Christine Unrau (Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany)
Contact Info:

Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Kristine Avram
Contact Email:



Changing Climates: Realities, Representations and Responses to Environmental Challenges

St.Chad’s College, Durham University, DH1 3RH

11–12th August 2017

The ratification of the Paris Agreement was a recognition that climate change is a global issue. Recent changes to western political landscapes have, however, introduced uncertainty about the future of the Paris Accords. This uncertainty forces us to recognise that changing climates exist not only as a physical reality but also as political and sociological realities that cannot be untangled from the physical forces they shape.

This two-day, interdisciplinary conference invites postgraduates of all disciplines to think about changing climates, broadly defined. Topics might include, but should not be limited to:

Climate Science
Changing Landscapes
Dystopian Climates
Movement and Migration
Intersectional Environmentalism
Political Climates
Literary Climates
Theological and Eschatological Climates
Activism and Movements
Historical Climates
Climate in the Digital Era
Climate Modelling
Belief and Disbelief
Changing Ideologies

Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers, accompanied by a short speaker biography. We also accept proposals for panels of 3 papers. Scientists are encouraged to submit either a traditional paper, or a 20 minute general-audience presentation based on their research. Submissions should come from postgraduate students or early career researchers. Please send to stchadsmcr.academic@durham.ac.uk no later than 20 May 2017. Keynotes TBC.

Contact Info:

Please contact the conference coordinator Dom Birch (Academic Affairs Officer, St. Chad's College, Durham) at stchadsmcr.academic@durham.ac.uk
Contact Email:



CFP: Annual Meeting of 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science)
Boston, MA. (USA - see note below**)
Aug 30 - Sept 2, 2017

Panel #54:

"Technologies as Rubble? Destabilizing Narratives of Progress"

Organized by:
Javiera Barandiaran (Global Studies), UC Santa Barbara
Tristan Partridge (Anthropology), UC Santa Barbara

Many imagined that globalization would advance uninterrupted, thanks to new
technologies, and would bring capitalist development to billions worldwide.
To disrupt such technological determinism and reassess ongoing dynamics of
global production/destruction, we propose to examine disused, abandoned,
broken or obsolete technologies as “rubble” — as affective objects that
continue to influence society and politics after their allure or usefulness
has waned. Analytically, this means examining how such objects persist in
affecting people differentially across social, geographical and cultural
positions (cf. forthcoming issue of the Journal of Political Ecology). We
borrow the concept from Gaston Gordillo. In Rubble (2014), Gordillo views
the destruction caused by economic globalization not as ahistorical
‘debris’ nor ruins celebrated as evidence of progress, but as rubble
embedded in cycles of production/destruction revealing how past injustices
are lived in the present. For this open panel, we invite contributions that
explore technologies as “rubble.” Among other questions, participants might
ask how such an approach modifies narratives of “failed” or “delayed”
development or imaginaries of renewal, invention, and global
competitiveness; how to recognize technological rubble, or apply the term
to technologies in use; how technologies succumb to political and social
change, not just technological advance, yet can continue to have political
power in their “afterlife”; how inequalities and injustices become
justified within narratives of technical rationality and sophistication; or
how seeing technologies as rubble highlights their means of enduring in a
given context, a quality sometimes overlooked in analyses of technological
circulation across time and place.

submissions deadline: 1 March 2017

While sharing this CfP, we stand in solidarity with those affected by (and
wishing to take action opposing) the discriminatory Executive Order of 27
January 2017.
We would like to echo the American Anthropological Association statement:
“the new U.S. administration’s ill-informed, heavy-handed executive order
denying US entry to citizens from seven Muslim majority countries not only
affects Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia – it affects the
entire world. It is filled with, in the words of AAA President Alisse
Waterston, “hateful cultural ignorance”... [we denounce] the highly charged
xenophobic rhetoric this executive order (and others) has spawned [and] we
acknowledge the motivations of those proposing a boycott of international
conferences held in the US until the ban is lifted.”
(the full AAA statement is available here:

The 4S Council has also released a statement, reproduced here in full:

31 Jan 2017

Statement of the Council of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
regarding political developments in the United States

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is an international
association that brings together diverse researchers, teachers and
practitioners who study the social aspects of science, technology, and
medicine. 4S members live and do research around the world, and have
developed a rich body of scholarship that demonstrates the value of
cultural, intellectual, and political pluralism in all domains of society,
including education and scientific research, technological innovation and
industry, health care, and environmental protection. As such, 4S aspires
to be a fully inclusive organization, and supports the free movement of
people and ideas across boundaries of all kinds. In light of recent
political developments in the United States, we reaffirm the
internationalism of 4S, in fact and spirit, as well as our deep
appreciation for the diverse experiences and perspectives that 4S members
bring to our collective work. We are committed to justice within and beyond
the worlds of scholarship that comprise our Society.

The 4S Council will be considering various ways in which Society members
can express their opposition to U.S. presidential policies, particularly
the discriminatory Executive Order of 27 January 2017, which restricts
travel into the U.S. by those from seven majority Muslim countries. We
will also be joining with sister societies, based in the United States and
around the world, to affirm our support for the protection of academic
freedom and human rights and to register our condemnation of this Order,
and of other unjust and unlawful developments as they may arise.

Most immediately, we would like to open a channel of communication
regarding concerns about this year’s 4S conference to be held in Boston
from August 30 - September 2nd. We encourage anyone planning to submit an
abstract to do so, even if they may be prevented from attending the
conference owing either to border restrictions or to matters of
conscience. If the Executive Order remains in place into the summer, those
unable or unwilling to attend will be included in the program, and their
decisions regarding participation noted as requested.

Please send specific expressions of concern, or suggestions for 4S Council
actions, to Steve Zehr, 4S Secretary, at szehr@usi.edu.

yours in solidarity,
Lucy and Kim

Lucy Suchman, 4S President
Kim Fortun, 4S President-elect

Dear all,

We are inviting paper proposals for the ESRC NWDTC Postgraduate
Conference, *“Impact
and its discontents: ethnography, accountability and activism”* to take
place at the University of Manchester on 31st May 2017.

Deadline for abstract submission, of no more than 250 words, as well as
proposals for panels and film screenings is 31st March 2017. Please address
proposals to ManchesterImpactConference@gmail.com or submit through the
conference website, http://manchesterimpact2017.weebly.com/.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

*Call for papers, ESRC NWDTC Postgraduate Conference:*

*“Impact and its discontents: ethnography, accountability and activism”*

This one day postgraduate conference, supported by the ESRC North West
Doctoral Training Centre, aims to explore “impact” as a set of concerns
shared by those who use ethnography in their research. On the one hand,
universities, funding bodies and other sponsors increasingly demand that
researchers demonstrate tangible, measurable outcomes of their work. On the
other hand, impact is an ethnographic object: among interlocutors for whom
it orientates practice (e.g. international development) and those who try
to bring about change without ever using the word (e.g. social justice
campaigners). In addition researchers work with their interlocutors and
their projects in ways which lie outside their strictly academic concerns,
through various levels of engagement with their informants’ projects. To
take a few examples: the expertise of those who work with marginalised or
indigenous groups is often drawn into legal disputes (as in Stuart Kirsch’s
consultation work on pollution, mining and land rights); the study of
illegal practices may directly inform efforts at their eradication (Nancy
Scheper-Hughes on organ trafficking); and those who study contemporary
political movements may start as, or become, activists in their own right
(David Graeber on the Occupy movement and his “direct action” ethnography).

Increasingly, ethnographers build forms of engagement and outcomes into the
very design of their research. This may be to align with institutional
agendas (such as universities, funders or NGOs), or to assist and advocate
on behalf of research subjects. At times, ethnographers may be held equally
accountable to their institutions and their informants. This conference
seeks to take “accountability” and “activism” as ways to think through the
kinds of impact that are possible, desired or demanded by a range of
ethnographic scenarios. Should the main role of ethnography be to critique
“impact” as a floating signifier, or do we need a new ‘impact
anthropology’? Does ‘thinking through impact’ have anything to offer or is
it a lapse of critical social science? Is it possible to embrace engagement
and advocacy without falling into old debates of the applied vs. the
theoretical? Rather than dismiss either side of the coin, the conference
invites papers from a range of experiences with “impact culture” in order
to take this term and its various applications seriously.

No fee for participation in this conference. Limited funds may be available
for speakers’ travel expenses only.

Kind regards,

James Bradbury

PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester

Call for Case Studies in Social Science Research Ethics.

There is an ongoing debate about the nature of ethics and ethics review in
the design, conduct and practice of social science research. As part of
Sage’s collection of cases in research methods, Dr Nathan Emmerich is
commissioning and editing a series of case studies focusing on research
ethics in the social sciences. These should be relatively succinct tales
from the field, suitable for an undergraduate / postgraduate readership,
and offer insight and guidance on the ethical conduct of research. Previous
cases have addressed the challenges of getting ethical approval for
research, the ethics of interviewing survivors of rape in post-conflict
Rwanda and the construction of information sheets for the purposes of
securing informed consent. Cases that address substantive issues and
reflect the complexities of conducting research are of particular interest.
Further details can be found here:


If you think you have an interesting ‘tale from the field’ - or regarding
getting approval for research - or if you would just like to discuss a idea
for a case, please contact Nathan Emmerich at n.emmerich@qub.ac.uk

Call for papers: Worlds of Nature and Medicine


Rio de Janeiro

August 2-3, 2017

Since the sixteenth century New World and in particular Iberian and Latin America knowledge has been critical to the modern making of ‘nature’ and ‘medicine’. Nevertheless, this long history of the making of new knowledge is not fully recognized in canonical narratives of the histories of science and medicine, which still emphasize European and North-American ‘discoveries’ and pay little attention to the transoceanic circulation of knowledge and people. At this two-day workshop, leading historians from around the world will present new research on the emergence and development of concepts and practices related to natural history and materia medica in the New World from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, illuminating the connections between global and local processes in natural science and medicine.

Papers can be presented in Portuguese, English and/or Spanish. Submit title, 100-word abstract, and 2-page CV, by MARCH 1, 2017 to LAGLOBAL Network Facilitator José Guevara at jose.guevara@postgrad.sas.ac.uk. Informal inquiries may be addressed to LAGLOBAL Director, Mark Thurner (University of London) at mark.thurner@sas.ac.uk and Marcos Cueto cuemarcos@gmail.con (Fiocruz).
Contact Info:

José Guevara, Network Facilitator


Contact Email:



Colloque international et interdisciplinaire 2017 pour étudiants et nouveaux chercheurs : immigration, diversité ethnoculturelle et citoyenneté, Montréal, 28 avril



Call for participation:

Experimental and Sensory Methods in Critical Affective Research
German Association of Anthropology (GAA) biennial conference at the
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin,
between October 4-7, 2017.


*- Judith Albrecht (Frei University Berlin) judithalbrecht@hotmail.com

*- Omar Kasmani (Affective Societies, Frei University Berlin)
kasmanio@gmail.com <kasmanio@gmail.com>*

*- Anton Nikolotov (Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and

*nikolotov.anton@gmail.com <nikolotov.anton@gmail.com>*

*- Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt University Berlin)*


The aim of the workshop is to highlight the analytical apertures that
experimental and sensory methods, or rather concepts, tactics and
strategies have to offer to ethnographic research and, specifically, to the
study of affect. Following the core interests of this conference, we are
interested to explore how affective scholarship (visual, auditory or
synaesthetic) can be enriched by experimental meditation of sensorial
encounters, affects, belongings as well as the experience of difference and
sameness in fieldwork.

At least since the early 2000s voices in socio-cultural anthropology have
identified and called for important shifts in the modes of ethnographic
practice making it a much more collective and collaborative endeavour of
public criticism, interventions and future orientated speculations
(Estalella and Sanchez-Criado 2017; Ingold 2014; Holmes and Marcus 2008
a,b Marcus 2013;). If much of the discourse of the 1980s and 1990s focused
on the politics of representation and critiques of positivism in academic
texts, the current, emerging post-Writing-Culture moment is much more
concerned with the encounters, relations and epistemologies in fieldwork
that complicate the boundaries between the researcher and the researched.
Such emerging research practices push disciplinary limits and question
epistemological foundations of knowledge production. Starting from here, we
wish to critically examine the relations between different experimental
research methods, tactics, and strategies as well as the research ecologies
they produce, considering also the impact of various media and

The workshop further inquires how experiential and sensory-focused research
can contribute or hinder forms of ethico-political engagements with the
subjects in the field and allow or limit novel forms of affective relations
and representations.

*Deadline: 15th February *

Please send an abstract of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces), and also a
short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) to me.

Looking forward to read your marvellous abstracts,

Anton Nikolotov


Estalella, A., and Sánchez Criado, (forthcoming) T. Book | Experimental
Collaborations. http://xcol.org/xcol-book/, 2016.
Holmes, D.R., and Marcus, G.E. (2007). Cultures of Expertise and the
Management of Globalization: Toward the Re-Functioning of Ethnography. In
Global Assemblages, A. Ong, and S.J. Collier, eds. (Blackwell Publishing
Ltd), pp. 235–252.
Holmes, D.R., and Marcus, G.E. (2010). Collaboration Today and the
Re-Imagination of the Classic Scene of Fieldwork Encounter. Collaborative
Anthropologies *1*, 81–101.
Ingold, T. (2014). That’s enough about ethnography! HAU: Journal of
Ethnographic Theory *4*, 383–395.

Ranald MacDonald Award

Call for nominations

The Cultural Public Benefit Foundation Friends of MacDonald • The Dutch Connection tries to advance insight in relations between Asia, Europe and North America. Its major activity is to grant the Ranald MacDonald Award to a debut by a writer or artist whose work sheds new light on those relations. The prize amounts to 5000 Euros and will be announced every October 11.

Candidates can be brought to the attention of the jury by sending in a nomination before July 11, 2017 to nomination@friendsofmacdonald.nl. For further information see http://www.friendsofmacdonald.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016_12_26_call-for-nominations.pdf.

Contact Info:

Fred Dijs, secretary of the Foundation Friends of MacDonald - The Dutch Connection

Contact Email: nomination@friendsofmacdonald.nl
URL: http://www.friendsofmacdonald.nl

Contact Info:
Fred Dijs, secretary, Nassaukade 2, 1052 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Contact Email:



Dear colleagues,

As network co-convener, I am happy to invite you to join the new EASA
Anthropology of Food Network. The network attempts to become the main
European network for academics and practitioners who study food in its many
aspects, and connect food anthropologists with policymakers, organisations,
observatories, and researchers from other disciplines at the European and
global level.

Information about the network can be found on the EASA site here:
On the right hand side of the page, you will find a link to sign up to the
mailing list and another link to join our Facebook group.

The EASA Anthropology of Food Network has the following aims:
- To bring together social scientists and practitioners with common
interest on anthropology of food
- To foster discussions of theories, methods and themes in the anthropology
of food, ranging from its role in social relationships, to its symbolic and
semiotic significance, to the political-economic analysis of systems of
food production, distribution, preparation, consumption, and waste.
- To exchange practical information about conferences, workshops, book
publications and other relevant events.

We look forward to promoting food-related programming and events and
convening the network at EASA 2018 conference, and we are excited to start
getting to know each other on the email list and Facebook group before then!

Please share this information with colleagues who are working on topics
related to the anthropology of food - the more the merrier!

Best regards,

Zofia Boni

Postdoctoral Research Associate, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Poznań

CFP: Religion(s) and Power(s)

Religion(s) and Power(s)

Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

October 5-6, 2017

The Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with Latvian Society for the Study of Religions and Estonian Society for the Study of Religions invites proposals for its upcoming international conference “Religion(s) and Power(s)”. To encourage new directions in the critical research of interrelations of religion(s) and power(s) from a broad range of approaches, we are seeking proposals on a wide range of topics including:

Private and public religions;

Religions and politics;

Non-religion and power;

Religious inequalities and discrimination;

Religions, human rights and justice;

Powers of/within religions;

Religion and nationalism;

Mythology, divine kinship and power;

Religion and colonialism;

Religions and education.

Other topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged.

Conference paper and session proposals must be sent by April 1, 2017. Please send your 250-300 word abstract and a 200-word personal bio to email: religiousstudieslt@gmail.com

Important conference dates:

April 1, 2017 – submission of conference papers and sessions proposals;

May 1, 2017 – notification of paper/session proposal acceptance;

May 15, 2017 – opening of registration for the conference;

July 15, 2017 – closing of registration for the conference;

September 1, 2017 – announcement of the conference program.

Conference Registration Fees:

Members of national associations of Baltic States associations for the study of religions – 50 EUR;

Permanent/full-time faculty and non-affiliated participants – 80 EUR;

Graduate students and emeritus faculty – 50 EUR;

Late bird conference fee – 100 EUR.

Contact Info:

Contact Email:



Dear Colleagues,

Christian Ritter and Koen Leurs are planning to organize a panel around Digital migration studies: theoretical innovations and methodological considerations? For the annual Association of Internet Research conference.

Kindly submit your extended abstracts (1200 words) for consideration to K.H.A.Leurs@uu.nl and christian.ritter@ntnu.no by February 19.

This year’s Association of Internet Research annual conference theme is “Networked Publics”, the conference will be held at the University of Tartu, Estonia from 18-21 October 2017. Submission deadline for panels is March 1, 2017.

Looking forward to your submission. Do get in touch if you have questions or if you would like to discuss joining the panel.

Christian and Koen.


Digital migration studies: theoretical innovations and methodological considerations?

This panel explores how contemporary migrants engage with networked publics evolving on digital platforms. The global availability of digital media content helps shape multiple and partially overlapping publics reaching specific transnational audiences. Despite the rising popularity of digital communication across the globe, the role of networked publics in the quotidian experiences of migrants has not been comprehensively analyzed.
Facing stereotypes, anti-immigration sentiment and discrimination in local settings across Europe, the US, Australia and elsewhere, numerous members of diaspora communities, expatriates, and refugees increasingly make use of online platforms to find their voices and forge transnational ties. Digital media bolster transnational migration networks, digital diasporas and they transform family life, and enable connected migrants. Simultaneously, social media platforms are also replete with discriminatory fake-news and hateful trending topics targeting specific migrant groups.

The rapid progress of digital platforms involves considerable epistemological challenges and prompts a need for new forms of internet research, including digital ethnography and digital data-driven methods. By bringing together internet researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds, we seek to gain a better understanding of the complex interrelations between corporal travel and digital mobilities. To stimulate interdisciplinary debates, we welcome ethnographic and digital data-driven investigations into digital media enhancing mobilities as much as theoretical interventions and methodological innovations in the emerging research area of digital migration studies.

Submissions can deal with one of the following questions:
-In what ways do digital media reinforce encapsulating and cosmopolitan discourses?
-How do experiences of connected migrants differ across geographies and gendered/classed/racialized situations (internal migration, transnational migration, forced migration, voluntary migration, elite migration, expatriates)?
-What self-presentations do migrants choose across digital platforms?
-How is solidarity with migrants and refugees digitally mediated across social media?
-How does the digital circulation of fake-news, trolling, discrimination, hate and violence affect migrants?
-How does big data and datafication (i.e. surveillance and border control) change the experience of migration?
-How can mixed-method approaches be designed to examine networked publics of migrants?
-How can data-driven approaches be mobilized for a social justice oriented digital migration studies?

Christian Ritter
Christian Ritter is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His latest research project Assembling places of expertise: communicative practices of energy consultants in Northern Europe examines the role of digital platforms in the circulation of energy knowledge and expertise. In 2013, Christian completed his PhD at Ulster University, UK. Prior to his appointment as postdoctoral fellow at NTNU, Christian worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Istanbul Studies Center, Kadir Has University, and was awarded a scholarship for international researchers by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tübitak). His research interests include digital media, corporate cultures, contemporary mobilities, sustainability, cultures of expertise and urban development (www.ntnu.edu/employees/christian.ritter).

Koen Leurs
Koen Leurs is Assistant Professor in Gender and Postcolonial studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Lerus is a feminist internet researcher interested in multiculturalism, race, migration, diaspora and youth culture using mixed methods and ethnography. Leurs has published Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0. Diaspora, Gender & Youth Cultural Intersections (Amsterdam University Press), Everyday Feminist Research Praxis (Cambridge Scholars Press). He is currently co-editing the Sage Handbook on Media and Migration, and journal special issues on ‘Forced Migration and Digital Connectivity’ for Social Media + Society and ‘Connected Migrants: Encapsulation and Cosmopolitanism’ for Popular Communication. He is the chair of the Diaspora, Migration and the Media Section for the European Communication Research and Education Association. See www.koenleurs.net.

Koen Leurs, PhD

Assistant professor Gender and Postcolonial Studies | Department of Media and Culture Studies | Utrecht University | Muntstraat 2A 3512 EV NL | room 0.05 | T. + 31 (0)30 253 7844 |



*Connected Life 2017: Digital Inequalities*

*A multidisciplinary Internet research conference at the University of
Oxford *

*Monday, 19 June 2017*

Connected Life 2017 is a student-run
day-long conference dedicated to igniting multidisciplinary exchanges and
showcasing exciting Internet research. We welcome students and faculty from
all departments. Connected Life 2017, organized by students at the Oxford
Internet Institute , will foster collaborations
within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the
Internet and its multifaceted effects upon society.

We invite the submission of proposals for presentations on ongoing or
recent research from individual authors or multiple contributors. Proposals
that address our key thematic questions are particularly encouraged: *What
is digital inequality? Where does it occur? How does it impact our
connected life?*

Pease visit the Connected Life Conference
website for full
information about the call for papers and to submit. Submissions are
due by *Tuesday,
28 February 2017*. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email

Thomas Vogl & Sian Brooke

Connected Life 2017 Conference Chairs
connectedlife@oii.ox.ac.uk @OxConnectedLife

Call for Contributions: Teaching Anthropology (A journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute)

Teaching Anthropology will be relaunched in 2017 with a new international editorial collective led by Dr Patrick Alexander at Oxford Brookes University (UK). We warmly invite you to contribute to a shared critical inquiry into the pedagogy of anthropology. We welcome:

- Peer-reviewed articles (max. 6000 words)

- Developing Teaching: Reports and Reflections (max. 3000 words)

- Blogposts (max. 600 words)

- Photo-essay submissions

- Audiovisual contributions (profiled lectures, ethnographic film, performances)

- Teaching resources and syllabi (with an accompanying testimony/narrative).

Special Issue: Teaching Anthropology in Uncertain Times (Deadline for submissions: April 30th 2017)

This special issue will explore how we teach and prepare students for futures defined by uncertainty, dislocation and rupture. Paper are invited on:

Uncertainty: What futures are we teaching anthropology for, and how? What are the pedagogic challenges of engaging secondary school, undergraduate and graduate students in conceptualising and preparing for uncertainty?

Rupture: When and how should we disrupt or challenge disciplinary pedagogies? What is at stake in advocating radically new ways of learning and teaching? Do these new pedagogies approaches offer opportunities for reimagining anthropology?

Stewardship: What disciplinary legacies should teachers nurture and protect, and why?

Please visit www.teachinganthropology.org for more detailed information about submission guidelines or to contact the editors <mailto:patrickgalexander@gmail.com>.

With best wishes,

Patrick Alexander

On behalf of the Editorial Collective, Teaching Anthropology

Dr. Patrick Alexander
Director, Centre for Educational Development and Consultancy, Oxford Brookes University
Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

Dear colleagues,

Please let us remind you of the call for papers for the next GAA/DGV biennial conference, titled “Belonging: Affective, moral and political practices in an interconnected world”. The event will be hosted by the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, between October 4-7, 2017.

We are pleased to announce that our newly established working group 'Psychological Anthropology' invites you to submit papers on Affective practices, belonging, and the politics of care (panel 12). The presentations will be discussed by our guest, Dr. James Davies (University of Roehampton, UK).

Please send an abstract of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces), and also a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) before February 15, 2017 to thomas.stodulka@fu-berlin.de

We are looking forward to your contributions!

Kind regards,

Anita von Poser and Thomas Stodulka

Amphibious anthropologies of Africa, Asia or Oceania, anyone?

Dear colleagues,

Alejandro Camargo, Franz Krause and I are editing a book on *Amphibious
anthropologies*. While the book is at an advanced stage (revisions of
second drafts), we want to reach out to potential contributors who are
currently writing (actually, that have a *paper ready*!) on the amphibious
and whose ethnographic material is *from Africa, Asia or Oceania. *So if
this topic and any of these geographical areas fall within your research
interests and you have a paper in an advanced stage of preparation, please
email us asap.

A few days ago we sent out a call asking for ethnographers working on
floods to get in touch. While we have responded to the first 50 or so
email, we could not keep up with the many later replies as yet, apologies!
However, everybody who wrote me/Luisa about it should have received a link
to edit a google document, the first brick of a network for students of
floods. We hope that this initiative can help share common interests, stay
in touch, as well as organize conferences and publications. Do let us know
if you wrote us but haven’t received the link. By the way, some of us will
meet at the CASCA in Ottawa, so drop us a line if you are thinking of

Many thanks,
Franz Krause, Alejandro Camargo, Luisa Cortesi

*Amphibious anthropologies: living in wet environments*

*(Book Project)*

Wetlands, floodplains, tidal zones or river deltas have long fascinated
outsiders’ imaginations. Appearing like an uncanny, inhospitable and
hazardous mix of solid and fluid substances, they have been seen as
wastelands, sources of disease, and obstacles to development and progress.
Simultaneously, they have been regarded as providers of ecosystem services,
mythical loci, portals to archaeological times, gauges of climate change,
and tourism destinations. For their inhabitants, however, these milieus may
be home, livelihood, refuge, opportunity, as well as a constitutive part of
their own cultural and environmental histories.

Characterised by high degrees of both vitality and vulnerability, these
in-between environments are sites for the production and reproduction of
amphibious lives, including particular forms of social relations,
infrastructural arrangements, and processes of place-making and resource
governance. From an epistemological perspective, such spatiotemporal
amalgamations of land and water defy the very distinction between these two
elements, and their connected categorisations of human habitats. As a
consequence, studies of human society in these areas have the potential to
unmoor preconceptions based on the dry-wet binary, where dry land is the
domain of human habitation, and wetlands or other watery places are
inhabitable and hostile environments.

Ethnographies of irrigation systems, drainage schemes, damming projects,
ecological restoration efforts, drinking water infrastructure, flood risk
management, muddy environments, and riverine societies speak of human
negotiations of water and land. We contend that such studies can also
elucidate the socially and materially situated practices of learning,
shaping, maintaining and transforming culture. This collection aims at
providing an interdisciplinary and ethnographic perspective on these
negotiations and practices by exploring the following questions:

- How are categories of wet and dry employed, enforced and
resisted? Are they related to specific modes of existence, and in which

- How are water and land mixed and separated by human activities,
and how are those activities in turn shaped by land-water dynamics?

- How do people grapple with changing hydrological patterns and
their consequences?

- How do social and political relationships resonate with floods and
droughts, irrigation projects, drainage schemes and other projects of water
and land governance?

- What are the potential contributions of an anthropological analysis
of amphibious environments and societies to contemporary debates on
disaster, development, infrastructure, knowledge, sustainability,
resilience, and adaptation?

By deploying the term ‘anthropologies’ we do not intend to set disciplinary
boundaries, but to emphasize that human experiences, predicaments and
narratives take centre stage in our explorations of the amphibious.

Alejandro Camargo

Université de Montréal

fa.camargo.alvarado@umontreal.edu <alejandro.camargo@gmail.com>

Luisa Cortesi

Yale University


Franz Krause

University of Cologne

f.krause@uni-koeln.de <franz.krause@tlu.ee>

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to invite you to join the new EASA Energy Anthropology Network
and subscribe to our EAN
mailing list .

The network arises from a preliminary meeting called at EASA 2016 and we
are pleased that EASA agreed to accept our proposal for a new network. The
network intends to bring together anthropologists working on any
energy-related topic, and others interested in energy anthropology - anyone
can join the network whether or not they are actually a member of EASA.

In brief, the network's aims are:

- To bring together social scientists and practitioners with common
interest on energy

- To make energy issues more visible

- To propose alternative understandings of energy systems.

- To support independent and critical studies on energy choices.

- To spark public debate, encourage community outreach and feed research

Two key benefits of the network are

1) that we have this new email list to work with, and

2) we are guaranteed a panel at EASA conferences, and we will be allocated
a slot for a network meeting.

While we look forward very much to EASA 2018 (in Stockholm), we hope also
to use the email list first of all to bring people together, and second to
run email discussions. This should be member-led, but we will be very happy
to facilitate. So please register to our mailing list
and join a
vital and growing field of anthropological research and activities.

EAN will be launched with a roundtable at the Energy Impacts
conference in Bergen on February 28th
Apologies for the late notice (since we only recently received confirmation
from EASA), but do watch the website for further info and news, and do send
us news for the site.

Further info about EAN will now go primarily to the EAN list, and not to
Electric Anthro - we will do our best to keep their identities distinct.

All best wishes

Simone Abram

Nathalie Ortar

Aleksandra Lis

Tristan Loloum

« Realities and prospects of a humanitarian transition in aid beneficiary countries »

The transition is characterised by a new distribution of roles from an operational point of view, the formulation of new operating rules, and the emergence of many new interactions (between funders, international organisations, the private sector, civil society, supranational institutions, medias and donors). How are these mechanisms translated at the local level? How is the activity transfer being organised? With which actors and according to what standards? In this context, how can theoretical and practical knowledge be transferred? What resources are necessary to allow for an evolution of the humanitarian, charity, sanitary and social professions, with a view to providing support to ongoing dynamics?

Lastly, this new humanitarian context is at the centre of new human relations, in which the ethical dimension occupies a prominent place. Between local codes and mechanisms of appropriation of globalised ethics, is it possible to speak of universal ethics? How to formulate these principles and apply them to the humanitarian or social field?

Such mechanisms encourage knowing local actors better, gaining a better understanding of the new terms of intervention at the local level between the humanitarian sector and social sector and, finally, better anticipating the evolution of humanitarian professions. The various major issues around which the humanitarian transition is taking place are as many entries for better understanding it. Humanitarian ethical principles (in particular autonomy) may be the necessary link between these different themes and, eventually, a possible common denominator to guide any action or humanitarian policy both domestically and internationally. This is why an insight on the ethical dimension is very welcome, whatever the theme of the call addressed.


More information:


RAI Student Conference, April 2017

This year’s theme is: ‘People in Context: Anthropological Reflections in a Post-Truth World.’

Submission deadline: 06/03/17
Acceptance notification: 20/03/17
Registration deadline: 01/04/17
Registration fee: £10



Call for papers
Global Students: Mapping the Field of University Lives

(December: 7th-9th, 2017, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld, Germany)

“The world is going to university” titled ‘the Economist’ in the year 2015, capturing by this
headline the striking expansion of the academic realm in contemporary world society: More and
more people study; the number of those enrolled is expected to double within one decade. In 2016,
Harvard University claimed that it enrolled students from more than 125 countries and “from
every background”, indicating an increasing internationalization of studying as well as a
significant change in the social composition of those enrolling and attaining an academic
education. Internationalization ranks high among the strategies embraced by universities
competing for power, prestige and wealth in the global race; in the quest to belong to the élite,
equality is balanced against neo-liberal dictates.

The rapid expansion of the student body results in an increased heterogeneity of its rank and file,
with students differing in their ascribed characteristics, their resource endowment, interests, skills,
expectations, and imaginations. Academic aspirations have intensified so substantially that
student debts have become an important economic factor. Comprising heterogeneity within their
spatially limited material premises, universities can be seen as cross-roads where very diverse
personal trajectories may intertwine, confront each other, or run parallel. Many tensions bear on
the social spaces of universities, and studying can turn into a very ambivalent experience: going
through a university course can be a period of greatest freedom in life, of widening horizons and
social openings, but also of heteronomy, disciplining and conflicts.

This conference aims to capture the social lives of contemporary universities, concentrating on
students’ trajectories, relations, and action fields and on increasingly complex interrelationships
between actors representing different institutionalised procedures and political agendas involved
in the expanding global higher education. It starts off from observing the striking mobilities as
well as the increasing differentiation of the social spaces of universities. But to perceive of students
as of a globalizing social formation may fail to acknowledge that many students are already
reflexive of themselves as ‘global’. The ‘global student statement’, signed by a number of student
associations formulates its dedication “to the advancement of the students’ situation through
student rights, accessibility, affordability, partnerships, mobility, learning experience and social
justice”. Global students demand a treatment of students as equal partners participating in
shaping their university’s development, while opposing the growing commercialisation of tertiary
education as well as the widespread perception of students as ‘consumers’.

The conference needs not only to capture modalities of engagement and politicization, but also the
ongoing reflexion on what it means to be a student and on acting at different scales of today’s
world society.

We invite contributions especially in three topical lines:
(1) The spatial-temporal dimensions of studying. How to conceptualise the process of
studying? Exploring the temporal dimensions, e.g. structured by critical events such as
exams, accelerations and de-accelerations through employment, parenting, caring and
other obligations; the pace of studying and peer-comparisons. Socio-spatial divisions, the
interplay of proximity and distance in student encounters; spatialities and temporalities in
accessing universities; scalar dimensions of studying and activist engaging.
(2) Studying as movement. Grasping the dimensions as well as the interconnections between
spatial, social as well as political movements, e.g. translocality and transnationality; exitvoice-dynamics;
movements and moorings; aspirations, imaginations and modalities of
student mobilization opening up new perspectives on a range of actors such as those
involved in application and recruitment processes, student politics and/or students’
networks facilitated by digital media.
(3) Difference, in/equality and transformation. Perceiving of studying as navigating in
constellations of ‘cohabitation’ (comprising different forms of distancing and
contestations); changing composition of students as challenge and as possibility of
experiencing and engaging in conviviality in the social space of universities and beyond.
Social re-configurations instigated by student reflexivity and engagement.

We invite paper proposals (300-500 words) by April, the 15th, 2017
Please, send your applications to joanna.pfaff@uni-bielefeld.de
Andrea Kölbel, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, Susan Thieme
Bielefeld University, FU Berlin, University of Bern

Opportunity to learn about value chains in Southeast Asia

Developing knowledge of trade trends and what lies ahead in the ASEAN Economic Community is important for businesses to operate efficiently and effectively throughout the global value chain. Cross-border commercial and business operations can be complex, and this requires a thorough understanding of challenges and opportunities.

Southeast Asian entrepreneurs and leaders in business, government and civil society who want to improve their understanding of Southeast Asian value chains are invited to apply for fellowships being offered by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). The four-day program will provide participants with a toolkit of ideas to take full advantage of a connected ASEAN Economic Community.

Eligibility: Anyone from ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste can apply for a fellowship grant to attend. Women leaders from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, the Philippines, and Vietnam are especially encouraged to apply for the discretionary scholarships and grants.

Fellowship grants: Up to approx. CA$8,000 (including accommodation and transportation)

Program dates: April 25–28, 2017

Application deadline: NUS recommends applying before February 25, 2017

More information:



*Please see below our CfP for the forthcoming RC21 Conference (11-13
September, Leeds, UK). *

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to RC21@leeds.ac.uk *AND* to
H.Zaban@warwick.ac.uk and mhayes@stu.ca. Please include your affiliation, a
proposed title and a max 250-word abstract.

Please consult the conference web site for more details (

The deadline for paper abstract submission is *Friday, 10 March 2017. *

With best wishes,

Hila and Matthew

*Transnational Gentrification: The Nexus between Lifestyle
Migration/Residential Tourism and Gentrification*

Studies of gentrification have sought to visualize the global or
‘planetary’ nature of the process, assessing how a term used in one local
context (Great Britain in the 1960s, see Glass 1964), and how the process
differs in distinct urban and cultural environments. Thus, gentrification
studies have looked at cases in East Asia (Shin), and in Latin America
(Janoschka). However, there has been surprisingly little attention to
cases of transnational gentrification, where foreign lifestyle migrants or
residential tourists are involved in gentrification process (though see
Cocola Gant 2016).

This session proposes attention to the transnational aspect of
gentrification, and offers to build scholarly perspectives on how
transnational tourism and lifestyle flows have affected the particularities
of local spaces and the people who inhabit them. Lifestyle migration
scholarship focuses on the migration, part-time or full-time, of relatively
affluent people, most often from the global North (Benson and O’Reilley
2009). Residential tourism is more focused on people located closer to the
tourist side on the tourism–migration axis (Huete and Mantecón 2011).

· What are the local effects of transnational flows of relatively
wealthy people?

· How are notions of place transformed?

· And also, how do notions of local culture get appropriated by
higher paying foreign consumers, whose attachment to these cultures may be
routed in essentializing or exoticizing traditions?

· What are the connections between contemporary flows of lifestyle
migrants/residential tourists and historical processes of coloniality
(Quijano 2000)?

The transformation of place may include changes in housing markets,
commerce and other aspects of community life, resulting in gentrification
that is outspending and pushing out local populations. The nexus between
lifestyle migration/residential tourism and gentrification brings together
critical scholarship rooted in cultural sociology (looking at processes of
individuation and cultural idealization of self-projects carried out
through mobility) and political economy (more focused on structural,
economic forces). We welcome theoretical and/or empirical contributions
that bring together these bodies of literature in discussing transnational

Dr Hila Zaban, Warwick University H.Zaban@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Hayes, St. Thomas University mhayes@stu.ca

Postcolonial Studies Association Convention

School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London

18-20 September 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 PSA Convention will be held at the School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, from 18th to 20th September 2017. Paper and panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars and postgraduates with research interests in any area of postcolonial studies from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective.

Confirmed keynote speaker
Dr. Sharae Deckard (University College Dublin)

Other keynotes to be confirmed shortly

The Special Topic of the 2017 Convention is Globalisation. Proposals for panels and papers on this theme are particularly encouraged.

While the transregional history of globalisation can be traced back to antiquity, its discursive entanglement with the temporal realm of the ‘postcolonial’ has been the subject of much discussion and analysis in recent times. The 2017 convention seeks to investigate the crucial role of postcolonial studies in furthering newer understandings of economic, political and cultural globalisation in the light of the current international climate: the complex socio-political ramifications of the Brexit verdict, Trump’s electoral victory, or the European refugee crisis, which have come to be regarded as the reactionary ‘whitelash’ against globalisation.

Harnessing the philosophical scope of the postcolonial field, our special topic aims to examine the nexus between a ‘neoliberal’ grand-narrative and ‘neocolonial racism’ as a mainstream ideological position in both the North and South. How are these ongoing developments in the global North perceived by peoples and communities in the global South? How is the North/South binary interrogated by the liminal story spaces of illegal immigrants, temporary workers, refugees and asylum seekers? How might we postulate an alternative global economy? In what ways could informal citizenship practices collaborate with radical discourses of ecofeminism, or the transnational agency of a globalised digital resistance, to pose a concerted challenge to the reductive hierarchies of neocolonial racism? In what ways might postcolonial analyses of cultural production account for globalisation within the current economic and political conjuncture?

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20-minute individual papers and 500 words for panels of three, along with a brief biographical note of participants (2-3 sentences max), to <psaconference@postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk>.

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Tuesday, 28th February 2017.

For further details and updates, please have a look at .

On behalf of the 2017 Convention Committee

Kind regards

Dr. Esha Sil

Convention Committee Member

Postcolonial Studies Association, UK

Contact Info:

Anshuman Mondal

Professor of Modern Literature, University of East Anglia


Chair, Postcolonial Studies Association

Armstrong House

First Avenue

Robin Hood Airport


South Yorkshire


United Kingdom


Contact Email:





*Call for Papers "Embodied Belonging: In/Exclusion, Health Care, and Well-Being in a World in Motion"*

Workshop on behalf of the Work Group Medical Anthropology at the German Anthropological Association Conference “Belonging: Affective, moral, and political practices in an interconnected world” 4-7 October 2017, Freie Universität Berlin

Convenors: Claudia Lang (Cermes3, Paris) and Dominik Mattes (Freie Universität Berlin)
Keynote: Sarah Willen, University of Connecticut

Increasing human mobility and worldwide migration processes of varying scope are provoking new experiences and practices of belonging related to the body, health care, and well-being. This is significant not only for those leaving their home countries and arriving elsewhere as newcomers, but also for the members of so-called ‘host communities’ who are confronted with social and material transformations of their life worlds resulting from large-scale human migration. In this workshop we aim to address how (embodied) belonging is re-imagined, negotiated, contested, practiced, constrained, and (failed to be) achieved in the context of such societal encounters, and which are the effects on involved people’s well-being and health care. In exploring health-related transformations in people’s lives caused by dis- and re-emplacements, we propose embodied belonging as a provisional term to connect social, moral, and political-legal aspects of belonging with its affective and sensorial dimensions. Workshop papers may address but are not restricted to the following questions: How does belonging matter in the suffering, (health) care and well-being of migrants and refugees, but also the homeless, disabled, and otherwise socially disadvantaged among the ‘host communities’? Which are the effects of particular politics of belonging and corresponding administrative regimes on institutional setups of health care provision? What are the consequences with regard to people’s capacities to maintain and re-create a sense of belonging and to sustain their well-being? What is the role of religious and ‘alternative’ healing practices in achieving and sustaining embodied belonging and well-being? How are the body and the senses entangled in perceptions, disruptions, and re-creations of belonging? How are (in)capacities to belong and respective consequences for people’s well-being shaped along lines of social division such as gender, age, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and legal status?

Please send your abstract of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces) and also a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) directly to the workshop organizers.

Email: claudia.lang@inserm.fr, dominik.mattes@fu-berlin.de

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: *15 February 2017*

Dear colleagues,

we kindly invite you to submit an abstract to our panel “Belonging through
Uncertainty – Chaos Navigation in Young People's Lives” at the DGV
Conference (German Anthropological Association) “Belonging: Affective,
moral and political practices in an interconnected world” at Freie
Universität Berlin from 4-7 October 2017.

To propose a paper, please email abstracts of max. 1.200 characters (incl.
spaces) and a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) to
mschm108@uni-koeln.de and ff6@soas.ac.uk by 15 February 2017.

*Belonging through Uncertainty – Chaos Navigation in Young People's Lives*

Convenors: Mario Schmidt (University of Cologne) and Franziska Fay (SOAS,

The panel scrutinizes social, imaginary and material practices of,
primarily but not exclusively, young people that creatively exploit their
own or other people’s feelings of uncertainty in order to navigate through
crises. Instead of assuming that political and socio-economic uncertainty
necessarily lead to chaos, the organizers invite papers that focus on
phenomena such as economic speculation and gambling, political and moral
interventions, religious divination, youth gangs and student movements. By
exploring the potential of uncertainty, especially in relation to the
construction of belonging, we follow the assumption that "uncertainty is
productive" (Cooper/Pratten 2015). Considering ways in which uncertainty
shapes young people's ways of being in the world and belonging to places
and people can enhance a more varied understanding of the category
“belonging”. We are interested not only in how a feeling of belonging may
counter or outdo uncertainty, but rather how belonging emerges or is formed
as a result of uncertainty.

We are especially interested in contributions (English or German) that – by
using ethnographically saturated data – discuss practices that form new or
stabilize existing socio-cultural groups not despite uncertainty, but by
recognizing and experimenting with it. This includes exploring how and why
young people claim affiliation with particular groups, precisely in
situations of uncertainty, and the purpose this serves in regard to
remaking and transcending modes of belonging to a collective. We
particularly invite presenters that offer ethnographic insights which serve
a comparative use that goes beyond a singular focus on one 'southern'
region or 'south-south' comparison, but instead draw attention to the
similarities between and productive forces of uncertainties that make young
people belong across the world.

Best wishes,

Franziska Fay
PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
SOAS, University of London

Call for Papers for the Biannual Conference of the German Anthropological Association on:

"Belonging: Affective, moral and political practices in an interconnected world"

*Deadline for abstract submission in of 46 workshops*: Feb 15, 2017

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin
Date: 4-7 October 2017

CfP: http://www.dgv-net.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CfP_DGV-Tagung_2017_final3.pdf

*Conference theme*:

In the mobile, interconnected and mediatised societies of the 21st century, forms of belonging are subject to complex dynamics of renegotiation. The reconfiguration of connections to fa-miliar social and cultural environments, and thus also to objects, places and ways of life, de-pends on available resources and politico-legal conditions. Furthermore, the intensification, weakening and novel constitution of forms of belonging are closely connected to social, eco-nomic and technological processes of diversification: these confront people in a globalized world with varied possibilities but also pressures concerning (re-)location as, for instance, within the context of financial crises, mass media hypes, violent conflicts, etc. On a global level, processes of deterritorialisation, increasingly porous nation-state borders, and the col-lapse of simplified, post-colonial dichotomies (such as between the “western” and “non-western world”; “global south” and “global north”) have also shaped this experience. At the same time, new forms of demarcation and exclusion – such as recent tendencies towards re-nationalisation and separatist movements that emphasise localised feelings of unity and that explicitly reject supra-regional or global attachments – are discernable.

With the 2017 GAA conference we would like to focus attention on the diversity of affective, moral and political resonances that people use to relate to each other in an interconnected world, and to localise them in their material and non-material environments. The conference will explore the affective and moral challenges that people face – often over extended periods of time – given experiences of mobility, displacement and the accumulation of political and economic hardship, but also the formation of new orientations and directions incited by these challenges. We will also focus on everyday processes of globalisation, and the corresponding possibilities for the development of new forms of attachment that are shaped by sex/gender, age, ethnicity, religion and social status. In addition, the conference aims at illuminating the practices that (re-)produce individual and collective forms of belonging in specific localities and beyond national and continental borders, as well as the exclusions that are experienced in relation to being connected (to persons and places, to material and non-material entities). While a focus on the actors’ practices and experiences will help to emphasize the fluid and often-contradictory nature of belonging constructs, it will also reveal the dynamics of social differentiation and the ways these unfold in structures of power.

The conference invites participants to reflect about the following questions: How do (at times competing) forms of belonging to social, cultural, religious or economic collectivities take shape within global and transnational assemblages? To what extent do globally circulating technologies and discourses of knowledge enable new forms of articulating belonging (such as in the fields of genetics or reproductive medicine)? How are social conditions maintained – but also newly established – across borders and continents, and what roles do new media and communication technologies play in these processes? How do the varied legal and ideologi-cally normative arrangements of an interconnected world structure the dynamics of belong-ing? What are the possibilities that they open up and the limitations that they establish? How do current political and economic processes of interconnectivity – that are always historically situated – impact the formation or valuation of belonging? To what extent are forms of be-longing instrumentalised, such as through normative practices of remembering? What roles do materiality and material culture play for the establishment of attachments and articulations of being connected? What global forms of inclusion and exclusion are produced via the growing intensification of social disparities, and what are the (new) forms of societal and cultural (non-)connectedness that often accompany these occurrences?

CALL for PAPERS - International Conference

Apologies for Cross-posting

​The Informal and the Formal in Times of Crisis:
Ethnographic Insights

(International Urban Symposium–IUS; Commission on Urban Anthropology;
University of Peloponnese, Greece)

7-9 July 2017, Corinth, Greece

This Conference aims at understanding the roles and meanings of informal practices in the context of the current political and economic crisis. Using a notion of informality that encompasses the economic, the social and the political realms, this conference seeks to explore the importance of informal practices in cities and asks the key question, Is the informal a panacea in times of crisis?

In today’s global scenario, urban settings are a dominant form of associated life that encapsulate the socio-economic impact of increasingly significant international regulations, and selective management of capital, knowledge and people. Over the last three decades, the crisis, and subsequent discredit, of polarized ideologies which had characterized international politics since the Second World War has apparently determined the supremacy of economics over politics, an acceleration of economic globalization and a progressive erosion of democracy. In many cases, however, politics in the form of authoritarian decision-making and superimposed adverse policies have jeopardised the democratic covenant and the attendant terrains of representation, responsibility and accountability in the exercise of the power to rule. This process has often brought about the loss of important parts of sovereignty, as wealthier nations and powerful supranational interest groups have been seen to bully weaker nations, often also resulting in ever-growing fiscal demands and withdrawal of credit throughout the social scale, which has often been paralleled by national and local governance riding roughshod over the broader society.

At the micro-level, this combination of events has engendered harsh living conditions for many ordinary people. Major casualties have been individuals’ access to basic rights and governments’ responsibility and accountability in the management of power. Mass migration from poorer countries to richer or relatively richer countries, or to countries that are perceived to be richer, has contributed to make this problem worse, often turning traditional cultures of tolerance into toleration and, sometimes, violent rejection of non-autochthonous people.

Anthropologists have addressed in-depth the significance of the informal in people’s managing existence:
In the economic field they have addressed informal practices that develop beyond official employment and unemployment.
In the social and political fields they have studied in depth cronyism, clientelism, obscure awards of public contracts and various forms of collusion that turn citizens’ rights into privileges.
On the other hand, they have addressed informal exchanges of services, help, information, knowledge, and so on, that take place at the grassroots in response to ever-shrinking — sometimes factually inexistent — social welfare systems. Gradations of these grassroots informal activities draw on access to community resources beyond official allocation.
In the above outlined scenario, informal activities and modes of exchange — economic and non-economic — have often grown and they may have contributed to people survival; in other cases, long-established informal economic activities have disappeared alongside informal exchanges, while secure formal employment has become a chimera for many and zero-hour contracts, unpaid “internships” and similar, variously named cons, have multiplied. At the same time, new forms of informality are emerging — particularly but not only in the “on-line world” — that appear to be acquiring the status of resource as they raise new challenges to the bullies and “roughshod riders”.

This Conference will bring together high-quality ethnographic studies of these processes with the three-pronged aim of:
Clarifying grassroots dynamics;
Contributing to a comparative analysis of the present situation;
Developing a theoretically viable discussion of potential way-outs.
The Conference welcomes contributions and panels from anthropologists and scholars from other social sciences and the humanities, and encourages participation of research students.

Abstracts (300 words maximum) should be emailed by the 27th of February 2017 to: Dr Giuliana B. Prato (g.b.prato@kent.ac.uk), Dr Italo Pardo (I.Pardo@kent.ac.uk) and Dr Manos Spyridakis (maspy@uop.gr). Selected papers and panels will be announced by the 13th March 2017.

A selection of revised papers that speak to each other will be brought together for publication in a Special Issue of Urbanities. Revised papers not included in this Special Issue will be considered individually for publication in Urbanities.

The Organizing Committee will make all possible efforts to cover accommodation costs (hotel and meals) for the participants.

Registration Fee
Registration fee, to be paid by 20th April 2017: 60 Euros.
Postgraduate students, on-site registration fee: 15 Euros.

Further details and updates are available at:

Scientific Committee:
Dr Italo Pardo (University of Kent)
Dr Giuliana Prato (University of Kent)
Dr Manos Spyridakis (University of Peloponnese)
Dr Maria Velioti (University of the Peloponnese)

A Time for Reconciliation? Panel organized by Myra Bloom (University of Toronto), May 2017 Toronto

This panel invites papers that consider literary engagements with the concept of “reconciliation.” This rhetoric is playing a huge role in multiple arenas of contemporary Canadian political discourse. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report on Canada’s residential schools, bringing to light the atrocities that, for many generations, had been disavowed by the government of Canada and kept silent by survivors. The repercussions of the report, which concludes with ninety-four calls to action, are just beginning to be felt, along with the recognition of the systemic failures that continue to hinder many Indigenous individuals and communities. The rhetoric of reconciliation likewise underpins the 2008 Bouchard-Taylor report entitled “Building the Future: A Time for Reconciliation,” which considered the question of religious accommodation in the context of Quebec’s increasingly diverse, multilingual, and globalized society; after generations of cultural division, the report states, Quebecers are exhorted to “examine what unites us” (25). Against this horizon, this panel proposes to consider how the discourse of reconciliation is distilled in Canadian literature, past or present. Are contemporary writers channeling the “sunny ways” espoused by our current Prime Minister or challenging the “stereotypical lexicon of intercultural harmony” derided by literary critic Simon Harel (2006: 11)? What are the sites of conflict and/or resolution previously or currently explored in Canadian literature? How has our understanding of conflict or resolution evolved over time? What are the strategies through which writers encode or resist the rhetoric of cultural rapprochement? Proposals should be no more than 300 words, and should be accompanied by a short biography and a 50 word abstract (in Word or RTF). They are due on or before 15 February 2017, and should be sent to Myra Bloom at myra.bloom@utoronto.ca. Those who propose papers must be members of the ACQL by 1 March 2017. Works Cited Bouchard, Gérard and Charles Taylor. Building the Future: A Time for Reconciliation. [Commission de consultation sur les pratiques d’accommodement reliées aux différences culturelles.] [Montreal] 2008. Web. Canada. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. [Ottawa] 2015. Web. Harel, Simon. Braconnages identitaires: Un Québec palimpseste. Montreal: VLB Éditeur, 2006. Print.



Séminaire sur le destin des noyaux villageois anciens

17 mars 2017

Entrée libre - inscription requise avant le 14 mars 2017



Colloque « Acteurs et mobilisations : militants, intellectuels, engagements et francophonies canadiennes », 9 et 10 mars, Université d'Ottawa



14e colloque de la Relève VRM

1er et 2 juin 2017
Québec - Lieu à déterminer

Date limite pour soumettre les propositions de communications : 10 mars 2017




Workshop on Comparative and International Social Policy Theories and Methods: Advances in Research and Practice in International Development Studies and Social Policy

A Three Day PhD and Early Career Academic Workshop on Social Policy in Developing Contexts, New Delhi, 24th -26th May 2017.

The workshop aims to encapsulate some of the most recent cutting-edge discussions emerging in the fields of international development studies and social policy. Traditionally, international development studies and social policy have been seen as distinct disciplines. The major thrust of international development studies was on issues of poverty, social exclusion and social problems in developing countries whereas much of social policy concentrated on the relative measures of poverty and social exclusion in advanced capitalist countries. Improved economic growth rates, changes in global politics, and social policy innovations found throughout the world have facilitated greater intersections between these two disciplines. Primarily, this workshop will be aimed at doctoral students and early career academics working in the fields of international development studies and social policy and will seek to create avenues for mutual engagement.

The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to consider key issues such as ‘what is the meaning of Social Policy in a development context?’, ‘how can the disciplines of Social Policy and International Development learn from each other?’, and ‘how can both contribute to social sciences responses to global challenges?’.

More details available from: http://www.social-policy.org.uk/uncategorized/workshop-on-comparative-and-international-social-policy-theories-and-methods-new-delhi/

The number of participants is restricted to 20 please secure your place early.

Submission of Abstracts:
Abstracts should not exceed more than 1000 words, contain details of the participant’s ongoing (PhD) research program and institutional affiliation.
Last Date for Submission of Abstracts: February 28 2017. Please submit your abstracts for review to knakray@jgu.edu.in<mailto:knakray@jgu.edu.in>

Venue: Willow, Habitat World, at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 (Entry from gate number 3 on Vardhman Marg) http://www.indiahabitat.org/page?view=location
There will be no registration fee, but participants are required to make arrangements for their own accommodation and transportation to the venue.

Organizing Team:
Joe Devine is the Head of Department, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath (UK).
Keerty Nakray is an Associate Professor at Jindal Global Law School, NCR New Delhi and a Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University (US).
Nick Ellison is the Head of Department of Social Policy and Social Work at University of York (UK).
Stefan Kühner obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, United Kingdom. He joined Lingnan University Hong Kong in August 2016.

For communication with the local organizer and for general inquiries on how to join the Indian Social Policy Network (http://www.social-policy.org.uk/uncategorized/indian-social-policy-network/) please contact: knakray@jgu.edu.in<mailto:knakray@jgu.edu.in>

Anna Ruddock

Childhoods in Motion: Children, Youth, Migration, and Education
March 3-5th, 2017
UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration, Los Angeles

This is a reminder of the upcoming conference, Childhoods in Motion: Children, Youth, Migration, and Education (March 3-5th).

Distinguished researcher, Lynn Stephen (http://las.uoregon.edu/profile/stephenl/) will be the keynote speaker! For more information, or to see the program, go here: http://www.international.ucla.edu/migration/article/170150

Keynote: Lynn Stephen, PhD is a distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She will present her recent ethnographic film Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey, which explores the differential rights that U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents have through the story of one extended Zapotec family. Shot in Oregon and Oaxaca, Mexico, and narrated by 11-year old Cinthya, the film follows Cinthya’s trip to her parent’s home community of Teotitlán del Valle with her godmother, anthropologist Lynn Stephen.

We look forward to seeing you there!


UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration

Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group

Council on Anthropology and Education

Matter and Organisation

Stream Organisers: Hannah Knox and Penny Harvey

12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium
Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty
The University of Manchester
29th August - 1st September 2017
Keynotes: Bill Maurer, Bruno Latour, Emma Crewe, Hugh Willmott

This stream poses the question of what role materials of different kinds play in contemporary organization. The organization of matter is central to the work of business and management. From the extraction of oil, coal and gas in the energy industries, to the use of minerals in mobile phone and computer chip development, from the pressure to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the face of climate change, to a move towards thinking in terms of resource efficiency and ethically sourced products, organizations must grapple with the appearance, force, value and power of materials and their properties.

This panel invites papers that take as an ethnographic focus the role that materials play in processes of organisation. We are interested in exploring how materials such as concrete, carbon, nuclear waste, water, sand, fabric, gold, energy, data or metal come to matter within the context of contemporary business and management? What is being done to materials within the context of contemporary organization and what are materials in turn doing to economic and political relations? How does the status of materials change as resources come into confrontation with health and safety, risk, conservation, and the repurposing of materials to new ends? What happens to organisation when materials are combined, made multiple, compound or hybrid? What are the technical, social and imaginative means by which materials come to participate in social worlds? How are materials known, interrogated, and responded to? And what are the challenges now being posed by new materials such as nanotechnologies, smart fabrics, or sensory matter?

By viewing organization through an attention to materials, this panel will ground the issue of uncertainty that this symposium aims to address in a materialist paradigm. It will offer a means of interrogating futurity, risk, anticipation and visions of the future via the affordances, tendencies and resistance of matter as it moves in and out of meaning and in and out of place.

Please submit a 250 word abstract to h.knox@ucl.ac.uk<mailto:h.knox@ucl.ac.uk> by February 28th 2017.

CFP: Filling a critical gap: Reflecting on Canadian conservation

"Filling a critical gap: Reflecting on Canadian conservation" - Paper session for CAG Annual Meeting, May 29 to June 2, 2017, Toronto, Ontario

CFP Deadline: February 24, 2017

Organized by Colin Sutherland (York University) & Devin Holterman (York University)

Given new political leadership and the centrality of national parks to nation-wide celebrations of the 150 years of Canadian confederation, it is an opportune time to reflect on the changing state of Canadian conservation and national park management. Though Canada is often framed as a conservation leader, it has not received the same critical scholarly inquiry as its counterparts in the Global South, where established research has considered the neoliberalization of conservation practice, the role of jurisdictional boundaries, and the impact of conservation on local communities and ecologies. We are interested in how these themes and processes may be unfolding in similar ways in Canada. This session seeks theoretically informed, empirically rich case studies that critically examine conservation practice (understood broadly) in Canada with the aim to prompt a discussion which places these practices in conversation with the broader literature. In particular we welcome submissions that examine one or more of the following processes: 1) the increased presence of market-based interests in Canadian national parks; (eg: infrastructure development, extractive industries, tour operations); 2) trends towards conservation activities and partnerships that operate across jurisdictional and national boundaries (eg: transboundary conservation and other cross-border initiatives focused on wildlife conservation, securitization, and financialization of parks systems); and 3) evolving relationships with Aboriginal and local communities (eg: co-management arrangements, stakeholder consultation, FPIC, negotiation dynamics etc). This session seeks to interrogate these themes and the social and ecological implications they have in the context of Canada and Canadian national parks.

Please e-mail abstracts of up to 200 words (max.) to Colin Sutherland (crsuther@yorku.ca) and Devin Holterman (dholt@yorku.ca) both of York University, Department of Geography, by February 20th, 2017. Successful applicants will be contacted by February 24th.

*CFP: Colonial Morocco Revisited (International workshop, Centre Jacques
Berque, Rabat July 12-13 2017)*

The historical investigation of colonial Morocco outside the bounds of
formal political structures has been a relatively new field of research.
Following Moroccan independence, nationalist writers looked to decolonize
their own history by casting the Protectorate period as ephemeral
parentheses that only momentarily interrupted the historical arc of the
Moroccan people.[1] <#m_-2145878528437363121__ftn1> Until quite recently,
the colonial period was considered “a time of deviation, a kind of
historical ‘mistake’...not especially worthy of study.”[2]
<#m_-2145878528437363121__ftn2> At the same time, European history-writing
has privileged studies of neighboring Algeria, in part because Morocco
experienced a more peaceful transition to independence and that process
did less to test the political structure of metropolitan France. This
workshop seeks to bring together scholars from different disciplines whose
approaches suggest new ways of thinking about colonial Morocco (both the
Spanish and French zones). Our goal is to promote a reassessment of the
impact and meaning of the colonial period through analyses of, among other
things, the environment, gender relations and the intersection of gender
with other axes of power such as race, class/prestige and sexuality,
spatial-architectural boundaries, medical and educational epistemologies
and projects, the politics of the body, rural colonial Morocco.

Applicants are requested to send an abstract of 300 words and a short bio
to Etty Terem tereme@rhodes.edu no later than March 12. Abstracts should be
in English, though papers may be submitted in English, French, Spanish, or
Arabic. The workshop organizers advise that for participation in the
meeting, a good working knowledge of English is required.

Participants are responsible for their expenses.

Organizing Committee:

Etty Terem: tereme@rhodes.edu

Eric Calderwood: ecalderw@illinois.edu

Itzea Goicolea-Amiano: itzea.goikolea@gmail.com

Adam Guerin: amgguerin@gmail.com

CFP: Childhood Studies in the Anthropocene conference and workshop, Birmingham, 6th-7th June 2017

Dear all,

Apologies for cross-postings. I hope that this conference and associated graduate student workshop may be of interest to some - details of how to submit an abstract and register are towards the end of the call for papers/participation.

Please do forward to colleagues/students who aren't on this list.

Thank you!


‘Childhood Studies in the Anthropocene’ International Conference and Graduate Student workshop

University of Birmingham, UK, 6th-7th June 2017

Call for Conference Papers and Call for Workshop Participation

We are inviting abstracts for an interdisciplinary, international conference taking place on the theme of ‘Childhood Studies in the Anthropocene’ in Birmingham this June. The Call for Papers relates to the conference on the 6th June, and the call for participation (for Graduate Students only) to the workshop on the morning of 7th.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Associate Professor Affrica Taylor (University of Canberra, Australia)

Professor Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw (Western University, Canada)

Call for papers

Since the turn of the millennium, scientists have been warning that a ‘great acceleration’ in human extractive and consumptive activities has fundamentally changed the earth’s geo-biospheric systems, causing the relatively stable Holocene era to tip into what they are suggesting be called the Anthropocene – literally a new era of ’Humans’ (Crutzen, 2000; Steffen et al, 2007). The proposed naming of the Anthropocene has spawned a cascade of interdisciplinary debates, the establishment of a number of dedicated Anthropocene peer reviewed journals and academic book series, and a plethora of peak international Anthropocene-themed conferences. Across the social sciences and humanities, many are calling for an interruption to the ‘business-as-usual’ of research and scholarship. They claim that the Anthropocene requires a paradigm shift in understanding about what it means to be human, a reframing of our sense of relative power ‘over’ whole-earth systems, and, thereforea radical reconsideration oftherelationship between the social and natural worlds, fates and futures (Gibson et al 2015; Hamilton 2016).

Through these debates, the Anthropocene has emerged as a figure of uncertain and precarious futures, requiring new kinds of thought and action. A key concern is that, although the Anthropocene appears to entail ostensibly universal changes in whole-earth systems, the effects of such changes are likely to be patterned unequally in both geographical and social terms. Significantly, Anthropocene futures are not only those that 21st century children will inherit, but there has been little consideration as to whether and how particular groups of children, in particular places, will become entangled with Anthropocene change in different ways. It is therefore time for the field of childhood studies to engage more fully with, and to contribute more directly to, the broader Anthropocene debates.

This conference will be the first in the field to provoke such direct engagement and contribution by asking: What might the figure of the Anthropocene provoke within 21st century childhood studies?

We invite a range of Anthropocene-attuned (and Anthropocene-critical) perspectives on any of the following issues. We welcome abstracts from any discipline, and would particularly encourage submissions from beyond the social sciences – including scholars working from/with the humanities, life and environmental sciences, medicine, engineering and earth sciences.

· The issue of scale: How might we conduct research that addresses the Anthropocene’s local/global implications for 21st century childhoods?
· The issue of time: How might the figure of the Anthropocene prompt us to rethink the urgency, and/or multiple temporal scales of our childhood research and of 21st century children’s futures?
· Epistemological issues: How might the figure of the Anthropocene interrupt and/or reconfigure our thinking about 21st century childhoods? If the figure of the Anthropocene signals the death of nature as we knew it, how might this prompt us to rethink the powerful epistemological connections that have been made between childhood and nature? How might these extend or challenge recent theorising in a ‘new wave’ or ‘infra-paradigm’ of childhood studies, that is concerned with questions of ‘more-than-social’ childhoods?
· Ontological issues: How might children’s lived experiences and relations with other species and entities within their local environments help us to think differently about human being in the Anthropocene?
· Ethical issues: What are our responsibilities, as childhood scholars, to address the intergenerational and environmental justice issues posed by the Anthropocene? What do these mean for new (or established) modes of public engagement?
· Material issues: How might the Anthropocene configure new materialities of childhood – from the composition of children’s bodies, the food they eat and their health, to children’s engagements in processes such as raw material extraction, the construction industries, the processing of waste and the generation/consumption of energy? How might forms of relational or ‘nexus’ thinking enable us to adequately broach such entangled materialities in ways that also attend to the particularities of being young, in the first part of the twenty-first century?
· Political issues: What are some of the political implications of the figure of the Anthropocene for the study of 21st century childhoods? How might this figure be deployed to further particular political agendas and/or to expose existing power relations? In what ways does the figure of the Anthropocene engage or extend beyond traditional terms of political debate in childhood studies – around voice, agency, rights and participation, for instance?
· Issues of differentiation: Does the Anthropocene further differentiate the radically uneven lived experiences of 21st century children? Will the futures of children in some parts of the world be more adversely affected than others?
· Disciplinary and methodological issues: What new modes of inquiry, what methods, and what inter-/cross-/trans-disciplinary alliances, might be necessary for witnessing how childhoods are entangled with the Anthropocene? How might social-scientific scholarship in childhood studies engage with disciplines such as history, medicine, nanoscience, archaeology, and architecture?
· Pedagogical issues: What new pedagogies might be necessary given the uncertain ecological future we bequeath to children and intensifying concerns for sustainability?

Format and submitting an abstract

The conference will comprise two keynotes with associated paper sessions, and more open fora for critical and creative discussion. We are hoping to publish papers from the conference in a special journal issue of the journal Discourse.

We welcome abstracts for 15-minute papers on any of the above topics. Please send your abstract (no more than 200 words) to Professor Peter Kraftl (p.kraftl@bham.ac.uk) by March 10th 2017. Please also contact Peter if you would like to make an informal inquiry about the conference.

Registration and cost

Further details on how to register for the conference will be provided in due course. There will be a charge for waged participants of £25 per person, to cover room hire and catering costs. The event will be free of charge for unwaged participants and graduate students.

Graduate student work shop

There will be a workshop – linked to the themes of the conference – on the morning of 7th June. This will be for graduate students only, and will be run by Peter Kraftl, Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Affrica Taylor, offering a less formal space for theoretical, methodological and ethical discussion. Further details will be provided in due course. This event will be free of charge to all participants.

Places will be limited to 25 and registration for the conference is not mandatory to take part in this workshop (although advised!). If you wish to register for a place, please contact Peter Kraftl using the E-Mail address shown above. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline of 31st March 2017.

Funding and sponsorship

This event is part-funded by the University of Birmingham and the ESRC/FAPESP/Newton ‘(Re)Connect the Nexus’ project (www.foodwaterenergynexus.com).

The event is co-organised and sponsored by:

· The Adapting to Energy and Environmental Uncertainties research subtheme, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham;
· The Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (Royal Geographical Society with IBG);
The new Children and Childhoods Network at the University of Birmingham.

CFP: Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme- Violence Against University and College Women - Local and Global Manifestations, Shared Experiences, and Prevention Practices

Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme- Violence Against University and College Women

Local and Global Manifestations, Shared Experiences, and Prevention Practices

(33.1,2 Summer 2017)

CFP Deadline: February 28, 2017

Universities need to be safe places in order for all learners to thrive. However, this is not the case for university and college women in many countries around the world, who experience sexual violence including rape, sexual coercion, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, and stalking. Yet research on the scope, causes, and prevention of sexual violence against university and college women in most countries remains sporadic, underdeveloped, or nonexistent. Current research has also failed to examine the issue across local and national contexts in order to clarify shared experiences, common root causes, and best practices. Knowledge of the manifestations of the issue in institutions of higher education in countries in the Global South is especially lacking. In this special edition of the Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme (CWS/cf), we invite contributions that explore critically the various aspects of the issue. The editors seek especially contributions located in countries in the Global South as well as studies utilizing various research methodologies and theoretical frameworks across the social sciences and the humanities.

Possible Topics include:

•How does the issue manifest itself in specific universities and locales?

•How do women experience violence in spaces of higher education? How are these experiences and their effects shaped by individual and broader historical formations related to race, class, sexuality, religion, and other difference?

•What are local, national and international root causes for violence against university and college women?

•How have women on campuses responded to violence?

•How have university and college administrators and counsellors responded (or not) to the issue?

•What structures and policies addressing the issue are in place at campuses? Are these policies effective?

•Whose and what knowledge, experience and worldviews inform the design of intervention and prevention programs?

•What help is available to support victims of violence on campuses?

•What are local understandings, framing and meaning making related to "sexual violence" and "university/college woman?"

•Is there a relation between space and violence on campuses?

Your ideas for additional topics are welcome.

Invited are articles, research reports, oral histories, alternative forms of narration, poetry, drawings, and other art works that illuminate these issues.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

Articles should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 16 pages long (4000 words). A short (50-word) abstract of the article and a brief biographical note must accompany each submission. Please send a hard copy of your manuscript as well as emailing a copy. We give preference to previously unpublished material. If possible, please submit graphics or photographs to accompany your article. Please note CWS/cf reserves the right to edit manuscripts with respect to length and clarity, and in conformity with our house-style. To encourage use of the material published, CWS/cf has granted electronic rights to Gale Group, Micromedia Proquest and the H. W. Wilson. Any royalties received will be used by CWS/cf to assist the publication in disseminating its message.

Write or call as soon as possible indicating your intention to submit your work.

Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme

210 Founders, York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Telephone: (416) 736-5356 Fax: (416) 736-5765 E-mail: cwscf@yorku.ca

"Music as Dissent and Resistance" a Session for SAS Meetings 2017

Music and musical performance are forms of social and cultural identity that can involve protest, advocacy, and testimonials. During historical moments of transition and crisis and contemporary global movements and migrations, music has also served as a form of resistance and dissent against the status quo. In this conference panel/session, we are seeking papers on music as a form of cultural resistance, political commentary, and protest against ethnocentrism and the status quo. We are especially seeking papers on U.S. subcultural groups and cultural groups in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 150-word abstracts/paper proposals are invited for this session of the Southern Anthropological Society Annual Meetings in Carrollton, GA March 23-25, 2017. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017. Please contact me if you are interested.

Contact Info:
Marjorie Snipes, Session Coordinator

Contact Email:



CFP "Anthropology and Anarchism" for the Journal des Anthropologues, May 2018 Issue

Deadline: March 1st 2017



Dear colleagues,

we would like to invite you to propose a paper to our conference panel “Variations of temporal belonging: time, sociality and difference” at the DGV Conference “Belonging: Affective, moral and political practices in an interconnected world”, Berlin, 4-7 October 2017. To propose a paper, please email abstracts of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces) and also a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) to michael.stasik@uni-bayreuth.de and alena.thiel@giga-hamburg.de by 15 February 2017.

Variations of temporal belonging: time, sociality and difference (Michael Stasik and Alena Thiel)

The category of time is, as Émile Durkheim (1915) observes, essentially social. Edmund Leach (1961) furthers this point by stating that collective representations of temporal relations not only express time but produce it. Distinguishing, measuring and “knowing” time in its sequences and rhythms is not only a collective effort but (re)produces a sense of being in, belonging to and attunement with the social world. Indeed, the task of keeping together in time is a key prerequisite for the creation and cohesion of social groups and thus of affective, moral, political and economic relationships. Yet given that, as Alfred Gell (1992) notes, “myriad forms of society have evolved and sustained their distinctive temporalities at different places and during different historical epochs”, what happens to these multiple and heterogeneous temporalities in moments of their encounter, triggered for example by processes of globalisation, migration, technological change, mass mediatisation, conflict or the workings of capital?

Taking the classic anthropology of time as a point of departure, in this workshop we invite empirically-grounded contributions to explore how cultural constructions of time and “temporal belonging” (Bastian 2015) play out in a world where social formations appear increasingly synchronised while, at the same time, being subjected to constant multiplications of forms of belonging? Which affective, moral and political changes occur in these temporal convergences and how do they affect belonging? What makes some temporalities more dominant than others? How do hegemonic timescapes, or “chronocracies”, facilitate exclusion and what are the limits and possibilities of temporal agency? Which temporal affordances are contributing to social change and, conversely, which social practices are conducive to produce temporal difference?

Dr Alena Thiel / Research Fellow

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies/
Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 / 20354 Hamburg / Germany

Call for Papers for the Conference Session

Urban Fallism: Monuments and Iconoclasm

Conference Details:
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, London, 29 August to 1 September 2017.

Details of the Session Convenors:
Professor Dr Sybille Frank, Institute for Sociology, TU Darmstadt, frank@ifs.tu-darmstadt.de
Dr Mirjana Ristic, Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Sociology, TU Darmstadt, ristic@ifs.tu-darmstadt.de

Topic and Aims of the Session:
Monuments in urban space often express desires of state governments and political leaders to assert political power and establish a social order and hierarchy. Public statues, columns, and arches can be used as elements of political iconography. Through their spatial distribution, form, uses and meanings they can convey political myths and stabilize or legitimize political authority. In the context of societal changes, monuments as symbols of political regimes can also be contested and toppled by opposing and/or marginalized groups in the society in order to testify to a new era. This session seeks to explore the phenomenon of ‘urban fallism’ by focusing on the manifold ways in which the action of pulling down and/or removing a monument operates as a means of political struggle. We conceive fallism as a form of urban iconoclasm - a deliberate targeting and destruction of an urban image or landmark that stands for a political authority, ideology or order. We welcome theoretic and empirical contributions which investigate the spatial, social and political causes, dimensions, implications and consequences of the monuments’ fall and its afterlife.

We particularly encourage the submission of papers which explore (but are not limited to) the following themes and questions:

· Urban, social and political contexts of ‘urban fallism’: fallism in the processes of decolonisation, in the former communist countries, in the context of political conflict and war, in the processes of democratisation and in the struggle against totalitarian regimes.
· Actors involved in iconoclastic process and practices: public actors including the state or the city government, institutions and administration vs. private actors including resistance movements, grassroots activists, associations, student protesters.
· Physical and symbolic transformations of the monuments before, during and after their fall, through:
· uses of the monuments: occupation, appropriation, adaptation, vandalism, artistic transformations.
· practices of removing the monuments: lifting up, pulling down, breaking the monuments, etc.
· dealing with the monuments’ material traces and remains: leaving the feet of the leader or the monuments’ pedestal, voiding, purifying, renaming their place.
· transformation of meanings of the past embedded in monuments: reinterpreting, rewriting, erasing, forgetting the past.
· Political roles of the monuments’ fall:
· as a means of struggle for political power and a ‘weapon’ in political conflict,
· as a form of political insurgency, protest and resistance,
· as a means of empowering the opposing and/or marginalized social groups to claim their right to the city and, more broadly, their place and recognition in the society.
· as a catalyst for democracy, human rights, social justice.
· as a catalyst for political change.

Instruction for Authors:
An abstract of up to 300 words is to be submitted to the editors by email.

The submission deadline is Sunday the 12th of February 2017.

Data Power 2017 Conference

Carleton University, School of Journalism and Communication
June 22, 2017 – June 23, 2017



Call for Papers
Special Issue:
The National as Global, the Global as National: Citizenship Education in the Context of Migration and Globalization

Special Issue Editors:
Wai-Chi Chee (The University of Hong Kong)
Cori Jakubiak (Grinnell College)

Citizenship education involves “efforts of societies and social groups to educate their members to imagine their social belonging and exercise their participation as (democratic) citizens” (Levinson 2011:284). This is particularly complicated in the context of migration and globalization because such notions as “members,” “belonging,” and “citizens” are highly contestable. Central to the question is what determines who counts as a “member” or “citizen.” To unravel these complexities, this special issue studies and theorizes the mechanisms of the construction of citizen identities both within and beyond classroom against the backdrop of migration and globalization.

This call invites papers (8000 words) of ethnographic work in education that focus on theorizations on notions of citizenship and the intersections/contestations between citizenship and globalization. We welcome research that engages with current policy, such as the international obsession with the link between global citizenship and the prevention of violent extremism, the unfair treatment of refugees, the nationalized xenophobia and anti-immigrant, anti-refugee dynamics looking beyond the western world, where internal migration results in serious disparities and injustices.

We encourage submissions from scholars at different stages in their careers, and from researchers whose research spans anthropology, sociology, education and human geography.

Submission Procedures
Editors of the Anthropology & Education Quarterly have expressed preliminary interest in publishing a special issue on ethnographic work on this topic. If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal for consideration, please send us (1) an abstract (500-700 words) that includes a short bibliography, information on research methodology and significance of the paper for advancing the field; and (2) a short bio of the author (200 words). Paper proposals should be emailed to Wai-chi Chee (wcchee@hku.hk) and Cori Jakubiak (jakubiak@grinnell.edu) by 28 February 2017. Please note “AEQ Citizenship Education” in the email subject line.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28 February 2017
Successful authors informed: 31 March 2017
Deadline for submission of papers: 30 June 2017

All papers will be subject to double-blind review. AEQ editors will make final decision regarding publication.

Call for papers: Tracing senses of deservingness: Intersectional perspectiveson power,morality and distribution in contemporary Europe (Workshop on behalf of the Regional Groupe Europe at the German Anthropological Association Conference “Belonging:Affective, moral, and politicalpractices in an interconnected world” 4-7 October 2017, Freie Universität Berlin)
Convenors: Andreas Streinzer (Vienna) and Jelena Tosic (Vienna/Bern) The social landscapes of inequalities in Europe (andelsewhere) are in turmoil. At the same time and in spite of the on-goingdiversification of societies, inequalities along class, gender, and ethniccategories seem to stay relatively stable. Ethnographic fieldwork incontemporary Europe, suggests that these dynamics is often manifested as amoral debate and sometimes even panic. In this panel we want to take up and explore thenotion of “deservingness” which represents a common emic and policy-relatedexpression of moralizing society and social justice. Asylum seekers arecategorised into “deserving” refugees and “undeserving” economic migrants.Unemployed are subject to punitive activation policies in a general suspicionthat they are not deserving support. Access to health insurance and othersocial transfers is moralised through notions of deservingness. By focusing on"senses” of deservingness we aim at capturing the every-day affective, moral,ideological and practice dimensions of how different people/ groups conceivethemselves and “others” as (un)equal, and (non) belonging to (segments of)society under specific arrangements of power. It allows for taking into accounthow social difference is continuously “sensed”, without necessarily beingaccountably argued.We invite scholars working on (forced) migration,socio-economic, and political transformations in Europe to think through theintersections and mutual constitution of inequalities in their research fieldand the implications of such an analysis of for exploring contemporary Europe.We further invite them to reflect upon the common “compartmentalization” and“culturalization” of socio-economic inequalities and their relation toneoliberal ideology. Finally, we invite ethnographic accounts of ways differentpeople/groups interpret and act upon present inequalities by engaging with thepast. Please send your abstract of max. 1.200 characters (incl.spaces) and also a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces)directly to the workshop convenors at: andreas.streinzer@univie.ac.atjelena.tosic@univie.ac.at Deadlinefor the submission of abstracts: 15 February 2017 Mag. Dr. Jelena Tosic Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Lerchenweg 36, CH 3012 Bern

Call for Visual Vignettes:

Sensor Publics: On the Politics of Sensing and Data Infrastructures

As part of the Workshop "Sensor Publics: On the Politics of Sensing and Data Infrastructures", at the Munich Center for Technology in Society from April 5-7th 2017, we invite researchers, artists, web-designer, activists, and beyond to reflect on the workshop themes through the means of Visual Vignettes. Inspiration can be found from the participants' abstracts.

A Visual Vignette integrates text and image in unusual ways by combining the genre of vignettes and visual essay. Visual Vignettes are short, evocative descriptions challenging the "division of labour" between words - often as descriptor - and images - as illustration. Following the theme of this workshop, we ask how sensing can invite new ways of entwining words and images. Participants of the meeting will be invited to reflect both on the politics of sensing, sensor publics and digital infrastructures, and on visual vignettes as mode of research dissemination, potential way of interrogating topics, or even conducting research.

The rules are simple: 5 frames (printed in A3 format) and maximum 700 words (excluding references, which can be added on the bottom of the final frame). Send us your Visual Vignette as pdf by March 15th 2017. The workshop organizers will make a selection of the best 6 Visual Vignettes, which will be printed (on foam-board) and displayed at the venue of the meeting, the Vorhoelzer Forum at the Technical University Munich. The selected Visual Vignettes will also be posted on the website of the workshop.


Please direct any questions to:

Visual Vignettes project coordinator:

Mascha Gugganig (mascha.gugganig[at]tum.de), Munich Center for Technology in Society, MCTS

Workshop organizers:

Laurie Waller (l.waller[at]tum.de) & Nina Witjes (nina.witjes[at]tum.de), Munich Center for Technology in Society, MCTS


Santiago, November 2017




“Artyfacts” of Ethnography: Art and Anthropology in Conversation
Wednesday April 19th, 2017, Johns Hopkins University
A workshop by the Johns Hopkins Department of Anthropology,
with Invited Speaker Michael Taussig, Columbia University

We warmly invite scholars and artists to participate in a workshop designed to foster productive exchange that can help to understand and address socially salient issues. By providing this venue for the presentation and critical engagement with creative works of art, design, and scholarship, we hope to highlight the work of art as more than just material for analysis, but rather, as a process, with its own critical methods. Such methods provide powerful insights into many aspects of human experience and unique ways to address the complex social challenges before us. Intellectually, the workshop draws on recent intersections between art and anthropology such as the “ethnographic turn” in art and the increasing importance of human-centeredness in design and creativity. We hope that this workshop leads to further ongoing collaboration that can bring the creative and experimental potential of the arts into academic practice, and visa-versa.

Themes for reflection include such questions as:
What kinds of social worlds are produced and deployed by artistic projects?
How can we conceptualize the “presentness” of art by interlinking concepts such as aura, ephemerality, material, and vibrancy?
What insights can be gained by engaging concepts of mediation and immediacy?
What “hybrid” mediums, such as the photo-essay, are available to anthropology and what does each axis (photo, text, etc.) bring to the fore?
Is there a relationship between performance art and the anthropological study of performance? Can the object of anthropology be the subject of art? In what way is anthropology in itself, performative?
Can we draw analogies between study design and artistic design, writing process and creative production, research proposal and artistic vision?

The workshop will be organized around two workshop panels and with our invited speaker, Michael Taussig, the Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. We invite projects of diverse formats and media, whether as paper presentations, photo-essays, experimental writing, poetry, mixed-media art, or film, among other possibilities. We invite students, faculty, artists and art collectives from across disciplines to apply.

Please submit abstracts and project descriptions of no more than 300 words to jhuartandanthropology@gmail.com by March 1 2017 at 11:59 pm.

The workshop is being organized by graduate students at the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.



CfP: Mobile Digital Practices: Situating People, Things and Data

Abstract deadline: February 19, 2017



Call for Entries: 2017 SCA Gregory Bateson Book Prize

The Gregory Bateson Book Prize is awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA), the largest section of the American Anthropological Association. Named after distinguished anthropologist, semiotician, cyberneticist, and photographer Gregory Bateson, the award reflects the SCA’s mandate to promote theoretically rich, ethnographically grounded research that engages the most current thinking across the arts and sciences. Welcoming a wide range of styles and argument, the Gregory Bateson Prize looks to single out work that is interdisciplinary, experimental, and innovative. The prize is awarded annually at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association and carries an honorarium of $500.

The SCA asks any presses wishing to submit books to select those they see as most relevant for consideration. All books must be published in 2016, and edited volumes and translations of previously published works will not be considered. The deadline for receipt of submissions is May 1, 2017. To submit an entry, publishers are invited to send one copy of the book to each of the four Prize Committee members (below). Inquiries should be directed to Karen Strassler at Karen.Strassler@qc.cuny.edu.

Karen Strassler
Department of Anthropology
Queens College
65-37 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing NY 11367

Amira Mittermaier
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George Street, 3rd floor
University of Toronto
Toronto ON M5R 2M8

Paul Eiss
Department of History, 240 Baker Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Lucas Bessire
Oklahoma University Department of Anthropology
521 Dale Hall Tower
455 W. Lindsey Street
Norman OK 73019

Dear Colleagues,

Here is a call for the next 2 issues of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities. We are keen to have more anthropological contributions, so please read on for a fascinating range of topics!
(apologies for cross posting!)

Call for Articles: Dance, Movement & Spiritualities 3.3 and 4.1



Submission dates: June 1st 2017 (3.3) and November 1st 2017 (4.1)

Dance, Movement & Spiritualities is interested in publishing works concerned with the relationship between spirituality, dance and movement, and contributions are invited from across disciplines. Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in Western dance practices. In contrast, this journal provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research. The journal offers a diverse platform for scholars working within and across the fields of Dance Studies, Theology/Religious Studies, Somatics movement/dance education and therapy, Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology, Health Studies, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Dance Histories.

The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores spirituality and movement from different inter-disciplinary perspectives offering a broad stage for academic discussion and innovation. Recognizing the plurality and diversity of spiritual experience, the journal invites contributions from a vast panorama of the world’s sacred dance traditions to topics such as secular, New Age and postmodern spiritualities.

Example topics may include (but are not limited to the following areas):

The meeting points between health, movement and spirituality

Embodied spirituality and Somatics movement modalities

The cultural and historical production of spirituality in relation to the growth of dance and movement practices

Spirituality, gender and dance/movement

The intersections between religion, spirituality and dance

Secularization and dance/re-emergence of the sacred

Connections between philosophy, spirituality and dance/movement

The emergence and appreciation of new forms of spiritual dance in Western contexts otherwise undocumented (both popular and academic)

The documentation of spiritual forms associated with institutionalized religion Dance/movement forms aligned with non-institutionalized spirituality (evolving forms linked to New Age Spirituality and the holistic spirituality paradigm)

Secular spiritualities underpinning practice, performance and pedagogy

Postmodern spiritualities underpinning practice, performance and pedagogy

Movement/dance forms conversant with Feminist Spirituality

Jungian/post-Jungian dance/movement forms

The influence of non-Western/Eastern sacred narratives as they continue to inform Western dance practice

Intercultural, cross-cultural and multicultural perspectives

Creative transformation and life-force celebration

Shamanic dance traditions

Mysticism, movement and dance

Dance and new technologies

The growth of spirituality in Higher Education

E-mail expressions of interest and submissions to:

Chief Editor: Amanda Williamson
Coventry University

Bradford Keeney,
The University of Louisiana


Hillary Keeney,
The University of Louisiana


Rebecca Weber
Temple University


Dunja Njaradi,
University of Chester

Eline Kieft

Coventry University

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce a reimagined version of the journal Environment & Planning C. The journal’s new subtitle, Politics & Space, speaks to its new identity as an international geographical journal of critical, heterodox, and interdisciplinary research into the relations between the political and the spatial. It will advance debates on the spatialization of politics and the politicization of spatial relations.

Politics & Space welcomes contributions that integrate empirical and theoretical analyses to engage, advance, challenge, and reframe debates about the political.

As we note in our open access editorial, "There is no more important time than the present for ... scholars to recommit to the study of politics and to politically committed studies of the world.” We we intend to work collaboratively with you "to foster a space where scholarly debate and political engagement will unfold. This debate must include voices, ideas, scholarship, and places in the world that have been under-represented in geography’s publication venues over the years.”

We envision Politics & Space as a forum for research on social movements and protest, policy and governance, the politics of knowledge-production, and "the politics of everyday life, including questions of survival, livelihood, identity, representation, social reproduction, marginalization, resistance, and political life. Who has the right to live, to move, to settle, to love, to learn, or simply to be – and where?”

We hope you will join us in building the future of Politics & Space. We hope you will read the journal and, of course, we encourage you to send us your papers! Send us something new, different, something that you need to see in its pages.

We will begin by publishing work submitted under the journal’s previous aims and scope and, in the months ahead, an increasing amount of the journal's content will reflect its new orientation.

Please sign up for content alerts via the journal’s webpage and consider following @envplanc on Twitter.

Patricia Daley, Eugene McCann, Alison Mountz, & Joe Painter

AMS Project Grant

The AMS Project Grant is designed to support small budget proposals on projects featuring the history of medicine. AMS defines the history of medicine as the study, analysis, and interpretation of past practices, philosophies, and/or epistemologies related to human health, health care, and/or disease using methods appropriate to the discipline of History. Projects that consider the Canadian context are particularly welcome. Projects might include requests for seed money to develop research initiatives. Proposals are expected to advance an aspect of the history of health, health care or disease or the education of health professionals that could benefit the broader community of practitioners in the field. There is an expectation that during the period of these grants or within a year of their completion, one or more conference papers or publications/presentations will result from this funding.

Application Available in GMS: February 1, 2017
Deadline: April 6, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. (AST)
Results Available: July 2017
Funds Available: September 2017

More information:



CFP: Imagining 150: The Ethics of Canada’s Sesquicentennial- University of Toronto's Centre for Ethics

Imagining 150: the Ethics of Canada’s Sesquicentennial

The 5th Annual University of Toronto Centre for Ethics Graduate Student Conference

May 5th-6th, 2017

With keynote speaker,

Paul Bramadat, University of Victoria



4S 2017 Boston: "Predictability's Promises: Knowing Futures, Practicing Presents"

Abstracts must be submitted no later than March 1, 2017.



CFP: Spaces of Confrontation: III International Conference in Transatlantic Studies

May 12th-13th 2017
Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard (Cambridge, MA)

Abstracts must be submitted before February 27th, 2017, at midnight – United States EST.



Rebel Yalla: Cultural Convergence in Western and Middle Eastern Literature and Culture

The editors are soliciting essays (in English) of roughly 6,000–9,000 words in length that compare specific works of Western (especially American) culture or specific Western cultural phenomena with specific works of Middle Eastern (especially Arab) culture or specific Middle Eastern cultural phenomena. Our principal interest is in popular culture, including film, television, music, and new media, but we are willing to consider essays on literature, theater, or everyday material culture (such as sports and fashion). We are willing to consider all points of view and all critical approaches, but we particularly seek essays that demonstrate the various ways in which Western and Middle Eastern culture are becoming more and more similar in the age of capitalist globalization, thus undermining any Orientalist notion that these two cultures are polar opposites.

Those interested in contributing an essay to this collection should send a tentative title and brief informal abstract as well as a brief description of themselves to the editors by March 1, 2017. We hope to receive all completed essays by August 1, 2017.

Contact Info:

Professor M. Keith Booker, University of Arkansas,

Dr. Isra Daraiseh

Contact Email:


Call for Papers:
Museums in Arabia 2017
October 11th to 13th, 2017, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Hosted by the Bahrain National Museum

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31st March 2017

Dr. Sarina Wakefield, Adjunct Faculty, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, UAE
Prof. Dr. Laila Prager, University of Hamburg (Germany); currently Senior Research Fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE

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/

Society for the Anthropology of Religion Conference - May 2017

Abstracts due: February 10, 2017




The Second International EDUCATIONAL ROLE OF LANGUAGE conference is being held June 12-13, organized by the Social and cultural determinants Institute of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Gdansk University.

For further information see http://www.educationalroleoflanguage.ug.edu.pl/ or http://www.edukacyjnarolajezyka.ug.edu.pl/


Empire, Capital, & Transnational Resistance

Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th September 2017

University of Brighton, UK

Please email abstracts by 7 February 2017.




The Giorgi Tsereteli Oriental Institute at Ilia State University in collaboration with The University of Vienna and Al Akhwayn University (Morocco) are pleased to invite contributions to the 8th International Conference on Popular Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa: Popular Culture between Site and Flow, to be held in Tbilisi Georgia from 28 to 30 September 2017.

Throughout history, the geography now corresponding to the country of Georgia has been an important crossroad for flows of people between East and West. For hundreds of years, its capital Tbilisi has been a dynamic site for the meeting, exchange, and consumption of local and travelling popular cultures. Inspired by the dynamic flows of people and ideas through Georgia and the rich history of its capital as an important site of cultural production and intercultural exchange, we invite research proposals for the 8th International Conference of Popular Culture of the Middle East and North Africa that interrogate ideas of “site” and “flow.”

Since the advent of British cultural studies, the notion of the importance of popular culture as a site of social struggle has proved a rich foundation for ethnographic cultural exploration and analysis around the world. This has been especially true of popular culture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as the shifting landscapes of revolution, counterrevolution, and occupation continue to color the political lenses through which the region and its cultures are both experienced and understood. The notion of Arab, Iranian, Turkish, and regional minority popular and youth cultures as expressions of resistance, sites of struggle, and processes of radical deliberation have been important frameworks for understanding politics in MENA pop-cultural production.

At the same time that this widespread use of cultural critical theory imagines popular culture as the site or terrain of struggle, large parts of the MENA are today confronted with the reality of building or maintaining culture on the move. In recent years, the spectacular migrations out of and across the MENA dramatize demographic flows as perhaps the central current in contemporary regional reality. The materiality of these patterns of movement have brought new considerations of precarity and violence, as well as new definitions of diaspora, migration, and exchange to the study of the contemporary MENA cultural production. New scholarship has begun to show the promising relevance of media and performance theories of “flow” to understand emergent forms of popular cultural production in the MENA region and its relation to socio-political processes.

In what ways can or should the idea of popular culture as the site or terrain of social struggle be adapted to account for the significant patterns of contemporary movement of MENA peoples? Or alternatively, in what ways are the spectacular demographic flows towards, through, and away from the region leading to the fetishization of movement, hybridity, and exchange in MENA cultural production? How can the study and documentation of popular culture help to ease this destabilizing movement? As the terrain shifts hypothetically, politically, and literally under the feet of MENA denizens, how will the study of MENA popular culture adapt? How to imagine the shifting terrain of contemporary MENA popular culture production as flow? Or how can the dynamic flows of people, ideas, and capital be imagined as the new terrain of MENA popular culture?

We invite papers that investigate these questions and related ones – research that may address the following aspects of cinema, film, street theatre, comedy, poetry, press, digital media, dance, games, folklore, music, storytelling, and television of the MENA region and its diasporas:

MENA cultural influences in the Caucasus and cultural influences from the Caucasus in the MENA;
Cultural production on the move;
Travelling troupes, performers, products; notions of transnational popularity and consumption;
Popular culture in translation;
Globalization and adaptation;
Authenticity and tradition in the face of cultural exchange;
Transnational and interregional networks (satellite media, social media, activism, among others);
Popular/cultural hubs and horizons; soundscapes, “food”scapes
Diasporic audiences; migrant consumers; refugee producers (and variations within);
Affective flows within MENA cultural production;
Spatial dynamics of MENA cultural production;
“Flows” of cognition in pop cultural consumption;
Performative “flow” as experience by popular MENA singers, performers, storytellers;
“Sites” of cultural production/struggle/resistance;
Pop-cultural sedimentation and fixing.
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words in English to menapoptbilisi@gmail.com by 1 March 2017. Authors of successful abstracts will be notified by 1 April. We welcome presentations based on research in any of the diverse languages of the MENA, but please note that due to technical limitations, the sole language of the conference will be English. Only abstracts in English will be considered. Inquiries welcomed at the address above.


Contact Info:

Rayya El Zein, Tea Shurgaia, George Sanikidze

Contact Email:





*Call for Papers*

*Contested Borderscapes*

*Transnational Geographies vis-à-vis Fortress Europe*

September 28 – October 1, 2017

International Conference

Mytilene, Lesvos (Greece)

Urban Geography and Planning Laboratory,

“Invisible Cities” research team & Population Movements Laboratory

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean


*[download a pdf]


*European member states are signatories to the Geneva Convention Related to
the Status of Refugees.*

*Human rights and dignity are respected in detention centres across Europe.*

*An electrified fence was built to protect the nation-state from illegal

*Traffickers are responsible for deaths by drowning in the Aegean and
Mediterranean seas.*

*Deportations are voluntary returns.*

*Turkey is a safe country.*

*War is peace.*

*Freedom is slavery.*

*Ignorance is strength.*

In 2016, Oxford English Dictionary declared “post-truth” the word of the
year. In this Orwellian moment, the movement of refugees, asylum seekers,
and migrants across the increasingly militarised borders of Europe have
instigated a socio-spatial debate about the limits of human rights,
national sovereignties, continental values, precipitating and contributing
to the ongoing condition of European crises. Although in the era of
globalisation borders constitute porous passages for capital and
commodities, at the same time they have hardened and ossified as “new
enclosures” seeking to immobilise migrant and refugee populations. Fortress
Europe emerges as a complex of new state control mechanisms, freshly
erected border fences, newly built detention centres and improvised refugee
camps; together, these technologies of migration management aim at the
criminalisation, classification, stigmatisation, and biopolitical control
of moving populations, fomented by xenophobic politics, and managed by
humanitarian subcontractors. In this hostile climate, people on the move
contest European border regimes, peripheries, and cityscapes by claiming
spatial justice and political visibility while creating a nexus of emerging
common spaces. They are joined by activists defending their right to
movement, who are engaged in efforts to “welcome refugees” into a shrinking
and contested public sphere, into alternative and self-organised social
spaces, responding to the humanitarian crises wrought by militarism,
violence, and structural adjustment with solidarity, stemming from a larger
vision of sharing in each other’s struggles for survival and social

The island of Lesvos is a space of multiple histories of refugee passage,
now reinvented as a “hot spot” in the contemporary European regime of
migration management, but also reimagined by people who live there as a
space of social solidarity with migrant struggles. It thus constitutes one
epicentre, or “contested borderscape” of Fortress Europe, and a place where
we might learn from local struggles and movements against its murderous
politics. If, over the past year, the shores and seaways of Lesvos
(“Lesbos”) gained international visibility as the backdrop to untold human
suffering, loss, and survival, the purpose of gathering here is not to
consume it as a spectacle; instead, we seek to learn from how people here
have responded to, and organised in the urgency of what has became
mediatised as “the refugee crisis.” The main aim of this international
conference is to create a space of critical reflection in which academics,
artists, and activists from different disciplines, backgrounds, and
locations, can strategise, organise, and analyse the social landscapes of
border-spaces such as this, and their reverberations for anti-border
politics elsewhere.

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not
limited to: presentations of formal academic papers falling under one of
the following five themes; brief provocations leading to open discussions;
performance lectures; installations; exhibitions or screenings of visual
work (e.g., film, photography, etc.); workshops (sharing practical
knowledge, working through a particular idea or problem, teaching a
methodology, approach, or framework). We wish to emphasise multidirectional
discussion and open debate of contested—rather than “settled”—issues, as
opposed to unidirectional knowledge transmission by institutionally
acknowledged academic experts. As such, the conference will open with a
plenary of local activists, and will culminate in a general assembly of all
participants, mapping possibilities for future collaboration and exchange
across and beyond Fortress Europe.


*Track 1: The notion of the border*

- Borderlands, borderscapes, borderlines, border regimes
- Borders and nomadism, diaspora, travel, heterotopias, and otherness
- In-between spaces, hybrid spaces, and threshold spaces vis-à-vis
border fortification, militarisation, enclaves, ghettos, walling urbanism,
state territories
- Bridging political, social, national, gender, religion and identity
borders, boundaries and communities
- No borders, open borders, and border-crossing struggles, movements,
and activism

*Track 2: Migrants’ commoning practices*

- Autonomy of migration and transnationalism
- Mobile common space; strategies and practices for survival, struggle,
solidarity, networking, communication, mutual aid of the moving populations.
- Collective and sharing practices in migrants’ informal settlements and
- Social solidarity, connections between the social struggles of the
locals and the migrants; social philanthropy, humanitarianism, volunteering
and NGO’s industry
- Migrants’ social centres, squatted buildings, and self-organised
housing projects

*Track 3: New intersectional enclosures*

- New enclosure policies, forced displacement, dispossession and
grabbing of the means of production and reproduction, permanence of
so-called primitive accumulation
- Class aspects of immigration, cheap workforce, surplus reserved army
of unemployment
- Emergence of nationalistic-racist-fascist rhetoric and practice, (for
instance, racist locals’ committees, the role of church and media)
- Gendered aspects of immigration (women, lgbtq+, sexism, gendered
violence, pregnancy)
- Age aspects of immigration (children and elderly people)
- Disability and immigration
- Cultural re-appropriation of moving populations
- Slavery, trafficking, human organs’ trafficking

*Track 4: State and Hyperstate migrant policies*

- Fortress Europe, detention centers, hot spots, relocation policies,
new border fences
- Law geographies, divisions between refugees and immigrants,
criminalization and illegalization of border crossing, the right to
citizenship and asylum
- Fear policies, xenophobia and biopolitics
- Health geographies, biosecurity and border controls
- Neocolonialism, geopolitics and war

*Track 5: Representations and communication*

- Cultural representations of the Other
- Landscape and representations of the Other
- Newcomers – new ideas – new cultural relations
- Art and multicultural representations
- Newcomers and e-books, e-sharing, horizontal e-actions
- Other history, other museum, oral history of newcomers

*Submission Procedure*

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not
limited to: presentations of formal academic papers; brief provocations
leading to open discussions; performance lectures; installations;
exhibitions or screenings of visual work (e.g., film, photography, etc.);
workshops (sharing practical knowledge, working through a particular idea
or problem, teaching a methodology, approach, or framework).

Interested contributors are invited to submit by 1 March 2017 an abstract
of maximum 500 words. Abstracts should include: title, keywords, track
name, name of the author(s), name of the presenter, affiliation and full
contact details (please fill the submission form, link
). Authors
will be notified by March 20, 2016, about the status of their proposals.
There are no fees but we do not have funds to cover travel expenses. The
organisers expect an edited volume to result from the gathering. Questions
can be directed to contestborders@gmail.com.

*Important Dates*

Abstracts Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: March 20, 2017

Conference: Mytilene, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean,
September 28 – October 1, 2017


Inquiries may be directed to: contestborders@gmail.com



Call for Workshop Applicants -- "Anthropology of the Anthropocene: Theories, Structures, Practices" (May 17-20, 2017 )

DEADLINE is February 25, 2017, at midnight Eastern Time Zone



Voicing Experience:
The 4th British Conference of Autoethnography
15-16 June, 2017, University of Sussex, Brighton

This interdisciplinary conference aims to provide an open, creative space in which to explore the power of autoethnographic work as expressed through its heterogeneous practices, productions and performances. What happens when we begin to take our experiences of the worlds we inhabit seriously and to give reflexive and diffractive voice, through manifold creative means, to that experience? What resonances do we find with other narratives and voices articulating experiences from other spheres? How does voicing experience speak to and challenge the larger structures within which we live? And how do these different spheres shape, in turn, the quality and style of voices being expressed – their tone, mode of expression, fluency and persuasiveness?

The conference seeks to explore the power of autoethnographic work, as expressed, for instance, in dynamics of resistance, critique, healing or assistance.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, performances and other creative works.
Please submit proposals with abstract (250 words) and, if relevant, session plan (max 250 words) to voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk by 10th February 2017.
The presentations will be arranged in the following ways:

· 90-minute 3-person presentation sessions.
· 90-minute single presentation sessions.

Please indicate which presentation format you would prefer.

Conference fee for this 2-day event (excluding accommodation): £75 (we have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets (£45) for students and unemployed).

For general enquiries, please write to: voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk
Please see the website for full details and registration: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/outreach/sociology-conferences/voicingexperience
Organising Committee: Dr Jamie Barnes (Sociology, Sussex), Dr Michael Hayler (Education, Brighton), Dr Ross Wignall (Anthropology, Sussex).

This Conference is initiated and hosted by Brighton Autoethnography Group with sponsorship & support from the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Sussex.

Indeterminacy: un\knowing a body in space - University of Victoria’s interdisciplinary Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) program conference, May 5-7, 2017

Deadline: recently extended to Feb. 28



Summer Program: Redistribution and the Law in an Antagonistic World


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland cordially invite doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from the humanities and social sciences, in particular law, political sciences,
political economy, history, anthropology and economy to apply for a Transregional Academy. It will be convened 21st to 30th August at the Humboldt-Universtität zu Berlin on the topic “Redistribution and the Law in an Antagonistic World” and chaired by Isabel Feichtner (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg), Philipp Dann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jochen von Bernstorff (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen), Surabhi Ranganathan (University of Cambridge), Celine Tan (University of Warwick), Arnulf Becker Lorca (Georgetown University, Washington, DC).

Application received by March 12, 2017



The Seventeenth Beirut Exchange March 19-March 26, 2017

Application Deadline I February 10, 2017/Deadline II February 28, 2017
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

The seven-day Beirut Exchange program rests on two tracks:

Academic - Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals in Lebanon. Topics will include: Recent protest movements in Lebanon; The Arab Uprisings; The Syrian conflict and its regional implications; The Islamic State; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations role in Lebanon and the region; Engaging political Islam; Asymmetrical conflict: The July 2006 Lebanon War; Human Rights in Lebanon and the wider Middle East; Sectarianism and its deployment, as well as a range of other topics.

Dialogue with Leaders - Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Lebanon.

NOTE: Due to the current security situation in Lebanon, the Seventeenth Beirut Exchange will generally restrict its meetings in and around Beirut, although at least one trip to the North and one trip to the South is planned.


Wednesday, January 11
8pm – Opening Orientation & Security Briefing

Thursday, January 12
9:30am – Nicholas Noe, Mideastwire.com
12pm – Sami Gemayel, Kataeb
1:30pm – Karim Makdisi, American University of Beirut
5:30pm – Bassam Khawaja, Human Rights Watch
7pm – Bashir Saade, Stirling University

Friday, January 13
8:30 – Rami Khouri, AUB
11am – Farea Muslimi, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies
12:30pm – Omar Nashabe, Consultant for Defense Counsel, STL
3:30 – Group Discussion
4pm – Ayman Mhanna, Global Forum for Media Development
7pm – Abdallah Dardari, UN/ESCWA & Frm. Vice Premier of Syria

Saturday, January 14
10am – Sari Hanafi, AUB
12:30 – May Akl, Free Patriotic Movement
2:30 – Antoine Habchi, The Lebanese Forces
5pm – Mustapha Alloush, The Future Movement

Sunday, January 15
11:30am – Imran Riza, UNIFIL
2:30 – Mleeta Museum @ South Lebanon
7pm – Walid Jumblatt, The Progressive Socialist Party

Monday, January 16
9am – Mohammad Afif, Hizbullah
11am – Rabih Shibley, AUB
1pm – Yassine Jabber, The Amal Movement
2pm – Alain Aoun, FPM
3:30pm – UNRWA
6pm – Nicolas Pouillard, IFPO
8pm – Marwan Maalouf, Menapolis/#YouStink

Tuesday, January 17
10am – Ammar Moussawi, Hizbullah
1:30 – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon
4pm – Christina Lassen, The European Commission in Lebanon
6pm – Liz Sly, Washington Post
7pm – Nicholas Blanford, Daily Star/Times of London

Wednesday, January 18
10:30am – Patriarch Beshara Rai
1pm – Osama Hamdan, HAMAS
2:30 – Shadi Karam, Frm. Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister
4pm – Closing Session

Tuition - $900; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need.

Accommodation - $420; Except for those students already residing in Lebanon, we recommend that all participants in the Exchange reside at the conference hotel during the seven-day program (only accepted students will be notified of the hotel location). The hotel, located near downtown Beirut, is priced at $60 per person/per night, including all taxes and breakfast, for a shared double room (we will arrange for sharing). Single rooms are available for $100 per night. Note that we can also help arrange for less expensive, private housing near to the conference room which will be priced at approximately $40 per person, per night.

Airfare - $400, approximate from the European Union.

At the discretion of the student, tuition is 50% refundable up to three weeks before the program commences. (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

Visit our Facebook page and ask alumni questions at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/10975175535/


School of Public Health. *All workshops held twice per year in May and August. *Registrations are now open for May 2017. Visit our website
http://tinyurl.com/rsph-qr or contact kmuwwak@emory.edu or 404-7273152.

*Qualitative Research Methods*, May 15-19, 2017. Registration Fee $750
(Students $650). This 4-day workshop covers theory and practice of
qualitative data collection. It is suitable for anyone involved in
designing, conducting, evaluating, training or managing qualitative

*Mentored Qualitative Methods, *May 20, 2017, 9am-12.30pm. Registration Fee
$130. This half-day workshop enables you to bring your own qualitative
research project or proposal and receive expert individual mentoring
specific to your project.

*Qualitative Data Analysis*, May 22-24, 2017. Registration Fee $600. This
2½ -day workshop integrates theoretical principles, practical skills and
hands-on software sessions for analyzing qualitative data.

*Mentored Qualitative Analysis*, May 25, 2017, 1.30-5pm. Registration Fee
$130. This half-day workshop enables you to bring your own project and data
and receive expert individual mentoring on qualitative data analysis
specific to your project.

Dear colleagues,
there are exciting news for the upcoming *2017 MAYS (Medical Anthropology
Young Scholars Network) annual meeting!*
*​* ​
This year we will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh for our two-days
meeting (15-16 June) around the theme "Medical Anthropology Beyond Academic

MAYS has been awarded EASA grant funding and in collaboration with
generosity from SoMA, will be offering *accommodation and/or travel
scholarships* to a select number of accepted applicants. Exact details will
follow after notification of acceptance, in which invited participants will
be given the opportunity to apply for a MAYS Annual Meeting Scholarship.

*New Abstract Deadline! 13 February 2017*, 5pm GMT
Abstract submission to mays.easa@gmail.com

Please find the *updated CfP *for this conference attached.

*A quick recap of the conference topic *
"Medical Anthropology Beyond Academic Borders"

The MAYS 2017 conference will explore the ways in which medical
anthropology can be practically and socially applied outside of academia in
the public sphere, and how medical anthropologists can collaborate with
other professionals.
​ ​
Therefore we invite anyone who has thought about this kind of work - not
necessarily only those have succeeded in reaching out beyond academic
borders yet. We would like this meeting to cover ideas for future
interdisciplinary work, and/or any past or present experience you might
have working with other disciplines and the public.

This conference aims to open up conversation about what can we as young
MedAnth scholars can do now to build public/interdisciplinary skills and
find feedback and encouragement for future ideas.We are also working to put
together workshops by academics and outside-academiaresearchers who have
experience working interdisciplinarily. These workshops will be friendly,
informal sessions where we can have a chance to learn from others'
experiences and ask practical questions about what working across borders
is really like, and how to find those career opportunities.

We look forward to reading your abstracts!

Warm wishes,

Lilian and Mari
your MAYS Coordinators

Call for panels


EASA Medical Anthropology Network
2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting
5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal




1 March-11 April 2017 (E07417)

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Baron


Migration, be it voluntary or forced (escaping wars, conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies), can have complicated consequences at the social and psychological levels of individuals concerned. After leaving the stability of home, country and culture, migrants are exiled into countries where they often feel alienated, isolated and struggle from discrimination and violations of their basic human rights. As a practitioner, humanitarian worker, policy maker or researcher, it is vital to understand the psychosocial consequences of migration.

This e-learning course introduces the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration and the practical issues related to the provision of multidisciplinary culturally sensitive interventions. It will also address the issue of the stress experienced by humanitarian practitioners while working with affected populations.

Week 1. Overview of the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration
Week 2. The Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines (IASC) for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for Emergency Settings and their implications for intervention
Week 3. Skills to assess problems, needs and resources
Week 4. Culturally and contextually sensitive interviewing skills and working with translators
Week 5. Introduction to individual, family and community interventions for populations living in camps and urban contexts
Week 6. Specific mechanisms workers and organisations can use to minimize staff burnout and maximise organisational effectiveness

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, quizzes, a writing assignment, and webinars over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Tuition fee for participants: US$ 495; tuition for auditors: US$ 195. Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer (additional fee applies). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

For more more details and to register online: http://www.hrea.org/learn/elearning/psychosocial-consequences-migration/


Dear colleagues,

IPED (www.ipedjournal.com) is a new multilingual open access journal which
focusses on equality and diversity from a range of perspectives.

We have put together a rapid CFP for responses to recent events, open to
both academic and non-academic kinds of submissions. Please share widely!


More details below.

Kind regards,

Christopher Lyon
Geography|Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience
School of Social Sciences
University of Dundee DD1 4HN
Email: c.lyon@dundee.ac.uk
Tel UK: +44 (0)7804 709685
Twitter: @ChristophLyon

Call for rapid responses to Trump and Women's March

The Women's March on 21 January 2017 was conceived and initiated in the
time between the US election result of 8 November 2016 and the 20 January
presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. US-centred, it also saw global
impact with over 600 marches in dozens of countries. Estimates of
participation number as high as 4.5 million people. Trump, his close
advisors and cabinet are regarded by many commentators to reflect a new
far-right or illiberal leadership previously unknown in the US, with
potentially radical national and international effects. The cabinet is
currently the least diverse in terms of race and gender of recent times,
and has rapidly instituted a growing list of measures targeting
marginalised groups such as The Global Gag Rule, the removal of the
Affordable Care Act and bans on refugees from predominately Muslim

We welcome submissions which address the Women's March and the Trump
administration. We have provided a list of questions which may inspire
commentary, but broader analyses are also welcome.

Submissions may include blog posts, research agendas, activist
perspectives, creative writing, policy analyses or position pieces. We
expect submissions to range from 1500 to 8000 words. Submissions may be in
English, French, Greek, Spanish, German, BSL, American Sign Language or
International Sign Language (for sign language submissions please contact
the editors first, so we can ensure appropriate support). We ask that all
submissions include a title and abstract in English as well as the
original language. Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial team, and
where appropriate subject to a rapid peer review. IPED is fully open
access with authors retaining full copyright of their work. To submit
please visit this

In your covering email please note that your submission is for the Call
for a rapid responses to Trump and Women's March.

Deadline - 27th February. Planned publication end of March 2017.

Please direct queries to: Christopher Lyon c.lyon@dundee.ac.uk or Kate
Sang k.sang@hw.ac.uk


- What is the potential for intersectional approaches to scholarship and
feminist activism to provide a robust and effective response to the rise
of autocratic leaders such as President Donald Trump?
- Can the Women's March of 21 January 2017 act as a catalyst for
progressive and inclusive social change, and in what ways?
- How can intersectionality be used to provide a basis for social change
and resistance to encroaching attacks on human rights? Where are the
pitfalls and limits of intersectionality both as a theoretical construct
and a basis for social change?
- Does the Women's March reflect a different form of protest or action
beyond normative activism? How can we understand the Women's March in the
context of broader debates around violent and non-violent protest?
- What can the Women's March learn from previous social justice protests,
for example, the Civil Rights movement, the women's Suffrage movement?
- What role did technology play in organising this march? What might this
mean for its potential?
- Where does The Women's March sit with other forms of protest, for
example, Black Lives Matter and the North Dakota Pipeline?
- What are the lessons for efforts outside of the US, for example,
responses to Brexit and the rise of far-right politics in France and other
parts of Europe and Australasia?
- The massive scale and global nature of the protest meant that it likely
included many people who would not normally identify with or participate
in protest activism. What does this level of participation mean for
intersectional discourses and practices that normally define participation
in this form of activism?
- How does the social justice focus of the Women's March connect with
other highly controversial Trump administration policies such as those
related to climate change, international trade, and toward Russia and

Call for Proposals: Populism Rising

Please submit your proposal for our populism series by February 6.



Call for Proposals: Strategies of Critique XXXI: Out of Time

Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, Annual Graduate Student Conference

York University, April 21 - 23, 2017



Call for papers: Soundscapes of Wellbeing
RGS-IBG AC2017, London Tuesday 29th August to Friday 1 September 2017
Session organisers: Laura Colebrooke and Rich Gorman, Cardiff University

Geographers have long recognised the vital interconnection between landscape and wellbeing. Yet the entanglements evoked by geographic study are often silent. Tuning in to the soundscape can produce sophisticated understandings of place, engendering feelings of connection with surroundings, providing different forms of engagement with space (Butler 2007) and geographers in recent years have sought to explore the role of sound in producing and mediating certain environments (Bull 2015) as well as the emotional and affective significance of sonic landscapes (Doughty et al. 2016) (c.f. Gallagher and Prior 2013 for a useful review of the progress in sonic geographies).

However, within geographical discussions of health and wellbeing, sound often continues to be 'tuned out', and the rich complexity of the relationships between sound and wellbeing remains unheard. Sounds can evoke emotional resonance, ideologically laden with social relations and power as much as visual stimuli, capable of simultaneously producing places of social inclusion, and atmospheres of exclusion and confrontation (Doughty et al. 2016). Paying attention to the role of sound within spaces of health and wellbeing also creates a way to more critically engage with the heterogeneity of 'therapeutic' spaces, and recognizing the fluidity, multiplicity, contingency, and indeterminacy of the ways in which formal and informal spaces and practices emerge that may or may not be conducive to health and wellbeing (Gorman 2016), moving beyond a dualism between urban/industrial/noise and rural/natural/peace.

There is a need for geographies of health and wellbeing to access the more-than-representational invisible immaterialities of sound (Gallagher and Prior 2013), and move to consider the soundscapes of health and wellbeing, exploring the interrelationships, collisions, and confluences between health experiences and the soundscapes within which they are embedded. In addition, we are curious as to the potentials for understanding the materialities of soundscapes and how these may relate to health and wellbeing.

Amidst the rising interest in sonic geography, in this session we wish to bring discussions of health and wellbeing to the fore to ask: how does sound and listening shape our experience and knowledge of health and wellbeing?

We welcome submissions which engage creatively with the idea of soundscapes including papers, sound recordings, installations and performances. These can be empirical or theoretical and might address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

* The potential role for understandings of soundscape to enrich our knowledge of emplaced wellbeing.
* More-than-human relationships at play within soundscapes.
* The heterogeneity of experiences of soundscape - beyond normative framings of 'natural' and 'urban' sounds.
* The materiality of sound and its relationship with wellbeing and the processes by which sounds constitute environments and practices which harm, and those which heal.
* The soundscapes of healing/treatment practices and how these play a role in experiences of therapy.
* Experiences of sounds such as: white noise, sound therapy, sound induced so-called 'Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response', industrial and road noise, binaural beats, silence as well as 'natural' soundscapes.
* Synaesthetic experience and wellbeing.

Contributions are welcome from all disciplines and from all career stages. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to colebrookelk@cardiff.ac.uk<;mailto:colebrookelk@cardiff.ac.uk>; and gormanr@cardiff.ac.uk<;mailto:gormanr@cardiff.ac.uk>; no later than 13th February 2017.

For more details on the conference see: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm

Call for papers of the Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017 “Entangled Mobilities” in Jyväskylä is now open. We invite papers which fall within the theme of the conference.(http://www.antropologinenseura.fi/en/events/anthropology-conference-2017/)

The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017 seeks to explore different kinds of mobilities and their interconnections. We ask how spatial and social mobilities are entangled with each other and broader economic, social and political processes. We invite papers which explore following themes: place making; production of boundaries; relationships between actors of mobility (states, citizens, genders classes, generations, the rural and the urban); artifacts and technologies of mobility (new media, material culture, vehicles and food); imaginaries of mobility; movement of ideas and structures (such as education, notions of kinship and family, marriage). We invite all anthropologists and researchers from related disciplines to participate!

The deadline for paper proposals is 23rd of February 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by early March.

Paper proposals can be submitted for consideration for confirmed panels or without specifying the panel (http://www.antropologinenseura.fi/en/events/anthropology-conference-2017/panels/). If you wish to choose a panel for your paper, send your proposal directly to the panel organizers but also send a copy to the organizer (). If you do not wish to choose a panel, send your paper proposal only to the conference organizers ().

To submit your paper proposal, send the following information: name, affiliation, contact information, the title of the paper, the abstract (max. 200 words) and the name of the panel you wish to participate (see the list of panels) to the e-mail addresses of the organizers of the panel in question and to the conference organizers ().

If you do not want to choose any of the advertised panels, leave out the panel information and only send your proposal to .
Keynote speakers

Professor Purnima Mankekar, (Departments of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles)

Professor Mankekar offers a new understanding of the affective and temporal dimensions of how India and “Indianness,” as objects of knowledge production and mediation, circulate through transnational public cultures.

Senior researcher Hans Lucht (Danish Institute for International Studies, Kööpenhamina)

Dr Lucht’s talk focuses on undocumented migration from Africa to Europe via North Africa.

School for Advanced Research

Call for Proposals

Advanced Seminar: Women and Development

In the Global South

Focusing on women in the developing world and providing concrete, practical strategies to improve their health, prosperity, and general well-being

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

For more information: sarweb.org



CFP: "Feminisms in Revolution"/"Feminismes en Revolution" - Comment s'en sortir ?


To propose an article, please submit an abstract up to 5 000 characters and, in a separate file, a presentation of the author, including your name(s), discipline, contact details and a short biography (up to 1 000 characters) to : redaction@commentsensortir.org.

Submission of proposals: March 15th 2017
Acceptance decisions: April 1st 2017
Submission of articles: June 1st 2017
Publication : November 2017



CFP - Resource Temporalities: Anticipations, Retentions and Afterlives, London, RGS-IBG 2017

RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 29th August – 1st September 2017

Resource Temporalities: Anticipations, Retentions and Afterlives

Session Convenors: Dr Kärg Kama (Oxford, Geography) & Dr Gisa Weszkalnys (LSE, Anthropology)

Deadline: 5th February 2017

Recent work in resource geography and anthropology has demonstrated the need to move beyond issues of resource control and distribution toward a critical examination of how resources are made (Bridge 2013, Kama 2013, Li 2014, Richardson and Weszkalnys 2014). A focus on resource-making draws attention to the distributed quality of resources as always in-becoming, rather than biophysically or geophysically given, substances. It also reveals their indeterminate and often speculative nature as the outcome of a variety of techno-scientific, governmental, entrepreneurial, and financial practices (e.g. Majury 2014, Valdivia 2015, Weszkalnys 2015, Zalik 2015). Inherent to this process of resource-making are important temporal aspects, which have remained remarkably underexplored. In this session, we take the existing literature as a springboard to ask new questions about the multiple temporalities generated by processes of resource-making ranging from anticipations of resource matters, to their diverse retentions, to other temporal and material states once processed or unmade as a resource.

Resource-making rarely follows a linear trajectory. Its projected successes are often no more than a grasping for self-fulfilling prophecies, and its achievements are partly bound to the legacies of past and present resource production through types of path-dependency and lock-ins. Current examples of resource-making projects highlight their incremental yet spatio-temporally contingent nature, including the mortgaging of hydrocarbon futures by emerging producer states, a practice recently called into question by falling oil prices; the constitution of “reclaimed” landscapes in the context of mine decommissioning and closure; the production of overinflated resource estimates in the quest for “unconventional” fossil fuels and novel extractive spaces (e.g. ocean seabeds); as well as the specific modes of financialisation now encountered at resource frontiers, which produce various absences and presences across the domains of science and market. Important questions are also raised by the parallel life of extractive waste products and by projects of resource-making that have been blocked or indefinitely postponed due to scientific, political, or economic factors.

We invite papers that explore the diverse engagements with time that underpin these and other resource-making endeavours, drawing on a range of methods and trans-disciplinary analytical approaches. Contributions may address (but are not limited to) the following themes:

· Anticipatory politics: collective imaginations, expectations and projections that portend specific resource scenarios, and their relation to foresight, prophecy and divination
· Epistemic reconfigurations: Knowledge controversies that shape forms of epistemic authority and expertise around resource-based ventures, and the relationships between different sources of anticipatory knowledge (e.g. technocratic, corporate and community-based).
· Resource affects: the affective, experiential and embodied encounters with resources that project and attribute capacities to resources, beyond the “here and now” of resource extraction, into the past and the future
· Transubstantiation: Resource potentiality and the transformative effects of calculation, mapping, selective mining, refinement, and other forms of conceptual or geo-chemical processing. How has the increasing financialisation of resource production reinforced notions of purely speculative gain and the de-coupling of material and economic resource natures?
· Resources of the future: temporal and material practices that contribute to the conjuring of “novel” resources and extractive spaces, such as unconventional fossil fuels, geothermal energy, deep-ocean polymetallic nodules, atmospheric commons, but also the medical reconfiguration of human bodily substances as resource in the context of clinical trials
· Parallel lives: what happens to extractive waste and other unintended byproducts as they take on a life of their own in the shadow economies surrounding resource exploitation?
· Afterlives: how are resources unmade when extractive projects fail, are decommissioned, or closed? How do experiences with past “resources of the future” echo and reverberate in current resource-making efforts?
· Methodological innovation: ethnographic, participatory, activist, experimental and response-able forms of research.

Please send your abstract (150 words) to both Kärg Kama (karg.kama@ouce.ox.ac.uk) and Gisa Weszkalnys (g.weszkalnys@lse.ac.uk) along with your full contact details. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 February 2017.

For more information on the conference, please see the following link: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm


CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program - Opens March 1, 2017

As a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, you'll receive:
$100,000 CDN in undesignated research support
A two-year appointment to a CIFAR research program
Specialized leadership and communication skills training

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is a two-year appointment designed to support young investigators at a pivotal time in their careers. Each scholar will become part of a global network of leading researchers pursuing answers to some of the most difficult challenges facing the world today. They will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior researcher, to network within a community of top-tier research leaders, and to form new collaborations with colleagues from diverse disciplines. Training in leadership and communication will position scholars as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.

Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, but applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree and be within your first five years of a full-time academic appointment. Applicants' research must align with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program.

How to Apply
Applications are submitted online through CIFAR's application system. They must include three letters of recommendation from at least one faculty member or equivalent and preferably one non-academic leader.
The application will require you to answer questions about:
Your research and how it complements the CIFAR program you would like to join
Ideas for collaboration with fellows in the program
Your leadership experience to date
Your engagement with non-academic communities or interest in such engagement

Applications for 2017 open March 1 and the submission deadline is May 23.

More information:

CFP: Women's Movements and the State (Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society)

Guest Editor Susanne Kranz invites papers that examine the role of women's movements and their association with the state and other power structures. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches that deal with issues of equality, gendered state-building, state violence, and citizenship, encounters to state power, progress/failures of women's movements, and other similarly related topics. How do women's movements deal with the state? How do they negotiate, contest and/or reinforce state structures and agendas? How have relationships between women's movements and the state and other power structures changed over time? What impact do women's movements have on state building? How do women mobilize within and outside existing state structures? Are women's movements disappearing, or are women's issues simply replaced or coopted by other interest groups? Do we still need women's movements today?

Please submit your paper (6000 to 10,000 words) in MS Word format to Susanne.Kranz@zu.ac.ae by March 31, 2017. Submissions should include a cover letter describing the work in approximately one hundred words. Encounters is peer-reviewed and published by Zayed University Press. hhtp://zupress.zu.ac.ae/en/home/index.html ISSN 2075-048X. Each issue is distributed worldwide as a book by I.B. Tauris http://www.ibtauris.com.
Contact Info:

Susanne Kranz, Ph.D.

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zayed University

Dubai, PO Box 19282

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CFP: The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth seeks articles (8000 words) for a themed issue on the portrayal of the histories of children and of childhood in museum settings

Deadline: April 1, 2017.


Decolonizing Communicative Praxis with ‘Words that Remake Life’

A Two-Part Workspace

9 -10 April 2017

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CFP: Sport in Ethnography - Haze, Crises, and Wonder. International Ethnography Symposium

Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty

The 12th Annual Ethnography Symposium

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Please submit by Tuesday 28th February 2017.



CFP: Panel Bodies and Corporalities in Caribbean - V Congreso Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología / XVI Congreso de Antropología en Colombia

Bogotá, 6 - 9 June 2017

Deadline for submissions of papers: January 31 2017.


CFP: Labour, Working Animals, and Environment in the Indian Ocean World

International Conference, “Labour, Working Animals, and Environment in the Indian Ocean World”

Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) McGill University

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4 and 5 May 2017


Call for Papers
IKSA Graduate Forum
The many social lives of policy: across different processes and regional contexts
Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology (IKSA), University of Vienna
27-29 April 2017, Vienna, Austria
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 26 February 2017

Please submit your abstract and indicate your preferred panel no later than 26 February 2017


Ethnographies of Gender and Mobility
5 - 7 July 2017, Amsterdam

Mobility has become one of the most important concepts in contemporary social sciences, capturing the idea that life is in flux. Not only is an increasing number of people moving across the world, also ideas, images, information, objects, cultures and many other things are circulating rapidly, affecting people’s lives in many different ways. Yet, mobility is not equally accessible for everyone, and being mobile is not automatically positive. This conference focuses on the relationship between gender and (im)mobility. What does a gender lens add to our understandings of mobility and immobility? How do relationships of power, especially with regard to gender, get reconfigured in current mobility contexts? What type of new gender (and other) hierarchies, opportunities, and challenges are being created as a result of increased mobility? And what do ethnographic methods contribute to the study of gender and mobility? The fourth LOVA International Conference offers an opportunity to discuss these and other questions, and present new research in the field of gender and mobility.

Participation and registration: Participants may register by sending panel proposals and individual paper abstracts to lova.conference@lovanetwork.nl before February 1st, 2017. We encourage participants to submit audio-visuals and other alternative ways of presenting their research. We also encourage students (undergraduate and graduate) to present their research.
Panel proposals include a short panel abstract (about 200 words), several paper abstracts, and names of organizers/chairs, presenters and a possible discussant. Please also mention the affiliation, address, email-address and discipline of each participant.
Preferred panel format: Panels last 1 hour and 45 minutes. Panel organizers have a certain freedom in the number of papers they wish to present and the length of the presentations. Nevertheless, we encourage 15 to 20 minute paper presentations with 3 - 4 speakers in one session, so that there is time for discussion after the presentations.
Individual paper proposals should not exceed 200 words. Please also mention affiliation, address, email-address and discipline.
Registration fee: The regular fee is € 110. LOVA members, PhD students and researchers from low-income countries pay € 80. Undergraduate (BA and MA) students pay € 50.

To complete their registration, all participants should pay the registration fee before April 1st, 2017.

Language: the conference will be held in English.
Programme: will be made available in May 2017.
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Please visit our website www.lovanetwork.nl regularly to keep up-to-date.

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
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