“Doing & Undoing Commodity Discourses:
The Production of Value(s) in Uncertain Times

 

The present moment of planetary climate crisis, unstable global politics, and the violence of capitalist accumulation continue to shape commodity production on a worldwide scale. Researchers often ethnographically examine these global commodity chains in regard to political economy, anthropology and cultural theory to explore the tangled webs of social relations. This panel proposes to bring together anthropologists focusing on how the constructed value of a commodity is often legitimized via particular discourses. Building on panels that recently took place at the joint AAA & CASCA meetings in Vancouver (The Climate of Commodity Discourses: Values We Produce, Market and Consume - Part I & II) we ask participants to focus specifically on commodity discourses that are utilised by actors to legitimize value for an object, people, or institution. Past panelists have examined discourses at different points of a commodity’s social life in cases including the craft beer industry, organic food, gemstones, halal, Sikh fashion, authenticity in beauty markets, cooking schools, alternative health products, kimchi, and more in a variety of global locations.

 

The final description will encapsulate all submissions to present a cohesive panel. We hope you will consider joining us at – CASCA! Please submit abstracts of 100-150 words to Jason.ellsworth@dal.ca as soon as possible.

 

 

Jason WM Ellsworth

Research Fellow, PhD Candidate & Lecturer

SOSA Dalhousie University”

Call for participants in CASCA/Congress 2020 session on "Doing/Undoing 'Good Work'"

This panel will feature contributions from researchers whose work focuses on various forms of humanitarian action and the people it involves and affects (including people who choose to undertake ‘good work’ through volunteering at home or abroad, people whose paid labour is essential to ongoing processes of humanitarianism, and/or people for whom the ‘good work’ of humanitarian action is ostensibly intended). Presentations may focus on any number of themes including: different perspectives on the relative moral value of action and inaction in humanitarian projects; humanitarian projects involving people with varying understandings of the moral value of voluntary and paid work; the practical implications of what some experience as a deeply felt moral imperative to take action in pursuit of the good; and so on.

If you are interested in joining this panel, please contact Andrew Walsh (awalsh33@uwo.ca) with a tentative title and brief abstract of your proposed
paper (no more than 100 words) by Friday, January 24. Earlier preliminary expressions of interest are also welcome!

Many thanks!

Andrew

Andrew Walsh
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Western Ontario

awalsh33@uwo.ca

https://uwestern.academia.edu/AndrewWalsh

Call for participants in CASCA/Congress 2020 session on "Doing/Undoing
State Formation"

This panel aims to bring ethnographic insights to bear on the processes
of doing and undoing state formation. Doing state formation: while the
state can be seen simply as a way to exercise power, more interesting
anthropologically is how the state gets ‘called up,’ conjured, and
invited into new spaces by non-state actors of various kinds. How does
the state come to seem real and functional in people’s lives, through
the actions of both state actors and non-state actors? How do state
actors and state agencies enable certain kinds of activity and constrain
others? Undoing state formation: in various parts of the world we can
observe popular protest that aims to undo certain kinds of state
formation, but we also see powerful people working to undo state
policies and regulations for quite different reasons. What do these
various kinds of undoings, deregulatings, etc., enable -- and for whom?
This panel aims to capture a range of experiences and practices
associated with doing and undoing state formation in different moments
and regions.

If you are interested in joining this panel, please contact Kim Clark
(akc@uwo.ca) with a tentative title and brief abstract of your proposed
paper (no more than 100 words) by Friday, January 24. Earlier
preliminary expressions of interest are also welcome!

WELCOME TO THE CASCA CONFERENCE CLASSIFIEDS!

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