This is a blog recording the announcements that are sent out on the CASCA listserv.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Workshop - Engaging Indigenous communities in Climate Research and Policy

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION (Boulder, CO, July 1-2): The National Center for
Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center
devoted to
service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences.
NCAR will
organize a workshop engagement with Indigenous communities in weather and
research and policy in the first week of July in Boulder, CO, and is
accepting applications. Note that the applications are due May 10.
Financial support
will be made available to qualified participants. See more information on
the flyer
in attachment. Any questions? Please contact Heather Lazrus
( or
Bob Gough (


Rising Voices of Indigenous People in Weather and Climate Science Workshop
The challenges of understanding and responding to a changing climate and
weather necessitate broad engagement with diverse communities. As climate
has matured, it has moved toward a more inclusive dialogue where
scientists and
policy makers work together with seasoned indigenous communities to define
and carry
out research programs that advance science and address community
priorities. The
National Center for Atmospheric Research is hosting a workshop on the growing
engagement of Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Island
communities in
climate and weather science, research, policy, and community response
The workshop will address the question: What are the elements of successful
co-production of science and policy in the fields of extreme weather and
change? The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with the
Indigenous Peoples
Climate Change Working Group (formerly the American Indian/Alaska Native
Change Working Group). Participants will be actively involved in
scientific engagement with Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Island
communities and will be from academic institutions, including tribal
colleges and
universities, as well as government agencies and non-governmental
Travel support is available for a limited number of participants.
· WORKSHOP VENUE: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR),
Laboratory, 3450 Mitchel Lane, Boulder, CO 80307
· WORKSHOP DATES: July 1-2, 2013
· APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are due May 10, 2013. If you are
interested in participating in the Rising Voices workshop, please send the
information to Kris Marwitz (Email: or Phone:
303-497-8198) by
May 10, 2013:
o Name, affiliation, email address, mailing address, phone number
o A paragraph explaining how you have been and are involved in work
related to
weather or climate issues that engages indigenous communities within the
o If you require financial support to attend the workshop, please
include whether
you need full or partial support (i.e., if you would be able to pay
airfare but not
hotel accommodations).
o Identify lessons learned for, or barriers to, achieving successful
of science and policy by appraising the first-hand experiences of those
involved in
cross-cultural efforts to integrate indigenous knowledge and diverse
in climate and weather modeling and assessments;
o Foster and support collaborations between experts on cross-cultural
and NCAR scientists; and
o Promote student opportunities to work with NCAR scientists.

· For further information, please contact Heather Lazrus
or Bob Gough (

Monday, April 29, 2013

Conference: Urban Metamorphoses: Landscapes of Power and Memory, Bucharest

Call for Papers

Student Conference: Urban Metamorphoses: Landscapes of Power and Memory

Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest

May 17-18, 2013

The relationship between the political and the urban form has been under
much scrutiny as the last two decades witnessed significant changes in
both the political and urban arenas: totalitarian regimes in Central and
Eastern Europe and the Middle East have fallen, as conflicts ravaged
cities from Mostar to Baghdad, while social inequality has risen on a
global scale.
The city has morphed in connection with political transformations, its
metamorphoses being charged with diverse power plays and discourses on
justice, coming to terms with the past and engagements with memory. From
the debates on the demolition of the Berlin Socialist-era Palace of the
Republic in order to rebuild a Prussian Royal Palace to the reconstruction
of the center of Beirut, the building of the new polity and the processes
of coming to terms with the past have had a great influence on city-making.
This multidisciplinary student conference seeks to further the analysis of
recent urban metamorphoses by means of a double interrogation.

First, it will consider urban space as an indicator of the relationship
with the past. It aims to investigate the transformations of places into
sites of memory and how architectural projects, memorials, or museums
narrate, fabricate or silence the past.

Second, it will explore urban sites and projects as a means by which
different aspects of the *statu quo* are being expressed or contested. We
aim to engage with the dramatic changes that cities witnessed / are
witnessing in different political contexts and regimes (socialist/
postsocialist, colonial / postcolonial, conflict/post-conflict etc). We
call for explorations of resistance and resilience, contestations, as well
as critical examinations of the intricate relations between various actors
involved in the planning process. This includes forms of urban
contestation of the current political and socio-economic *statu quo*,
including forms of environmental and social injustice.

Therefore, we welcome theoretical or empirical papers addressing the
following or related topics:

·Urban Architecture, Objects and Memories

·Political Projects (and Utopias) of the Built Environment

·Post-conflict Cities and Multiple Narratives about the Past

·Governance, Urban Politics/ Policies and Social Change

·The Street / Market as a Space of Politics and Sociality

·Political Activism (Environmental, etc.) and the Urban Space

·Urban Neighborhoods and Ethnic Relations

·The City as a Space of Separation/ Segregation

·"Lieux de mémoire", Museums and Contested Heritage

The conference is open to both undergraduate (final years) and postgraduate
students from different fields of social sciences and the humanities:
Political Science, Architecture, Urban Planning, Anthropology, History,
Sociology, Economics, Art History, etc.

The conference will take place at the Political Science Department,
University of Bucharest: 8, Spiru Haret Street, 010175, Bucharest (District
1), Romania.

Applications, in English or French, consisting of a paper abstract of 250
words and a short bio (one paragraph) should be submitted by April 29th, to:

Please mention if funding of accommodation costs is needed (currently
available funding is very limited). We also welcome research posters
fitting with the conference theme.

The selected papers should be submitted by May 10th (cca. 20, 000 – 25, 000
characters). All presentations will be in either French or English; passive
knowledge of both languages is assumed, but the final paper can be written
in Romanian, English, or French.

The conference is part of the activities taking place within the framework
of the project "La rue comme lieu d'expression du politique", conducted by
University of Bucharest, Political Science Department; Sciences Po Paris,
Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales; Institut Français
d'Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA), Istanbul; Nouvelle Université Bulgare, Sofia
and Université Dokuz Eylül, Izmir:

CFP - Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology

4th bi-annual PACSA Conference, Copenhagen 2013 "Crisis and Conflict"
Call for Papers

Copenhagen, Denmark 28-30 August 2013

organized in collaboration with DIGNITY – Danish Institute against Torture
and Global Refugee Studies, Aalborg University

For more information, see:

News on different 'crises' dominate our media; we have the ongoing crisis
in the Middle East and the crisis at the Horn of Africa, not to mention
the global financial crises, and the ecological crises linked to climate
change and devastating natural disasters affecting populations around the
world. How do we conceptualize and understand these different forms of
crisis, and how can a focus on these diverse crises enhance our
anthropological understanding of peace and conflict?
For this PACSA meeting we encourage reflections on what it means to live
in a state of crisis. How may we understand crises? Is it a motor of
change? A catalyst for socio-cultural transformation, or is it merely a
gesture intended to frame the abnormal? How do these discussions then
affect our conceptualizations of peace and conflict, particularly in
situations where crisis is permanent or even normalized?
And finally, what happens when individual perspectives meet systemic views
of peace, crisis, and conflict?

Whichever way we chose to understand crisis, it is clear that it is located
somewhere beyond the homoeostasis of peace, yet prior to the ultimate
turmoil characteristic of conflict. Which are therefore the links between
crisis on one hand, and the prospects for peace as well as the threats of
conflict on the other?
How are these zones delineated towards one another?

For this upcoming PACSA meeting we ask participants to submit abstracts
that explore relations and interconnections between crises on the one hand
and the concepts of conflict, violence and peace on the other. Please
submit an individual abstract or an abstract that fits in with one of the
following proposed panels (max. 300 words) before April 30th 2013 to

Format: the name of document (as separate attachment) should include your
last name

Please clearly state if your submission should be considered for a
specific panel and state which one.

On June 1st the organizing committee will announce the final schedule with
accepted papers, all submitters will be contacted. The deadline for full
papers will be August 1st.

Registration fee will be 125 Euro (including conference dinner). For
students and others with little funding, we hope to be able to offer
financial assistance.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

2 Student Prize Announcements

Elsie Clews Parsons Prize

American Ethnological Society

Graduate Student Paper Prize

Deadline: December 1, 2013

The AES Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate

degree-granting program (including M.A. and Ph.D.) to submit stand-alone

papers demonstrating outstanding ethnography for consideration for the

Elsie Clews Parsons Prize. Papers should engage with AES core commitments

to combining innovative fieldwork with rich theoretical critique.

AES awards a cash prize of $300 and the winner will be invited to present

the paper at the AES annual meeting. $200 will also be provided to offset

the cost of travel. The prize winner will be announced in Anthropology

News and the winner will be acknowledged at the annual AES spring


Papers should not exceed 8,000 words (including notes and references) and

should follow AAA style guidelines:<>.
Submissions should

unpublished manuscripts not currently under review elsewhere. Submission

is open to current students and those who received their degree in 2013.

Submission Details

Please submit two pdfs: One containing a cover sheet with the author's

name, contact information, paper title and acknowledgments and the other

containing the paper's title, text, notes and references but not otherwise

identifying the author. Papers will be read in a double-blind process by a

committee of AES members. The committee members will be identified when

the prize winner is announced.

Submissions and questions should be sent to Jessica Hardin<>


*2013 Student Paper Prize in the Anthropology of Religion*

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion is pleased to announce the

first annual student paper prize in the anthropology of religion. The

student paper prize is aimed towards recognizing and encouraging student

writing of compelling ethnography on religion. This prize is intended to

foster theoretically significant, ethnographically rich, and

publicly-oriented work by scholars at an early stage in their career.

Any paper written by an undergraduate or graduate student involving the

anthropology of religion is eligible, if was prepared for the 2013 American

Anthropological Association in Chicago or the recent Society of

Anthropology of Religion meetings in Pasadena. Books are not eligible for

this competition, nor works in which religion is of secondary or nominal


The prize will be awarded at SAR's Business Meeting at the American

Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in November, 2013. The recipient

will receive a certificate and a $200 cash prize. The deadline for

submissions is October 15th, 2013.

To submit a paper for consideration, please send an electronic copy to Adam

Dunstan, Chair of Student Paper Prize Committee, at<>.

CIHR-IPPH April e-Bulletin | e-Bulletin avril IRSC-ISPP

EASA newsletter 59

EASA European Association of Social Anthropologists
Association Européenne des Anthropologues Sociaux

Conference 2013 - Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS / ACEA)

The final program for the annual connference for the Canadian Association
of African
Studies (CAAS) has been posted
at: .

The CAAS conference is being hosted by the Institute of African Studies at
University from May 1-3, 2013.

Le programme final du colloque 2013 de l'Association canadienne des études
africaines (ACÉA) est prêt et il est désormais accessible sur la page Web

La conférence annuelle de l'ACÉA, tenue sous les auspices de l'Institut
africaines de l'Université Carleton, se déroulera 1er au 3 mai 2013.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Conference in Cuba, November 2013

The Cuban Society of Philosophical Research, the Division of
Philosophy and History of the University of Havana, and the Higher
Institute of International Relations


the Sixteenth International Conference on "New Political Science" and
a philosophy colloquium to be held at the University of Havana from
November 20 to November 22, 2013. The conference is dedicated to the
memory of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez Frías.

The New Political Science is being developed by Cuban and
international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy
and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head
of the School of "Political Science from the South" of the University
of Havana. It is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars
in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology,
and sociology. It seeks to develop an analysis of international
dynamics and global issues from the perspective of the global South or
the Third World. It endeavors to develop insights that are relevant
to public policies and political strategies of the nations and social
movements of the South.

Papers can be presented in English or Spanish. The conference will be
bilingual; members of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the
University of Havana will provide simultaneous translations, in most
cases, and consecutive translation, in some cases.

Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and a
summary of 250 words or less, should be sent by October 15, 2013 to
Charles McKelvey (; Paper
proposals sent prior to October 15 will be evaluated by the Organizing
Committee as they are received, and a decision will be sent promptly.

Papers on the following themes can be included in the International
Conference on "New Political Science":
~ The purpose, methods, and concepts of the new political science
(or new social science, history, or philosophy) from the perspective
of the South or the Third World; its role in the construction of a new

~ The meaning of socialism in the second decade of the
twenty-first century. The various paths to socialism. Political
culture and political socialization in the period of transition to

~ Conflict theory. Significant conflicts in the second decade of
the twenty-first century. Conflict resolution: the role of
negotiation in conflicts among the countries of the South.

~ International dynamics and contemporary global issues.

~ The relation between domestic policy and foreign policy.

~ The political thought of Mao Tse Tung.

~ The political thought of Ho Chi Minh and the Doi Moi policy of

- Regional integration: challenges and perspectives.

~ The contributions of the Bolivarian Revolution to the political
science from the South

~ The contributions of Evo Morales, Inacio "Lula" da Silva, and
Rafael Correa to contemporary political theory

~ The contributions of the Cuban Revolution to the political
science from the South

~ Social movements of the North.

~ José Martí and the political science from the South.

~ The relation between philosophy and political science; between
philosophy and social science.

~ Corruption: History and mechanisms.

~ Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

The philosophy colloquium will include the following themes:
~ Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges.

~ Epistemology: the significance of atomic particles for
scientific and philosophical knowledge.

~ The biometric revolution.

~ Environmental problems and their philosophical implications.

~ Bioethics and the relation between bioethics and philosophy.
The meaning of transhumanism.

~ Political philosophy and its role in current scientific knowledge.

~ Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

The conference will be held from Wednesday, November 20 to
Friday, November 22. In addition, there will be two pre-conference
workshops: (1) a Scientific Interchange between the New Political
Science (of the United States) and the New Political Science from the
South (of Cuba), Tuesday, November 19; (2) a philosophy workshop on
methods in theory construction, Monday, November 18. A program of
educational activities, such as visits to a school, labor
organization, and women's organization, will be offered in conjunction
with the pre-conference workshops.

Anyone interested in the conference and/or the preconference workshops
and program should contact Charles McKelvey at or

Participants and/or their institutions are responsible for payment for
airlines, hotel lodging, and meals. For more information on travel
arrangements, contact Charles McKelvey (;

For more information on events and programs in Cuba, travel to Cuba,
and Cuban history and society, visit the Website of Global Learning:

The Sixteenth International Conference on "New Political Science" and
philosophy colloquium are sponsored by: the School of "Political
Science from the South" of the University of Havana; the Cuban Society
of Philosophical Research; the Division of Philosophy and History of
the University of Havana; the Raúl Roa García Higher Institute of
International Relations; the Cuban Association of the United Nations;
the Institute of Philosophy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and
Environment; the School of Social Sciences of the General Máximo Gómez
Academy; the Nico López School of Higher Education of the Cuban
Communist Party; the School of the Union of Communist Youth; the
Division of Marxism of the José Antonio Echeverría Polytechnic
Institute of Higher Education; and the Division of Marxism of the
University of Informational Sciences.

Organizing Committee: Cuban Members: Dra. Sc. Thalía Fung, President;
Dra. Alicia Morffi García, Secretary-Treasurer; MSc. Alberto González;
Prof. José Carlos Vázquez; Dra. Elsie Plain; Dr. Armando Cristóbal
Pérez; Dr. Carolos Delgado; Dr. Juan Azahares; Dr. Juan Francisco
Fuentes; Dr. José R. Díaz Ricardo; Dr. Sc. Rigoberto Pupo; Dra. Sc.
Rita Buch; Dra. Magna Bauta; Doctorante José Fernández; Dra. Marta
Pérez; Dra. Nancy López; Dr. René Márquez; International Members:
Prof. Renée-Marie Parry (Germany), Inv. Kenneth Parry, England; Dr.
Charles McKelvey, United States; Dr. Iedo Fontes (Brazil), M.Sc.
Helena Uema (Brazil), Prof. Manuel Barbosa Filho (Brazil); Dr.
Victorino Barrios Dávalos (Mexico); Dr. Hugo Cornejo (Mexico); Dr.
Jorge Valmaseda Valmaseda (Mexico)

Friday, April 19, 2013

CFP: Settler-Colonial Spaces: Thinking Across Indigeneity and International Relations

International Studies Association - Toronto (2014)

Settler-Colonial Spaces: Thinking Across Indigeneity and International

CFP Deadline: May 1, 2013

As the ISA moves from Ohlone territories (San Francisco) to Mississauga and
Haudenosaunee territories (Toronto) for its annual convention next year,
this is a call to reflect on the international underpinnings of
settler-colonial spaces. The ISA Toronto 2014 Call for Papers emphasizes
the role of geopolitics in International Relations. The aim of this CFP is
to facilitate the organization of panels that examine intersections between
Indigeneity, settler-colonial spaces, and International Relations theory,
including the gendered, racialized, classed, aesthetic, cosmological, and
political economic dimensions of this under-theorized aspect of IR.

Since the early 2000s, numerous interventions in IR have done much to
deconstruct the Eurocentric foundations of the discipline by inflecting it
with anti-colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial perspectives (Agathangelou
and Ling 2009; Barkawy and Laffey 2006; Blaney and Inayatullah 2004;
Chowdhry and Nair 2002; Dotty 1996; Grovogui 2009; Henderson 2007; Jones
2006; Krishna 2001; Ling 2002; Sajed 2012; Shilliam 2011; Vitalis 2010).
Nevertheless, a virtual silence persists regarding the 'international
relations' underpinning the contested nation-spaces of settler colonialism
and Indigenous self-determination. While other disciplines have
increasingly welcomed settler-colonial studies as a growing field of
academic inquiry, IR theory has once again been late to the table in
incorporating such an important research program into its disciplinary
frameworks. This elision is particularly troubling considering that the
dominant institutional geography of IR often overlaps with and occupies
lands claimed by Indigenous peoples. IR's silence on this front enables the
world's remaining settler colonies to perpetuate laws and everyday
practices that seek the erasure of Indigenous peoples from the realm of the
'international', reinforcing their tenuous claims to territorial integrity
and sovereignty in the process.

The 2008 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a
crucial document that clearly 'internationalizes' the rights of Indigenous
peoples by recognizing: inherent rights of self-determination; sovereignty
in governance of lands, resources, and social reproduction; and
Indigenous-settler treaty relationships. Historical studies have also
demonstrated the extent to which encounters between European colonial
powers and Indigenous peoples were generative of key categories of
international law. From its emergence to the present day,
settler-colonialism manages its inter-national relations with Indigenous
peoples by attempting to contain settler-indigenous relationships within
the framework of domestic politics. This colonial maneuver continues to
generate multiple sites of contestation in world politics, as most recently
seen with the #IdleNoMore movement.

Interested presenters are asked to submit 300 word abstracts - along with
their names, institutional affiliations and contact information - to
Konstantin Kilibarda ( and Emily Merson ( by
May 1, 2013. Please also state if you are interested in acting as a Chair
and/or Discussant on one of the panels in this series. Individual papers
will be grouped into distinct panels based on mutual interest and lines of
inquiry, though full panel proposals are also welcome.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

CASCA: Job postings/Offres d'emploi

(English follows)

Les offres d'emploi suivantes viennent d'être ajoutées à notre banque.

-Programs Officer/personne chargée de programmes
Développement et Paix/Development and Peace

-Anthropology Sessional Faculty
University of the Fraser Valley

-SSHRC - Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 in Indigenous Studies. Queen?s

-Anthropology - Assistant Professor (Anthropology of Religion)
York University

-Anthropology - Assistant Professor (Power, Politics and Development) York

-Sociology - Assistant Professor (Sociology of Health Care, Health and
University of Saskatchewan

-Sociology - Instructor
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

-Développement international et mondialisation - Deux Professeur-e-s
Université d'Ottawa

-International Development and Global Studies - Two Replacement
Faculty Positions
University of Ottawa

University of Regina

-Chair - Department of Sociology
McMaster University

-Community Health Sciences - Director, Manitoba First Nations Centre for
Aboriginal Health Research (MFN CAHR).
University of Manitoba

-Sociologie et Anthropologie - Professeurs remplaçants (2)
Université d'Ottawa

-Sociology and Anthropology - Faculty Replacement Positions (2)
University of Ottawa

-Sociology - Assistant Professor (Two-Year Term Appointment)
The University of Winnipeg

-Peace Studies - Lecturer or Assistant Professor
McMaster University

-Indigenous Studies - Assistant Professor (Indigenous Health and Wellness)
University of Sudbury

-Anthropology - Instructor (Biological/Forensic Anthropology)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

-Anthropology - Instructor (Cultural)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

-Sociology/Criminology - Assistant Professor
Western University

Consultez-les ou voyez toute la liste en visitant notre site Web:



The following job postings have just been added to our job page:

-Programs Officer/personne chargée de programmes
Développement et Paix/Development and Peace

-Anthropology Sessional Faculty
University of the Fraser Valley

-SSHRC - Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 in Indigenous Studies. Queen?s

-Anthropology - Assistant Professor (Anthropology of Religion)
York University

-Anthropology - Assistant Professor (Power, Politics and Development) York

-Sociology - Assistant Professor (Sociology of Health Care, Health and
University of Saskatchewan

-Sociology - Instructor
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

-Développement international et mondialisation - Deux Professeur-e-s
Université d'Ottawa

-International Development and Global Studies - Two Replacement
Faculty Positions
University of Ottawa

University of Regina

-Chair - Department of Sociology
McMaster University

-Community Health Sciences - Director, Manitoba First Nations Centre for
Aboriginal Health Research (MFN CAHR).
University of Manitoba

-Sociologie et Anthropologie - Professeurs remplaçants (2)
Université d'Ottawa

-Sociology and Anthropology - Faculty Replacement Positions (2)
University of Ottawa

-Sociology - Assistant Professor (Two-Year Term Appointment)
The University of Winnipeg

-Peace Studies - Lecturer or Assistant Professor
McMaster University

-Indigenous Studies - Assistant Professor (Indigenous Health and Wellness)
University of Sudbury

-Anthropology - Instructor (Biological/Forensic Anthropology)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

-Anthropology - Instructor (Cultural)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

-Sociology/Criminology - Assistant Professor
Western University

See them and others on our website:

Thank you

Reminder: Nomination to the Holberg International Memorial Prize 2014


The Board of the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund invites you to nominate
candidates to the Holberg International Memorial Prize 2014 for
outstanding work in the academic fields of the arts and humanities, social
science, law or theology. The prize for 2014 is NOK 4,5 million
(approximately EUR 610,000 USD 790,000*), and was established by the
Norwegian Government in 2003.

Letters of nomination must be sent to us by 15 June 2013.

How to nominate?
Scholars holding a senior position at universities and other research
institutions within the above mentioned academic fields are entitled to
nominate candidates for the Holberg Prize. The Holberg Prize Academic
Committee will base its assessment on the letters of nomination which must
state the reasons for the nomination (2 to 3 pages). Letters should also
contain a brief CV for the candidate and suggest referees who know the
scholar and his/her work.
Joint nominations do not strengthen a candidacy. Nominations are
strictly confidential.

For more information:

The award ceremony takes place in Bergen in June 2014.

Holberg Prize Laureates 2004 - 2013:
2013: Bruno Latour
2012: Manuel Castells
2011: Jürgen Kocka
2010: Natalie Zemon Davis
2009: Ian Hacking
2008: Fredric R. Jameson
2007: Ronald Dworkin
2006: Shmuel N. Eisenstadt
2005: Jürgen Habermas
2004: Julia Kristeva

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Solveig
Stornes, Project Manager Holberg Prize:

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sigmund Grønmo,
Chair of the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund

*Currency rates may change. Present rates from December 2012.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Toronto, May 10-11, American Academy of Religion (AAR) Eastern Regional Meeting

American Academy of Religion (AAR) Eastern Regional Meeting, Toronto

2013 Eastern International Regional Meeting
May 10–11, 2013
University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For program highlights and registration information, see:
Friday, May 10, 2013
9:15am: Opening Address: Dr. Pamela Klassen (University of Toronto)
9:30-10:30am: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Simon Coleman, University of Toronto.
Title TBA
Location: Bahen 1130
Saturday, May 11, 2013
9:30-10:30am: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rosalind Hackett (University of Tennessee)
"The (Im)Materiality of (Sacred) Sound"
Location: Bahen 113
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Panel 1: "Mediation and Materiality in Africa"
An invited panel on the 2013 AAR-EIR's special theme, "Material Religion."
Organized by Dr. S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College)
Chair: Dr. S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College)
Location: Bahen 1200
Dr. Emilio Spadola (Colgate University)
"Exorcising the Difference the Medium Makes: Islamic Exorcisms as Call;
Call to
Islam as Exorcism"
Dr. Sonia Silva (Skidmore College)
"We are all fetishists"
Dr. Sarah Fee (Royal Ontario Museum)
"The Medium is the Message?: Cloth in Madagascar."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award in American Indian Studies at Michigan State University

Please see the URL below for information about a Pre-Doctoral Dissertation
Fellowship Award in American Indian Studies at Michigan State University,
tenable July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Deadline is May 5th, 2013.

Call for papers - Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage

Subject: Call for papers - Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage

Reply-To: Kirsty Gillespie <k.gillespie@UQ.EDU.AU>

Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage: A one-day symposium at The
University of Queensland
Friday 17th May 2013
Seminar Room, Level 4
Sir James Foots Building 47A, St Lucia campus


The exhibition 'Musical Landscapes of Lihir', currently showing at the
University of Queensland's Anthropology Museum, addresses the relationship
of mining and cultural heritage. In Lihir, New Ireland Province, Papua New
Guinea, gold mining has impacted on the local and regional economy
enabling, amongst other things, increased access to consumer goods and a
correspondingly increased level of kastom, feasting that pays for
performance and ancestral maintenance.

In conjunction with this exhibition a one-day symposium will be held at the
University of Queensland to explore scholarly approaches to the
intersection between resource industries, materiality and cultural life.
The symposium aims to connect with the growing concern, amongst people who
experience resource industry activity in the place where they live, to
strike a balance between an engagement with economic growth and
development, and the maintenance of cultural identity. We seek papers that
address particularly the relationship of material or immaterial
(intangible) cultural heritage. Case studies from anywhere in the world are

Papers might explore or extend the following interlinked themes in the
context of the minerals industry:

- The relationship between the commodification of a landscape and the
transformation in patterns of consumption that mining and mining revenue
may bring about.

- Changes in ideas about temporality where mining occurs. For example
there may be a new anxiety about how to get into the future among people
who have mines on their land.

- The intersection of native title law and cultural heritage management.

- Cultural heritage and community consultation.

Proposals should be emailed to the convenors by Monday 22nd April. Please
include presenter name, affiliation, title of paper/presentation, an
abstract of 150 words, and any special requirements for your presentation.
Papers should be delivered in 20mins and will be followed by

Registration for the symposium is free.

Symposium convenors:
Dr Kirsty Gillespie -
Professor Ian Lilley -
Dr Andrew Sneddon -
Dr Diana Young -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tim Ingold - Monday, April 15, Upcoming Public Lecture, University of Ottawa

Upcoming public lecture, University of Ottawa

Tim Ingold
Keynote Speaker
Living Research Conference
Public Lecture in French and in English, University of Ottawa

As part of the conference Living Research: Reflexivities, Positionalities
and Transformations, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the
University of Ottawa, and Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Associations, and Student Anthropological Community of Ottawa present:

Tim Ingold, Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
"Dreaming of Dragons and the Imagination of Real Life."

4:00 pm, Monday, April 15, 2013
Social Science Building
Room 4007
120 University
University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON

Location: Social Science Building, room 4007Campus maps

Wine and cheese to follow.

For more information on Tim Ingold's work see:

Tim Ingold's theoretical interests include: Ecological approaches in
anthropology and psychology; comparative anthropology of hunter-gatherer
and pastoral societies; human-animal relations; theories of evolution in
anthropology, biology and history; relations between biological,
psychological and anthropological approaches to culture and social life;
environmental perception; language, technology and skilled practice;
anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture; the anthropology of lines
and line-making.

For more information on the Living Research: Reflexivities,
Positionalities and Transformations Confrence, see:

The Living Research Conference is organized as part of the inauguration of
the new Social Sciences Building which begins at 13:00 pm, in Room 4006,
Social Science Building, Monday, April 15th, and runs to Tuesday, April
16th 2013.

The University of Ottawa's new Social Sciences Building includes a
spectacular new Biofilter wall. At six stories high, this is the tallest
living Biofilter wall in North America. The wall is located in the
beautiful skylit atrium and can also be seen from outside the building.
For more information, see:

Participation in this event is free. Registration is appreciated. Please
consult for more information and to register.

Registration is not required.

Parking available on campus

Friday, April 12, 2013

CLAGS Spring 2013 Seminar in the City: Queer(ing) New York

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS)

Announcing the Spring 2013 Seminar in the City:

"Queer(ing) New York"
Wednesdays May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
CUNY Graduate Center or watch via live stream

Course Website:
Follow us on Twitter: #CLAGSqNY
Register Here:

"If I had my way...we would lock ourselves away from the madness out
-Armistead Maupin, Further Tales of the City (1994)

Of all the cities where lgbtq people have flourished, historian Robert
Aldrich has argued that "New York offered a prototype for American gay
cultures." While lgbtq studies has begun to extend itself to look at rural
places, much of the urban still remains to be accounted for, particularly
difference within the city. We must then queer the city in the way it
normalizes groups and spaces, and New York City is the exciting urban
environment to begin within. In this Seminar in the City, we will read
work that challenges and queers the normalized histories and spaces of
lgbtq life. How can we queer the neighborhood, bar, streets, and bodies
within it to tell stories of difference? How can a queer reading of the
spaces in New York City more radically account for difference?

Drawing on work from queer theory and lgbtq studies in geography,
sociology, anthropology, history, and literature studies, we will use the
city as a lens and site for our reading and research. No prior experience
in theoretical readings or site analysis is needed; an open, imaginative,
and inquisitive mind is mandatory.
You can take the course in-person or online. All readings will be provided.

Register at:

Schedule of the Course:
May 1st: The City and the Bodies within It
May 8th: The Bar, the Institution, and the Space Between
May 15th: Street Life
May 22nd: The Demise of the Gayborhood? The Rise of a Queered Neighborhood?
Instructor Bio:
Jen Jack Gieseking, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Research Professor at the
Graduate Center of the City University of New York and hold a PhD in
environmental psychology. Her work as an urban cultural geographer and
environmental psychologist examines the everyday co-productions of space
and identity support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice with
a special focus on sexuality and gender. She is working on her first book,
Queer New York: Lesbians' and Queer Women's Constellations of Social and
Spatial Justice in New York City, 1983-2008.
Jack serves as the Project Manager for JustPublics@365, a partnership
between The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the
Ford Foundation that rethinks scholarly communication in the digital era.
She can be found at and @jgieseking.

*All CLAGS events are free and open to the public.*

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary

Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary.

On April 17, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, named after the French
feminist and
philosopher (1908-1986), will celebrate its 35th anniversary. To mark the
it will host a three-day international conference (April 17 – 19) that
will bring
together feminists from a range of fields and disciplines. The conference
is titled
Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist Conversations, Contestations, and

The institute is one of the oldest and most innovative places in Canada
for feminist
studies and will welcome feminist scholars, activists and artists from as
far away
as Tunisia to present at the 35th anniversary conference. "The conference
is a good
way to celebrate 35 years because it will give us time to reflect," says
Victoria Namaste. The conference will focus on the intersection of race and
sexuality. The opening keynote address is open to all and will be given by
McClintock, who holds the Simone de Beauvoir Chair of English and Gender
Studies at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information:



International Summer School
Cultures, Migrations, Borders
Plomari, Lesvos island, Greece
3 –14 July, 2013

For Master and Ph.D. students in the social sciences

The Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the
Aegean and the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University
of Amsterdam welcome applications for the Summer School 'Cultures,
Migrations, Borders' that will take place on the island of Lesvos from 3 to
14 July, 2013.

Drawing upon an increasing interest in the study of cultures, migrations and
borders, our Summer School examines how migrations shape and are shaped by
processes of boundary formation in a variety of cultural encounters.

The programme of the course is structured around four thematic axes:
a. Theoretical and methodological issues in the study of migration and
b. Institutional and political aspects of the migratory condition.
c. People on the move: immigrant groups, refugees and host communities.
d. Cross-cultural encounters across borders and interactions of
host/immigrant on the border.

Apart from lectures by specialized scholars, the programme includes a number
of fieldtrips which form the basis for project preparation and presentation.
Students will have the chance to interact with asylum seekers hosted at a
reception centre, experience border life and the reality of border crossing
from Greece (Mytilene) to Turkey (Ayvalik), visit a former detention center
for irregular immigrants and become acquainted with the cultural heritage of
Lesvos. Doctoral students will have the opportunity to present their work at
a seminar designed for their needs.

This year the Summer School also includes a public event with leading
scholars in the study of migration and border-crossing. The event is open to
the participants of the Summer School and the general public.

Prof. Jane Cowan (Social Anthropology, University of Sussex) Dr. Rozita
Dimova (Social Anthropology, Humboldt University) Prof. Sarah Green (Social
Anthropology, University of Manchester and University of Helsinki) Dr. Barak
Kalir (Sociology/Social Anthropology, University of Amsterdam) Dr. Shahram
Khosravi (Social Anthropology/ University of Stockholm) Dr. Flip Lindo
(Sociology/Social Anthropology, University of Amsterdam) Dr. Lenio Myrivili
(Cultural Technology, University of the Aegean) Prof. Evthymios
Papataxiarchis (Social Anthropology, University of the Aegean) Dr. Electra
Petrakou (Political Geography, University of the Aegean) Dr. Elia Petridou
(Social Anthropology, University of the Aegean) Dr. Effie Plexousaki (Social
Anthropology, University of the Aegean) Dr. Katerina Rozakou (Social
Anthropology, University of the Aegean) Dr. Sevasti Trubeta (Sociology,
University of the Aegean)

Additional information on the program, costs, accommodation and the
application form can be found at

For enquiries please send e-mail to:

Deadline for applications: May 15th, 2013.

AAA 2013 CFPs


We are looking for a few more papers to fill out this panel (short abstract
below). Papers that explore well-being from a feminist and/or gender studies
perspective would be particularly welcome. Thank you for your consideration
and apologies for cross-posting.

In anthropological explorations of well-being, a number of key questions
tend to arise. In this panel we will take two: the relationship between
well-being and cultural change and the interplay between communal-based
notions of well-being and individual-based notions of well-being. In the
panel, we will examine how cultural change shifts the relative importance of
communal and individual notions of well-being in socialist and
post-socialist societies. Our panel will explore socialism as a utopian
ideal, one that in many regions ultimately gave way to various forms of
market capitalism. Rather than talk about the "collapse" or "failure" of
socialism, panelists will explore the ways socio-economic change shapes the
way people think about person, community, and the ideal life. The goal of
the panel is to illuminate the contribution ethnography can make to
conversations about well-being as well as illustrate the importance such
conversations have for an understanding of socialism.

If you are interested in being considered for this panel or would like more
information, please contact Noor Borbieva at


Co-Organizers: Nadia El-Shaarawi (Duke) and Bridget M. Haas (UCSD)
Discussants: Sarah Willen (UConn) and TBD

If you're interested, please email a 250 word (max) abstract to Nadia
El-Shaarawi (<>) and Bridget M. Haas
( by Friday, April 12, 2013.

Over the last decade, work on the biopolitics of otherness (Fassin
2001; Ticktin 2006, 2011) has importantly observed the ways in which
the suffering or compromised body may serve as grounds for political
legitimacy. In this way, certain kinds of bodies or forms of
vulnerability are deemed to be 'deserving' or 'undeserving' (of legal
status; of access to care; of claims to 'citizenship' or, even,
humanity). To this end, Fassin (2007) has noted how, in some contexts,
intervention goes beyond simply governing aspects of the self to
instead make moral choices about which lives are worth saving and
which lives can be sacrificed, a process he describes as a "politics
of life." This politics of life occurs in diverse legal, medical and
social contexts: the clinic, social services, humanitarian
organizations, legal processes such as asylum. Often, the "tragic
choices" (Fassin 2011) about who should receive services, status,
protection, or care are based on questions of deservingness. Recently,
Willen (2012: 805) has taken up this problematic and urged scholars to
move beyond a focus on entitlement and access to health care to
interrogate "the subtler moral positions that undergird" these
notions, which she identifies as "local ways of reckoning
health-related deservingness."

To this end, we invite papers that engage theoretically with the idea
of health-related 'deservingness' on multiple levels and in multiple
local contexts. By focusing on "health-related" deservingness, we
adopt a broad conceptualization of "health," and include not only
investigations into the inequitable access to and provision of care,
but also wish to highlight inquiries into the connection between moral
economies of deservingness and lived experiences of health, illness,
and/or suffering. The papers on this panel will explore how
conceptualizations of 'deservingness' are constructed and reproduced
across a variety of contexts, be it on the level of the global, state,
clinic and other institutions, or local communities. Ultimately, we
are interested in exploring underlying (both implicit or explicit)
local models of moral personhood or moral economies as they relate to
issues of deservingness or legitimacy, as well as their lived or
embodied effects.

Papers may engage, but are not limited to, the following domains:

* The moral assumptions that inform the politics and/or provision
of health care in certain settings or for certain populations (e.g.,
immigrants, drug users)
* The political, historical, and socio-cultural production of
'deservingness' in particular settings.
* Investigations into the lived consequences of being recognized
or interpellated as 'deserving' or 'undeserving' in a particular
* And, conversely, ethnographic and theoretical consideration of
the ways in which institutional or hegemonic discourses of
'deservingness' may be resisted, negotiated, and/or transformed.
* Inquiries into how health-related deservingness may be
'performed', narrated, and/or assessed in various contexts.
* The specific forms of vulnerability, suffering, or precarity
that get recognized as legitimate or 'deserving'; consideration of the
effects and lived experiences of "hierarchies of suffering" (Farmer
2003; Holmes 2007) or modes of "strategic categorization" (Watters
* Investigations into the relationship between entitlement and
* Theorizing on the role of humanitarianism or human rights
discourses in conceptualizations of 'morally deserving' patients,
clients, citizens, etc.


We are looking for one more paper for our panel (see details below). Those
interested please contact David Rojas ( Please send a
250-word abstract as soon as possible and no latter than April 12. The final
panel abstract will be modified as to include the paper selected in this CPF.

Organizers: Kristina Lyons (UC Davis) and David Rojas (Cornell University)
Commenter: Stuart McLean

Session Abstract: Anthropologists who study 'the politics of life itself'
often focus on technologies, practices and forms of knowledge that are
configured and deployed in the caring, nurturing, re-fashioning, and
normalizing of human bodies and populations. Such studies have been grounded
in Foucauldian notions of biopolitics in which the human organic (human
bodies and populations) takes center stage. This allows scholars to examine
the political significance of industrial accidents, epidemic diseases,
humanitarian crises, environmental problems, economic policies, and
biomedicine research programs. In this panel, we advance these insights by
examining instances wherein 'life itself' cannot be disentangled from the
non-human flows without which human and non-human organisms and populations
would cease to exist in their current forms.

We study terms and concepts through which different populations express the
processes that bring together humans and non-humans: 'Buen Vivir' [Living
Well], 'life force,' 'ojos para ella' [eyes for her]. The situations on
which these terms emerge are examined in relation to ontological
understandings and disputes regarding the kinds of entities that compose the
world, and the types of relations that such entities may establish among
them. At the crossroads between biopolitics, cosmopolitics, and science and
technology studies, we examine practices and forms of knowledge that address
human life as a political event that is suspended in shifting streams
composed by heterogeneous entities and processes.

It is not our objective to apply biopolitical perspectives to an
ever-expanding array of ethnographic situations. Rather, we explore the
theoretical and political potential of ethnographic engagements with
populations whose understandings regarding life and living are different
from those offered by western ontologies. Namely, we investigate
ethnographically how different ontological understandings come into play in
political discussions and struggles that touch upon the question of life.
Our ethnographies explore agricultural life projects in Colombia's Amazon
that confront coca crops and their official alternatives through
'apprenticing' the forest; challenges posed by indigenous cosmologies to
developmental discourses in Ecuador and Bolivia; and disputes with political
ontology connotations in which the Maori bring non-human entities into
planning discussions in New Zealand. These ethnographic engagements are in
turn useful for taking seriously the diverse notions of 'life and living'
that emerge across expert and non-expert spaces.
Our papers show how scientific and non-scientific practices may nurture or
destroy the viability of various forms of life beyond a strictly biological
conception. This panel asks: 1) What counts as 'life and death' in
encounters between environmental sciences and non-scientific ecological
practices? 2) What forms of political domination and violence privilege
biological notions of life (organisms or populations) at the expense of
others? 3) What forms of life emerge from or escape these technologies of
biopolitical domination? What forms of struggle, care or endurance might
they compel or make visible?


The emergence of developmentalist political parties, the construction of
megaprojects such as hydroelectric dams and bridges, the creation of
planning ministries, and the establishment of social science departments are
examples of efforts of Latin American countries to facilitate and encourage
development processes. Expertise in the knowledge of the social and the
expansion of infrastructure were key elements in bringing the "backward"
sectors of their societies into modernity.

Sociologists, anthropologists, and social workers assisted nation-states in
their attempts to reproduce and tame the labor force necessary for the
growth of national capital. Many post-Second World War II Latin American
social states favored distributionist policies and subsidized rural
production to help processes of industrialization by providing able bodies.

Burdened with foreign debt and under pressures from lending multinational
banks, however, most countries were compelled to accept structural
adjustment policies that undermined the power of states to meet the needs of
their populations. During the 1990s, developmentalist imaginaries were
abandoned. Ministries of planning and of social action were either
dismantled or revamped to reflect new dominant ideologies fostered by
supranational actors with the complicity of local politicians. Funding for
social development was drastically cut. Non-governmental organizations
filled the void left by a shrinking state. Instead of working with the
"social" many of the civil society actors focused on "focalized" actions and
worked at the level of individuals, families or communities to encourage
entrepreneurialism and empowerment. With the exception of funding aiming at
addressing extreme poverty, most external funding was allocated to make
"nature" and "culture" profitable.

In the New Millennium, extreme unemployment and poverty led Latin American
voters to elect populist and left wing political candidates. Analysts speak
of a "pink tide" and of the advent of post-neoliberalism. This panel
investigates these recent transformations in Latin America. What aspects of
neoliberal ideologies have been abandoned? Are the states revisiting
developmentalist agendas? If so, are industrialization and productivist
agendas challenging the environmental visions of the 1990s? Is the social
state back? Are we witnessing a reconfiguration of class power? What forms
of resistance are these transformations engendering? What forms of
redistributive policies, if any, have emerged? Is redistribution challenged?
How have the geopolitical relations of Latin American nations been
reconfigured? What kinds of policies are privileged?

Please, send your abstract to Carmen A. Ferradás. Email:


Sports and performance cultures, in general, are sites to explore how
bodily social rituals affect and reflect identity and social relations
within and between societies, as well as self-making processes within
individual bodies. Vast amounts of time, money, emotional, and social
relationships are invested into these cultures by performers, coaches,
families, spectators, and (in some cases) governmental agencies. These
cultures are constantly discussed in the media, become meccas for thousands
of people across cultures, and serve as symbols of "ideal society" where
individuals perform behaviors they otherwise may not perform (or be
"allowed" to perform) outside the sport and performance realm (which can
have both productive and destructive consequences). In this way,
performative bodies contribute to the making of social and cultural
identity. But also, individual performers experience their own physical,
mental, and spiritual transformations. These social and self-making
processes can both resist and reproduce normative boundaries of power roles
(i.e. state, coach, parent, athlete) and identity (i.e. gender, race,
ethnicity, physical ability, play, work, child/adulthood). Thus, the focus
is on how the individual and social body are linked through highly intensive
and (often) competitive bodily performance: as individual bodies embody and
perform cultural values that spectators share as well, they make themselves
in the process.

Relevance to AAA 2013 Theme:
There are sport-related topics in the national and international media
everyday that could benefit from anthropological research, which makes our
focus extremely relevant to contemporary society. As anthropologists, we
have a unique perspective to shed light on the cultural motivations and
implications related to these issues that are not just sport and performance
issues, but social issues. We can link ethnographic research to the highly
publicized media stories as a way to show anthropology's contribution to
contemporary, public discourse. Thus, through our analysis of power and
identity in the sport and other high-performance cultures, we can contribute
to future analyses of and solutions to these issues in the larger societal
Possible Themes:

Since it is a panel on performance, presentations would ideally include
visuals to accompany the traditional verbal component. This could include
demonstrations, video, audio, and/or photos. Paper topics could include, but
are not limited, to the following themes:

- identity (de)constructions (i.e. gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity,
nationality, physical ability)
- exploring boundary (de)constructions (i.e. play/work, child/adult,
nature/nurture, abuse/discipline)
- embodiment and the body
- spirituality
- power and (dis)empowerment
- health and well-being
- performance enhancement
- pedagogy, education and training
- inter-generational relations
- normalization of socially unacceptable behavior
- how current problems in sport and performance cultures can benefit from an
anthropological perspective
- how sport can be a lens through which to learn about the simultaneous
individual and social identity-making processes

If you want to participate in this panel please send a title and a short
abstract (250 words max) to by this Friday, April 12th at
Noon. Selections will be made before the AAA final deadline (April 15th) for
individual papers and panels. Feel free to ask me any further questions
about the panel topic.


Call for abstracts/Demande de résumés:

Upcoming Talk: Architecture and Landscape

The Landscape of Affordances & the Potential of Vacancy
230 College Street, PCL room
Time: Apr 22nd, 10:00 am End: Apr 22nd, 12:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, Sociology, Philosophy
Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science &
Environment, Communication and Culture (UTM), Cities and Humanities, Arts,
and Media (UTSC), Art, Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-
Lecture by Eric Rietveld, University of Amsterdam

The JHI Working Group on NeuroPhenomenology and Architecture is pleased to
present a
public lecture:

Eric Rietveld, University of Amsterdam

The Landscape of Affordances and the Potential of Vacancy

Comments by Zeynep Çelik Alexander, Daniels Faculty of Architecture,
Landscape and

Dr. Erik Rietveld is a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam
(AMC/Department of Philosophy/ILLC/Brain & Cognition) and a Founding
Partner of
Rietveld Landscape ( Rietveld Landscape is a
design and
research studio operating at the crossroads of architecture, science and art.

Erik Rietveld was a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University and a Visiting
Scholar at UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. His
philosophical and
interdisciplinary research on 'Unreflective Action' was awarded by the
Science Foundation (2009), the University of Amsterdam (2009), AMC, Amsterdam
Medical Center (2011), and twice by NWO, Netherlands Organisation for
Research (Rubicon 2008, VENI 2009).

With his brother Ronald Rietveld, he was curator of the Dutch contribution
NL' to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, author of the Dutch Atlas of
and founder/director of the architectural design research master 'Vacant
NL' at the
Sandberg Institute/Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Vacant NL was awarded with a
Design Award and the Rotterdam Design Prize. They have shown work at
exhibitions in Sao Paulo, Oslo, Mumbai, Moscow, and Museum Boijmans Van
Rotterdam. In September 2013 they will present a new installation at the
Art Biennale.

Erik Rietveld publishes regularly in renowned international journals such
Inquiry, Phenomenology & The Cognitive Sciences, Frontiers, andBehavioral
& Brain
The Landscape of Affordances & Potential of Vacancy

In the first part of his talk, Dr. Rietveld will present an account of
or possibilities for action offered by the environment. We understand
affordances as
relations between aspects of the environment and abilities available in a
form of
life, which includes socio-cultural practices in our human case. Thanks to
variety of both environment and abilities, the landscape of affordances in
our niche
is very rich and resourceful. In the second part of his talk, Dr. Rietveld
illustrate how Rietveld Landscape translated this philosophical
perspective into an
installation for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, which showed the
potential of 10,000 vacant public and governmentally owned buildings from
the 16th,
17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Optional Readings:
Rietveld, "Bodily intentionality and social affordances in context"
Rietveld, Landscape curatorial statement for Vacant NL
Chemero, "An Outline of a Theory of Affordances"

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
For further information, please contact the organizer, Dr. Matthew Allen,
or the John H. Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture and Design at
(416) 978-5038.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AAA 2013 CFPs

American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
Chicago / November 20-24, 2013

Panel Title: Thinking with a Camera during Revolutionary Times: Generative
Visualities in the Middle East

Panel Organizers: Mark R. Westmoreland (The American University in Cairo)
& Diana K. Allan (Harvard University)

Panel Description: This panel seeks to examine the proliferation of new
visual approaches among researchers, activists, and ordinary citizens with
a camera in the contemporary Middle East. Recent images from across the
Arab world have revealed a renewed investment in political visibility,
which suggest a challenge to the redundancy of images produced for western
audiences. While the region is undeniably beleaguered by simplistic
representations, both spontaneous acts of self-expression and more
measured efforts to document the social and political conditions indicate
emergent modes of mediation. These media-based innovations extend beyond
merely evidentiary claims or critiques of biased media coverage, but work
to situate subjectivity within affective states of becoming. Building on
Kathleen Stewart's interest in the generativity of ordinary affects, we
endeavor to elucidate the modes of knowing that remain "uncaptured by
claimed feelings" (Stewart 2005: 1027). Accordingly, we are interested in
the way that visual media has been used to record other kinds of
experiences and rethink what constitutes the political. In other words,
how do visual approaches align with modes of lived experience in ways that
might not register as political in more normative models, but which
nonetheless form the basis of how people live and experience political

Despite the predominance of images in these contexts, there ironically
appears to be a dearth of visual research in the region. Based on a
twenty-year content analysis undertaken by the journal Visual
Anthropology, only 6% of the journal's published articles focused on the
Middle East compared to Europe 18%, Africa 22%, and Asia 30% (Davey
2008:199). One is forced to ask, whither the visual anthropologists of the
Middle East? Are there really so few? On the contrary, this panel aims to
highlight groundbreaking interdisciplinary work by researchers, activists,
and artists in order to reconsider the representational possibilities of
this dynamic though often caricatured region. As such, whether addressing
the emergence of new visualities in the region or advancing media-based
research approaches, we seek presentations that strive to critically
'think with a camera during revolutionary times'.

For instance, if we locate the production of knowledge through corporeal
processes of looking and being rather than discursively communicating it
in thoughts and descriptions (MacDougall 2006), how is this expressed in
the emergent image-making practices of the region? Or, if observational
modes encourage one to approach the world without preconception, then how
does one engage revolutionary contexts without assuming politically
passivity? Indeed, if the camera lens radically realigns the body of the
filmmaker according to the ethnographic encounter (Grimshaw and Ravetz
2009), then how does the recent return to observational approaches in
visual anthropology parallel the "political mimesis" (Gaines 1999) of cell
phone filmmaking? Put differently, how do the emerging aesthetics of
camera-phones relate to the revolutionary potential of new social media?
And what does the interface between street politics and online activism
mean for the way we make sense of images of resistance? And yet, what
assumptions about the efficacy of visual methods underlie the imperatives
to collect revolutionary images?

Please submit a 250-word abstract (including paper title, keywords, and
afflation) to Mark Westmoreland [log in to unmask] by April 10 for

Mark R. Westmoreland

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
The American University in Cairo


CFP AAA 2013: Bureaucratic Chaos and Market Rule: Social Service and
Health Care Work in the U.S. Recent ethnographic explorations of
bureaucracy depart from the Weberian premise that bureaucracies create
rationalized, hierarchical spaces for the efficient administration of
government and business. Instead, bureaucracies are described as motors of
social indifference (Herzfeld 1992); chaotic (Gupta 2012); and shot
through with contradictions generated by the exigencies of "market rule"
(Holland et al. 2007). Public services in the United States have been
subjected to market rule over the last thirty years. Government agencies
increasingly contract with both for-profit and non-profit organizations in
order to carry out their mandates to provide relief benefits and basic
services like health care and housing. In short, basic governmental
functions are now commonly delivered through public-private partnerships
imagined as more efficient and responsive than large governmental
bureaucracies. How does this hybridized arrangement impact social service
and health care employees? If as Holland and colleagues contend, "market
rule is primarily an experiment with public services and the degree to
which the motivation to profit affects the quality of for-profit efforts"
(2007;10), then how do service providers respond to the "motive to
profit"? Do they describe their efforts in economic terms? What other
ethical frameworks do they employ through their self-understanding and
daily practices? This panel focuses on the experiences of social service
and health care workers by exploring how they are enmeshed in the business
ideologies that increasingly structure non-profit and health care
workplaces. Instead of efficient public-private partnerships, the papers
here relate bureaucratic contexts that are "shot through with contingency
and barely controlled chaos" (Gupta 2012). If service bureaucracies become
increasingly contingent and chaotic, what effect will this have on public
support for governmental services for the poor?
We are looking for one or two additional papers.If you are interested,
please email an abstract to Jessica Mulligan at by
Monday, April 8th.


CFP AAA 2013: Bureaucratic Chaos and Market Rule: Social Service and
Health Care Work in the U.S. Recent ethnographic explorations of
bureaucracy depart from the Weberian premise that bureaucracies create
rationalized, hierarchical spaces for the efficient administration of
government and business. Instead, bureaucracies are described as motors of
social indifference (Herzfeld 1992); chaotic (Gupta 2012); and shot
through with contradictions generated by the exigencies of "market rule"
(Holland et al. 2007). Public services in the United States have been
subjected to market rule over the last thirty years. Government agencies
increasingly contract with both for-profit and non-profit organizations in
order to carry out their mandates to provide relief benefits and basic
services like health care and housing. In short, basic governmental
functions are now commonly delivered through public-private partnerships
imagined as more efficient and responsive than large governmental
bureaucracies. How does this hybridized arrangement impact social service
and health care employees? If as Holland and colleagues contend, "market
rule is primarily an experiment with public services and the degree to
which the motivation to profit affects the quality of for-profit efforts"
(2007;10), then how do service providers respond to the "motive to
profit"? Do they describe their efforts in economic terms? What other
ethical frameworks do they employ through their self-understanding and
daily practices? This panel focuses on the experiences of social service
and health care workers by exploring how they are enmeshed in the business
ideologies that increasingly structure non-profit and health care
workplaces. Instead of efficient public-private partnerships, the papers
here relate bureaucratic contexts that are "shot through with contingency
and barely controlled chaos" (Gupta 2012). If service bureaucracies become
increasingly contingent and chaotic, what effect will this have on public
support for governmental services for the poor?
We are looking for one or two additional papers.If you are interested,
please email an abstract to Jessica Mulligan at by
Monday, April 8th.

Lincoln M. Alexander Award 2013

Lincoln M. Alexander Award 2013

The Lincoln M. Alexander Award honours youth who have demonstrated
leadership in eliminating racial discrimination in Ontario. The award was
first given in 1993. Three awards are given each year: two student awards
and one community award. Recipients receive a personalized certificate as
well as a $5,000 cash award.
The award is named after the late Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, who was
the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 1985 – 1991. He was
the first member of a minority group to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in
any province in Canada.
The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2013. For further info see

Summer Field Schools

Roman Archaeology – Excavations at Carsulae, Italy
June 16 – July 27, 2013

We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to
participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman
Carsulae. Carsulae was a Roman city that developed in the late third
century BCE along the Via Flaminia, approximately 100 kilometers north of
Rome in modern Umbria. The major public buildings of Carsulae were
excavated from 1950 to 1970, but most of the ancient city still lies
undisturbed in what is now a beautiful archaeological park. The current
excavation of the public baths at Carsulae began in 2004. We plan to
dedicate the 2013 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath
the protective roof, and also to developing a longterm plan for the
conservation and partial restoration of the bath complex.
The field program welcomes both students and volunteers. No experience is
necessary, only an enthusiasm for archaeology and the ability to work hard
in rigorous conditions. Participants are instructed in excavation
strategies, techniques and recording, handling and conservation of
artifacts, drafting of site plans and analytical rendering.
The program cost is $850.00 per week. This includes a shared room as well
as breakfast daily, lunch and dinner five days a week. All equipment is
provided. We ask all students and volunteers to participate for a minimum
of three weeks.
Our field school has recently been given accreditation by Columbia
University. Students interested in receiving undergraduate credit for
their fieldwork should contact Ellen Stewart at the below email address
for further information. Please bear in mind that tuition and any related
fees are not included in our weekly program cost, and that a minimum
number of weeks of participation will be required.
We stay at the Albergo Duomo (three or four people to a room) in the
charming hill town of San Gemini, just three kilometers from Carsulae. All
rooms have private baths and air conditioning, and the hotel is equipped
with free wireless internet. Meals are eaten in the elegant dining room of
the hotel.
Participants work in the field Monday through Friday from 5 am to noon.
After lunch and a well-earned siesta, afternoons are spent in the lab
processing each day's finds and sometimes attending classes, expert
lectures, or working with our conservators. Weekends are open for travel
or relaxation. Group trips to nearby sites of interest are often
For further details and to apply, click here:

Inquiries may be sent to

Related Programs:: Our colleagues at the San Gemini Preservation Studies
offer a number of programs that also take place during the summer in San
Gemini. We encourage you to look at their website:

and consider taking one of their courses before or after your time spent
working with us. Of particular relevance to our project is the
Archaeological Ceramics Program, running from May 26 to June 22. This
course provides a excellent background in conservation and restoration
which may later be applied in the field and lab at Carsulae.


Sexuality Summer School – Queer Imaginaries
May 21-24, 2013, University of Manchester

This Summer School is an annual event intended for postgraduates and
researchers working in the broadly defined area of sexuality studies. The
Summer School addresses current debates within queer studies, emphasising
in particular its implication for the interdisciplinary study of culture.
It offers an opportunity for students to discuss queer debates with
researchers in the CSSC as well as international scholars brought in for
the event. Applications welcome from Doctoral and Masters' level students
from any university.
For more information about the Sexuality Summer School, including details
of previous events, see:, find
our page on Facebook:

or tweet us @SSS_Manchester. You can also find out more information by
contacting Clara Bradbury – Rance on


Athens: Heritage and Modernity June 23 – July 4, 2013

Exploration of the coexistence between historic and modern Athens
I would like to inform you about our program in Athens, Greece, this
summer. This 12 day visit of Athens will be a thoughtful exploration of
the history and preservation and conservation issues facing the city,
organized around a series of lectures and visits lead by some of the top
Athenian archaeologists, architects, historians, conservators and planners
who have been dealing with the problem of preserving monuments and
cultural heritage in the midst of a growing modern city. Our deadline for
applying is April 30, 2013.
The faculty of our program includes Dr. Manolis Korres, Chief Architect on
the Acropolis Restoration Project, who will lead lectures and visits to
the Acropolis area. Please visit our website:

and syllabus to see a complete list of faculty, lectures and visits.
The program is intended for people studying, or professionally involved
in, the fields of: History, Archaeology, Architecture Art History,
Architecture, Urban Planning, Anthropology, Conservation and Historic
Preservation, but is also open for people with a general interest in
preservation. If you, or someone you know, are interested in this program
you can get further information at our website.

You may also be interested in our other field school programs this summer
in Italy, in particular our classes and workshop on the Conservation of
Archaeological Ceramics (May 26 thru June 22nd). The deadline for this
program has been extended to April 15th, 2013. Please visit our website:

for more information.

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AAA 2013 CFP

AAA 2013 Call for Panelists: Decolonizing Feminist Anthropology - Where Are
We and Where Do We Need to Go?"
Deadline: April 12, 2013

AAA CFP: Globalized energy futures?

CFP for AAA 2013: "Globalized energy futures? Local energy practices and
global trends in critical perspective."

The need for abundant energy supplies ties societies into a global
kaleidoscope of markets, cooperation, discord and intrigue. Established
channels of energy production, distribution and consumption are mainly
reliant on oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy. The shale revolution in the
US and elsewhere has put paid to the notion of peak oil, even while the
'greening' of energy production and consumption has risen as a new
imperative and market opportunity. Local and national practices of energy
producers and consumers are simultaneously dependent upon local contexts
and also tightly integrated into global energy markets and the strategic
positioning of multinational companies. The future of the Canadian oil
sands and Gulf governments alike are vulnerable to peaks and troughs in
energy markets. The impending US shale oil and gas boom could put a dent in
state revenues elsewhere in the world, forcing changes in global markets
and local practices alike. While grounded in ethnographic research of
particular contexts, the emergent anthropology of energy needs to engage
this larger canvas of global and interconnected social forces.

This panel examines local practices and global trends in the production,
distribution and consumption of energy. It asks the question: what is in
the idea of globalized energy futures? How can ethnographic,
anthropological and interdisciplinary studies of particular energy regimes
and their outcomes contribute to our understanding of the global
connections, junctions and disjunctions engendered by our common need for
energy? The objects of study in this panel may range from political
economies to multinational companies to local energy producers and
consumers. Papers may discuss corporate and governmental strategy and
action, challenges to these strategies and actions, changes to economies of
energy, impacts of innovative technologies on existing energy regimes, and
social outcomes of changes in energy production, distribution and/or
consumption. We welcome papers that combine ethnographic analysis of these
or other related themes with a view to global connections of actors, ideas
and objects.

Please send abstracts of 250 words or less, along with your contact
information (name, institutional affiliation, department, and email
address) to Timm Lau (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals) at or Caura Wood (York University) at,
by 13 April 2013. Accepted panelists will need to register for AAA
membership and the 2013 conference by the panel submission deadline of 15
April 2013.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

AAA 2013 CFPs

AAA 2013 Double panel on Invisible Harm
Deadline: April 10, 2013

AAA 2013: Migrants, Pilgrims, and Refugees: Destabilizing Tropes of
Transnational 'Mobility'
Deadline: April 11, 2013

AAA 2013 Call for Panelists: Decolonizing Feminist Anthropology - Where Are
We and Where Do We Need to Go?"
Deadline: April 12, 2013

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Il nous fait plaisir de vous inviter à assister à la Conférence étudiante
2013 organisée par la Chaire conjointe en études des femmes à l'Université
Carleton et l'Université d'Ottawa.

La conférence aura lieu à l'Université d'Ottawa, le 11 avril 2013, de 9
h15 à 14 h45, pièce 4007 du Pavillon des Sciences sociales, 120
Université, Ottawa.

Il s'agit d'un événement bilingue avec traduction simultanée.

L'accès est gratuit, mais vous devez vous inscrire, par courriel à ou par téléphone au 613-520-6644.

Au plaisir de vous y voir!

Prière de faire suivre à vos listes.




We are pleased to invite you to the 2013 Student Conference organized by
the Joint Chair in Women's Studies at the Carleton University and the
University of Ottawa.

The Conference will take place at the University of Ottawa, on April 11,
2013, from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., in room 4007 of the Social Sciences
Building, 120 University Private, Ottawa.

This is a bilingual event, with simultaneous translation.

The event is free, but you must register by email at or
by phone at 613-520-6644.

We hope to see you there!

Please forward to your lists.

Thank you.

Hélène Boudreault, Administrator/Gestionnaire Joint Chair in Women's
Studies/ Chaire conjointe en études des femmes University of
Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa & Carleton University
Tel: 613-520-6644
Fax/Téléc.: 613-562-5994

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) - event April 10-11

The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) -- an emerging
cyber-collective -- invites you to attend a two-day event, *April 10 and
11, 2013, at York University*, curated by Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston,
Dara Culhane, Denielle Elliott, Cristina Moretti,Laura Levin, and Marlis

The event will include a Keynote Lecture by Dr. Andrew
Irving**(University of Manchester), an introduction to and invitation to
participate in building the CIE website (
<>), and a symposium on Imaginative
Ethnography.The symposium will bring together scholars, students and
artists/scholars in reimagining what forms our ethnographic practices
might take. The event aims to ask: What might imaginative ethnography
do?Or, What could imaginative ethnography become? By bringing people
together, we hope to initiate conversations that explore the
experimental, collaborative, visual, textual, urban, spatial, poetic,
political, performative, improvised, embodied, reflexive, kinetic,
ethnographic, emergent, creative and imaginative in our shared
scholarship and pedagogical practices.

The event is sponsored by the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker
Series, York's Departments of Theatre and Anthropology, LA&PS Research
Events and Outreach Fund, and the Ad Hoc Grant.

*_Wednesday April 10, 4:00pm -- 5:30pm _*

*Andrew Irving Keynote *
*"The Art of Life and Death: Everyday Adventures in Contingency and

Location: Joseph G. Green Theatre, Centre for Film and Theatre, York

Andrew Irving is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the
University of Manchester, and Editor of /Beyond Text: Critical Practices
and Sensory Anthropology /and /Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical
Cosmopolitanism, Relationalities and Discontents/. In this talk, he
will explore the relationship between everyday action, the contingencies
of life and death, and the imaginative and inner life-worlds of the
random strangers we pass on the street. It draws on rough magic,
modernist literature, and performance to try to understand the radical
consequences of turning right and left in open public spaces.


*_Thursday April 11, 9:00 am -- 5pm _*

*Imaginative Ethnography Symposium*

Location: Joseph G. Green Theatre, Centre for Film and Theatre, York

9:00 am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:20 am CIE Website Launch

9:40 amAndrew Irving Presentation & Discussion

10:30-10:45am/Break /

*Session 1*

10:45 -- 11:00 Trudi Smith, /Archival Processing /

11:00 -- 11:15 Florencia Marchetti, /Sensible Traces /

11:15 -- 11:30 Denielle Elliott, /Medicine and Men: Ethnographic and
Ineffable /

11:30 -- 12:00 Discussion

12:00 -- 13:15 Lunch Break [Student Presentations]

*Session 2*

13:15 -- 13:30 Kate Rositter, /The Rigorous Imagination /

13:30 -- 13:45 Tara Goldstein, /Harriet's House and Anna's Shadow /

13:45 -- 14:00 Dara Culhane, /VOICE: A Lecture-Performance /

14:00 -- 14:15 Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, /Quiet Theatre /

14:15 -- 14:45 Discussion

14:45 -- 15:15 Break [Theatre Studies Grad Student Performance ]

*Session 3*

15:15 -- 15:30 Patrick Alcedo, /Where Are the Photos? Multimedia as
Ethnography /

15:30 -- 15:45 Kathleen Gallagher, /Liveness and Virtuality /

15:45 -- 16:00 Zulfikar Hirji, /Experiencing Ethnography /

16:00 -- 16:15 Kenneth Little, /Blue /

16:15 -- 16:45 Discussion

Please check the CIE website for updates:
( <>)

/All events are free and open to the public.
For more information on the Keynote Lecture and the Imaginative
Ethnography Symposium, please contact Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston at: <>

For more information about The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE),
please visit:

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