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Thursday, February 19, 2015

CASCA: Conferences, Calls for Papers, Events/Colloques, Appels à communication, Évènements

Conferences and calls for papers/Colloques et Appels à communication:

Les colloques et appels à communication suivants viennent d'être ajoutés à
notre page web:

The following conference announcements and calls for papers have just been
added to our web page:

-CFP: Special issue Anthropology and Literature

-CFP: Dressing Global Bodies: Clothing Cultures, Politics and
Economies in Globalizing Eras, c. 1600s-1900s - July 2016, University
of Alberta

-CFP: Exchanges about Discovery and Exploration - Terrae Incognitae

-CFP: From Possibility to Practice in Aging, Canadian Association on
Gerontology (CAG) Conference, October 2015, Calgary

-Sex/Gender Interdisciplinary Conference - FPR-UCLA (October 2015)

-Book proposals sought for Routledge Innovative Ethnographies series

-CFP - Contours of Violence, South African Sociological Association
Congress - June/July 2015

-CFP: ESFO conference - June 2015, Brussels

-Call for Papers: Landscapes, sociality and materiality: Biennal
Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society - October 2015

-CFP: Canada in the Americas CSN-REC/MISC Conference - October 2015,
McGill University

-Appel à contributions pour le colloque interdisciplinaire "Le Canada
dans les Amériques" - octobre 2015

-Call for Papers - University of Toronto Quarterly

-CFP for 4S 2015 (Denver, November): Flexible Standards: Biomedical
Standards in Practice

See them and others on our website:

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


Practices of the State in Africa: Contested Social and Political Spaces

International Colloquium, 26-27 March 2015

University of Naples "L'Orientale"

This Colloquium intends to explore how actors, spaces and practices
reconfigure the post-colonial state in Africa. African states continue
to play a central role in opening spaces for political interaction and
negotiation between public and private actors, whether they are local,
national, or transnational. This happens whether in post-conflict or
in decentralised contexts of neoliberal governance. The restructuring
of African states constitutes a paradox of the neoliberalisation
processes of governance, particularly at the local level, whereby the
state reconfigures itself and it is reconfigured by everyday local
practices which reinforce and expand its presence and influence but
also reveal its porous and weak sovereignty. The result is often
asymmetric and hybrid policies and politics, particularly in contested
social and political spaces where we witness various modes of power.
Public authorities attempt to 'regulate' access to power, resources
and rights, often using informal procedures, but also violent
repression and coercion. The focus is on the 'real governance' of
informality as a mode of political engagement between state and social
actors. In this multilayered and entangled governance, the state is
the central site (also the material condensation) of power relations
and political (and class) struggles, but it is not the only locus of

The colloquium aims to analyse the relational concept of power
governing the everyday politics of local realities in Africa,
particularly in urban contexts where different forms of contestation
emerge, articulating notions and forms of citizenship. In particular,
we are interested in empirical research which interrogates the
contentious politics intersecting everyday practices and the relations
between state (political and bureaucratic agents) and other governance
actors (private sector, trade unions, social movements).

We invite contributions that unpack the complex and ambiguous
regulatory processes, practices, resources and repertoires of plural
political authorities and multiple social agents which shape real
governance, focusing on questions such as: who exerts power? How and
where is power exerted? How a plurality of non-state actors engage
multiple public authorities in different and often contested spaces
and how they negotiate decision and policy making processes? Who are
the actors in these processes and what are their discourses and
repertoires? Who negotiates and defines statehood in contemporary
Africa? How the state governs, produces policies and controls

Those interested in presenting papers are invited to submit an
abstract of 500 words (maximum) by 28th February to Antonio Pezzano

Upcoming Talk

Prof. Raka Ray, University of California Berkeley

25 February 2015


Department of Sociology,

University of Toronto

725 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rm 240
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm.

Prof. Raka Ray is Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia
Studies, and the present Chair of the Department of Sociology at the
University of California Berkeley. She received her AB from Bryn Mawr
College, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She
has been at Berkeley since 1993.

Professor Ray's areas of specialization are gender and feminist
theory, domination and inequality, the emerging middle classes, and
social movements. Publications include Fields of Protest: Women's
Movements in India (University of Minnesota, 1999; and in India, Kali
for Women, 2000), Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and
Politics, co-edited with Mary Katzenstein (Rowman and Littlefeld,
2005), Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in
India, co-authored with Seemin Qayum (Stanford University Press,
2009), Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle
Classes, co-edited with Amita Baviskar (Routledge 2011) and Handbook
on Gender (Oxford University Press, India, 2012).

Upcoming Talk

Yes Means Yes, or Does It?: Complexities of Consent for Women's
Reproductive and Sexual Labour
Dr. Alex A. Wellington
Philosophy and Law
Ryerson University, Toronto

March 12, 2015
Location: TRS 3-129
Ted Rogers School of Management
Dundas and Bay Sts.
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON
Defenders of the moral justifiability of commercial surrogacy and the
sex trade rely upon variants of market freedom perspectives to support
their positions. A market freedom perspective typically rests upon the
presumption of capacity to consent, on the part of competent adults,
in normal circumstances. Feminist and other critics of commercial
surrogacy and the sex trade, by contrast, seemingly attack the
presumption of consent, particularly when they advocate for criminal
prohibition of the activities of buyers, sellers, and intermediaries
or facilitators of market transactions relating to sex and surrogacy.
Criminal prohibitions are preferred by some to regulatory oversight.
Ultimately, looking more deeply and broadly into the foundations of
the contesting positions on commercial surrogacy and the sex trade
leads to the realization that even those who are committed to gender
equality and social justice should reconsider the advisability of
undermining the core concept of consent, and the desirability of
criminal prohibitions.
Kate Samec,;
Chris MacDonald,

Twitter Chat: intersections between violence against women and
anti-black racism

Friday, February 20, 2015

12pm-1pm EST

ONLINE (social media - twitter)

Organized by Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
& Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa (SASC)

Join OCTEVAW and SASC for a twitter chat on the intersections between
violence against women and anti-black racism

#EndVAWandRacism @OCTEVAW @SASCOttawa

Upcoming Talk

Reflections from a feminist ethics of care on the centennial of the
Armenian Genocide

Friday, February 27, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Mu 203, Simone de Beauvoir Institute
2170 Bishop Street,
Concordia University, Montreal
Light refreshments will be served

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the gendered genocide of the
Armenians - a genocide which has been continued up to the present by
the perpetrators in multiple ways. This presentation is based on
interviews, survivor narratives, and a feminist perspective on ethics
of care.

Dr. Sima Aprahamian has been a Professor and Research Associate at
the Institute for many years. Her areas of interest are gender,
ethnicity, and class. Her current research is on narratives of
displacement. She holds a Ph.D. degree (Anthropology, McGill). At
the Simone de Beauvoir Institute she has taught courses on the
Introduction to Women's Studies, Women's Organizing and Resistance
across Cultures, and Women, Science and Technology [through the
Gendered Cyborg]. She has also developed and taught a seminar course
on Feminist Perspectives on Genocide with Dr Karin Doerr. Sima has
numerous publications and she has organized several conference
panels. She has also presented papers in peer reviewed international

Thank you/Merci

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