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Wednesday, December 7, 2016


CFP "Policy and power in Latin America" at the upcoming CASCA/IUAES In
Ottawa 2-7 May, 2017.

Work on public policy provides an avenue for examining how state power
is exercised and negotiated in everyday life. A range of case studies
in Latin America critically examines the complexity of "the state" and
"the public" or "civil society. The ebb and flow of populist,
neoliberal and leftist governments makes Latin America a particularly
rich site for considering these questions. Likewise, social movements
express political visions and make visible the interventions of a
variety of type of social actors -poor, wealthy, unionized,
indigenous, campesino, corporate, landless… . As we know, differently
situated social actors negotiate and experience these processes in
distinctive ways; this includes state and non-state actors,
acquiescence and resistance. Drawing on a variety of empirical cases
and theoretical perspectives, we ask what interventions anthropology
can make into thinking about the writing of and about policy.

Lindsay DuBois (Dalhousie University) & Liz
Fitting (Dalhousie University)

To submit a paper abstract, please go to the conference website:

Call for Papers: CASCAIUAES2017 Panel: Materialities of human-animal
movement in northern landscapes

Alexander Oehler (University of Aberdeen)
Sarah Carmen Moritz (McGill University)

Short Abstract
This panel invites papers concerned with the ways in which movement
entangles humans, animals and materials in northern landscapes. It
focuses on land features and material implements as nexuses between
humans and animals in motion.

Long Abstract
This panel invites papers exploring human-animal relations through
contexts of movement that transcend conventional wild-tame
dichotomies. Based on the key premise that inter-species relations do
not have to be collaborative or affectionate to be social, our
emphasis lies on ethnographic accounts in which land features and/or
material implements form communicative nexuses between beings in
motion. Instead of approaching human-made implements and environmental
modifications (e.g. cairns, dams, tethers, nets, trails, traps, ponds,
canals, etc.) as manifestations of human exploitation or control, we
seek more nuanced interpretations that take into account animal
autonomy and intentional use of the material world. We inquire how
animals are known to engage modified environments, and how people
interpret, accommodate, or encourage animal utilization of the
human-made. In this context, we ask how objects of joint movement
(e.g. sleds, saddles, reins) become implements of inter-species
communication rather than of control only, and how dynamic aspects of
the environment (e.g. water currents, tides, winds) are enlisted in
inter-species movement. Given the emplacement of joint and opposed
movements in shared landscapes, we seek to gain a better understanding
of how diverse beings draw benefit from material or perceptive
advantages they identify in others. We ask, how does relational
movement encourage the embodiment and accommodation of an other's
perspective (i.e. hunter vs. prey), and in situations of intentional
congruence (e.g. falconer and falcon), what are examples of
multi-sensorial sharing? Finally, where joint or opposed movement do
not apply, what can we learn from other contexts, such as affection,
competition, or aloofness?

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