CFP: Association of Social Anthropologists, Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World

3rd-6th April 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
CFP Deadline: 30 September 2011
Call for Proposals:
This conference will investigate art and aesthetics in their widest senses and experiences, from a variety of perspectives and in numerous contexts: the material arts, crafts, performance, bodies, digital and new media, metaphysics, and other related themes. Moving beyond art as expressions of the inner mind and inventions of the individual self, the conference will bridge the gap between changing perceptions of contemporary art and aesthetics, and map the impact of globalisation on the creation and movement of artworks, people’s changing perceptions of the medium, the shifting skills of artists, the relationship between the arts and declining ecological factors, art and new religions, and so forth.
A globalised ethic presumes that ‘we’ are all connected to one another, but more often than not, the ‘we’ comprises the fraternity of the elite in any country. The conference tries to move away from debates centred around the concerns of powerful elites and to engage in more diverse conversations with vernacular practices. This is particularly significant given the ‘aesthetic turn’ in sociology and political science specifically and in social science and humanities in general, after Jacques Ranciere’s Politics of Aesthetics (2004).
How one defines art, who has the authority to define it as such and what might be excluded from such definitions are, of course, all open to debate, while aesthetics might also be explored more broadly not only as applying to concrete objects, but also to processes of production and contexts of meaning, performance and (re)interpretation.
The 2012 conference takes place at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi. In most nations in which state patronage of the arts and crafts has been paramount or in a state of crisis, it is also argued, in popular discourse, that for the crafts to survive, local communities must be supported in relation to their environment. Ecological conservation must go hand in hand with providing support to communities and ‘techne’ (the latter term meaning work and knowledge as they are combined). The narratives of globalisation fruitfully interlock, then, with arts and crafts elsewhere in the world. Local communities, through tourism, global markets, new forms of technological assimilation and interaction are brought in touch with the outside world.

But this is not the only narrative. There are many others, for which conference participants are invited to propose and discuss. We encourage participants to consider, in relations to arts and aesthetics – however defined – areas such as:
Colonial, neo-colonial and post-colonial contexts
Theoretical debates
Ownership of discourses and identity
People and things
Social movements, minorities and inequality
Science and arts
Popular visual culture
Global visuality
Call for panels
We would like to encourage panels to involve scholars both from Europe and the subcontinent, and this may be well served by having co-convenors from both continents.. Obviously this may not be straightforward due to the way in which academic networks function and extend. Consequently the Scientific Committee will be looking at the panel proposals with a view to perhaps putting convenors focussing on similar themes/approaches in communication, with a view to possibly merging panel proposals after the call closes. Please bear this in mind when pulling your ideas and proposal together.
Panels proposers need not be members of the Association. All proposals must be made via the online form – not by email. Proposals consist of a panel title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. These character/word limits are strict, so please prepare your abstracts well. The proposal may also include the names of any chairs or discussants, although these can be added subsequently using the login environment. Please use the convention of Firstname Lastname (Institution). If these roles are to be taken by convenors, then please do not enter your own names there - as it's implicit that this will be the case where other names are not listed. Proposals must be made by the end of 30th September. On the matter of style: please do not use capitals unnecessarily in titles, or contact details. Please do not enter more than one email address in each email field. Panels may be proposed by a single person/convenor or by a single convenor on behalf of one or more co-convenors. In the latter case, proposals should include the names and emails of the co-convenors. Proposals need not list proposed contributors. On submission of the proposal, the proposing convenor (but not the co-convenors) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email is in your spam folder or is lost; and if it is not, it means you need to re-submit, as the process went wrong somewhere. Proposals will be marked as pending, until the Scientific Committee makes its decisions on 21st October. They will then be marked as accepted or rejected. The ASA requires all accepted panels to be open to paper proposals through the website: panels should not be organised as 'closed' sessions. Panel proposers can administer and edit their panels using the login link in the menu on the left. Convenors should login to state any specific timing requests to do with their panel; to add the names of chairs/discussants; and to manage the paper proposals. Co-convenors cannot be added/removed nor can panels be withdrawn through this environment - please email conference(at) to do this.
Proceed to panel proposal form:
Information for later on in the process
When papers are proposed via the website, they will be proposed to specific panels. Convenors will receive a summary email of the proposal. Convenors are welcome to acknowledge proposals by email, and even ask contributors to edit their abstracts by logging in themselves.
Convenors must indicate their decisions over whether to accept/reject/transfer proposals through the login environment; and we ask convenors to mark all pending proposals in this way by 9th December. If an author later emails to withdraw their paper, the paper should be marked as ‘Withdrawn’ in the login environment. The papers should be placed in order of presentation via the login environment.
Panels may not last for more than a single day. Each day will have a maximum of two 90-minute panel sessions, each of which may hold up to four papers. So convenors should accept no more than eight papers.
After 9th December the Scientific committee will work at rehousing the proposals marked ‘transfer’, and we will get in touch if this affects your panel. This should be completed by 30th December when registration will open.

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