Via Ricardo Andres Labra Mocarquer
Symposium in Santiago, Chile. November.
The way “things” are analyzed in the contemporary world had changed, from antiquarians to different approaches in social science, philosophy, arts, arquitecture and other discipline witch have ascertained the importance of the role that objects play in societies.
The objects with which we interact predetermine the existence of various struggles around certain economics of power in the contemporary world. Tools, technologies, images, all of these can become agents on the road to empowerment or inequality, ranging from the performative elements of current or daily protests to the mechanisms of vigilance and repression.
We would like to invite scholars in various disciplines to join us in discussing the role of objects in the ways politics is conceived and practiced.…
ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
MAJOR CONFERENCE: ART, MATERIALITY AND REPRESENTATION
BRITISH MUSEUM/SOAS 1st-3rd JUNE 2018
CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS
We are very pleased to announce the call for panel proposals for the fourth of the RAI’s recent major conferences. As before, it will be jointly organised by the RAI and the BM’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and held in the Clore Centre of the British Museum. We are also very pleased to be joined by the Department of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where a portion of the break-out rooms for the conference panels will be located in the newly refurbished Paul Webley Wing of Senate House.
The RAI welcomes panel proposals on any of the themes below.…
UCL Anthropology launches a joint cross-section seminar series titled “Resilience – Merits and Critique of a Concept.
Beginning after November reading week, the series will use insights from social anthropology, material culture studies, medical anthropology and biological anthropology to explore and critique peoples’ resilience in the face of social and/or ecological difficulty in a range of ethnographic settings.
The seminars will run from 11-1pm in the department and are open to students, academics and the public. For more information follow the link below:
Duration: September 16, 2016 – January 16, 2017
|If you know how to fabricate a candle from fat or a pen from a fishbone, you can survive in prison. If you know how blood reacts to lemon juice, you can remove stains. If you know why polylactide is more sustainable than polyethylene, you can change the world.
Today, knowledge about materials, their origins, and processing is more valued and desired than ever before. At the same time, such knowledge is specialized, concealed, and the domain of experts.
International Symposium at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), LMU Munich, 9–11 February 2017
PHILIPP SCHORCH AND MARTIN SAXER
Call for Papers Deadline: 31 October 2016
This symposium aims at collectively thinking through connectivity and materiality. Our starting point is simple: things that move and thereby connect or, the other way round, connections made through things are central to anthropology’s concerns. From the Kula Ring to the journeys of museum objects, from the travels of empire-founding Buddha statues to the logics and logistics of shipping containers, connectivity and materiality are interwoven in various but particular ways. Somewhat akin to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, we take connectivity and materiality not as defined properties of some-thing but as two interrelated modes in which an entity is, or rather is becoming, in a world.…
Via Barbara Kirschenblatt Gimblett
Museums of history face a particular challenge in societies that have experienced conflict and violence in recent memory and radical geopolitical and ideological change, not to mention socio-economic and technological challenges. Multiple and rival historical perspectives characterize the dynamics of public memory in these societies. Differing narratives of the past are told either in parallel, or appear in open conflict with each other, while memories still hidden and silent await their midwives for their public articulation at the right juncture.
We would like to invite both scholars in various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, history, memory studies, museology, political science), and museum professionals, including curators and museum educators, to join us in discussing the role of museums in negotiating contested histories in relation to their publics.…
|Via Gabriela Nicolescu, Goldsmiths College|
|Thursday 23 June 2016 06:30pm – 08:30pm,
Film screening and discussion
Care on Display
Care on Display brings together documentary and artistic films by anthropologists interested in the subject of care for the elderly and for people suffering from dementia. The screenings, which will be followed by a discussion, aim to investigate how films explore notions of access and visibility of ‘care’ as ethical concerns and the intersection between care in the context of material and visual culture and care for the elderly as a subject to be put on display. How to make visible something which is so private and very often perceived as immaterial?
This film series is conceived to continue a seminar series that Dr Gabriela Nicolescu organised in Goldsmiths, Economies of Care and Social Reproduction, in the autumn of 2015, with support from both Goldsmiths and the Wellcome Trust.
Via Barbara Knorpp, UCL Institute for Archaeology/Museum Studies
Visual Anthropology and the City is a one-day-symposium at UCL, which brings together anthropologists, filmmakers, and artists and organised by the Institute of Archaeology, Department of Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) on Friday 14th October 2016.
Urban anthropology has fascinated journalists, photographers and policy makers with the emergence of the Chicago School since the 1920s. Ethnography and long-term research facilitated deeper insights into the everyday lives of urban neighborhoods that were often associated with violence, crime and housing problems. Cinema and photography have also since their inception engaged with the urban, and their development is deeply entwined with that of the modern metropolis.…