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Call for Papers: Materializing the Transient: Ethnographies and Museums in the Study of (Forced) Migration

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Call for Papers:

“Materializing the Transient: Ethnographies and Museums in the Study of (Forced) Migration”

Göttingen, May 14–16, 2020

About the conference

Materiality is a fundamental dimension of migration which is closely linked to temporality and has only recently made its way into the scope of migration research. During journeys of migration, people take things with them, or they lose or find things along the way. Journeys themselves are framed by objects like borders, passports, tents and other camp infrastructures, boats, and not least mobile phones. For people on the move, some of these things can arouse memories, some are linked with powerlessness or loss, some with hopes and aspirations, while other things lose their relevance along the way.

This conference is hosted by the BMBF-funded research project “On the materiality of (forced) migration”, which aims to study the material dimension of hopes and expectations that characterize experiences of migration.

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Encounters on the Shop Floor

How can we harness the knowledge of the maker for the 21st century?

The knowledge created through making, sometimes called ‘embodied’ or ‘tacit’, is fundamental to life and how we understand the V&A’s collections. Innate within the arts, humanities, sciences and medicine, this knowledge is now at serious risk of being lost. Join us at this V&A Research Institute symposium as we develop a manifesto placing this knowledge at the heart of our future.
Day tickets can be booked via the Contact Centre 020 7942 2000, concessions available.

This international symposium will develop strategies for championing the value and usability of embodied knowledge in learning, the workplace and society. Artists, makers, educationalists, manufacturers, anthropologists, neuroscientists, historians, performers, philosophers, social entrepreneurs, surgeons and curators will come together to develop new ways of articulating and showcasing the cultural, social and environmental potential of this knowledge.…

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Digitized global mobilities’ The role of new media and digitization in the security approaches of the refugee crisis

3- 4 June, 2019, Utrecht University 

Digitization and the use of social media has dramatically changed most aspects of our everyday practices, perceptions and cause severe changes in Human Mobility (Innes, 2016, Gray, 2018). While the importance and effects of technological innovations in social science research has been increasingly recognized, the role of new technologies and how these shapes the security of people on the move is still limited in scope.

This international event of UGlobe seeks to address questions on the digital features of forced mobility, how technology shapes the approaches of migrant’ security, particularly the unintended effects of digitization and social media use.

This event aims to bring together multiple stakeholders: NGO representatives, social workers, media representatives (e.g. Dutch Refugee Council, Dutch Association for Migration Research, European institutions, IOM, UNHCR) and academics.…

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Materiality and politics in Latin America.

Objetos Poderosos

 

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.…

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Call for Panels: Art Materiality and Representation

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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.…

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UCL Anthropology launches joint cross-section seminar series on “resilience”

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:

www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/news-and-events/seminar-series/departmental-seminars

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Object Lessons: the story of material education in eight chapters

Press release:

Duration: September 16, 2016 – January 16, 2017
Opening: Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.

Milanese Mosaic Pastes, Cabinet of Factory Products, c. 1800, Collection Technical Museum Vienna, Photo: A.-S. Lehmann / Jars From a Teaching Aid Kit On Paper Fabrication, Lehrmittel-Verlag F. Rausch c. 1920, Collection Werkbundarchiv, Photo: A. Herrmann
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.

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Connecting Materialities / Material Connectivities

International Symposium at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), LMU Munich, 9–11 February 2017

Convened by

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.…

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