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Call: Occasional Paper Series

We launched our Occasional Paper Series (ISSN 2158-5660) in 2010 with the intention that it would provide a novel, peer-reviewed, forum in which to publish research that would be hard to publish in the conventional home of an academic journal, but that was more extensive or rigorous than a blog entry. Since then, we’ve published a white paper on cultural protocols, a multimedia guide to plastic pollution and citizen activism, a paper (written by an undergraduate) about the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on Waveland, LA, and an extensive book of experimentation inside UCL’s Ethnographic Collections.

We are actively seeking further submissions to continue harnessing the power of the web to publish alternative and interesting things. Submissions can include:

1. Alternative writing formats

2. Photo essays

3. Sound and Video

4. Comics, Manga, Animations

And so on…

All submissions are peerreviewed by our chief editors or editors at large and will be indexed by the library of congress. Please contact Haidy Geismar (h.geismar@ucl.ac.uk) for further information about how to submit work.

Chemical Aesthetics’ AAA 2013 CfP

Over the past half-century, chemistry has innervated the contemporary sensorum and the parameters of what tastes, looks, smells, or feels ‘right’. From ketchup to carpets, pesticides to plywood, permanent press clothing to colas and cosmetics, chemicals inform the aesthetics of modernity. While much of the work on the synthetic constituents of the everyday revolves around health and risk issues, this panel considers desires, pleasures, and values that undergird common interactions with the chemical world. To apprehend the pallet of the contemporary one must understand chemical perceptivity as composed of cultural signals and imitations of essence.

In pursuit of maximizing a commodity’s value, aesthetics are often rendered as technical problems to be overcome by chemistry (shelf life, taste trade-offs offunctional ‘healthy’ additives, color retention, rate of volatile chemical off-gassing, tensile strength, or texture of imitation products).  These chemical manipulations are bundled with aesthetic and normative attributions. Taken together, these molecular relations form the underexplored dimensions of what Michelle Murphy refers to as ‘chemical regimes of living.’ This panel seeks to articulate a spectrum of chemical regimes of living by bringing together the disparate conversations on value and aesthetics, toxicity and disease, capitalism and commodity fetishes, affect and embodiment, and product design and marketing.

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2013 Conference: Brave New Worlds – Transforming Museum Ethnography through Technolog

Deadline for Submissions: 7 December 2012

We invite papers from curators, conservators, artists, makers, anthropologists, art and design historians, digital media practitioners, researchers and others that explore the impact of technology upon the development and interpretation of museum ethnography, historically and today.

See further details at: www.museumethnographersgroup.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=41

Art & Anthropology – A Parallel Universe Day Seminar, Arnolfini, Bristol


It is increasingly common for contemporary artists to explore anthropological and ethnographic concerns in their practice. At the same time, artists themselves have become a subject for study for contemporary anthropologists. In this symposium, researchers working in and between both fields will come together to explore links, friction and potential in a celebration of cross-disciplinary exchange.

The tracing of connections between anthropological and artistic practice, the extent to which the two disciplines are distinct, and their shared grounding in discourses of alteriety have been significant concerns for theorists and practitioners alike for many years now.  Though given definite shape through Marcus and Myers’ The Traffic in Culture (1995), such discussions have now progressed far beyond beyond the “ethnographic turn” of Foster (1995) or anthropology’s own “crisis of representation”. Now, through the work of anthropologists such as Arnd Schneider, Christopher Wright and others, a rich, shared space of methodological and theoretical practices is – problematically – shared between these disciplines.  Issues of subjectivity, identity, “the other”, even “modernism” itself, inform and are informed by both art and anthropology in complex ways.

Coordinated in response to Arnolfini’s Parallel Universes season, the event will include presentations and facilitated discussion, and is open to all.  It aims to bring together artists, creative practitioners, researchers, anthropologists and everyone in between in order to highlight, inform and illuminate these complex interactions.

Proposals are invited exploring any aspect of cross-over between art and anthropology, from postgraduate students and early-career independent practitioners.
Please send up to 200 words outlining your proposal, up to 3 images, and a CV to mw1311@my.bristol.ac.uk by October 31st 2012.

Performative presentations are very welcome. However, any technical requirements beyond the use of a projector will need discussion.



Dear colleagues and friends,

For those staying in Lisbon, taking part of ECSAS 12 or having Summer vacations in Portugal, we would like to invite you to the Screening Series ‘From the Inside Looking Out - Filmic Visions of South Asia’s Tacit Other’ that will be hosted by the ECSAS2012 Conference, Lisbon, ISCTE/IUL, 26th of July 2012.
Please notice that the series is open and free of cost. For full details, posters, synopsis follow this link:

Paolo Favero & Giulia Battaglia

Material World Occasional Paper Series – Call

Some time ago I put out a call for papers for our Occasional Paper Series. Indexed by the Library of Congress, this is our attempt to explore the possibilities of thinking about how Material World could also be thought of as an open source, online publication. Since that last call, we’ve migrated the blog to a better platform, and I think we are now in a much better position to explore the possibilities of online publishing.

We are therefore always interested in contributions to the OPS which push the boundaries of our blog-like format. Obviously the broad theme is an engagement with material and visual culture and the development of a thoughtful perspective on the issues this engagement raises. Are you working through the medium of sound, film, or photography? A graphic novel or series of paintings perhaps? Do you have a conversation or interview that provokes discussion about the material world? Would you like to have more multi-media in your work but are restricted by the formats of journal articles, books and academic theses and dissertations.

The OCP aims to make such work broadly available to the public. We are less interested in unpublished PhD’s, or unpublishable articles, and more interested in works that would find it hard to get published elsewhere primarily because of their form.

Our OCP is fully peer reviewed, indexed by the Library of Congress and permanently available online. Please email Haidy Geismar if you are interested in submitting something to us.