The 2004 meeting of the American Ethnological Society welcomes abstracts for individual papers, panels, and media presentations focused on the theme of crisis.
The American Ethnological Society, founded in 1842, is the oldest professional organization for anthropologists in the United States. With a membership of nearly 4,000, it remains the leading forum in the Western Hemisphere for advancing the knowledge base of anthropology and promoting innovation through critical discussions of theories, methods, and research practices.
Concentration on the theme of crisis makes it possible to redefine "crisis" by extending the concept of crisis to all domains of social and personal existence, including (but not limited to) Politics, Language, Nature, Culture, Geographical Entities and Boundaries (regions, cities, nations, villages, communities), Resources, Race, Academic Disciplines, Activism, Disease, Social Movements, Money and Markets, Problems of Categorization, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Media, Regulatory Systems, Intervention, Gender, Transformation, Trauma, Emotion, Human Rights, Belief.
In the U.S. and elsewhere, people are currently expressing a heightened sense of crisis. The anxiety is sometimes reflected in the view that irrational external forces have turned against ordered political, economic, cultural and moral landscapes. What are the multiple readings of crisis and its outcomes in the many settings, societies, and historical periods studied by anthropologists and other scholars? How is crisis represented in the various genres and media of discourse? What does an ethnological framework offer in the way of conceptualizations, definitions, descriptions and analyses of crisis and its experiences, expressions and manifestations?
Ways to consider crisis and its relevance for ethnology could include:
How do moments of crisis throw light on existing social and cultural hierarchies or create new hierarchies?
Who is vulnerable to who is protected from crisis?
Histories of crisis that include issues of memory, genealogy and time.
Crisis as natural, as invented, as cultural, as moral, as technological.
War and militarism as crises.
Conflicts over land and natural resources.
Health and environmental crises.
Crises of boundaries.
Crisis in knowledge production within or across anthropology and other disciplines; crises in fieldwork, in representation, and being represented o Predicting and responding to crisis.
Language and rhetoric in the construction and experience of crisis.
The audiences for crisis.
Please submit your proposal ASAP (deadline for all submissions is January 15th, 2004). We invite the submission of proposals for panels, roundtables, poster sessions, and film and video screenings, as well as individual papers.
Please include the following: title, abstract of no more than 100 words, name, e-mail address and mailing address. Submissions can be emailed to conference organizer Gertrude Fraser.
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