CALL FOR PAPERS for AAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, December 2 - 6, 2009, in PHILADELPHIA
Rhetorics of Prognostication
Paper proposals are invited for the panel, "The Rhetorics of Prognostication" for the American Anthropological Associations' Meetings in 2009.
In keeping with this year's theme of "The End/s of Anthropology," this panel seeks to investigate what contemporary rhetorics of prognostication are and how they function in a range of contexts. The regional focus is open and submissions in any format/medium - papers, films, performances, etc are welcome.
What are the means available for communicating the future and what are the stakes of such communication?
What is the time of prognostication? From everyday practices to five year plan how does the temporality of prognostication shape both the future and the rhetorics used to communicate the prognostication
What types of signs predict in the contemporary world?
How do practices of prognostication work in shaping futures? How is the future imagined and made present in acts of prognostication?
Is prognostication one of the aims of contemporary anthropology as a discipline?
This panel explores similarities, overlaps and dissonances in different modes of prognostications from omens to be interpreted to medical diagnoses, financial speculations to weather forecasts,risk analyses to religious prophesies, political predictions to fortune telling and dream interpretation.
Seeking submissions in any format/medium - papers, films, performances, etc. Abstracts must be received by March 6, 2009. Please send them to:
Zeynep Devrim Gürsel
Michigan Society of Fellows
Department of Anthropology
University of Michigan
101 C. West Hall
1085 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 - 1107
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