Re-thinking community in contemporary anthropology
Annual Conference of the ASAANZ
13-15 December 2009, The Yacht Club Hotel, Picton, New Zealand
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 1st September 2009
DEADLINE FOR ADDITIONAL PANELS: 1st June 2009
This is a call for both theoretical and empirical papers that engage the idea of “community” in its broadest sense(s). We invite participants to join with us in defining, imagining, re-working and assessing the meaning of community for contemporary anthropological projects and for contemporary anthropologists. This might include for example digital culture (such as Michael Wesch’s recent work on the anthropology of Youtube, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAO-lZ4_hU ) or more traditional anthropological studies of place (or non-place) and the variety of community experiences (or contemporaneous solitudes) they produce. Where and what are the new sacred places in the contemporary world and their associated moral communities? With what forms of governance are these new communities associated? How do we now experience belonging, identity, and ‘good clean fun’? Who are the new ‘outsiders’? Some papers may look reflexively at our own profession: for example, what is our community of practice, i.e., where are we working, with whom, and in what ways? Who makes up the community of learners in anthropology?
This conference celebrates the community of anthropologists living and/or researching in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and also invites papers from around the world.
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