Finnish Anthropology Conference 2011 - University of Helsinki
Dynamic Anthropology: Tensions between Theory and Practice.
October 5th (Ethnographic Films, Westermarck Memorial Lecture – Joel Robbins)
October 6th – 7th Keynote Speakers and Workshops
Call for Workshop Proposals. Deadline 29.4.2011
One of the many legacies of the intellectual revolution of the 60s and 70s was the acknowledgment that anthropological theorization up until that time had principally addressed the concerns of people in Western societies: industrialized, capitalist, bureaucratic. For theory to have ‘value’ depended on how it could be harnessed to promote key societal projects. The projects have changed but it is a legacy that still generates numerous tensions: the proliferation of frequently short-lived anthropological theory after the 60s (Ortner’s ‘shreds and patches’); the postmodern critique of metanarratives and a retreat into ethnography and phenomenology; the pendulum swing back to a demand for stronger anthropological theory in the 21st century, in concert with the notion of ‘concept metaphors’; the bilateral career paths of applied anthropology – in the service of state and military organizations, corporations and NGOs – or scholarly anthropology with its emphasis on the importance of indigenous perspectives and the cultural specificity of Western projects. These – mostly productive – tensions are what make anthropology what it is today.
This conference invites participants to look beyond conventional divides and to explore and engage with theoretical, methodological, political and ethical questions from every perspective. Some suggested (but by no means limiting) topics include the discussion of new research fields (e.g. ‘affect’, computer culture, communication technology, globalities) or new approaches in anthropology's traditional areas of concern; contemporary methodologies (e.g. participatory action research, visual anthropology, discourse-centred); exploration of concept metaphors such as nature, space, body and scale; or productive pathways to syncretizing anthropological theory and empirical data in specific research fields.
Please send proposals for workshops – with a list of potential participants if this is already known – to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29th April 2011. Calls for individual papers will follow.
Conference languages: Finnish, English, Swedish (all papers in each session to be delivered in the same language). See further information as it becomes available on the webpage of the Finnish Anthropological Society: http://www.antropologinenseura.fi/en/events/
Marie-Louise Karttunen Ph.D.
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
P.O. Box 59 (Unioninkatu 38 D)
00014 University of Helsinki
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