Conferences – Call for Papers

ASA18: Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology

The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018 conference will be jointly hosted by the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) of the University of Oxford, including the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. It will take place on 18–21 September 2018. The Call for Panels is now open and closes on 26 February.

  • Date: 18.09.2018 – 21.09.2018
  • Institution: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA)
  • Location: Oxford / Großbritannien

The ASA invites scholars from all areas of anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, geography and other neighbouring disciplines to propose panels to the 2018 conference 'Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology' that will be held in Oxford, 18-21 September 2018. The conference also aims to provide a forum to take forward the ASA's proposal for a UK Anthropology Network (UKAN).

One of the major debates within anthropology is the question of how to bridge approaches primarily concerned with the social, and those primarily focused on the material, the physical, or the biological. Much recent anthropology, from a variety of theoretical perspectives, seeks to overcome artificial conceptual divisions, either by proposing new (often hybrid) ontologies or simply by pursuing problems that challenge conventional boundaries.

ASA18 aims to address this key question directly: if sociality, matter, and the imagination are reconsidered from multiple perspectives across the discipline, how might we renew and re-create anthropology? What kinds of theoretical, methodological, and ethical concerns are raised by this potential re-creation? 

Working with a very broad definition of ‘the material’—potentially including linguistic, biological, genetic, neurological, environmental, and evolutionary factors—the conference aims to advance debates on sociality and matter, the imagination and creativity, and therefore on what it is to be human in a rapidly changing world.

Contributions to the conference will be organized according to the following four sub-themes:

  1. Language and imagination,
  2. Creative Bodies,
  3. Environmental Imaginations,
  4. Transformation and Time.


Please read more about the theme, the UKAN initiative, the Call for Panels rules and instructions, and then propose a panel!

The Call for Panels will close at 23:59 GMT on 26th February.

Additional links:

https://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa18/

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