ASA2021: Responsibility

The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK’s 2021 conference will be hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, but will take place online from 29 March - 1 April.

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Who is responsible? Where does responsibility lie? Between whom? Towards what? Who shares responsibility and upon whose authority is responsibility named? These are questions that anthropologists regularly encounter both in the field and in the archive, in their relations with bureaucracy, and with regard to anthropology’s multiple and diverse audiences. These are also questions, we are told, that are pressingly contemporary in nature. Talk about an era of ‘post-truth’ or about the predicament of expert knowledge, alongside talk about the challenges of the Anthropocene and a crisis of austerity, all fold into particular discussions of responsibility. Continue reading.


Panels are invited under the following sub-themes:
Who speaks, and for whom?
Health, disease and wellbeing
Morality and legality
Irresponsibility and failure

Key datesCall for Papers: 4 Dec to 28 Dec
Papers selected by convenors: 11 Jan
Early Bird registration: 1 Feb-1 March


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