Smith, John Charles, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, United Kingdom - To aid Third Oxford-Kobe Linguistics Seminar: 'The Linguistics of Endangered Languages,' 2006, St. Catherine's College, in collaboration with Dr. Peter K. Austin
'The Linguistics of Endangered Languages'
April 2-6, 2006, Kobe Institute, Kobe, Japan
Organizers: Dr. John Charles Smith and Dr. Masayoshi Shibatani (Kobe Institute), and Dr. Peter K. Austin (St. Catherine's College - Oxford)
The Third Oxford-Kobe Linguistics Seminar brought together distinguished scholars from inside and outside Japan to present their research in the dedicated academic environment and so define the 'state of the art' in their discipline. The two previous Linguistics Seminars dealt with 'Language Change and Historical Linguistics' (2002) and 'The History and Structure of Japanese' (2004). The topic of 'The Linguistics of Endangered Languages' was chosen as the focus of the seminar because to elaborate on the point (often made, but less frequently demonstrated) that the loss of endangered languages means the loss of unique and unusual linguistic features that we would otherwise have no knowledge of, and that the extinction of languages inevitably results in a poorer linguistics and a poorer language and cultural heritage for the world as a whole. In addition to invited papers, a poster session was convened to highlight the work of junior scholars and graduate students in the field.
Njau, Dr. Jackson, Indiana U., Bloomington, IN - To aid conference on 'Fifty Years after Homo Habilis: East African Association for Paleoanthropology & Paleontology (EAAPP),' 2015, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Saanane
Preliminary abstract: The East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) proposes to hold its fifth biannual conference in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 3-6 August 2015. EAAPP marks its 10th anniversary in 2015 at the height of commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Homo habilis (OH7), which the holotype specimens are now housed in the National Museum of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam. The goal of this conference is to bring East Africans, international researchers and cultural heritage managers together in a forum to share current research findings and knowledge on the status of human origins research fifty years after the discovery of H. habilis at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. This forum provides unique opportunity of discussions among scientists, curators etc. about research development, conservation, and curatorial management. The requested WGF grant will support travel, hotel and meals of approximately 22 researchers and curators from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, who don't have other means of support. The fund will enable them to present their work, enhance international exposure, and provide opportunity to share experience, forge collaborations with other scientists in innovative methods in anthropological research and conservation of paleoanthropological resources in Africa. At the core of this conference is raising public awareness and interest in science and conservation of fossils and archaeological material. In the last ten years we have rotated the conference in four countries, which have inspired strong interest and participation from the region. EAAPP conferences have proved instrumental in promoting cooperation among research groups in paleoanthropological hot-spots in EA. The current membership has tripled in the last 10 years. We have successfully engaged and inspired young Africans to pursue higher degree training in Anthropological disciplines. Ultimately, EAAPP seeks to bridge research and conservation by bringing together EA museums leadership through the Curators Forum that was formed during the 3rd EAAPP conference in Ethiopia 2011.
Kartari, Dr. Asker, Hacettepe U., Ankara, Turkey - To aid 5th InASEA conference on 'Migration, Communication, and Social Change,' 2009, Ankara, in collaboration with Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer
'Migration in, from, and to Southeastern Europe: Intercultural Communication, Social Changes, and Transnational Ties'
May 21-24, 2009, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Organizers: Asker Kartari (Hacettepe University) and Ulf Brunnbauer (University of Regensburg)
This was the 5th Conference of the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology -- the first international association of academics and researchers in the social sciences who concentrate on Southeast Europe. Ninety-nine specialists from Balkan and Western countries were brought together to consider the entire migration process in its
relevant social, economic, and political contexts and to facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue, transnational comparison, and attention to both migrant and host society perspectives. Papers presented at the conference will be published in volumes 13 and 14 of the journal Ethnologia Balkanica.
Tarducci, Dr. Monica Lucia del Valle, U. of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina - To aid 'I Coloquio Latinoamericano de Antropología Feminista,' 2013, U. of Buenos Aires, in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Edith Daich
'First Latin American Colloquium of Feminist Anthropologist (I CLAF)
August 22-23, 2013. U. Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Organizers: Dr. Mónica Tarducci (U. Buenos Aires), Dr. Deborah Daich (CONICET), and Victoria Keller
The First Latin American Colloquium of Feminist Anthropologists (I CLAF) brought together Latin American scholars to discuss and debate the challenges of academic production in this global world of changing political, cultural and economical contexts. Goals of the conference included bringing different research in dialogue with one another, reporting on the current progress and challenges of the discipline within the academic field in various countries, and debating the current contributions and tensions between feminist anthropology and anthropology, other social sciences, and the Latin American feminist movement. The colloquium was organized around four themes: 'Feminist Anthropology in a Global Context', 'Current Latin American Feminist Anthropology: What Happens in our Countries?', 'Feminist Anthropology, Women's Movement and Feminist Movement: Frictions and Articulations', and 'Feminist Anthropology and Public Policy: Contributions and Contradictions'. The panels were organized such that each established a dialogue between the panel to follow and the one that preceded it, foregrounding the complex articulations between feminist anthropology, women's and feminist movements, and the design and implementation of public policies in global contexts. One of the meeting's outcomes was a feminist anthropology network, created to further scholarly exchange between participants as well as promote opportunities for collaborative research.
Ozdogan, Dr. Mehmet, Istanbul U., Istanbul, Turkey - To aid '20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA),' 2014, Istanbul, in collaboration with Dr. Friedich Luth
Preliminary abstract: The European Association of Archaeologists' Annual Meetings started bridging the gap between East and West in 1994 and have become the main meeting forum for archaeologists in Europe. EAA Meetings stimulate academic debate in a variety of archaeological fields, but also enhance partnership with scholars working in related disciplines, like social anthropology. The Meetings allow especially colleagues from former socialist countries to establish professional and personal contacts that often develop into long-term co-operations. EAA Meetings attract an ever increasing number of attendees (1356 in 2013), many of whom are early-stage researchers (some 160 in 2013) seeking to discuss their results with established colleagues at an international level. This is attested also by the growing number of submissions for the Student Award, conferred on the best conference paper by a student or archaeologist working on a dissertation, and then published in the European Journal of Archaeology. As well as academic sessions and the poster exhibition, EAA Annual Meetings host a range of round tables and working party meetings where current themes in European Archaeology, as well as policies setting standards for professional practice and ethics, are discussed. These are often taken up by European institutions, such as the Council of Europe.
Lambek, Dr. Michael Joshua, U. of Toronto, Toronto, Canada - To aid workshop on 'The Anthropology of Ordinary Ethics,' 2008, U. Toronto
'The Anthropology of Ordinary Ethics'
October 3-6, 2008, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Organizer: Michael Joshua Lambek (University of Toronto)
Goals of this workshop were to advance anthropological theory by exploring the nature, grounds, and centrality of ethics for social life and, more particularly, to refine and elaborate an understanding of the ethical entailments of ordinary (everyday) speech and action. Participants in the workshop addressed the following central questions: What is the place of the ethical in human life and how might attention to the ethical impact on anthropological theory and enrich our understanding of thought, speech, and social action? Insofar as the ethical is implicit in human action, how do we render it visible? How can anthropology best draw from and contribute to philosophical debate and to a broader conceptualization and demonstration of the ethical in human life? A total of 21 socio-cultural and linguistic
anthropologists presented and discussed their pre-circulated papers, some of which were more conceptual while others drew upon and illustrated empirical research. Presenters also engaged with two philosophers, one political theorist, and four additional anthropologists as assigned discussants, plus a number of chairs and auditors. A volume of the papers has been accepted for publication by Fordham University Press.
Lambek, Michael (ed.) 2010. Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language, and Action. Fordham University Press: New York
Engelbrecht, Dr. Beate, Institute for Scientific Research, Goettingen, Germany - To aid conference on origins of visual anthropology: putting the past together, 2000, IWF- Institute for Scientific Film, in collaboration with Dr. Rolf Husmann
Awedoba, Dr. Albert K., U. of Ghana, Legon, Ghana - To aid 2004 conference of PAAA on local cultures and local meanings, localizing development strategies in the 21st century: the challenge of method, theory, and practice in African studies, U. of Ghana
'14th PAAA Annual Conference,' August 2-6, 2004, Legon, Ghana -- Organizer: Alber K. Awedoba (University of Ghana). Anthropologists and others in academia and the private sector congregated at the University of Ghana to reflect on contemporary issues confronting development in African communities and to suggest, through a synergy of experiences and skills, workable strategies and policy options. Opportunities were created for professional networking to enhance the setting of new directions for African Anthropology in the twenty-first century. Papers and discussions dealt with a variety of issues. It was urged that local languages be taken seriously in Africa's developmental effort. African family systems, it was observed, incorporated traditional social support systems; the impact of rapid socioeconomic change on these institutions, therefore, has serious implications; some of these implications - ageing, streetism, health, education, etc., were discussed. From the epistemological and pedagogical point of view, anthropology was observed to contribute to the study of the powerless and the voiceless, thus adding important dimensions to the discourse on development. The search for development should address education and ensure its appropriateness and response to continental, national, and community needs and progress; it should be universally available and accessible, especially to women. African livelihoods received critical reassessment. Children's issues, like women's issues, were pursued in the context of health and care, survival and globalization. Important questions were raised. The legitimacy of the street child being forcibly repatriated without improving the quality of village life was questioned. Should he/she not have a choice about where to reside and be equipped to make a decent living in the town or village? All the issues -- language, family, gender, education, livelihoods, migration, health and HIV/AIDS -- were viewed as intricately interwoven with questions of ethnicity, rights, conflict, governance, and democracy. As the challenges are multidimensional, so also the interventions needed to be multidisciplinary, integrated and focussed while not losing sight of the grassroots and their needs, concerns, and choices.
Verkaaik, Dr. Oskar, U. of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - To aid workshop on 'Religion and Sexuality in Post-Colonial Europe: Between Categorization and Transcendence,' 2009, Amsterdam
'Religion and Sexuality in Post-Colonial Europe: Between Categorization and Transcendence'
January 29-30, 2009, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Organizer: Oskar Verkaaik (University of Amsterdam)
On the one hand, religion and sexuality are core markers in identity politics and the culturalization of citizenship, especially, but not only, in Europe today; on the other hand, religion and sexuality have the potential to transcend these very normative and cultural boundaries. This workshop explored this paradox in an ethnographic, sociological and historical way. Two main themes of the workshop were the construction of discourses on religion and sexuality in today’s new nationalisms, and the way groups of people appropriate and experience sexuality and religion against the background of the nationalist
projects. The discussions centered on how religion and sexuality are at the heart of postcolonial processes of 'othering' and sources of the authentic, subjective and sublime. The discussion focused partly on secularization and its religious -- more precisely, Christian -- genealogy. Participants explored the notion of a secular sexuality as public norm and as a
source of authenticity for both pious believers and secularists. These 'sexular' practices of self-understanding and authentification are experienced through the body. Therefore, the body became an important concept participants used to think with in their debates about the intersection of religion and sexuality.