Habeck, Dr. Joachim Erich, Max Planck Institute, Halle, Germany - To aid workshop on 'Gender Shift in Northern Communities of Russia,' 2008, Estonia, in collaboration with Dr. Olga Alekseevna Povoroznyuk
'Gender Shift in Northern Communities of Russia'
May 2-6, 2008, Cesvaine, Latvia
Organizers: Joachim Otto Habeck (Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany), Olga Povoroznyuk (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) and Virginie Vaté (EPHE-CNRS, Paris, France).
Over the last decades, male and female relations in the Russian North have been subjected to radical changes through a bundle of processes that the organizers tentatively call 'gender shift.' Workshop participants sought to develop more nuanced understandings of gender and familial relations in rural and urban communities during Soviet and post-Soviet times. With changing scopes of action and patterns of behavior, ideas about the roles of women and men and their interrelations have altered in many ways, some of which appear to be specific to Northern communities. The workshop brought together anthropologists and sociologists from Russia, several EU countries and the United States. Experts on Siberian mobile pastoralism intensively engaged with feminist theory, and sociologists working in gender studies challenged the concept of gender contract with the materials from remote Northern communities. The workshop outline and paper abstracts will shortly be available on www.eth.mpg.de and www.iea.ras.ru.
Bourguignon, Dr. Erika, Columbus, OH - To aid preparation of personal research materials for archival deposit with the Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library - Historical Archives Program
Montoya Bermejo, Dr. Ainhoa, U. Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain - To aid workhop on 'FAQs about Open Access: The Politics of Publishing in Anthropology,' 2014, Madrid, in collaboration with Marta Perez Perez
Preliminary abstract: The proposed workshop will seek to address relevant questions and dilemmas regarding contemporary discussions about Open Access taking place across the world. It will focus on the specific ways in which these discussions concern anthropologists and their work. The event will aim to foster discussion on three key aspects related to the promotion of free-of-charge and unrestricted access to anthropological research outputs: 1) It will provide a forum in which to compare different traditions of publishing and both long-standing and recent Open Access proposals so as to assess the advantages and limitations of each and the additional barriers, beyond subscription, that they may raise or maintain. 2) It will bring together professionals from different fields (scholars, publishers and policymakers) in order to put forth sustainable and non-discriminatory formulas of free access to anthropological knowledge. 3) It will explore the ways in which ethnographic research on Open Access and any issues thereof has the potential to inform public debates on Open Access and proposals to implement it. While the workshop will focus on how Open Access debates concern anthropologists and their research specifically, it will surely yield insights that can be relevant for discussions on this issue across the social sciences.
Hittman, Dr. Michael, Brooklyn, NY - To aid preparation of personal research materials for archival deposit with Special Collections, Univesity of Nevada Libraries, Reno, NV - Historical Archives Program
Tunstall, Dr. Elizabeth, Swineburne U. of Tech, Melbourne, Australia; & Hang Dr. Hai, China Central Academy of Fine Arts - To aid research on 'Living Blue: Design Anthropology & the Designer's Role in the Shifting Meanings of Indigo in India & China'
Preliminary abstract: This international collaborative research grant proposal outlines a multi-sited project to study the role of designers in the shifting cultural meanings of indigo dyes in contemporary China and India. In the project, four international research partners will conduct two field study trips and two Design Anthropology workshops with students. During each field study trip, the partners will spend four weeks at indigo dyeing and weaving field sites in Uravakonda, Andhra Pradesh and Damadka, Kutch, Gujarat, India (October-November 2014) and in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China (September-October 2015). Framed by the emerging discipline of Design Anthropology (e.g. how design translates values into experience with which people can directly respond), the purpose of the field research is to evaluate the use of Design Anthropology approaches in India and China. Specifically, the project explores the experiences of those who produce and use indigo dyes, as affected by designers, in order to determine the gap between the values expressed and the people's contemporary lived experiences. The project seeks to use this knowledge to define India and China specific Design Anthropologies.
Panella, Dr. Cristiana, Royal Museum for Cenral Africa, Tervuren, Belgium - To aid conference on 'Norms in the Margins and Margins of the Norm. The Social Construction of Illegality,' 2012, Tervuren, Brussels, and Leuven
'Norms in the Margins and Margins of the Norm. The Social Construction of Illegality'
October 25-27, 2012, Tervuren, Brussels, and Leuven, Belgium
Organizer: Dr. Cristiana Panella (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren)
The international conference represented an interdisciplinary dialogue between social anthropologists, political scientists, historians, sociologists, and historians around social and political production of illegality and of norms. Thus, plenary lectures and papers pertained both to the production of the categories of illegality and to the production of ethical categories in the underworld, while stressing the intertwining and ambiguous entanglements of legal and illegal networks and creation of moral economies. The conference took place in three locations: the Royal Museum for Central Africa (opening session), the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ten panels), and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (ending lecture). Panels analyzed from different approaches the shifting spaces of legality and morality and structural interfaces between legal and illegal frames, by focusing on themes including: moralities of 'illegal' actors; legal/illegal in post-socialist states; capitalism and the countryside; sovereignty issues of political mobilization and youth; informality and urban governance; governmentality of crime; legal/illegal encounters through different spheres of value; new challenges of museums; and everyday corruption. This conference has opened new theoretical and comparative spaces for a cross-cutting analysis of 'illegal contexts' through co-acting multiple spheres of value.
Johnson, Amber, Kirksville, MO - To aid preparation of the personal research materials of Dr. Lewis Binford for archival deposit with the Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State U., Kirksville, MO - Historical Archives Program
De Neve, Dr. Geert, U. of Sussex, Brighton, UK - To aid workshop on 'Accounting for Health and Safety in the Global Garment Industry,' 2014, U. of Sussex, in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Prentice
'Accounting for 'Health' and 'Safety' in the Global Garment Industry'
June 26-27, 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
Organizers: Geert De Neve and Rebecca Prentice (U. Sussex)
The 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza (an eight-story commercial building housing garment factories in Bangladesh), a spate of factory fires across Asia, and mass protests by workers and their allies have exposed the failure of neoliberal ethical governance regimes in the global garment industry. Deaths, injuries, and unsafe factory environments continue to shape the working lives of garment workers across the globe, despite more than 30 years of corporate self-regulation via ethical standards and certifications, including now widely adopted labor codes on health and safety. Funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, this two-day workshop brought together leading anthropologists and ethnographers working on the global garment industry. The workshop examined the relationship between the politics of labor and initiatives to protect workers' 'health' and 'safety' in various parts of the world. Taking an ethnographic and comparative perspective, the workshop discussed garment workers' lived realities, paying careful attention to the material infrastructures, regimes of governance, and labor relations that shape their everyday experience of work and health.