Intl. Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences, Manchester, UK (through IUAES org. John Gledhill) - To aid travel to 17th Congress of IUAES: Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds, 2013, Manchester
'Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds: The 17th Congress of the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences'
August 5-10, 2013, Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Organizer: Dr. John Gledhill (Manchester U.)
This truly global congress brought together 1260 anthropologists from sixty-five countries to present 1283 papers in 211 parallel session panels, which successfully promoted dialogue between scholars from different countries and across sub-field boundaries. This networking will be consolidated in the future through the system of IUAES commissions that was reinvigorated at the event. The use of thematic tracks for the parallel sessions worked well in producing innovative and focused panels, the Museum Anthropology track involved international conversations that included countries such as China, and the Visual Anthropology program included several imaginative complements to the normal film-screenings and panel presentations. Wenner-Gren's central role in the promotion of world anthropology and the IUAES was entertainingly presented in Leslie Aiello's inaugural keynote address. Lourdes Arizpe and Howard Morphy gave additional keynotes sponsored by ASA and RAI respectively. Three plenaries consisted of debates between four key speakers, with additional audience participation, another well-received innovation that sharpened the presentation of issues and ensured global diversity amongst the plenary speakers. The final plenary was a panel discussion on World Anthropologies. This and two other panels were sponsored by WCAA. Edited videos of the plenary sessions are now available on YouTube, and various print publications are also in preparation.
Valdez, Natali Theresa, U. of California, Irvine, CA - To aid research on 'Anticipating the Reproduction of Obesity: An Examination of Standardization, Speculation, and Temporality,' supervised by Dr. Michael Montoya
Preliminary abstract: Obesity is a growing concern among public health researchers, doctors, and health workers around the world. This project explores the entanglement between global health policies, standards of obesity, and the use of behavioral interventions among overweight pregnant women. In an effort to reduce the risk of obesity in future generations, two clinical trials, one in the United States and one in the United Kingdom are using behavioral Interventions on overweight or obese, ethnically diverse, pregnant women. These are the only two (and among the first) longitudinal, multi-sited, randomized clinical trials, which are currently targeting this population and implementing these kinds of interventions. By focusing on these clinical trials, as vehicles of knowledge production and behavioral interventions used during pregnancy, I will analyze the implications, methods of standardization, and policies, involved in speculating about future epidemics for which pregnancy is viewed as the locus of intervention.
Pina Cabral, Dr. Joao de, U. of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal - To aid conference on 'An Epistemology for Anthropology,' 2007, U. of Lisbon, in collaboration with Dr. Christina Toren
'An Epistemology for Anthropology'
20-23 September, 2007, Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal
Organizers: João de Pina-Cabral (Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon) and Christina Toren (St. Andrew's University, Scotland)
This closed symposium brought together 12 scholars from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, Japan, Portugal, Scotland, and Spain to discuss the question, 'What are the epistemological implications for the undertaking of both anthropology and ethnography today?' In the ensuing debate, while it became clear that a number of concepts in the papers were being understood differently by the participants and that there were sharp disagreements concerning the theoretical agenda, the richness of the debate and the way it threw back on the meaning of the papers was perhaps the most evident sign of how necessary and timely this symposium was.
White, Dr. Frances J., U. of Oregon, Eugene, OR - To aid workshop on 'Human Warfare: An Integrative Anthropological Prospective,' 2008, U. of Oregon, in collaboration with Dr. Douglas Kennett
'Human Warfare: An Integrative Anthropological Perspective'
October 16-18, 2008, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Organizers: Frances J. White and Douglas Kennett, University of Oregon
This meeting addressed the need for an integrated model of the ancestral conditions that led to the emergence of warfare and/or to adaptations that evolved in response to those pressures. To this end, the conference brought together scholars from diverse anthropological sub-disciplines (e.g. primatology, paleo-anthropology, archaeology, behavioral ecology, ethnography) and related disciplines (e.g. political science, psychology, economics, evolutionary biology) whose work has significantly advanced knowledge on this topic but who would not otherwise have occasion to meet. The conference resulted in a book proposal, which has been enthusiastically received by Oxford University Press and will soon be sent out for review. This volume will constitute the first comprehensive evolutionary treatment of the ecological, social, and psychological processes involved in warfare.
Faircloth, Dr. Charlotte R., U. of Kent, Kent, UK - To aid workshop on 'What's New about 'Parenting'? Comparative Studies in Kinship, Self and Politics,' 2012, U. of Kent, in collaboration with Dr. Diane M. Hoffman
Preliminary Abstract: Drawing on perspectives from the new kinship studies, medical anthropology and reproduction, this workshop will discuss the nascent 'anthropology of parenting'. A trend towards 'intensive' parenting has been widely noted by a range of social scientists working in middle class milieux across the UK, US, Australia and Canada, yet the ways in which parents' and families' experiences have been affected by this shift -- in short, the transformation of 'parent' from a noun to a verb, 'parenting' -- is not a topic, so far, that has been explored significantly within anthropology. This workshp therefore develops a 2010 AAA panel, 'What's new about parenting?' by seeking to examine the sociocultural significance of 'parenting' as a subject of professional expertise, and activity in which adults are increasingly expected to be emotionally absorbed and find personally fulfilling. Selected contributors to that panel, in conjunction with other invited authors, are working to formalise this new 'anthropology of parenting' via a foundational collection of essays, that we intend to discuss at this workshop. (Our proposal is currently under review with Berghahn Books). The workshop would help locate 'parenting' as a central and contested site where parents' and children's personhood, family ties, and unequal political economic relations are (re) produced. Whilst this 'intensive parenting' ideology has emerged from specific (middle-class) settings, it nevertheless has far-reaching implications both within and beyond these settings. We would therefore include discussion of issues around parenting, class and race, in a range of ethnographic locales, from Europe, Canada and the US, as well non-Euro-American settings (including Turkey, Chile and Brazil). In enabling us to come together at the University of Kent in 2012 to discuss this proposed volume, this workshop grant would foster an international community of scholars, and help establish the 'anthropology of parenting' as a discrete and critical anthropological field.
Faircloth, Charlotte, Diane M. Hoffman, and Linda L. Layne (eds.) 2013. Parenting in Global Perspective: Negotiating Ideologies of Kinship, Self and Politics. Relationships and Resources, Series Editors Janet Holland and Rosalind Edwards. Routledge: London and New York.
Sen, Dr. Atreyee, U. of Manchester, Manchester, UK - To aid ASA conference on 'Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World,' 2012, New Delhi, India, in collaboration with Dr. James Fairhead
'Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA12)'
April 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
Organizers: Dr. Atreyee Sen (U. Manchester) & Dr. James Fairhead (U. Sussex)
About 500 delegates from South Asia and overseas attended the ASA12 conference, 'Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World,' hosted by the Centre for Arts and Aesthetics and the Centre for the Study of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The delegates investigated art and aesthetics in their widest senses and experiences, from a variety of perspectives and in numerous contexts branching from the metaphysical to the political. Moving beyond art as expressions of the inner mind and inventions of the individual self, conference presentations explored changing perceptions of contemporary art and aesthetics, and mapped globalizing currents in a number of areas and regions. Along with the fifty-two panels and three plenary sessions, delegates were encouraged to reassess assumptions about 'arts and aesthetics,' and stimulated to consider clusters of themes including anthropological understandings of contemporary artworlds, artistic practice, and indigenous arts and crafts. Financial support helped twelve overseas students and forty-seven delegates from South Asia to attend the conference. An edited volume consisting of sixteen chapters selected from the plenary and panels is now being compiled for publication by Berg in 2014.