With apologies for cross-posting, please find below a Call for Papers for a panel to be held during the IUAES2016 Inter-Congress in Dubrovnik, 4-9 May 2016.
Panel title: Global complexity and local entanglements: Public anthropologies in/of late industrialism
Panel short abstract: The panel aims to explore different forms of public anthropologies in/of late industrialism and problematize contemporary interrelated systems of global and local interdependencies, which incessantly are being reconstituted through the interactions of numerous scales, variables and forces.
Following Kim Fortun, we argue that the contemporary world can be defined in terms of late industrialism, which features the entanglements of global and local, government and business, law and politics, nature and science. It embraces various social, cultural, political, economic and technical nested systems, which are involved in multiple interactions. Therefore, various contemporary discourses and practices should be analyzed as spaces of deliberation, working through problems and encounters aimed to provoke new idioms for grasping and attending to current realities. They create a sort of polyvocal entity, however, understood not in terms of pluralism as such, but rather in terms of “performing the labor of difference”. We argue that the proposed approach to the contemporary can result in engaging anthropology in public in a more critical manner.
The panel seeks to recapture the holistic perspective of anthropological endeavor without lapsing into simplistic universalizations, homogenizations and unifications. By means of ethnographically and theoretically informed case studies, we aim to enhance the existing anthropological knowledge about interconnected and mutually depended realms of the late industrial condition. Thereby, it will also explore different forms of publically and critically engaged anthropologies, which deal with current global and local entanglements by avoiding the teleological understanding of activism. We invite all the authors, whose anthropological insights may shed a new light on various issues of the contemporary world including, but not limited to: migration and mobility, gender and sexuality, social movements, political and economic strategies in the age of neoliberal capitalism.
The deadline for submitting a paper is 31 January 2016. If you are interested in our panel, please visit the website and follow the instructions: http://iuaes2016.com
Monika Baer (Convenor) Marek Pawlak (Co-Convenor)
University of Wroclaw Jagiellonian University in Cracow