Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Washington, D.C., November 29 – December 3, 2017
Re-Examining Minority Nationalism: Renewing Anthropological
Interest in the Celtic Fringe
While gaining increased attention in recent months, as the implications of Brexit begin to unfold, the ‘Celtic Fringe’ remains an under-studied region of Anthropological inquiry, due to a perceived Western-centricity. Yet, the complexities of the nations that compose the Celtic Fringe, notably through the lens of nationalism and political pluralism, beg ongoing and intensive investigation. Interestingly, the Celtic nations including Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, as well as the uneasy fit of Northern Ireland in the preceding category, all present highly opportune and timely sites of research on any number of meaningful contemporary topics of study. The political, social, linguistic, ideological, economic, and environmental landscapes within each of these nations, as well as considering these ‘minority nations’ as a whole relative to the more powerful and dominant national contexts in which they are situated, rival the complexity of said environments in more traditional locations of Anthropological investigation. Accordingly, the intent of this panel is to highlight the current Anthropological research taking place in the Celtic Fringe. We acknowledge that the term Celtic Fringe is a roughly ascribed and imprecise term, rather than completely representative or inclusively definitive of the nations referenced above. With that said, we seek to unpack this under-studied category, and aim to include timely papers from researchers both within as well as outside the above listed nations, in order to fully harness both central Anthropological perspectives–the emic and etic, to provide highly relevant insight into this region of the world.
We are seeking papers, which align with the intent of our panel. Please submit your proposed paper abstract by March 31, to Nory Kaplan-Kelly at [email protected] and Kimberly Berg at [email protected].
Accepted panels will be notified by April 7th, and will be expect to submit their respective abstract by April 14th.