American Ethnological Society and Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Spring Conference 2013
April 11-13, 2013
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Library of Social Science will be present for a book exhibit. For info, click here.
Plenary speakers: We have three plenary talks, all on the theme of invisible modes of power.
1) APLA President Susan Bibler Coutin (UC-Irvine) and AES President Sally Merry (New York U): “Technologies of Truth in the Anthropology of Conflict.”
2) Katherine Verdery (CUNY Graduate Center): “The Invisible Powers of the Romanian Secret Police.”
3) Carolyn Nordstrom (U Notre Dame): “Wars of the Future: Invisible Modes of Power.”
Film rough-cut screening of Exit Zero, hosted by Christine Walley (MIT), the film’s co-producer and co-writer (with Chris Boebel). Directed and edited by Chris Boebel. Walley is also author of the 2013 autoethnography Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago. http://www.exitzeroproject.org/.
From the events of September 11 to the war in Iraq, from the Arab spring to Greek riots, from the invasion of Afghanistan to the occupation of Wall Street, the opening of the new millennium has witnessed a burst of new forms of conflict around the world. For anthropologists, these events have raised profound questions both about the nature of human conflict and about the place of our discipline within it. How should anthropologists understand the new forms of conflict that increasingly dominate the world stage? In what ways do we need to rethink our accustomed notions of power, of nation, of technology, and of the relationship between individual and group? And how do we situate ourselves, scientifically and morally, amid the contending groups whose cultures we study?
In April of 2013, the American Ethnological Society and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology will explore these questions at our joint Spring Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. We invited proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and special events that interrogate the place of conflict in anthropological thought and practice. Subjects include:
- Anthropologists in conflict zones
- Meanings of power in the contemporary world
- The ethics of anthropological engagement with military authorities
- Law and violence
- The meanings of protest on the international stage
- Practices of conflict resolution, repair, and reconciliation
- The changing role of the nation-state
- Religion and power in contemporary conflicts
- The role of the legal process in times of conflict
- Conflict and the surveillance state
- Changing understandings of religious fundamentalism
- Anthropological ethics in a time of violence
- The role and influence of diaspora populations in conflict
- Ethnography of specific conflict arenas – e.g., the Occupy movement, Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Arab Spring, the European austerity revolts, the War on Terror, the Tea Party movement
A) Methodological and Ethical Issues in Ethnographic Research on Conflict and Violence, led by Carolyn Nordstrom (U of Notre Dame) and Sally Engle Merry (NYU) (subsidy available)
B) Managing Careers, Balancing Personal Life, led by Andrew Buckser (Purdue U) (subsidy available)
C) Becoming a Practicing Anthropologist, led by Riall Nolan (Purdue U) (subsidy available)
D) Conflict and New Media, led by Ilana Gershon (Indiana U) (subsidy available)
Recent PhDs are welcome to participate in the "Becoming a Practicing Anthropologist" workshop (no subsides for you, sorry!)
We also are offering a workshop at the spring meetings called "Grant Proposal Writing for Recent PhDs," facilitated by Susan Greenhalgh (Harvard U) and Jeffrey Mantz (NSF) (no subsidy for this one!).
Find detailed workshop descriptions and info on how to register here: Spring 2013 Workshops.
The books to be discussed are:
- Murder Leaves Its Mark: A Hawaii Mystery by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, led by Sally Engle Merry (NYU)
- Cop Killer, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, led by Barbara Yngvesson (Hampshire College)
- Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann (2008), led by Tracey Heatherington (UW-Milwaukee)
- The Rapture of the Nerds: A tale of singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, led by Bernie Perley (UW-Milwaukee)
Click for the Preliminary Program
Hotel information: The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Chicago – Magnificent Mile, 300 East Ohio St., Chicago, Illinois 60611. (312)787-6100. Conference Registrants receive a special rate of $159 per night for single, double, or triple occupancy. All rooms include high-speed Internet access for no additional charge.