9th EASA Biennial Conference: Europe and the World

9th EASA Biennial Conference: Europe and the World

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
Wills Memorial Building
United Kingdom
From - Until
01.05.2006 -
Jackson, Rohan

Our 9th biennial conference encourages us to consider the global dimensions of particular ethnographic encounters. The wider interconnections, the spread of ideas, the dynamic relationships and processes which shape the everyday activity of social life; these lie increasingly at the centre of our methodological and theoretical preoccupations as anthropologists. Mediated by individual, institutional, national developments of enormous complexity, this link between global interchange and local creativity deserves our systematic attention and analysis.

Europe and the World, the specific title of our gathering, provides us with an opportunity to reconsider these ideas close to home and far away: Europe, inevitably, has set part of the epistemological background of our everyday working lives, and, has both for good and for bad, had profound wider influence. The rest of the world, the recipient and the partner in this exchange, may watch, interact, protest, suffer and readapt. We invite you to consider this from the point of view of your fieldwork, writing, analytical perspective, and experience.

The ninth biennial conference location, in the historic maritime city of Bristol, immediately gives precision to this theme in a number of ways: the diffusion of ideas, the growth of mercantilism and international trade, the relationship between diasporas and cultural change, and the extremely complex social phenomenon of empire, invasion and occupation in its widest sense are all quite crucial to the social history of the city and the region, yet at the same time resonate throughout human societies more widely in both modern and pre-modern periods.

From this plethora of possibilities, delegates are invited to consider some of the following further specific areas, upon which there will be invited workshops. Amongst these are Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Persons; The Black Atlantic; Diasporas and Migrant Labours; Unification of Europe; Museums and the Colonial Past; Medical Anthropology, Europe and the World; Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter Revisited; Ambivalent Europeans. There will also be three plenary sessions, on Markets and Cultures; Colonial Legacies; and Diffusion, Religion and Secularism respectively, and a round table specifically on Eastern Europe as a field of anthropological enquiry.


Call for papers

We have received an unprecedented number of workshop proposals, a very large proportion of which link directly or indirectly to the theme. The dynamic intellectual possibilities that such a creative engagement implies are extremely exciting.

You can download a pdf of the short abstracts of all the workshops by clicking here. However for more detailed information use the pages on this site.
The process

You will find a complete list of workshops here. Clicking on the workshop titles, will take you to detailed pages for each workshop. If you would like to propose a paper for any of the workshops listed, please go to the detailed page for the workshop you are interested in; then click on the Propose paper link that follows the workshop abstract. Complete the forms which follow, providing contact details, paper title, a short abstract, and audio-visual (AV) needs; and the information will be sent automatically to the workshop convenors.
Please do not submit abstracts to convenors directly within emails or as attachments. All proposals must come through the online forms.

Workshop convenors will decide whether or not the paper can be included in their workshop. Workshop convenors undertake to give a prompt reply, at the very latest within two weeks.

EASA's rules prohibit delegates from giving more than one full paper, (although they may act as discussants or a convenor in another workshop). For this reason, please do not make multiple applications unless your proposal has been declined by the workshop convenor you first approached. If you have not heard back from the convenors, use the Mail convenors link on the detailed workshop page, to request a response.

If your proposal is not accepted by any workshop, you may still be able to register it for a poster presentation.
Rules on membership/registration

Please note, in order for your proposal to be accepted, you must:

- be an active member of EASA or a Special Guest* and
- be registered for the conference.

You may submit a paper proposal without first applying for membership or registering, however you will be required to do these subsequently if your paper is to be accepted. No paper proposal will be included in the programme whose proposer has not fulfilled these criteria.

* A Special Guest is someone who does not fulfil the criteria to become an EASA member, but nevertheless wishes to participate in the conference. To apply for this status, please click here before registering.
Length of paper/presentation

Paper givers should assume that they have a nominal slot of 30 minutes in the programme. This will usually mean that a paper lasts for 20-25 minutes, and discussion for 5-10 minutes follow. Convenors will be responsible for the strict application of this rule. We believe very strongly that a good length of time to present a paper is very important. However, in turn, please do not prepare a presentation which is longer than this.

The deadline for paper proposals is 1st May 2006. If you have a paper you wish to be included in the conference, please propose it to a workshop as soon as you can. Workshop convenors will confirm their selection with the conference organisers by 15th May 2006.

Any proposals received after these dates, will be treated as sympathetically as possible, but please note that the most popular workshops are very likely to be full.

Contact (announcement)

Rohan Jackson
EASA06 Conference administrator

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