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CFP: Arctic Domus team members convening panels at EASA2018, abstracts due 9 April

CFP: Arctic Domus team members convening panels at EASA2018, abstracts due 9 April
13 March - 09 April 2018

Arctic Domus team members are covening the following panels at the upcoming European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) biennial conference. The conference will be held at Stockholm University from 14-17 August 2018.

The Call for Papers is now open and closes at 23:59 CET on 9 April 2018.

Should you wish to submit an abstract for one of the panels, please follow the online form intructions via the links below.


Panel Title: Liveability in a Time of Ecological Destruction [Humans and Other Living Beings Network] (P019)

Convenors: Sara Asu Schroer (University of Aberdeen) and Charlotte Marchina (IIAS) 

Short Abstract: This panel centres on the notion of liveability in a time in which human activity on the planet has had large-scale destructive influence on ecologies and the myriad more-than-human lifeworlds that constitute them.

Long Abstract: This panel centres on the notion of liveability in a time in which human activity on the planet has had large-scale destructive influence on ecologies and the myriad more-than-human lifeworlds that constitute them. We are interested in exploring how people imagine liveable ecologies. How is their sense of belonging and responsibility shaped by the experience of ecological destruction and loss? What actions do they take? What hopes, visions and expectations do they have for the future? How do these clash with what is possible and what has already been lost (e.g. in community projects, environmental activism, rewilding or de-extinction initiatives)? We are particularly interested in approaches that seek to move environmental anthropology 'beyond the human' by opening analysis up to nonhuman beings as active participants in shared social worlds. How is human and nonhuman wellbeing interconnected? What can be gained from attuning to more-than-human temporalities and materials when addressing questions of liveability and ecological ethics? The questions this panel raises can be explored through different ethnographic contexts and narratives be it for instance in relation to rural communities, urban ecological activists, laboratory scientists or ecologists. We invite contributions from anthropology but also from other disciplines such as human geography, history of science, science and technology studies or archaeology.

Submit your abstract here.


Panel Title: Linguistic agency and responsibility in (im-)mobility (P061)

Convenors: Laura Siragusa (University of Helsinki) and Jenanne Ferguson (University of Nevada-Reno)

Short Abstract: This panel tackles mobility from a linguistic-anthropological point of view and places language at the center of our investigation. We invite papers examining what happens to ways of speaking/writing when people remain in their homeland, move away, and/or settle somewhere else.

Long Abstract: This panel introduces a broad linguistic-anthropological perspective to mobility. By using language as a point of departure, we seek to explore the social dynamics of what mobility means for people in terms of language retention, change or loss, as well as the kinds of narratives that are created and circulated by-and through-mobility. In investigating what it means for a language to be 'local,' Alastair Pennycook (2010, 136) proposes seeing language itself as a "geography of linguistic happenings." What does it mean for language to be(come) local, or global? What new meanings does language take on when its speakers move? How are new narratives constructed to make sense of these processes?

We hope to examine what happens to ways of speaking/writing when speakers of both indigenous and non-indigenous languages remain in their homeland, move away, and/or settle elsewhere; we also encourage panelists to reflect on how speech and writing events enable language users to distribute responsibility for social mobility and attribute it symbolic value. Some questions to consider are:

•How is social mobility manifested in ways of speaking/writing, and typological features of a language (multilingual phenomena)?

•How do communication technologies influence linguistic mobility, and affect speaker agency?

•What narratives are created regarding mobility and language? What do they tell us about how agency and responsibility are conceived?

•What narratives are constructed around mobility and how is agency/responsibility assigned to actors?

•To what extent do narratives of mobility affect the categorization of indigenous and non-indigenous people?

Submit your abstract here.


Panel Title: Lines on the Land: Mobility and Stasis in Northern Extractive Landscapes (P027)

Convenors: Jan Peter Laurens Loovers (University of Aberdeen), Nuccio Mazzullo (University of Lapland), and Tara Joly (University of Saskatchewan)

Chair: Robert Wishart

Discussant: David G. Anderson

Short Abstract: This panel explores a multitude of lines in the North: e.g. seismic cutlines, pipelines, borders and fences, roads and railways, traplines. We want to address what such lines, often related to resource extraction, entail for Northerners (with emphasis on Indigenous people) and Arctic environment.

Long Abstract: Northern and Arctic landscapes are commonly thought to be rural, pristine, and far from the dislocations of the global economy. In fact the Arctic has for over three hundred years been a resource frontier for metropolitan economies providing fur, oil, medicinal products and now hydrocarbons, uranium and heavy metals. This panel explores how local northerners, with a special emphasis on indigenous peoples, build their lives around the ecofacts of extractive industries. One of the profound effects of extractive expansion are the grids and boundaries that allow the movement of governmental, geological and mining machinery/laboratories or forbid access to places of natural or commercial interest. The panel invites papers on the "traplines" that northerners registered to broadcast and protect their tenure of sentient landscapes; the petrochemical seismic "cutlines" that criss-cross the North; the roads and rails of development that connect South and North; or the ethnohistories of parks, parcels, or areas of traditional-nature use. Following Anna Tsing (2015), Ann Laura Stoler (2016), and Donna Haraway (2016), the panel will query how disturbed or "ruined" landscapes can afford novel or unexpected relationships with the environment. It will also examine the difficult relations between lines that allow access and those that restrict access in places of massive appropriation of traditional lands.

Submit your abstract here.



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