Call For Proposals for ASA 2015 Panel
Arctic Domus team members Sara Schroer and Peter Loovers invite colleagues to consider submitting a paper to the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth 2015 conference in Exeter. The panel (P23) is entitled "Collaboration and Partnership in Human-Animal Communities: Reconsidering Ways of Learning and Communication".
In this panel we invite speakers to contribute papers stemming from fieldwork within human-animal communities that critically engage with notions of collaboration and partnership. We take as starting point that animals are active participants in the formation of mutual relationships with humans. Doing so may allow us to rethink domestication by investigating the complexity of relationships that becomes evident when considering collaborative practices and the notion of human-animal partnership. Part of such examination could be a focus on the place and use of tools, architecture, and artefacts in such relationships. It could also be a consideration of questions of learning, shared knowledge and communication. Investigations may consider 'working animals', for instance, in husbandry, herding and hunting. Other possibilities might be related to practices of shamanism, narratives of 'mythical' animals, or in terms of human-animal relationships not conventionally included in domestication literature. Contributions to this panel may engage with these aspects but should not be limited to them.
The deadline is the 1st of December. Follow this link to submit the paper proposal http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2015/panels.php5?PanelID=xxxx.