Online Biannual Meeting 2020

As a Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists we are having our biannual meeting on Monday July 20 at 5pm Lisbon time. Participation is free, and we will discuss the last two years, the future plans for the Network of Ethnographic Theory, and vote on new convenors. You can join us here: https://shindig.com/login/event/easanet-net

[Correction: Previously listed as 4pm (CEST), it’s actually 5pm (CEST)!]

See you Monday!

EASA Panel Submission, Lisbon 2020 (October 15th, 2019 Deadline)

Dear Members and Friends of the Network of Ethnographic Theory,

Just a reminder that the deadline for panel proposals for the next EASA conference is fast approaching! Are you thinking of submitting a panel? Do you think it would fit the interests of the NET? We welcome submissions for our Network of Ethnographic Theory panel at the 16th EASA Biennial Conference, 21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon, on the conference’s theme of “New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe.” It is worth noting that the panel we select is guaranteed to be accepted at the conference! We are interested in panel submissions that engage ethnographic theory in new and interesting ways. And we welcome panel submissions that move beyond the classic format. Proposals should consist of a panel title a short abstract of less than 250 words, and should be submitted to us by October 15th (leaving us the time to make a selection and you submit to the EASA by October 21).

For more information in the conference’s overarching theme: https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2020/theme.shtml

Remember, anyone who is a member of EASA (or who intends to become a member in 2020 to attend the conference can submit (membership in EASA is very reasonable! https://www.easaonline.org/membership/)

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact the network’s co-convenors, Scott MacLochlainn and Sonja Moghaddari.

Scott MacLochlainn, maclochlainn@mmg.mpg.de

Sonja Moghaddari, sonja.moghaddari@graduateinstitute.ch

Call for NET-sponsored panels at the EASA Conference in 2020

/Call for NET-sponsored panels at the EASA Conference in 2020

The next EASA conference is coming up in Lisbon in July 2020! The Call for Panels is now open, with a great variety of options beyond the classic format. Are you thinking of submitting a panel? Do you think it would fit the interest of the NET? We are happy to sponsor a selected number of panels. Please note that this year, the regulation changed and networks cannot be guaranteed an accepted panel. If you would like to increase your outreach, we warmly invite you to send us your panel proposal before October 10 (leaving us the time to make a selection and you submit to the EASA by October 21).

/Report on the NET Panel at the Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 29-30 August 2019

A quick note to thank everyone for participating in our EASA sponsored panel “Anthropologies, Futures and Prediction” at the Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 29-30 August 2019, in Helsinki. We were delighted to have fantastic papers and visual media on futurist aesthetics in Bolivia (Karl Swinehart), forced departures and uncertainty of asylum seekers in Germany (Sonja Moghaddari), the future imaginaries of asbestos victims and activists in Italy (Agata Mazzeo), to forms of abstraction surrounding extrajudicial killings in the Philippines (Scott MacLochlainn), and neo-rural futures in France (Ieva Snikersproge). And to top it off, we had the wonderful Felix Ringel as a discussant! We particularly liked exploring theoretical issues through ethnographic video and photos in our second session. Many thanks again to everyone!

Ethnographic theory Digest 2019 vol. 10

/Articles

Pushing past the other to the otherwise, a great collection of short pieces in Cultural Anthropology by Laura McTighe and Megan Raschig.

The introduction to a special issue on “The ethical constitution of energy dilemmas” by Mette M. High and Jessica M. Smith in JRAI.

From our recent guest reading list author, Patrick McKearney, in Ethnos on judgement, critique, and surprise as engines of anthropological theory. And read his reading list on “Care” here!

Adam Scott Clark with a remarkably timely piece on the definition of “Chinese” in Hong Kong.

And we couldn’t not have something about the moon landing this summer!

Although not recent but still timely: Navaro-Yashin’s argument for a trans-paradigmatic ethnography.

A Tsantsa Special issue on decolonial processes in Swiss academia.

/Monographs

In case you missed this publication, this is what An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular can look like.

Cutting through a thick discourse with an ethnographic knife is Jean Jackson’s superb Managing Multiculturalism Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia.

Nicolas Argenti’s lovely book on absence in Greece, with Remembering Absence: The Sense of Life in Island Greece.

/Blogs

A blog collection on Muslim Humanitarianism curated by Till Mostowlansky.

Girish Daswani’s blog on the “continuing presence of an elite, masculine, and imperial habitus within the discipline, which has been […] internalized by all of us, even non-white anthropologists” and the need to decolonialize anthropology.

/Media

On the return of scientific racism.

And for those cinematically Korean inclined, the Korean Film Archive is uploading many classic Korean films to youtube!

Ethnographic theory Digest 2019 vol. 9

Here we are again with our monthly digest of readings that inspired us! For those of you who didn’t yet do so, check out also our recent guest reading list on “The Ethics of Care” by Patrick McKearney! Have a great summer, everyone!

/Articles

In line with the interest of this year’s NET panel at the FAS conference, Bob Frame’s Typology of Antarctic Futures.

Check out the new ejournal Roadsites, on the social life of infrastructure and a first issue on temporalities.

Another recent ethnography-centered journal – in French mostly but partly also in English – is the Revue Terrain. Note in particular the recent collective issue on Apocalypses curated by Matthew Carey. They also have an interesting blog.

/Monographs

Rob Borofsky’s critical contribution, An Anthropology of Anthropology: Is It Time to Shift Paradigms?, is available for download here.

Kathryn Yusoff’s A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None about “the politics of the Anthropocene within the context of race, materiality, deep time, and the afterlives of geology”.

/Blogs

We want to be part of the places where you can find the change that Zoe Todd invokes when arguing why we need to go beyond elite anthropology.

Ashanté Reese incites us think of ethnographic refusal as care, which may call into question imperatives of academic knowing.

Mariam Durrani on how to “remap the traditional distinctions between university and community through rigorous scholarship and a commitment to social justice”.

Allegra Lab’s thematic thread on statelessness, displacement and disappearance.

Reading list on indigenous research methods by Helen Kara.

Ethnographic theory Digest 2019 vol. 8

Dear all, June is here and here is also this month’s digest with some work we find inspiring.

Inspiring is also what we would like this website to be like, and if you feel you would like to contribute to this with a guest blog or a guest reading list (maybe you have some time to write this summer?), you are more than welcome. Just get in touch with us!

/Articles

William Mazzarella’s new Annual Review piece on populism

A fantastic new special edition of Radical History Review on boycotting

A JRAI special issue on anthropology and surealism

/Monographs & books

Nina Trige Andersen’s new book, Labor Pioneers, on Filipino labor in Denmark

Rebecca Bryant and Daniel Knight’s The Anthropology of the Future

/Blog

Thinking Spain and the archives of empire

On the politics of photojournalism

On Turkish immigration to Germany

Obituary of Binyavanga Wainaina

On Queer Futures in anthropological research by Tom Boellstorff and Cymene Howe.

/Media

A 5 minute deconstruction of Charlie Chaplin’s use of food in his movies, bringing together themes of memory, poverty and the residue of trauma, the psychology of comedy.

Jian Liu’s photos of Tiananmen 1989

Trying to define the cultures of generations

Allegra Lab’s podcast roundup

Ethnographic theory Digest 2019 vol. 7.2

Our Digest for May…some plants, animals and the non-human. A free e-book on tobacco, others on ethnographic film archive, links to blogs and interviews on subjects such as decolonizing the classroom, intimacy and ecologies!

/Articles

Doing ethnography with and around plants? Check out the plant ethnography special edition at Anthropology Today.

While thinking plants, let’s think some animals this month:

“Animal Transference and Transformation Among Wounaan” by Runk, Ismare and Conquista in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

“Animal’s atmospheres” by Lorimer, Hodgetts and Barua in Progress in Human Geography.

“Interspecies Engagement in Medical Anthropology” by Leslie Sharp in Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

And finally, the anthropology of traps in the Journal of Material Culture.

/Books

Andrew Russell’s Anthropology of Tobacco: Ethnographic Adventures in Non-Human Worlds. And it is open access! Support OA!

We think this is going to be an important book! Katherine Groo’s Bad Film Histories: Ethnography and the Early Archive.

For those of us digging back into a bit of Mary Douglas and thinking about purity and danger, and looking for a counterpoint/straw man/update…what have you, a free e-book (for May) of Valerie Curtis’s Don’t Look, Don’t Touch, Don’t Eat: The Science Behind Revulsion.

/Blogs

If you are teaching, you may like to read this interview with Girish Daswani on decolonializing the classroom.

Cultural anthropology’s “Embodies ecologies” series curated by Andrea Ford, probes “the relationship between changing bio-scientific ideas about bodies and the lived realities of bodies in contemporary societies”.

Emma Kowal’s blog at The Familiar Strange’s on how she weighted combining political activism and anthropology in her work on progressive white Australian anti-racists, a debate that always remains relevant.

Polar, the Political and Legal Anthropology Review now features the “ethnographic explainers” on their website. Read here from anthropologists about current political issues all over the world.

The “Intimacies of Dissent” collection of the American Ethnologist edited by Tobias Kelly explore “how dissent is both enabled and restricted by our most intimate ties”.

Listen to Judith Beyer’s keynote on the art of listening in “On little and grand narratives in Central Asia” at Allegra Lab’s website.

Ethnographic theory Digest 2019 vol. 7.1

Our Digest for May…some plants, animals and the non-human. A free e-book on tobacco, others on ethnographic film archive, links to blogs and interviews on subjects such as decolonizing the classroom, intimacy and ecologies!

/Articles

Doing ethnography with and around plants? Check out the plant ethnography special edition at Anthropology Today.

While thinking plants, let’s think some animals this month:

“Animal Transference and Transformation Among Wounaan” by Runk, Ismare and Conquista in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

“Animal’s atmospheres” by Lorimer, Hodgetts and Barua in Progress in Human Geography.

“Interspecies Engagement in Medical Anthropology” by Leslie Sharp in Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

And finally, the anthropology of traps in the Journal of Material Culture.

/Books

Andrew Russell’s Anthropology of Tobacco: Ethnographic Adventures in Non-Human Worlds. And it is open access! Support OA!

We think this is going to be an important book! Katherine Groo’s Bad Film Histories: Ethnography and the Early Archive.

For those of us digging back into a bit of Mary Douglas and thinking about purity and danger, and looking for a counterpoint/straw man/update…what have you, a free e-book (for May) of Valerie Curtis’s Don’t Look, Don’t Touch, Don’t Eat: The Science Behind Revulsion.

/Blogs

If you are teaching, you may like to read this interview with Girish Daswani on decolonializing the classroom.

Cultural anthropology’s “Embodies ecologies” series curated by Andrea Ford, probes “the relationship between changing bio-scientific ideas about bodies and the lived realities of bodies in contemporary societies”.

Emma Kowal’s blog at The Familiar Strange’s on how she weighted combining political activism and anthropology in her work on progressive white Australian anti-racists, a debate that always remains relevant.

Polar, the Political and Legal Anthropology Review now features the “ethnographic explainers” on their website. Read here from anthropologists about current political issues all over the world.

The “Intimacies of Dissent” collection of the American Ethnologist edited by Tobias Kelly explore “how dissent is both enabled and restricted by our most intimate ties”.

Listen to Judith Beyer’s keynote on the art of listening in “On little and grand narratives in Central Asia” at Allegra Lab’s website.

Ethnographic theory Digest 2019 vol. 6

A short digest from us this month, but we will have a new guest reading list this week. Also, one last chance to submit an abstract for our NET sponsored panel on “Anthropologies, Futures, and Predictions” at the Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 29-30 August 2019, in Helsinki.

/Articles

A fantastic new piece on PowerPoint and corporate Korea by Michael Prentice in American Anthropologist (see his reading list for us here at the NET last year)

For the title alone, but also for the subgenre of theoretically and ethnographically revisiting the milieus of previous generations of anthropologists, Knut Christian Myhre’s piece in JRAI

Joseph Streeter’s new piece in Anthropological Theory on belief

 

Books/

Stuart Kirsch’s important book from last year in engaged anthropology

Joelle Bahloul’s book from the 1990s on domesticity and microhistory

Although not out yet, looking forward to the publication of the Fernando Coronil Reader published next month, and maybe it pushes us to go reread his work now.

 

Media/

A Monsoon Assemblage keynote lecture by Tim Ingold

Allegra Lab interview with Ather Zia on ethnographic poetry