Tagungen der SEG

Donnerstag 05. Oktober 2017

Call for Panels: SEG-SSE-SAA Annual Meeting 2018, Zürich November 2018

The Scientific Commission of the Swiss Anthropological Association (SSE-SEG-SAA) convenes once a year a major conference around thematic panels. You are invited to submit a panel proposal with a list of potential speakers (maximum 6 participants per panel).

Call for Panels
Annual Conference of the Swiss Anthropological Association
Zürich, November 2018

You are invited to submit a panel proposal with a list of potential speakers (maximum 6 participants per panel). Panel proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Commission. Panels selected will receive a budget for travel costs and conference expenses for one international specialist and will participate in the call for papers that will be opened at the beginning of May.

The deadline for panel proposals is April 15th, 2018. Please fill out the electronic form (see below) and submit a short description (maximum 5000 signs) of the panel theme and a list of potential participants, including their institutional affiliations. In case of acceptance of your panel proposal, this description will be published on the website as call for paper.

Link to the submission form: http://www.sagw.ch/seg/colloques/panel-proposals.html
For further information contact Barbara Waldis (barbara.waldis@hevs.ch), President of the Scientific Commission.

Knowledge (Trans)Formations in Anthropology

The notion of knowledge has a long and contested history in anthropology: starting from early debates on "primitive knowledge" and studies of magic, science and religion, to diverse cognitivist approaches, analyses of the relation between power and knowledge, and ethnographies of science and expertise in the making. As such, one may argue with Boyer that "the problem of 'knowledge' has always been at the center of anthropological attention" (2005: 142).

Indeed, the study of knowledge is not merely a subfield of the discipline and therefore only of interest to anthropologists reflecting on its history and practices. Rather, it constitutes a field of inquiry that anthropology as a "Wissen-schaft" is or should be centrally concerned with. This year's annual meeting of the SSE-SEG-SAA seeks to initiate conversations on knowledge as an object of inquiry as well as knowledge as a product of anthropological work. This involves questions relating to the anthropology of knowledge on the one hand and the political, philosophical, ethical, and methodological implications of the ways in which anthropological knowledge is produced, attained, transmitted, and transformed on the other. More specifically, we seek panels that critically engage with either (or both) of the following two sets of questions:

Firstly, we invite contributions that address knowledge as an object of inquiry of anthropological research: What kinds of knowledge (cognitive, embodied, tacit, distributed, etc.) and epistemic cultures do anthropologists study in different settings? How is knowledge produced or acquired within these settings? How do(es) particular knowledge(s) influence the way people interpret and act upon the world? Who are the experts we encounter in the field? How is knowledge tied up with relations of exploitation and inequality? When and how is previous knowledge questioned, unsettled, contested or established differently? What roles do marvel, surprise, doubt, ignorance, and non-knowledge play in our fields?

Secondly, we welcome discussions about knowledge within anthropology itself: Is there such as thing as anthropological knowledge? If yes, what are the conditions of possibility for such knowledge? How do we gain knowledge within and through encounters in the field, with colleagues, or while teaching? What are its strengths and shortcomings? How is anthropological knowledge production related to issues of inequality as well as political and structural precarity? Why is anthropological knowledge important at all? How is anthropological knowledge transmitted within and beyond the discipline? And how do we contribute to public debates and make the discipline heard?

Boyer, Dominic. 2005. Visiting Knowledge in Anthropology: An Introduction. Ethnos 70(2): 141-148.

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