Performa Gala Honors Okwui Enwezor

11.07.2016 | by martalanca | Okwui Enwezor, South Africa

Call for Papers - The (un)making of Southern Africa beyond and across borders

The conference CIRCULATIONS - The (un)making of Southern Africa beyond and across borders”, between 3 and 4 November 2016, in Johannesburg, invites scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (history, sociology, anthropology, area studies, cultural studies, art history, etc.) to rethink the region’s past and present in its multiple transnational intricacies and complex maps of connectivity, beyond and across borders. We encourage interested scholars to send paper proposals for 20 minutes presentations in any of the following indicative, but not exhaustive, areas:

– Borderlines: the making and unmaking of borders in Southern Africa.

– Of Settlements and Diaspora: rethinking migration and settler colonialism.

– Dangerous liaisons: security and circulation under colonialism and apartheid.

– Migrating power: networks and movement during liberation struggles.

– Pathways of circulation: social histories of infrastructure (roads, railways, etc).

– Bodies on the move: histories of legal and illegal migration, for labor and leisure.

– Intersections: the politics of race, gender and class in transnational movements.

– Knowledge unbound: scientific cooperation and circulation of scholars and ideas.

– Celebrating togetherness: the politics of cultural diplomacy and official visits.

– Moving objects: consumption, material cultures and the social worlds they make.

– Moving words: circulation of newspapers, correspondence, books, etc.

– Moving images: photography, film, art, and visual culture across borders.

– Moving sounds: the making and circulation of music beyond borders.

– Entangled representations: circulation of writers, artists, filmmakers, etc.

Potential contributors should submit a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and a career description (one paragraph, no more than 15 lines) no later than May 31, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent out on June 15, 2016. Draft papers are expected on October 1, 2016, and will be pre-circulated amongst participants. We intend to publish a collection of essays in an edited volume or journal issue.

Abstracts should be sent to both the organizers:

Caio Simões de Araújo (caio.simoes@graduateinstitute.ch)

Ana Balona de Oliveira (ana.balona.oliveira@gmail.com)

For more information, click here.

04.05.2016 | by claudiar | borders, call for papers, colonialism, South Africa

Call for Papers - The (un)making of Southern Africa beyond and across borders

Between 3-6 November, Johannesburg will host the conference “The (un)making of Southern Africa beyond and across borders”.

This conference invites scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (history, sociology, anthropology, area studies, cultural studies, art history, etc.) to rethink the region’s past and present in its multiple transnational intricacies and complex maps of connectivity, beyond and across borders. We encourage interested scholars to send paper proposals for 20 minutes presentations in any of the following indicative, but not exhaustive, areas:

– Borderlines: the making and unmaking of borders in Southern Africa.

– Of Settlements and Diaspora: rethinking migration and settler colonialism.

– Dangerous liaisons: security and circulation under colonialism and apartheid.

– Migrating power: networks and movement during liberation struggles.

– Pathways of circulation: social histories of infrastructure (roads, railways, etc).

– Bodies on the move: histories of legal and illegal migration, for labor and leisure.

– Intersections: the politics of race, gender and class in transnational movements.

– Knowledge unbound: scientific cooperation and circulation of scholars and ideas.

– Celebrating togetherness: the politics of cultural diplomacy and official visits.

– Moving objects: consumption, material cultures and the social worlds they make.

– Moving words: circulation of newspapers, correspondence, books, etc.

– Moving images: photography, film, art, and visual culture across borders.

– Moving sounds: the making and circulation of music beyond borders.

– Entangled representations: circulation of writers, artists, filmmakers, etc.

Potential contributors should submit a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and a career description (one paragraph, no more than 15 lines) no later than May 31, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent out on June 15, 2016. Draft papers are expected on October 1, 2016, and will be pre-circulated amongst participants. We intend to publish a collection of essays in an edited volume or journal issue.

Abstracts should be sent to both the organizers:

Caio Simões de Araújo (caio.simoes@graduateinstitute.ch)

Ana Balona de Oliveira (ana.balona.oliveira@gmail.com)

More information here.

27.04.2016 | by claudiar | borders, call for papers, Conference, South Africa

The Futures of Culture, Anthropology Southern Africa Association 2011 Conference

3- 6 September 2011, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
During apartheid, anthropology taught at Afrikaans universities,volkekunde, supported a racist polity through teaching essentialist, biological and evolutionist notions of culture. Such social evolutionist
notions of human difference were what anthropologist Franz Boas wrote against when he referred to habituated knowledge and tradition in his notion of the culture concept. In South African liberation struggle discourse, racial and cultural classifications were also understood to be socially and politically constituted, rather than essential. Now, here in southern Africa as well as elsewhere in the world, ‘culture’ is often again used to mean innate, unconscious drives - so it is sometimes used as
an alibi for misogyny, sometimes as an alibi for race-hatred. Contributing to a popular tendency to redefine both race and culture as biological, genetic scientists tell us that culture can be found in human DNA. Where do we, who study humans past and present, stand in relation to the tradition of a culture concept? Do we write against a notion of culture, presenting our work in terms of ‘community’, income-group, language-group, race, class, citizenship? What are the futures of ‘culture’ as a category to think with? Does the privileging of the ‘culture’ concept end up eliding questions of class, materialities and political economy? And we wonder what the future of anthropology, and other disciplines in which sociality is considered (such as the social sciences more generally, English Literature, Film and Media studies, Race, Gender and Queer Studies, Disability Studies, African Studies, Cultural Studies, Heritage Studies, Archaeology and History) would look like without a notion of culture.
We encourage submissions that concern conceptual frameworks as well as those that present fieldwork analysis.
Keynote speaker: Prof. Achille Mbembe, Prof. Charles Piot
Send proposals for panels to asna@sun.ac.za until 15 April 2011.  The proposed panels and the contact details of the panel coordinators will be circulated once they are available. Abstracts for papers can be submitted to asna@sun.ac.za from 15 April 2011. Early registration is encouraged.
Organisers: Thomas Blaser, Kathleen McDougall, Steven Robins, Eleanor Swartz, Kees Van der Waal, Handri Walters, Tazneem Wentzel

10.03.2011 | by franciscabagulho | african studies, cultural studies, South Africa