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IUAES2020 - Call for Panels

Call for Panels

IUAES2020 Congress

7-11 October 2020

Sibenik, Croatia

*Coming of Age on Earth: Legacies and Next Generation Anthropology*

The complexities of the contemporary human condition are both timeless
and unique. Every generation faces countless crises—environmental,
medical, economic, cultural and political—but many argue that the scope
and scale of today’s challenges pose more of a threat than ever before.
Despite the fact that numerous initiatives engage in prevention or
alleviation of aspects of these crises, social groups, institutions and
individuals around the world remain threatened.

The popular rhetoric of change compels us to act ‘for the sake of future
generations’. Whether a foundational cultural proverb, a perennial
political slogan or everyday common sense morality, this foregrounds
acting on the behalf of others. But is this rhetoric of futurity,
replication and preservation contributing to maintenance of the status
quo, and if so, how? And regardless whether deployed strategically or
unknowingly, can it also work to undermine solutions? Similarly, how
does this rhetoric spark radically different visions of what a “better
future” would be? Myriad challenges to the status quo articulate
different paths forward, reframing who these future generations may be,
what they might value, and which are the most desirable means to work
towards designated goals. These imaginative frameworks often include
projecting aspects of a more or less idealized past and present as a
model for the future.
Coming of age suggests, however, that we look not only at our collective
human past and present in a search for solutions, but also at new
challenges to our presumed trajectory by acknowledging generational
change in the form of innovations, cultural movements, different ways of
seeing and mobilizing legacies in dealing with everyday changes. Members
of the ‘next generation’–whether by age or by way of thinking—have been
among the loudest in articulating opposition to dominant visions and
priorities for the future. But is the bifurcation of the ‘next gen’ from
general society productive or another form of Othering? Do certain
pathways forward position youth primarily as the objects of research or
policy, as passive recipients of what is passed on to them by previous
generations? How do the next generation thinkers become thought leaders
and where is the fine line of stigmatization? Do movements
simultaneously criticized as asocial—extreme individualism and lack of
solidarity—hold important social values?

Coming of Age on Earth asks us to scrutinize this era of anticipated
extreme change for its implications on stasis, tradition and
consistency. As people are confronted with multi-scalar, intersectional
and embodied forms of coping, cultural forms can be resilient. Under
conditions of dynamic change, what are the anchors of tradition and what
role do they play? What is the role of stability in an era of
unprecedented change? Next-gen cultural artefacts and tools—artificial
intelligence, digitalization and new modes of community-building empower
radical change alongside forging new kinds of old socialities. As modes
of surveillance and conformity increase, so do opportunities for radical
alliances and change.

Anthropology is uniquely positioned to study the legacies that shape and
are being shaped by the next generations. This Congress invites panels
and contributions from all four fields of anthropology that will be
inspired to contextualize their research and ideas with regard to the
questions raised by the perspective of Coming of Age on Earth.

Participants who would like to convene a panel should submit a panel
proposal for consideration by the Scientific Committee.


Please first read the rules for submitting and convening a panel.


The panel proposal submission deadline is *November 30^th ** 2019*.



Noel B. Salazar, Sociocultural Anthropologist | PhD (UPenn), MSc
(Essex), BSc (Leuven)

Head IMMRC  | Founder CuMoRe
& AnthroMob
| Secretary-General

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Leuven, Belgium

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