EASA Newsletter No 71 2018
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1a. Letter from the President (English)
Valeria Siniscalchi addresses the membership.
Dear EASA members,
I wish you all a happy new year, hoping that 2018 will a positive year for research and for all your initiatives. I hope also that this year will be more peaceful than the year we leave behind us.
We finished 2017 with an important event - our AGM and seminar in Bern on scholar at risk and precarity – which turned out to be successful and very productive. Thanks to Sabine Strasser and Georgeta Stoica for the excellent organization and to all the participants for sharing their experiences and their analysis. We need to carry on from here. The question of precarity is one of the main issues facing the Executive and we must continue to work together on this subject in terms of actions and reflections. We believe that it is very important to promote and consolidate EASA’s position as a tool for linking scholars in Europe and beyond, on this issue.
You have been emailed the link to a survey set up by WCAA. It is really important for as many members as possible to answer this survey and I warmly encourage you to do it. The survey will give us a clear vision of the work that anthropologists are doing inside and outside the academia around the world. This will complement the survey to be launched by the PrecAnthro group whose pilot survey results were already discussed in Bern.
EASA was represented at the last WCAA meeting in Washington DC on the 2nd of December. Our participation at the WCAA and, through the WCAA, to the new bicameral association WAU (World Anthropological Union) allows us to join our efforts and exchange ideas and visions on a worldwide scale. At the same time it is crucial to continue the dialogue with other national and international associations such as the AAA. The new president Alex Barker and vice president Akhil Gupta took up office at the beginning of December and we are planning joint actions and events related to the topic of precarity at our next conference in Stockholm and at the next AAA meeting in San José.
At the European level, EASA is participating in a collaborative project for a European Directory of Social Anthropologist, thanks to Thomas Hylland Eriksen, who initiated the project with the Max-Plank Institute for Social Anthropology and continues to work on it. The first objective is to provide greater visibility for the discipline, both internally and externally, towards the world beyond the profession. The second objective is to make it easier for those anthropologists in Europe who want to make their expertise available to practitioners to be identified and contacted by those who may need their services. All these initiatives, as well as EASA involvement in the EASSH (European Association of Social Sciences and Humanities) or our participation in the European Commission Fifth External SSH Stakeholders Meeting in Brussels this month, contribute to reinforce our discipline and promote the importance and integration of SSH in the European research panorama.
We are very happy that Shahram Khosravi, Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, has accepted to be the Keynote speaker at our next biennial on Staying, Moving, Settling. I hope that as many members as possible will meet in Stockholm, in August. The call for panels remains open. This year we decided to widen the format of the panels: traditional panels, roundtables and fast-paced presentation panels, as well as the laboratories. The range of formats allows us to organise different kinds of discussions and ways of sharing our research. By doing this we also hope more members will be able to participate. Furthermore, this year we are increasing the amount allocated to support delegates. I especially want to thank the EASA treasurer, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, who has made this increase possible.
The 2018 EASA biennial conference scientific committee consists of three members from the executive – Marcus Banks (University of Oxford), Sarah Green (University of Helsinki) and myself, Valeria Siniscalchi (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseille) –, two members from the local committee – Lotta Björklund Larsen (Linköping University) and Helena Wulff (Stockholm University)–, and together we have chosen another three members from outside these two committees: Ayse Caglar (University of Vienna), Martin Fotta (Goethe University Frankfurt), and Miguel Vale de Almeida (University Institute of Lisbon/Centre for Research in Anthropology). This composition provides a wider representation of anthropology in Europe.
We consider networks a key resource for our association and an opportunity for collaboration in areas of special interest. For this reason, we continue to support them and are happy that a large number of them have organized events during 2017. Networks meetings in Stockholm will be another good occasion for rich exchanges.
I would like to thank all the members of the actual executive for their involvement and work. Everybody has accepted one or more tasks, and every task is important contributing to the development of our association at the service of its members. I would also like to thank the essential work of NomadIT, the EASA administration team. The call for a new Secretary and Treasurer (2-6 year terms) and for the two journal editors (2-4 year terms) is now open. We hope that many of you will apply!
All the best for 2018
1b. Lettre de la Présidente (French)
Valeria Siniscalchi s'adresse aux membres.
Chers membres de l’EASA,
Je vous souhaite une très bonne année 2018, en espérant qu’elle sera positive pour la recherche et pour toutes les initiatives que vous souhaiterez mener. J’espère également que cette année sera plus pacifique que celle qui vient de s’écouler.
Nous avons terminée 2017 avec un événement important, qui a été notre assemblée générale à Berne et le séminaire qui l’a accompagnée sur le thème de la précarité et des situations de risque pour les chercheurs. Cette rencontre a été un grand succès par l’importance de sa thématique et la qualité des échanges des expériences qu’elle a permis. Je remercie Sabine Strasser et Georgeta Stoica per leur impeccable organisation, et tous les participants pour avoir partagé leurs expériences et leurs analyses lors de cette rencontre.
Nous ne pouvons pas en rester là. La question de la précarité, qui figure au programme de l’actuel exécutif, est l’une de nos préoccupations majeures et nous devons continuer à y travailler ensemble par nos actions et nos réflexions. Il est important de promouvoir et de consolider la position d’EASA comme instrument permettant de relier les chercheurs sur ces thèmes, en Europe et au delà.
Vous avez tous reçu le message concernant l’enquête élaborée par le WCAA. Il est important que la plupart des membres y répondent et je vous invite chaleureusement à le faire ! Les résultats de cette enquête permettront d’avoir une vision claire du travail que les anthropologues font à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de l’académie dans les diverses parties du monde. Cette enquête pourra être utilisée de façon complémentaire à celle que le PrecAnthro group est en train de lancer et dont un premier échantillon de résultats a été présenté à Berne.
EASA a participé à la dernière rencontre du WCAA qui s’est tenue à Washington DC le 2 décembre 2017. Notre participation au WCAA et, par là, à la nouvelle association bicamérale WAU (World Anthropological Union), nous permettra d’unir nos efforts et d’échanger nos réflexions à une échelle mondiale. Simultanément, il est crucial de poursuivre le dialogue avec d’autres associations nationales et internationales comme la AAA. Le nouveau président Alex Barker et le nouveau vice-président Akhil Gupta ont entamé leur mandat en décembre dernier, et nous sommes déjà en train de programmer des actions conjointes et des rencontres sur la précarité, dans le cadre de notre prochaine conférence à Stockholm et du prochain meeting de l’AAA qui se tiendra à San José.
Au niveau européen, EASA participe au projet collaboratif d’annuaire européen d’anthropologie sociale. Un grand merci au travail de Thomas Hylland Eriksen qui a lancé le projet avec le Max-Plank Institute for Social Anthropology et qui continue à y travailler. Le premier objectif de ce programme est de contribuer à donner plus de visibilité à la discipline, à l’extérieur de la profession et au niveau international. Le second objectif est de favoriser, dans ce processus, la visibilité des anthropologues qui souhaitent proposer leur expertise, en facilitant leur identification et la prise de contact avec eux.
Toutes ces initiatives, tout comme l’implication d’EASA dans certaines associations comme l’EASSH (European Association of Social Sciences and Humanities) ou notre participation à la rencontre de la Commission européenne sur les SHS qui a eu lieu à Bruxelles ce mois de janvier, contribueront à promouvoir l’importance et l’intégration des sciences humaines et sociales dans la recherche au niveau de l’Europe.
Nous sommes très heureux que Shahram Khosravi, Professeur d’Anthropologie sociale à l’Université de Stockholm ait accepté d’être le Keynote speaker de notre prochaine conférence sur le thème Staying, Moving, Settling. J’espère que les membres d’EASA seront nombreux à se rencontrer à Stockholm en août prochain. L’appel à propositions pour les workshops est encore ouvert. Cette année, nous avons décidé d’élargir la typologie des ateliers : à côté des workshops classiques et des laboratoires, il est également possible de proposer des tables rondes ou des workshops constitués de présentations rapides. Avec cet éventail de formats, nous espérons favoriser des types de discussion différents et des manières différentes de partager nos propres recherches. Nous espérons aussi pouvoir, de ce fait, accueillir plus de membres qui souhaiteraient participer à la conférence et aux échanges. En outre, nous avons décidé d’augmenter cette année la somme dédiée au financement des délégués. Je voudrais remercier tout particulièrement le trésorier d’EASA, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, qui a rendu possible cette augmentation.
Le comité scientifique de la conférence biennale d’EASA 2018 est composé de trois membres du comité exécutif : Marcus Banks (University of Oxford), Sarah Green (University of Helsinki) et moi même, Valeria Siniscalchi (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseille) –, de deux membres du comité local : Lotta Björklund Larsen (Linköping University) et Helena Wulff (Stockholm University). Nous avons choisi ensemble trois autres membres, extérieurs à ces deux comités : Ayse Caglar (University of Vienna), Martin Fotta (Goethe University Frankfurt), et Miguel Vale de Almeida (University Institute of Lisbon/Centre for Research in Anthropology). Cette composition permet une plus large représentativité de l’anthropologie en Europe.
Les networks sont une ressource clé pour notre association et une opportunité de collaboration dans des aires d’intérêt particulières. C’est pourquoi nous continuons à les soutenir et à les financer, et nous sommes heureux que plusieurs d’entre eux aient organisé des événements au cours de l’année 2017. Les réunions des networks à Stockholm seront une autre occasion d’échange.
Je voudrais également remercier tous les membres du comité actuel pour leur travail et leur implication. Chacun d’eux a accepté d’assumer une ou plusieurs tâches et toutes sont importantes pour contribuer au développement de notre association et au service de ses membres. Enfin, je voudrais remercier NomadIT, l’équipe administratrice d’EASA, pour son travail, fondamental pour le bon fonctionnement de l’association. L’appel pour un nouveau Secrétaire et pour un nouveau Trésorier (de 2 à 6 années dans les deux cas), et pour les deux responsables de la revue (de 2 à 4 années) vient d’être ouvert. Nous espérons que vous serez nombreux à postuler !
Tous mes vœux pour ce 2018 !
Présidente de l’EASA
2. Call for EASA’s new Treasurer and Secretary
EASA is looking for a new Treasurer and a new secretary: could this be you?
EASA is looking for a new Treasurer: could this be you?
The current treasurer of EASA is nearing the end of her term of office and EASA is looking to appoint a new Treasurer. This is a remarkably interesting role in which you’ll be at the heart of good governance and the work of EASA.
Responsibilities include: liaison with NomadIT in matters financial; liaison with EASA’s accountants who prepare the annual accounts; presenting clear information to EASA’s Executive Committee about EASA’s finances including preparation of an annual budget; liaison with EASA’s publishers; preparing reports and presenting the annual accounts at EASA’s members forum and AGM and answering queries from members; preparing and updating documentation related to governance including EASA’s risk register; updating guidance on expenses and related documentation. To achieve this the Treasurer needs to be willing to gain a good understanding of guidance on governance as provided by the UK’s Charity Commission.
The Treasurer normally becomes a member of the Executive Committee as a co-opted member. As such the Treasurer is a Trustee of the Charity and is also the official company secretary (although the actual secretarial work is done by EASA’s secretary). According to the governing document of EASA, the Treasurer may hold office up to a maximum of six years. This length of term provides EASA with some continuity among the Trustees which is particularly beneficial in relation to our financial affairs.
Essential and desirable criteria for the role
Essential: Experience of budget management and financial matters. Willing and eligible to be a Trustee of a Charity. Ability to travel to bank branches (UK) to present identification credentials as needed. Commitment to good governance.
Desirable: Member of EASA of good standing.
Further information: The current Treasurer has prepared a thorough handover document for the new Treasurer and will work with the new Treasurer to explain the role. If you are interested in applying please send a covering letter and your CV to the Secretary, Alberto Corsín Jiménez (alberto.corsin-jimenez[at]cchs.csic.es) by May 1 2018. In your letter please explain why you are interested in the role and what knowledge and skills you bring. Interviews for the role will be held at EASA’s biennial conference at Stockholm in August 2018. The Executive Committee would like the new Treasurer to take up their role in Autumn 2018, and the current Treasurer will provide handover information. This position is by appointment rather than by election.
Call for EASA’s new Secretary
EASA seeks a new Secretary to take over from Alberto Corsín Jiménez, whose term of office comes to an end following the 2018 Stockholm conference.
- Coordination of the work of the Executive Committee: preparing agendas for EC meetings (c. 3 per year), Annual General Meeting (1 per year) and Members Forum (every 2 years) ; writing the minutes of all meetings.
- Communication with all office holders in EASA (Executive Committee, Book series editor, Journal editors), and with NomadIT (EASA’s administrative support team).
- Editor of the EASA Newsletter, which is published 3 times per year. To this end, the Secretary collates information and puts together materials for the newsletter, which is then formatted and distributed by NomadIT.
- In collaboration with NomadIT the Secretary organizes biennial elections to the Executive Committee, corresponding with applicants and organizing and archiving all application materials.
- Organize calls for biennial conference hosts and new journal editors, corresponding with candidates, scheduling interviews, and archiving application materials.
- To uphold information for the EASA archive, keeping physical copies of paperwork that is not digitized (for example, Trustee forms).
The Secretary becomes a member of the Executive Committee as a co-opted member. As such the Secretary is a Trustee of the Charity, along with the other members of the Executive Committee. According to the governing document of EASA, the Secretary may hold office up to a maximum of six years. This length of term allows the Secretary to offer archival guidance and organizational memory to the rest of the Trustees.
Candidates must be members of EASA of good standing.
Applications consisting of a short covering letter and a CV should be sent to the Secretary Alberto Corsín Jiménez (alberto.corsin-jimenez[at]cchs.csic.es) by May 1 2018.
Interviews for the role will be held at EASA’s biennial conference at Stockholm in August 2018. The Executive Committee would like the new Secretary to take up their role in Autumn 2018, and the current Secretary will provide handover information. This position is by appointment rather than by election.
3. Call for new Editors of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale
EASA is looking for new editors for its journal, Social Anthropology, as the term of the current editors comes to an end at the end of the year.
Applications with CV should be sent to the Secretary
(alberto.corsin-jimenez[at]cchs.csic.es) by May 1, 2018. Meetings with potential candidates will be held during the EASA Conference in Stockholm in August.
4. Call for Panels, EASA Biennial Conference Stockholm, August 14-17 2018
The Call for Panels remains open for the 15th biennial EASA conference.
The Call for Panels remains open for the 15th biennial EASA conference, Staying, Moving, Settling, which will be hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden on 14-17 August 2018.
To propose a panel, please go to the EASA2018 website to read the theme and the rules and instructions. The “Propose your panel” button is on the Call for Panels page, beneath the rules and instructions. The Call for Panels closes onJanuary 31st.
Note that EASA is encouraging the proposal of various panel formats this year!
Please share this call with your colleagues and in relevant lists.
If you have any questions concerning the call, please email conference(at)easaonline.org.
5. On Politics and Precarities: Anthropological Perspectives
(EASA AGM Seminar, Bern 2017)
Precarity is one of the main priorities of the EASA Executive Board, in line with previous activities undertaken by past members of the Executive.
Precarity is one of the main priorities of the EASA Executive Board, in line with previous activities undertaken by past members of the Executive. Within this context, about 70 scholars met at the University of Bern last November, to attend the EASA AGM seminar entitled On Politics and Precarities: Anthropological Perspectives. The seminar was organized by EASA in collaboration with the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, PrecAnthro group and the Swiss Anthropological Association. One of the objectives of the seminar was to bring together debates on different strands of precarity, analyze sites of disempowerment at the intersection of precarity and politics and discuss potentials of collaboration, solidarity and unionization. In four workshops (one organized by the BernAnthroCollective) participants from different national contexts and geographic areas discussed how the interplay of political constraints and the unpredictability of life trajectories shape, shift and discipline academic pathways, in particular under authoritarian regimes and austerity policies.
This two-day meeting provided relevant comparative insights to issues of exclusion, uncertainties as normalcy as well as to shared responsibilities. The presentations introduced theoretically grounded case studies of precarious contexts, auto-ethnographic witnesses of precarious “episodes” and featured a report from the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) and a brief introduction to Scholars at Risk network.
In addition, representatives of the PrecAnthroGroup, (which came into being during EASA2016 in Milan as a result of the open meeting on precarious research) introduced the precarity survey whose scope is that of learning more about the employment profile of EASA members. Several questions were raised and discussed with the participants in order to improve the content of the survey starting from the results of the pilot survey realized among the workshop participants. The survey will be officially launched among EASA members in late spring and it has three main goals:
- to gain an overview of employment conditions among the association’s members and nature of their work contracts,
- to explore the experiences of the members with labour conditions within and outside academia, and
- to gain an overview over employment pathways.
EASA members are warmly encouraged to respond to the survey considering the importance of the precarious existence of (young) researchers.
A powerful keynote reflecting on the Production of ‘Dangerous Knowledge’, Violation of Academic Freedom and Precarious Solidarities in the Age of Authoritarianism was given by Ozlem Biner (LSE). The keynote pursued to reveal the conditions and trajectories that are constitutive of precarities and solidarities in the academic context of Turkey and the UK and gave space to an ample debate between the participants.
The seminar has impact on various levels: the results of this seminar contributed to a policy paper for upcoming discussion and political interventions that is presently drafted by the EASA PrecAnthro liaison officers in order to address it to the European Commission DG Research and DG Employment. Another result of the seminar is the possibility of publishing a special issue of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale Journal on the topic of precarity that includes research articles, a Debate and a Forum section that will feature as many voices of precarious and non-precarious scholars as possible. Finally yet importantly, for those EASA members interested to deepen their knowledge on the results of this EASA AGM precarity seminar, we recommend reading the articles published on AllegraLab website. Here you have some of the titles: How to write about precarity from a precarious position (Annika Lems), Academia in Dark Times of Austerity Politics and Authoritarianism (David Loher, Georgeta Stoica, Sabine Strasser), The uncanny predictability of precarious existence (Katja Seidel), Precarity Everywhere? (Corinne Schwaller).
Georgeta Stoica and Sabine Strasser
6. Letter from the Book Series Editor
News from Aleksandar Bošković
With the next EASA biennial conference coming up in August in Stockholm, EASA Book Series (published by Berghahn Books, winner of the “AAA Executive Director’s Award of Excellence for Publishing in Anthropology”) continues to showcase outstanding works of EASA members – both as edited volumes and as authored ones. Since the last Newsletter, more volumes are nearing the publication stage: Felix Ringel’s Back to the Post-Industrial Future: An Ethnography of Germany’s Fastest Shrinking City, Tomás Sánchez Criado’s and Adolfo Estalella’s Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography through Fieldwork Devices, and Annika Lems’ Being-Here: Place Making in World of Movement, should all be published before the Stockholm conference.
At the same time, more manuscripts, from the ones dealing with intricacies of financial aid, to issues related to economic rights and wrongs, as well as contemplating specific challenges related to a maritime community on the Atlantic coast are in the process of being produced.
This is just a glimpse into the breadth of perspectives and the variety of highly relevant topics that are explored by the scholars contributing to this book series. As the world is becoming more globalized, so also is our series.
As some other major anthropological conferences take place this year, such as the IUAES congress in Florianópolis (Brazil), and the ASA conference in Oxford (UK), I am sure that many of our colleagues are working on subjects that can find an audience through the EASA Book Series, making their voices heard, and maintaining the series as one of the most exciting and original publishing projects in contemporary social sciences.
Professor of Anthropology
University of Belgrade
7. Network Liaison Officer’s Report 2017
2017 has been a very busy year for all EASA networks, in between the Milan conference of 2016 and the forthcoming 2018 Stockholm conference.
The networks are the backbone of EASA activity and we are proud so many of them have been so active in this past year.
During 2017, the following networks received EASA funding for network activities:
Applied Anthropology: EASA supported the network’s fifth annual symposium, Why the world needs anthropologists 28-29 October, Durham UK. Preparations for an edited volume are well underway, and the network has set an agenda for its sixth annual symposium: Designing the future (26-27 October 2018, Lisbon).
Race and Ethnicity (ARE): ARE held a network meeting in Berlin on 17-19 July, which also initiated a number of working groups on a variety of matters, such as curriculum design and content, mentoring, etc.
Ethnographic Experimentation (COLLEEX): COLLEEX held its first workshop, Ethnographic Experimentation: Fieldwork Devices and Companions in Lisbon, July 13-15. Some of the sum awarded was used to employ a technician to address issues surrounding complex multimedia presentations.
Anthropology of Confinement (ConfinementNet): the network, set up in 2014, held its first independent meeting (after panels at EASA conferences) at Aalborg, Copenhagen, on 14-15 November; the network is looking to set up a book series.
Anthropology of Economy: the network held a workshop in Vienna, 27-28 October, on Tracing senses of deservingness: perspectives on power, morality and distribution in contemporary Europe; the network convenors are in conversation with the EASA book series editor about a possible volume arising from the workshop.
Anthropology of Law (LawNet): the network held a workshop on 19-21 September in Bern, Switzerland, on the topic Anticipating Law with twin themes of how law might be used to imagine future society, and how law may predict the future behaviour of individuals and groups.
Anthropology of Mining: the network used EASA funding to organise a workshop in Utrecht, Netherlands, on the topic of Mining Temporalities. The workshop has resulted in papers being submitted to a special issue of Extractive Industries and Society (EXIS), with publication expected in March 2018.
Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality (NAGS): the network held an EASA-funded workshop at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, 23-24 November, in collaboration with the Dutch LOCA, the Dutch Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) and a number of other Dutch academic groups.
Medical anthropology network: The network organised a conference Bodies in transition - power knowledge and medical anthropology on the 5-7 July in Lisbon. The conference held at the University of Lisbon was very successful with 243 participants, 37 panels, 177 paper presentations, and 43 sessions and displayed the broad variety and high-level quality of presented topics.
Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS): The network organised their annual meeting with the title Medical Anthropology Beyond Medical Borders on the 15-16 June, 2017, at the University of Edinburgh. During the two-day meeting, 25 participants from countries around the world, presented their work in three different parallel groups.
Network of Anthropological Theory (NET): the network held a workshop from 7-10 September on Capri (Italy) with the title Fakery, insincerity, and the anthropology of Humbuggery. A publication from the workshop is planned for early 2018.
Anthropology of Religion: the network used co-matched EASA funding to hold a workshop, Conviviality and its Discontents: Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Urban Settings, 18-19 September Lisbon. The objective of the workshop was to find ways to move beyond the strictures of monolithic approaches such as ‘the anthropology of Islam’ or ‘the anthropology of Christianity’.
In addition, the following networks received funding for joint network activities:
Anthropology and Mobility Network (Anthromob) and the Anthropology of Media Network held a joint meeting at the University of Cologne, 14-16 September; the aim of the workshop was to bring together scholars working on the theoretical underpinnings of media and mobility studies in anthropology, with an emphasis on early and mid-career academics. The Anthromob network also published an edited volume based on an Anthromob meeting in 2013.
The Peace and Conflict studies in Anthropology network (PACSA) held a joint meeting with the Anthropology of Security network (AnthroSec) in Amsterdam, 28-30 August, on the topic of The making of peace, conflict and security: the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. The conference had more than 150 participants, attending 20 panels.
Five other associations held events during 2017:
Anthropology and the Arts Network: The network organised a Summer School Ethnography of the Arts / Art of Ethnography on the 17-24 September 2017, at Villa Arson, Nice. This was in cooperation with FU Berlin and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre.
Anthropology and Social Movements Network: The team of the Peasant Activism Project, in cooperation with the network, organised the second meeting of the Political Imagination Laboratory: Visualizing and Investigating the Imagination of Contemporary Activism, 8 - 10 December 2017 at University of Perugia, Italy.
European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA): The network organised its second workshop The pasts, presents, and futures of queer mobilities: transnational movements of ideas, concepts, and people on the 7th and 8th of September, 2017 at the Central European University in Budapest.
Energy Anthropology Network: Electrifying Anthropology, 14-16 March 2016. The workshop brought 27 international scholars to Durham University in North-East England, to debate approaches to electricity over 3 days of workshops. The event was supported by the Durham Energy Institute.
Sacral Communication and Healing Network: The network held its fifth Summer Course in the field of Organizational anthropology in 7-9 September, 2017 in Nagykőrös, Hungary. The lecturers were invited from U.K., Sweden, Romania, Austria, Hungary and USA.
One network has a call for submissions out:
Teaching Anthropology Network is organising an event Teaching and learning anthropology and ethnography in eastern and southeastern europe: Making sense of cultural difference in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, on May 12-13, 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece. Deadline for abstract submissions is March 18th, 2018.
The EASA Executive Committee strongly encourages joint network activities and wishes to encourage more joint network applications.
Many networks record progress on setting up active Facebook groups and we would encourage all networks to explore this means of communication with network members.
See all network reports, including reports on EASA-funded activities on the network section of the website.
During the course of 2017 three new networks were proposed to the EASA Executive Committee and approved:
Pilgrimage Studies Network (PILNET) (convenors: Professor John Eade (Roehampton, UK)
Ageing, Generation and Life Course Network (AGENET) (convenors: Dr Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes, UK)
Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA) (convenors: Dr. James Davies (University of Roehampton, UK)
Details of these new networks are being posted on the website as they come in. Any EASA members considering proposing a new network are strongly encouraged to discuss the suggestion with the Network Liaison Officer, Marcus Banks, marcus.banks(at)anthro.ox.ac.uk.
On the whole, the EASA Executive Committee prefers to extend the brief of existing networks where possible rather than establish new networks. Any proposals for new networks should explain why and how the proposed network would be distinctive and how it would address an area of the discipline which is not currently covered.
Annual reports (2017-18)
There are still some networks which have not submitted their 2017 annual reports. Even if there has not been a great deal of activity in a network, please do send us your reports so we know you are still with us!
Network convenors are reminded that ‘Convenors should be elected every two years and be in office for no more than four years’. Many networks use the opportunity of the biennial conferences to seek nominations for, and to arrange elections of, new convenors. The forthcoming EASA 2018 conference in Stockholm is the ideal opportunity to seek nominations to refresh your network convenors. Where relevant, please use your mailing lists to send out a call for convenor nominations.
EASA 2018: ‘Staying, Moving, Settling’
Network convenors are reminded that the Call for panels for the 2018 EASA Biennial Conference (Stockholm, 14-17 August) remains open and that all networks are guaranteed a panel: see details of how to apply online.
The Call for Panels closes on 31 January so there are only a few days left!
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