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The News section gathers announcements and current events relevant to anthropology and its history. To submit such news, please email us at news@histanthro.org.

CFP: Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge), December 1-3, 2019, Blenheim, New Zealand.

The University of Otago and the Tōtaranui 250 Trust has issued a call for papers for Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge). Taking place from December 1-3, 2019 in Blenheim, New Zealand, this conference is part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage and the first onshore meetings between Europeans and the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori. The conference is interested in analysing the implications of this event on the global history of science, technology, medicine, and indigenous knowledge. More information about this event and the submission process can be found below.

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Call for Applications: Geographies of Cultural Memory, A One-Day Workshop with Carlo Severi, June 8, 2019, The Warburg Institute, University of London

The Warburg Institute is pleased to announce a day-long workshop with renowned anthropologist Carlo Severi (Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, LAS/Collège de France). Professor Severi will give a public lecture at the Warburg at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7th. The next day, Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 to 17:00, he will lead a closed-session workshop. We invite PhD students, post-docs, and early career scholars to participate.

Entitled “Geographies of Cultural Memory,” the workshop will address methodological and historical problems in the study of global visual and aesthetic traditions. Drawing upon Severi’s foundational work on cultural memory and indigenous arts, discussions will place particular emphasis on the role of images and visual arts within anthropology and ethnography. How has anthropology dealt with the formal variety and geographical diffusion of aesthetic objects in the past, and what new modes of investigation offer themselves to us today? In this connection, we will also have occasion to revisit long-dormant anthropological aspects of Aby Warburg’s cultural science, and to consider its ramifications for a global study of culture in both the past and the present. 

Under Severi’s direction, the workshop will consist of group discussions of key texts and a limited number of research presentations by participants. Please note that space for the workshop is very limited. To apply, please send a brief description of your research in relevant areas (150-200 wds) and a brief CV (2 page max) to John.Tresch@sas.ac.uk and vollgraff@bilderfahrzeuge.org

Applications from London-area postgraduate students and early-career scholars working at the crossroads of art history, anthropology, geography, and/or the history of the human sciences are especially welcome.

Event: Seminar on “Museum Affordances: Activating West African Ethnographic Archives and Collections through Experimental Museology,” by Paul Basu, University of Oslo, 22 May, 2019

On May 22, 2019 Dr. Paul Basu will be delivering a talk entitled: “Museum Affordances: Activating West African Ethnographic Archives and Collections through Experimental Museology,” at the University of Oslo. Part of the Department of Social Anthropology’s annual seminar series, this event will take place from 2:15pm-4:00pm, at Blindern, Eilert Sundt’s house, in the Sixth floor meeting room. In this presentation, Dr. Basu will discuss his recent work in Nigeria, where he has been retracing the itineraries of the colonial anthropologist N. W. Thomas.

The seminar will be followed by an informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. More information about this event can be found here.

Event: Human Tissue Ethics in Anatomy, Past and Present: From Bodies to Tissues to Data, Harvard University, April 4, 2019

Anatomy as a science and as an educational discipline in the medical curriculum is forever in transition. One of the greatest areas of change in recent decades has been the systematic evaluation of ethical questions in anatomy. At the center of these deliberations is the status of the dead human body, which is no longer only seen as a mere “object” or “material” of research or as an educational “tool.” Rather, it is described as a body that still has connections with the person who once inhabited it, thus becoming part of a social network of knowledge gain and requiring respectful treatment.

This change of perspective will be explored in the symposium, “Human Tissue Ethics in Anatomy, Past and Present: From Bodies to Tissues to Data,” which will take place in Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School Campus on April 4, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. At this event, an international group of scholars will discuss the ethical aspects of existing questions, explore the relevance of non-profit and for-profit body donation, and examine newly emerging technologies in anatomy that may need innovative ethical approaches. The aim of this symposium is to present evidence for the insight that transparent and ethical anatomical body and tissue procurement is indeed at the core of medical ethics in research and education.

The event’s program and registration information can be found here.

Event: Global Conversations: Cross-Fertilization of Knowledge in the Making of the Modern World, Berlin, 26-27 April 2019

Olga Linkiewicz (Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences), Katrin Steffen (Hamburg) and Axel Jansen (Washington, DC) have organized an exploratory workshop on “Global Conversations: Cross-Fertilization of Knowledge in the Making of the Modern World.” This event will take place at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, from April 26-27 2019.

The workshop aims to explore the history of knowledge exchange in the twentieth century. In particular, it focuses on channels of communication between Eastern Europe, Germany, and East and South Asia and examines the ways in which scholars used the notion of human character, social betterment, and social change to analyze the complex relationship between epistemology and stereotypes.

Questions about this event can be directed to Olga Linkiewicz at ola.linkiewicz@ihpan.edu.pl

New Opportunity: Call for a Section Editor on the History of Ethnography for the Handbook on the History of Human Sciences

David McCallum, emeritus professor at Victoria University’s Centre for International Research on Education Systems in Melbourne, Australia, and editor of the Handbook on the History of Human Sciences, is looking for a suitable person to edit the Handbook’s ethnography section. Interested persons can contact him ASAP at david.mccallum@vu.edu.au

CFP: “Museums Different,” Second Biennial Conference of the Council for Museum Anthropology, Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 19-21, 2019

The Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) has issued a call for papers for its second biennial conference that will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, 2019. Using the unique position of Santa Fe—the “City Different”—as a starting point for thinking broadly about both local and global approaches to museum anthropology, the conference theme is “Museums Different.”

The conference will be held at Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, home to both the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology and the Museum of International Folk Art. The event includes sessions and activities at the Institute of American Indian Arts as well as an evening reception at the School for Advanced Research. More information on this event and the submission process can be found below.

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Resource: New Content in HAN’s Bibliography

The History of Anthropology Newsletter (HAN) is pleased to announce the addition of new items to our Bibliography section. This section features citations of recently published works (stretching back to 2013) in all formats that are relevant to the history of anthropology. A full list of the new titles added can be found below. More information on our latest bibliography entries can be found here.

HAN welcomes bibliography suggestions from our readers. If you come across a title of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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CFP: Panel on “Warm Words in a Cold Climate: Curiosity and Cooperation in Cold-War Anthropology,” AAA, Vancouver, BC, November 20-24, 2019

David Anderson and Joshua Smith invite submissions for a panel on Cold War anthropology at the upcoming AAA Annual Meeting, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from November 20-24, 2019. The panel abstract and details for submission are provided below:

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CFP: Freud’s Archaeology, The Warburg Institute, London, June 4-5th, 2019

The Warburg Institute has issued a call for papers for “Freud’s Archaeology,” a conference that examines archaeology’s role within psychoanalysis and how these two fields have oscillated between theoretical and practical work. This event will take place in London from June 4-5, 2019. More detailed information and submission instructions can be found below:

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History of Anthropology Panels at the 18th IUAES World Congress at Florianópolis, Brazil, July 2018

The 18th International Union of Anthropological und Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) World Congress was held at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil, July 16-20, 2018. Approximately 2,000 participants discussed the Congress theme “World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge” across 236 panels. Four panels dealt with the history of anthropology, among them one convened by History of Anthropology Network (HOAN) members.

Federal University of Santa Catarina campus in Florianópolis

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Event: The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology, Bard Graduate Center, New York

The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology on view at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery from February 14 through July 7, 2019, explores the hidden histories and complex legacies of one of the most influential books in the field of anthropology, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians (1897). Organized by Bard Graduate Center Gallery in partnership with U’mista Cultural Centre, a Kwakwaka’wakw museum in Alert Bay, British Columbia, the exhibition is curated by Aaron Glass, associate professor at Bard Graduate Center, and features designs by artist Corrine Hunt, a great-granddaughter of George Hunt.

The exhibit’s launch is accompanied by a series of events that explore contemporary indigenous creative practice and raise questions around representation, colonialism and cultural history. A full list of these activities can be found below.

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Event: Ethnology as Ethnography: Interdisciplinarity, Transnationality and Disciplinary Networks in the German Democratic Republic, University of Bonn, 1-2 February 2019


On February 1-2, 2019 scholars from the University of Bonn will present their findings of their Volkswagen Foundation research project:  “Akteurinnen, Praxen, Theorien: Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Ethnologie in der DDR” [Actors, Practices, Theories: Towards a History of Ethnology in the GDR] at a two day symposium titled: Ethnology as Ethnography: Interdisciplinarity, Transnationality and  Disciplinary Networks in the GDR – German Democratic Republic.

In this conference, researchers will discuss the possibilities of access to the history of German-speaking ethnic anthropology in transnational (European and international) spaces.

More information about this event can be found here.

 


					
		

Event: Staged Otherness, c. 1850-1939: East-Central European Responses and Context, Budapest, 16-18 January 2019


From January 16-18 2019 the Central European University, Institute of Ethnology, RCH, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archeology and Ethnology, and the Polish Academy of Sciences is holding a conference on “Staged Otherness: East-Central European Responses and Context” at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Art.

This event explores the history of ethnographic shows (ethnic shows, Völkerschau), human zoos, cirques, variété, freak shows, and different forms of local shows in Central and Eastern European contexts, where living people were presented in front of an audience.

The full conference program can be found here.

Funding Opportunity: 2019-2020 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Opportunities at the American Philosophical Society


The American Philosophical Society invites applications for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and short-term research fellowships and internships from scholars at all stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities on projects in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields and disciplines. These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Fellows and interns will be associated with the APS’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which promotes greater collaboration among scholars, archives, and Indigenous communities. More information about these opportunities can be found below.

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Resource: New Content in HAN’s Bibliography


The History of Anthropology Newsletter (HAN) is pleased to announce the addition of new items to our Bibliography section. This section features citations of recently published works (stretching back to 2013) in all formats that are relevant to the history of anthropology. A full list of the new titles added can be found below. More information on our latest bibliography entries can be found here.

HAN welcomes bibliography suggestions from our readers. If you come across a title of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Funding Opportunity: Adrian Research Fellowship


Thanks to a generous original donation from Trinity College, Cambridge,
Darwin College intends to elect a stipendiary Adrian Research Fellow in the history or anthropology of science or medicine in societies and cultures other than the modern West, if a suitable candidate applies. More information about this opportunity can be found below.

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History of Anthropology Panels at EASA 2018: Conference Report


From 14-17 August 2018, Stockholm University in Sweden hosted the 15th biennial conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). This year’s conference included four panels on the history of anthropology, as well as one session on a fifth panel, for a total of 38 papers on different aspects of the field’s history. This large number of papers suggests an upsurge of interest in the subject in Europe and worldwide. Since its reactivation in 2016, EASA’s History of Anthropology Network (HOAN) has aimed at facilitating this process, and its membership has nearly doubled since early 2017. All panels on the history of anthropology during this EASA conference were convened by members of HOAN; two of the panels were organized under the auspices of this network. Continue reading

Event: History of Anthropology at the AAA, San Jose, CA, November 14-18 2018


The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association will take place November 14-18 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Here is a list of sessions and events relevant to the history of anthropology:

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HSS History of Anthropology Happy Hour, 2 November 2018


In the spirit of the History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting, the History of Anthropology Newsletter will be hosting an informal gathering on Friday, Nov. 2 from 7:15-8:00 at Fado’s Irish Pub (801 1st Ave, Seattle).

All HSS attendees interested in issues related to the history of anthropology are invited to attend!

Event: History of Anthropology at HSS, Seattle, WA, November 1-4, 2018


The annual meeting of the History of Science Society (HSS) will take place November 1-4 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Here is a list of sessions and events relevant to the history of anthropology:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Land Acknowledgement Ceremony & Plenary Roundtable: Knowledge/Violence/Futures: History of Science and its Genealogies
18:00-19:29, Room: Willow
Co-Organized by Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto)

  • Joseph Masco (University of Chicago)
  • Kim TallBear (University of Alberta)
  • Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Pablo Gómez (University of Wisconsin Madison)

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Event: Workshop on Ethics, Settler Colonialism, and Indigeneity in the History of the Human Sciences, University of Washington, 4 November 2018


On November 4, 2018 the University of Washington’s Walter Chapin Simpson Centre for the Humanities will be hosting a special workshop on Ethics, Settler Colonialism, and Indigeneity in the History of the Human Sciences.

Taking place from 9:30-4:30pm in Communications Building 202, this workshop will explore how historians of science and others might assess the ethical breaches and conundrums that took place in the past as researchers in the human sciences carried out investigations of and on “the other.”

A full description of the workshop can be found below.

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New Opportunity: Graduate Programs in HPS and Biology and Society at ASU


Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences has announced a series of graduate programs in Biology and Society (MS; PhD) and the History and Philosophy of Science (PhD).

As part of the Biology and Society or History and Philosophy of Science programs, students have the opportunity to work closely with researchers in many disciplines, such as biology, medicine, economics, ethics, philosophy, history and public policy, to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and scholarship.

More information on these programs can be found here.

Event: MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar, Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 16-21 May 2019,


From May 16-21, 2019 the Marine Biological Laboratory and Arizona State University are holding their Annual History of Biology Seminar at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Titled,  “Uncovering the Logic of Regeneration across Complex Living Systems,” this seminar will bring togeather historians, philosophers, social scientists and biologists for a lively and intense week of presentations and discussions on how microbial communities, organisms and ecosystems maintain some capacity to repair and to maintain themselves in the face of events that cause disturbances or damage.

Applications for this seminar are due on February 1, 2019.

More information about the seminar’s theme and application process can be found here.

 

Event: Anthropology and Folklore in Conversation: Revisiting Frazer, Lang, and Tylor, Royal Anthropological Institute, London, 25 October 2018.


On October 25th the the Folklore Society and the Royal Anthropology Institute will be holding a joint seminar entitled “Anthropology and Folklore in Conversation: Revisiting Frazer, Lang, and Tylor.” This seminar is devoted to examining the complementarities between anthropology and folklore, through exploring the lives and work of James George Frazer, Andrew Lang and Edward B. Tylor.

This event will take place at the Royal Anthropological Institute at 50 Fitzroy St, London and will run from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

For additional information about this event, please contact: admin@therai.org.uk

 

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