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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.

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

 

Event: The life and works of Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard, 1902-1973, Royal Anthropological Institute, London, October 18-19 2018,

Edward Evans-Pritchard was one of the most famous anthropologists of the twentieth century. Known for the great range and perspicacity of his writings and lectures, the books which he published were often seminal, creating discussion and setting anthropology off onto new paths. In order to explore his life, fieldwork, and legacy, on October 18-19, 2018 the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is holding a seminar on “The life and works of Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard (1902-1973),” There will be no conference fee, and refreshments will be provided on the day. Program information can be found here.

To RSVP to this event please go to https://evans-pritchard.eventbrite.co.uk.

 

New Resource: Robert Launay’s “Savages, Romans, and Despots: Thinking About Others from Montaigne to Herder”

The History of Anthropology Newsletter (HAN) is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Dr. Robert Launay‘s new book Savages, Romans and Despots: Thinking About Others from Montaigne to Herder. Scheduled for release on October 1, 2018, Launay’s work traces how Europeans both admired and disdained unfamiliar societies in their attempts to work through the inner conflicts of their own social worlds.

A full description of the book 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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Event: Human Diversity in Context, Trieste, Italy, 25-26 September 2018

On September 25-26, 2018 the Department of Humanities of the University of Trieste & Academia Europaea is hosting an international conference called Human Diversity in Context.

This event will offer a multifaceted critical examination of the ways, tools and strategies through which European societies have historically envisioned and now confront, construct and conceptualize their perception, representation and evaluation of the difference-in-unity of mankind. The scope of the conference will range from the recognition and/or reconstruction of religious identities and the legal status of minorities, together with the formation of territorially bounded human collectives, to the analysis of wounded identities or competing regimes of memory, from the dialectical examination of processes of ‘othering’ to cultural and physical anthropological narratives and classifications of mankind, exploring which cognitive skills humans share and do not share with animals.

The full conference program can be found here.

Questions about the event can be directed to conference organizer Dr Cinzia Ferrini at ferrini@units.it

Invitation to Contribute: Land Acknowledgement at HSS

During the 2017 History of Science Society meeting in Toronto, a committee was formed  to expand the Society’s ongoing initiatives for inclusion, diversity and equality. The committee’s primary focus for the 2018 meeting in Seattle is to invite one of the six Seattle-area Nations (Duwamish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Snohomish, Suquamish, and Snoqualmie) to open the conference with a land acknowledgment ceremony. They are also drafting guidelines to make land acknowledgment a regular practice at conferences and institutions for research and education.

Many institutions of research and education have been erected on stolen land. Academic conferences and events are also routinely held in these spaces. Often these lands were taken under unjust and violent circumstances. However, these truths, including the devastating effects that forced relocation continues to have on native communities, are left out of dominant historical narratives.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgements, which refers to the practice of recognizing an Indigenous community’s ancestral ties to the land on which a meeting or event is taking place, are one small but tangible way institutions of culture and education in the United States can begin repairing the harm caused by mainstream historical accounts, which have excluded Indigenous voices and obscured the centrality of violence to colonialism in the United States. Acknowledging the communities that have an inseparable connection to the land on which these institutions reside challenges the mainstream narrative and calls attention to the strength of Indigenous communities which have survived the devastating effects of displacement and colonization. Further, this history informs the present experience of Native American peoples, so it is essential to the contextualization of current events.

Anyone interested in joining the committee is very welcome. They can be reached at hss.land.acknowledgment@gmail.com.

Publishing Opportunity: Invitation to contribute to Anthropological Theory

Anthropological Theory (AT) is looking for submissions regarding disciplinary history.  According to the editors, Stephen
Reyna, Julia Eckert and Nina Glick Schiller, they are “[P]leased to review individual articles or entire issues dealing with particular themes.  AT is a theory journal, so our preference is for articles that deal with theoretical or methodological matters that have been significant in the discipline’s history. We do not insist that AT authors hew to a particular intellectual standpoint.  However, successful manuscripts will construct arguments, notable for their clarity, that advance questions of theory in historical contexts.”

Information about the journal including submission requirements can be found
at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ant

Event: History of Anthropology Panels at the 5th EASA conference in Stockholm, Sweden, 14-17 August 2018

The 5th European Association for Social Anthropologists (EASA) conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden at Stockholm University from August 14-17, 2018.  A  list of sessions and events relevant to the history of anthropology can be found below:

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CFP: Call for Papers for RAI Seminar “Anthropology and Folklore in Conversation: Revisiting Frazer, Lang, and Tylor,” in London, 25 October 2018

As part of a series of successful one-day events devoted to examining the complementarities between anthropology and folklore, the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is holding a seminar on the writings of James George Frazer, Andrew Lang and Edward Burnett Tylor. They invite scholars to submit papers on these three famous figures, whose work continues to influence both of these fields.

Though papers on these three scholars and their impact are particularly welcome, the RAI is also open to papers that situate these figures within a larger network of scholarship in order to shed light on the different, overlapping currents of scholarship at the time, and the way that we react to them today.

Anyone wishing to submit a proposal should submit the title of their proposed paper (along with a 300 word abstract which includes the authors name and contact information) to thefolkloresociety@gmail.com by Friday 13 July, 2018 by 5 PM. Paper proposers will be notified by the end of July if their proposal has been accepted.

More information on this event and the submission process can be found here.

 

CFP: Call for Papers for a Seminar on Edward Evans-Pritchard in London, 18 October 2018

Edward Evans-Pritchard was one of the most famous anthropologists of the twentieth century. Known for the great range and perspicacity of his writings and lectures, the books which he published were often seminal, creating discussion and setting anthropology off onto new paths. In order to explore his life, fieldwork, and legacy, the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is holding a one-day seminar on “The life and works of Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard (1902-1973),” scheduled for 18 October 2018.

The RAI welcomes paper submissions that focus on Evans-Pritchard’s life in Oxford; his career; his publications, his varied theoretical contributions, and his scholarly influence. These papers will be used to form the basis for a book of essays which will explore Evans-Pritchard’s life, fieldwork and works from multiple perspectives.

Those who would like to present should submit the title of their proposed presentation, along with a 300 word abstract to admin@therai.org.uk by 15th July 2018.

More information about the seminar and submission process can be found here.

Event: History of Anthropology Panels at the 18th IUAES World Congress in Florianópolis (Santa Catarina), Brazil, 16-20 July 2018

The 18th IUAES World Congress will take place in Florianópolis (Santa Catarina), Brazil, at the Federal University of Santa Caterina (UFSC) from July 16-20, 2018. A  list of sessions and events relevant to the history of anthropology 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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HAN on HAU

The History of Anthropology Newsletter editorial board is troubled by recent reports of abuses of power at HAU—an online journal of ethnographic theory that has been publishing since 2011. Complaints of financial misconduct, violations of open access policies, and bullying, harassment, and intimidation of staff members recently appeared as two anonymous statements from former editorial staff on the blog Footnotes and on their own site, and have led to significant discussion online.

The fact that HAU has been a source of inspiration for our own open access web publication makes these reports all the more disturbing for HAN. As HAN is an unpaid, volunteer organization of mostly junior scholars who have functioned together on the basis of trust and informal agreements, we’re aware of the potential for exploitation and failures of transparency in publication venues, as well as the fraught power dynamics which may exist in collaborations between junior and senior scholars.

We are therefore taking this occasion to make explicit our commitment to maintaining kind, fair, supportive, mutually-beneficial working conditions for all who contribute to HAN as editors, authors, or otherwise; to maintaining open access publishing, with content available for free in perpetuity; and to establishing principles and safeguards for protection and accountability at this year’s HAN Annual Meeting. We recognize the valuable work that has has been done at HAU as well as the problematic and abusive conditions under which much of it appears to have been carried out; we are grateful to those who have brought this situation to light and catalyzed these important conversations.

Fellowship: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

2019-2020 Topic: KINSHIP

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

The Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities on the general theme of Kinship. The fellowship is open to untenured junior scholars who have received or will receive their Ph.D. (the only eligible terminal degree) between December 2010 and December 2018. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2018 to be eligible.

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CFP: JHBS Special Issue on “Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness & Human Flourishing”

The Forum for the History of the Human Sciences is putting together a special issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences in honor of historian John Burnham on the topic of “Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness & Human Flourishing.”

As guest editor Mark Solovey notes: “Though the CFP doesn’t mention the history of anthropology specifically, we’d love to have a contribution from this area.  Anthropologists have often considered what it means to live well. What can historians today tell us about the nature and significance of anthropological work in this area?”

The submission deadline is November 1, 2018. Read on for application instructions and additional details.

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Event: History of Anthropology Sessions at the 18th UISPP World Congress in Paris, France, June 4-9, 2018

The 18th World Congress of the Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques will take place in Paris, France from June 4-9, 2018. This event will focus on the adaptation and durability of prehistoric and protohistoric societies in the face of climate change.
Four panels at this event are particularly relevant to the history of anthropology  (shown below). More information about these sessions, as well as the World Congress in general, can be found here.

Fellowship: Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine Fellowships

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine  offers fellowships for scholars conducting research in the collections of its member institutions. Applications for 2018-2019 are due before June 16, 2018.

For more information, visit www.chstm.org

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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: “‘To disseminate the sciences and to benefit humanity’: On the 250th Anniversary of the Physical Expeditions of the Academy of Sciences,” St. Petersburg, Russia, November 19-21, 2018

The Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation), the Francke Foundations (Halle, Germany) and the University of Hamburg have issued a call for papers for the international scientific conference “‘To disseminate the sciences and to benefit humanity’: On the 250th Anniversary of the Physical Expeditions of the Academy of Sciences,” which will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from November 19-21, 2018.

More detailed information and submission instructions can be found below:

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CFP: History and Anthropology Revisited, Paris, France, May 2-4, 2018

From May 2-4, 2018 the Centre Universitaire de Norvège à Paris will be hosting a three day workshop entitled History and Anthropology Revisited, which will examine promising intersections between history and anthropology in present scholarship. The workshop will be a combination of keynote lectures, and an in-depth discussion of a series of pre-circulated papers. It is envisioned as an opportunity for young scholars working on the different dimensions of the history of anthropology to meet and discuss their research in progress.

More detailed information and submission instructions can be found below:

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CFP: 2018 AAA Meeting in San Jose, CA, November 14-18, 2018

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has issued a call for papers for it’s 117th Annual Meeting which will take place in San Jose, CA from November 14-18, 2018. The theme of the meeting is “Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience and Adaptation.” The conference committee is currently accepting submissions for papers, posters, workshops, roundtables that address the themes of resistance, resilience, and adaptation from a wide range of perspectives. The deadline for proposals is April 16th, 3:00pm EST. 

Additional information about the conference theme and submission process can be found here.

New Resource: Ramah McKay’s “Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in Mozambique”

The History of Anthropology Newsletter (HAN) is pleased to announce the release HAN Advisory Board member Ramah McKay‘s new book Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in MozambiquePublished this past January by Duke University Press, McKay’s work follows two medical projects in Mozambique through the day-to-day lives of patients and health care providers, showing how transnational medical resources and infrastructures give rise to diverse possibilities for work and care amid constraint.

A full description of the book can be found below:

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