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Call For Panels: World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge, IUAES (July 16-20, 2018, Florianópolis, Brazil)

The 18th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) will be held in Florianópolis, Brazil, on 16-20 July 2018, hosted by the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA). The theme of the congress is “World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge.” The call for panels will be open until 30th October 2017.

CFP: Anthrosophia 2018: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Philosophy, Anthropology, and Allied Disciplines (March 7-10, 2018, New Orleans, LA)

Founded in 2015, Anthrosophia is an annual interdisciplinary
conference bridging the fields of philosophy, anthropology, and allied social sciences. The conference is dedicated to the holistic
investigation of the questions of how and why human societies
organize themselves in the diverse ways that we do today, and have
done in the past. The basic premise of Anthrosophia is that the fields
of philosophy and anthropology have much more in common than is
typically acknowledged. Philosophical claims about humans and
human societies had to start somewhere and, indeed, they usually
began as basic empirical generalizations about the nature of human
behavior. Anthropology began as an offshoot from the field
philosophy in the early 19th century and it continues to carry the same fundamental set of theoretical building blocks with it into the
present day.

As an interdisciplinary conference, Anthrosophia aims to articulate
the theoretical principles, methodological orientations, and empirical data that form the basis of philosophy and anthropology as
traditionally distinct fields. Through this collaboration, we hope to
identify persistent shortcomings and biases in our thinking about the nature of human social life and to find better ways forward.
Participants may give oral presentations of up to 20 minutes. If you
wish to present a paper, we ask you to submit a 150-word abstract
outlining your topic to by January 2nd. Please also indicate your preference about which day you would like to present. (We do our best to accommodate these preferences but we can’t make any promises!)

The Anthrosophia scholarly society also publishes a journal of the
same name. Papers presented at the Anthrosophia conference may be considered for publication in this journal, though we also accept
unrelated submissions. For more information about the Anthrosophia conference and the journal, please visit

Conference Program Committee
Drew Chastain (co-chair), Loyola University New Orleans
Grant S. McCall (co-chair), C.H.E.R. and Tulane University
Karl Widerquist, Georgetown University SFS-Qatar
Enzo Rossi, University of Amsterdam

Any questions about the conference should be directed to

Conference: South-South II: Materiality and Embodiment in Greater Asia and Africa (October 27-28, 2017, Columbia University, New York)

Keynote Speakers: Projit Mukharji (Associate Professor of History & Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania) and Nina Sylvanus (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Northeastern University)

The incorporation of non-humans as active participants in knowledge production has prepared the way for interrogations of the nature of “objects,” “bodies,” and their relationship to one another throughout history. Transregional studies of objects and bodies have often focused on narratives of circulation and migration. But how does an inclusion of an object or body’s embeddedness in certain geographies and temporal contexts enable new possibilities for research? Does a study of material culture, theorized through conceptions of objects and bodies, confound or confirm regional geographies? This conference seeks to give voice to histories of materiality and embodiment in the Global South, in particular in Africa and Greater Asia broadly defined.

“Unidentified object” by Iran via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

This conference thus poses two primary questions. First, how can African and Asian concepts and archives be used to reframe discourses on materiality and embodiment in the Global South? Second, what new optics of research do historical and historiographical questions about materiality and embodiment within the geographies of Greater Asia and Africa enable? Between these framing questions, many more emerge: how does the study of material culture intersect with processes of both circulation and embeddedness? How do materials themselves structure political economies? What are the ways, if any, of recovering histories of materials without the histories of humans? What purposes do materials serve in therapeutics, and how do they shape wellbeing – whether biomedical, physiological, psychological, political, religious, or otherwise? Where does the line between human and material blur, and in what ways can materiality be understood as an extension of embodiment or personhood?

This two-day conference will take place on October 27th and 28th at Columbia University in New York.

Click here for information about last year’s South-South conference, “Intellectual History across Middle East and South Asia, 1857-1948.”

CFP: Shifting the Geography of Reason XV: Ways of Knowing, Past and Future, Caribbean Philosophical Association (June 19-22, 2018, Dakar, Sénégal)

The Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA), in collaboration with La Société sénégalaise de philosophie (SOSEPHI), will hold its 2018 international conference in Dakar, Sénégal, at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD). The site of the meeting will be the Confucius Institute and the UCAD 2.

The theme — Shifting the Geography of Reason: Ways of Knowing, Past and Future — focuses on the complexity of thinking, reasoning, philosophizing, and more through the complex history of the formation and challenges of the global south.

The CPA organized this collaboration because of its mission of shifting the geography of reason, which involves meeting not only with intellectual and artistic communities in countries of the global south but also across many linguistic and cultural lines.

This will be the CPA’s first international conference in continental Africa. Given its contribution to global and African philosophy, Sénégal offers a meaningful opportunity to bring the variety of languages and cultures of the Americas (and the global membership of the CPA) in transformative conversation with those of the Francophone world and the many countries of Africa.

It is our hope that this meeting will inaugurate ongoing conversations on topics ranging from ancient through contemporary forms of knowledge.

Themes to consider are: plural Modernities — among which are Afromodernity, Euromodernity, Indomodernity, Sinomodernity, and more; imagined configurations such as Afrotopia and Afrofuturity; manifold epistemological possibilities; transdisciplinarity; reimagining forms of human science; and pressing challenges for the production of knowledge and global political realities.

Guidelines: Please submit your proposals online at Include your title, abstract, institutional affiliation, preferred contact information, rank or work (e.g., “writer” or “artist” if not an academic) in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The submission deadline is February 1st, 2018.