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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, May 11

The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop, and the Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly present:

“The Soviet Uncola”

A Lecture by Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University

Wednesday, 4:45-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 315
May 11, 2011

Reception to follow

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Workshop: Anthropology of Europe Call for Presenters, University of Chicago

A message from our friends at the Anthropology of Europe Workshop:

Dear friends and colleagues,

Its that time of year when we are soliciting people interested in
presenting at next year’s Anthropology of Europe workshop. At the
moment, we are looking for people who are potentially interested (i.e.,
you are not full committing yourself as of yet) as we put together our
CAS application.  Also, we would love to get feedback on any ideas you
might have for invited speakers from outside the University of Chicago.

If you are available to present and/or have some suggestions about who you
would like to see present, please email Tracey Rosen
(trosen@uchicago.edu) or Eli Thorkelson (eli@uchicago.edu). Hope
everyone is having a good spring quarter, and we look forward to hearing
from you soon.

All the best,
Tracey Rosen and Eli Thorkelson

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Conference: Rethinking Europe: New Approaches and Methodologies to the Study of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries, University of Minnesota, October 27-31

Rethinking Europe: New Approaches and Methodologies to the Study of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries

At the end of the nineteenth century, Western Europe considered itself to be the  center of the world. The military strength and economic resources of European  countries, along with centuries of imperialist policies that spread European technology, culture and politics had resulted in empires that spanned the globe. One hundred years later a post-fascist, post-communist, post-colonial, arguably-united Europe struggles to define itself and its position on an increasingly interconnected world stage. While the successes of the European Union have brought some sense of unity to a continent split by a century of war, debates about migration, currencies and economic stability, citizenship, education, welfare, and international relations continue to divide Europeans.

The Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota invites paper proposals from advanced graduate students for a workshop October 27-31, 2011, focusing on Europe’s position in and to the world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Participants will meet in Minneapolis and workshop pre-circulated papers of 20-30 pages in length. University of Minnesota faculty and graduate students will provide additional commentary throughout the sessions. Housing will be covered by the Center for German and European Studies for all participants; substantial funds are also available to  offset the costs of air travel.

In particular we invite interdisciplinary projects that employ new methodologies,  theories, and frameworks toward defining a global Europe.

Topics may include, but need not be limited to:

-Ethnic, geographic, racial, and political definitions of Europe

-European and postcolonial migrations

-European colonialisms, metropole/periphery dichotomies

-analyses of the national, international, and transnational

-cultural, ideological, national identities

-the European Union

– issues of pedagogy, ie. teaching Europe in a global context

Interested graduate students should submit a cover letter briefly describing  their work, CV, and an up-to 300-word abstract to rethinkingeurope@gmail.com by 31 May 2011. Selected participants will be notified by mid June.

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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power Lecture Series, May 11

Please join the Anthropology of Europe Workshop for our 2011 Spring quarter series. Please check regularly for ongoing updates. Unless otherwise indicated, workshops will take place in Haskell Hall 101, 4:45-6pm. Light refreshments will be served.

May 11th (Wednesday), Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University
Paper:  “The Soviet Uncola”

The lecture is part of Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

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CEERES Friends: Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago has a long and proud tradition of scholarly excellence and leadership in the discipline. This is, perhaps, an even more exciting time than usual because they have just made substantial additions of excellent young anthropologists to our faculty. They are intent on maintaining the traditional foci of the Department while developing emerging centers of theoretical interest in the discipline and beyond. Some of the areas that are currently enjoying particular attention by faculty and students in archaeology as well as linguistic and sociocultural anthropology include: semiotic approaches to culture, postcoloniality, human rights and indigenous rights, globalization, critiques of neoliberalism, the politics of gender and sexuality, the analysis of place and space, and the anthropological study of science. Each of these research areas is enhanced by the Department’s longstanding commitment to training students in the history and foundations of social and cultural theory. The encouragement of free-ranging discussions with fellow students and small, hands-on research seminars and workshops contributes to the excellent training of Anthropology students.

A list of workshops affiliated with the Department of Anthropology

Anthropology of Europe Workshop is frequently visited by experts on the CEERES regio.

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Lecture: “There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan,” Russell Zanca, The Soviet Arts Experience, April 12

There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat – A public talk by Prof. Russell Zanca

“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

A public talk by Prof. Russell Zanca (Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
5pm – 6:30pm

Classics Buidling, Room 110
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public

Part of the “Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: The Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia” Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

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Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center), Anthropology of Europe Workshop, March 31

An Anthropologist under Surveillance – A Public Talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery

180 Verdery Anthro

“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

A public talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center)

Thursday, March 31, 2011
4:30pm-6:00pm

Haskell Hall, Room 315
5836 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public.

Part of the “Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: The Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia” Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

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Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “Pouring Out Postsocialist Fears: Practical Metaphysics of a Therapy at a Distance”, November 4

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly presents:

“Pouring Out Postsocialist Fears: Practical Metaphysics of a Therapy at a Distance”

by Larisa Jasarevic
Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Discussant: Sean Dowdy, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Thursday, 4:45-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101
November 4, 2010

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: This paper looks at the healing practice of strava that translates as “great fear,” with a long oral history in Bosnia but particularly popular since the end of Socialism and of the 1990s war. The postsocialist therapy, informed by gifting dispositions, is a bustling business that intervenes into disorders that people commonly relate to the new de-monetized economy. Strava treatment presupposes distance since the therapist rarely touches the bodies at hand and interventions are habitually arranged by concerned intimates in the patients’ absence. Inspired by Bruno Latour’s (1993 and 2006) advice to expand our notion of agency in the direction of the native’s pointing finger, I approach strava and its claims to efficacy at a distance not as a traditional and symbolic practice but as a therapy that competes with psycho-pharmaceutical treatments of anxiety and depression in contemporary Bosnia. However, a commonplace therapeutic blunder—an accidental mixing of “fears” water and Coke—which therapists shrug off as of no consequence, points to the models of action that are best explored outside the pragmatics of science studies and with the insights of classic theories of sympathetic magic (Mauss [1902] 1950; Tylor [1871] 1920; and Frazer 1922). By thinking what makes strava water—carefully prepared with prayers and handled by the therapist’s and the patient’s wishing breaths—alone potent while Coke remains flat, I propose that this therapy is the domain of wishing which does not interrupt a sphere of new political economy but nevertheless intervenes effectively in the carnal bodies that suffer it.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung (syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Anthropology of Europe Graduate Student Workshop Calendar

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop is very pleased to present its 2010 Fall Schedule:

Thursday, October 7th, Kristy Ironside
Dept. of History, University of Chicago
“The Curious Lottery: Soviet Lottery Bonds and Socialist Construction, 1922-1941″

Thursday, October 21st, Elayne Oliphant
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago
“Visions of Heritage: Catholicism and the Racialization of Religious Difference in Republican Paris”

Thursday, November 4th, Larisa Jasarevic
International Studies Program, University of Chicago
Paper Title TBA

Thursday, Novemeber 11th, Lynn Tesser
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, International University of Sarajevo
“The Impact of Europe’s Pivotal ‘Peace Projects’ in Central Europe and the Balkans”

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Unless otherwise specified, the AEW will meet during Fall term in Haskell Hall 101 from 4:45 to 6pm.

For copies of workshop papers (sent by e-mail), or for assistance with attending the AEW, please contact co-coordinators
Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu)
or Shirley Yeung (syeung@uchicago.edu).

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Call for Papers: International Conference Materiality, Memory and Cultural Heritage, Abstract Deadline December 17

International Conference on
MATERIALITY, MEMORY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
(Please visit http://www.materialitymemoryculturalheritage.com)

A conference organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Istanbul Technical University and the Department of Anthropology, Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey on May 25-29, 2011.

Keynote Speakers:
Ian Hodder (Stanford University)
Richard Handler (University of Virginia)
Ayfer Bartu Candan (Bogaziçi University)
Charles Stewart (University College London)

We are organizing a conference on the interrelated themes of memory, materiality and cultural heritage that will appeal to scholars from the fields of archaeology, anthropology and history. We invite papers that particularly address the uses and management of ancient sites, monuments and objects at the local and global scales from different social spaces and sectors of societies such as houses, ritual-architectural spaces, netscape, museums, touristic scapes, media industry, ethnoscapes and nation-states. Many different processes play a role in the particular contemporary uses of ancient objects and monuments such as the making of public/official or alternative histories and education, nationalism, cultural preservation efforts, place-making, object and profit oriented capitalist material practices, violence, archaeological practices, and the politics of the production and/or erasure of memory about the past, present and future. Despite the efforts of countries to geographically and culturally ‘preserve’ ancient monuments and objects, there has been a process of deterritorialization in the sense that they constantly move across space and time in the form of actual reproduction in different socio-spatial contexts, web-based information and computer simulation. In these new contexts they are reappropriated and attributed new meanings and senses and/or intentions to evoke the ancient potent meanings, becoming objects of new materialities and also containers and/or producers of new immaterialities. They become part and parcel of new historicities.

In addition to particular case studies we are specifically interested in papers that address theoretical and methodological questions. How can we theorize about contemporary uses of ancient monuments and objects? What is the unit of analysis and how is it methodologically constructed? From an analytical perspective, how can we gauge the historical traffic of these objects across space? What are our analytical boundaries?

The conference organizers plan to publish the conference proceedings.

Papers are expected to contribute to the following thematic areas related to the main topic of contemporary uses of ancient sites, monuments and objects:

– Commodification and Objectification
– Materiality
– Symbolic Meaning
– Collective Memory
– Senses and Memory
– Senses and Home
– Collection and Destruction of Objects
– History Production
– Media
– Religion
– Nationalism
– Neo-colonialism
– Place-making
– Technology
– Cultural Heritage Preservation

Abstract Submission
Abstracts for individual papers and sessions should be submitted by FRIDAY DECEMBER 17th 2010. Abstracts of no more than 350 words in English should be sent via email to the addresses listed below. Please include your name, affiliation, e-mail, telephone number(s), and postal address. The authors of the accepted abstracts will be notified by JANUARY 20th 2011.

Manuscript Submission
Once the abstracts are accepted the full papers must be submitted by May 25th, 2011 in order to be considered for publication in an edited volume.

Further details and updates will be posted on our conference website
at www.materialitymemoryculturalheritage.com

Please email presentation abstracts to:
info@materialitymemoryculturalheritage.com

Please email questions/comments to:
Sevil Baltali Tirpan: sbaltali@itu.edu.tr
Aybil Goker: aybilgoker@gmail.com

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