As we roll into the beginning of Autumn here in the northern hemisphere, we look forward to two Wenner-Gren-sponsored conferences in Europe.
September 10-14, 2012
This conference will bring together a large field of anthropologists based in various countries and specializing in a wide range of ethnographic settings. Joining them will be an assortment of professionals in the fields of law, jurisprudence and economics to address issues of high contemporary intellectual relevance and of burning public concern raised by today’s increasingly competitive global economic scenario.
Urban areas are a dominant form of associated life that encapsulate the socioeconomic impact of increasingly significant international regulations and flows of capital and people. Governance have generally failed to constructively meet the challenges posed by the complexities and implications of this worldwide phenomenon. Anthropological analysis has identified entrepreneurial cultures rooted in the morality and ramifications of a ‘strong continuous interactions’ between the material and the non-material. Delegates will reflect on the significance, ramifications and impact on the broader society of such an empirical sine qua non. The role that individual and collective entrepreneurialism, and the attendant culture and social impact, have to play in such a scenario is too often frustrated by selective policies and the law. Eschewing confusion between individuality and individualism, anthropologists have demonstrated hoe this both encourages exclusion and widens the gap between governance and the govern across the world. The conference will reflect on the distinction between individual action and individualistic goals and on issues of legitimacy and responsibility in socioeconomic action and the management of political decision-making.
The European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) brings together scholars working in Southeast Asian archaeology, anthropology, art history and philology. The EurASEAA conference is by definition international, uniting groups of people who do not otherwise normally meet, but who share a common interest in Southeast Asian heritage. The conference facilitates communication between different disciplines, addressing shared issues in anthropological debate and brings together the international community of research scholars to discuss, report, plan and promote new research. In 2012 the conference will run from the 18th-21st of September, hosted by University College Dublin, School of Archaeology. This is the first time EurASEAA has been held in Ireland, providing exciting opportunities for new engagement and collaborations in international heritage research and teaching. 2012 is also the year that Dublin is European City of Science; EurASEAA14 will be a ‘partner conference’ in this celebration, enabling involvement in a nationwide promotion of heritage and science studies. Video from the conference will be presented online, allowing public, student and academic participation nationally and internationally.