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Human existence as fieldwork 2017 : Human existence as fieldwork

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Link: http://www.unipa.it/dipartimenti/cultureesocieta/Call-for-papers-Human-existence-as-fieldwork/
 
When Dec 6, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017
Where Palermo
Submission Deadline Nov 10, 2017
Notification Due Nov 11, 2017
Categories    anthropology   fieldwork   existence   vulnerability
 

Call For Papers

Call for papers
Human existence as fieldwork

International Conference
University of Palermo, December 6-7, 2017

Deadline for receiving abstracts: November 10, 2017

Can we consider human existence as an object of study in its own right? What do we mean when we speak of human existence? Which instruments and methods should be utilized and which disciplines should we resort to in order to better seize human existence? The existence we intend to study is the one belonging to humans, to individuals. The question is, then, how to observe them? In addition, concerning human existence, is it pertinent to speak of fieldwork? In this conference, we intend to focus on human existence and on its possible components in order to answer these questions and many more. Human existence – as a notion and as a practice – is fleeting and not easy to seize within a unique form of knowledge or theory. Human existence seems almost evident in itself: we mostly live through routine, through automatisms usually left uninvestigated. Thinking about human existence, instead, means to reveal, among other things, the automatisms which characterize it and to give it an anthropological definition. Moreover, it is important to specify that human existence tends to flow implicitly and to come to awareness, above all, when something happens that disrupts routine, breaks into the ordinary and transforms its regularity. We reflect – we are compelled to reflect – on the meaning of existence when we are confronted with what endangers it: violence, death, diseases or accidents. It is not surprising, then, that the meaning attributed to existence is closely associated with the rituals implemented by cultures to domesticate the danger represented by sufferings and vulnerabilities. Probably, an anthropological reflection on existence will lead to a new definition of exoticism and ethnography: as a matter of fact, existence as an object of study cannot be considered as an exotic elsewhere. Considering what we have said above, in this conference we will question ordinary and/or extraordinary aspects of existence inside a culture (or by comparing cultures) and we will focus on theoretical and methodological problems, more particularly on the role of the participant-observer as an individual who sees the world from a specific and situated viewpoint. Given the issues at stake, ultimately, this conference is meant to represent a first meeting towards future events to be held on an annual (or two year) and itinerant basis, in Europe or elsewhere. As an indication, for this conference we provide an open list of possible topics:

Temporal and spatial dimensions of existence
Existence, fieldwork and methods
Existence and theories
Existence, routine and daily life
Existence, writing, image
Exotic and endotic
Existence, culture, rites
Subjectivity and writing
Individual and culture
Action and emotion
Body and identity
Existence, vulnerability and death
Existence and Existentialisms

Scientific board:
Stefano Montes and Albert Piette

Administrative organization:
Dipartimento Culture e Società
University of Palermo
Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy

For information and to submit proposals:
Stefano Montes (montes.stefano@tiscalinet.it) and Albert Piette (piettealbert@hotmail.com)

Practical information:
Deadline for submitting proposals: November 10, 2017
Proposal summary and title: 250-300 words
Duration of presentations: 30 minutes
Expected submission of texts or longer abstracts (for a better discussion during the conference): before November 25, 2017
Conference languages: Italian, French and English
Conference participation is free of charge
Travel costs, accommodation expenses and meals are covered by participants or their own institutions

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