ASA Panel CFP: Entangled engagements: anthropology's holistic approach to the Global Challenges

Dear Colleagues,
We warmly invite you to join us and present your paper in our ‘Entangled Engagements’ panel at the forthcoming ASA19 Global Challenges conference at the University of East Anglia.

A03: Entangled engagements: anthropology's holistic approach to the Global Challenges.

Short abstract: The ethnographic method provides manifold insights into how divergent areas of life converge and anthropology can holistically integrate the 2030 SDGs. Challenging the perception of a less-than-human nature, we foreground the discipline's role in sustaining global socio-environmental diversity.

 

Long abstract:

Participant-observation and the ethnographic method provide manifold insights into how divergent areas of life converge; and often unexpectedly influence one another. Equally, an entangled anthropological analysis destabilizes an isolated understanding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Facilitating an anthropologically-inspired, socio-environmentally diverse model of the "sustainable and desirable economy-in-society-in-nature", this panel invites participants to reflect on how anthropology can support holistic societal transitions. We challenge the perception of a less-than-human nature and seek contributions that are able to convey entanglement, either through an ethnographically attuned understanding of complexity or through the development of a pedagogical method that communicates ontoepistemolgically-challenging insights, or both. We urge contributors to develop a communication strategy that collaboratively engages other disciplines or practitioners, project-leaders and policy-makers, to forward an anthropological understanding of the world that gives voice to all our fine-grained nuances. With anthropology capable of holistically integrating the 2030 SDG, we seek to foreground the discipline's role in sustaining the global socio-environmental diversity on which life depends.

Elizabeth Rahman and Laura Rival (Oxford Department for International Development ODID)
ESRC GCRF Fellow
Oxford University Department of International Development
elizabeth.rahman@qeh.ox.ac.uk

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