Title of the symposium: « Bold femininities in African contexts and beyond »
Panel I: Focus on African contexts, experiences, and theories
Panel II: Narratives and experiences in the world

(version française ci-dessous)

The feminist landscape is multifaceted and has undergone considerable change over time in Africa as elsewhere in the world. Despite deeply ingrained patriarchal systems that tend to reproduce gender inequalities and mute feminine voices, actors around the world claim their femininity in diverse and sometimes extravagant ways. The various forms that take femininity and feminine identities, whether they adopt a feminist posture or not, are more than ever relevant to anthropologists. It is in this context that this symposium proposes to highlight and compare what we call “bold femininities” in different locales around the world, with a special section on African contexts. “Bold” is used to break away from the idea of vulnerability and passivity that still afflicts ideologies about femininity. What is bold stands out, defies or resist norms and (colonial) ideologies. Bold femininities may strive to be (more) visible in the public sphere, but they also encompass the less visible forces that work behind the scenes and in the margins in resistance to (hetero)normativities.
This symposium welcomes empirical and theoretical contributions on three main themes:
Femininities, gender and sexual diversity
Feminist practices, activism and militancy
Historical feminine/feminist figures and their legacy


Titre du symposium : « Des féminités audacieuses dans les contextes africains et au-delà»
Panel I : Focus sur les contextes, les expériences et les théories africaines
Panel II : Récits et expériences dans le monde
Le paysage féministe est multiforme et a connu des changements considérables au fil du temps en Afrique comme ailleurs dans le monde. Malgré les systèmes patriarcaux profondément enracinés qui tendent à reproduire les inégalités entre les sexes et à faire taire les voix féminines, des acteurs du monde entier revendiquent leur féminité de manière diverse et parfois extravagante. Les diverses formes que prennent la féminité et les identités féminines, qu'elles adoptent une posture féministe ou non, sont plus que jamais d'actualité pour les anthropologues. C'est dans ce contexte que ce symposium se propose de mettre en lumière et de comparer ce que nous appelons les "féminités audacieuses" dans différents endroits du monde, avec une section spéciale sur les contextes africains. Le terme "audacieux" est utilisé pour rompre avec l'idée de vulnérabilité et de passivité qui afflige encore les idéologies sur la féminité. Ce qui est audacieux se démarque, défie les normes et les idéologies (coloniales). Les féminités audacieuses s'efforcent d'être plus visibles dans la sphère publique, mais elles englobent également les forces moins visibles qui travaillent en coulisses et en marge en résistance aux (hétéro)normativités.
Ce symposium accueille des contributions empiriques et théoriques sur trois thèmes principaux :
Fémininités, genre et diversité sexuelle
Pratiques féministes, activisme et militantisme
Les figures historiques féminines/féministes et leur héritage


Please send your abstract directly to the convenors:
Karine Geoffrion
Nella Vossah




Appel - Table ronde - CASCA2021 - Le terrain ethnographique en temps de pandémie : comment la crise sanitaire de la Covid-19 modifie-t-elle la pratique anthropologique

Le terrain ethnographique en temps de pandémie : comment la crise sanitaire de la Covid-19 modifie-t-elle la pratique anthropologique

La grande majorité des anthropologues qui devaient entreprendre ou poursuivre un terrain ethnographique en 2020 ont dû adapter leur méthodologie et leur calendrier de recherche à la pandémie de Corona virus qui a entraîné le confinement de milliards d’individus sur la planète entière. Difficile ou impossible de voyager, donc de réaliser des entrevues avec nos informateurs; comment poursuivre notre travail? Certains de nos collègues n’ont eu d’autres choix que de reporter, voire d’annuler leur terrain, qu’il soit près de leur domicile ou ailleurs dans le monde. D’autres ont été en mesure d’adapter leur façon de collecter leurs données en utilisant des méthodes mixtes et innovantes, notamment en utilisant les technologies informatiques, comme la vidéo-conférence et le sondage numérique. Cette table ronde se veut donc une discussion sur ces adaptations méthodologiques et leurs effets sur la production de données empiriques.

Dr Éric Gagnon Poulin
courriel : ericgagnonpoulin@gmail.com


CFP - Global Matricultures Research Network CASCA2021 symposium

Symposium submission deadline: 27 January 2021

Symposium: Matriculture Cosmovisions

Matriculture and Warfare

On the Mother's Side 

CASCA2021 panel CFP

The Entanglements of ‘Good Work(s)’

This panel features research concerning various forms of philanthropic or humanitarian ‘good work’ and those it involves and affects, including people who choose to undertake ‘good work’ through educational or volunteer programs at home or abroad, people whose paid and
unpaid labour is essential to the delivery of international aid, and/or people for whom such ‘good work’ is ostensibly intended.
Anyone interested should contact Andrew Walsh, awalsh33@uwo.ca, by Tuesday January 19.

Call for Papers

Canadian Anthropology Association (CASCA) 2021 Virtual Conference
May 12-15th, Hosted by the University of Guelph

Panel abstract:
Mobilities of Abeyance: Care, Collaboration, and Kin in Times of Crisis

Panel co-organizers:
Sue Frohlick (UBC Okanagan)
Amy Speier (University of Texas, Arlington)

The global pandemic brought to halt, to varying degrees, channels, networks, and nodes of care
for reproduction. By reproduction we refer broadly to forms of life generation, kin-making, and
caregiving, within and beyond human relations. As borders closed and supply lines slowed down
or stopped entirely, air flights and ground transportation were suspended, and quotidian
mobilities were regulated in new ways, their effects on reproduction are both significant and
uncertain. Simultaneously, care and collaboration sprung up in surprising ways, such as surrogate
mothers caring for babies of intended parents or communities caring for stranded travelers
thwarted in journeys home. We seek papers that address a range of ethnographic scenarios and
theoretical approaches to the entanglements of care, collaboration, and kin within contemporary
mobilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the transformations that ensued. We encourage
papers, too, that also move beyond care as a human-only matter to consider how things and other
living beings became enfolded into public health-defined configurations of care, such as “bubbles.”
Along with abeyant mobilities, temporalities of care, kin, and reproduction have also undergone
transformations with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as care being put on hold and ideations of the
future under pressure.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
~ arrangements of surrogacy and surrogacy services and other care
~ family and kin-making via assisted reproductive technologies
~ kinship travel, for adoption, diasporic kin, family reunions, family holidays
~ seniors, Elders, and caregivers and caregiving
~ pet adoption and/or the international rescue chains of animals
~ front line interventions in street living contexts

Please send a title, 100-150 word abstract, and your affiliation to us before January 27th. Graduate
students who have completed research are welcome to submit an abstract. We hope to have
enough papers for a Symposia.
Send to Sue Frohlick at sue.frohlick@ubc.ca, and Amy Speier at speier@uta.edu.

The deadline for submission to CASCA is February 1st.

For more details on the conference, see the link below.


Dr. Susan Frohlick PhD (She, Her, Hers)
Professor, Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies
Irving K Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences | Community, Culture, and Global Studies
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan | Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory
1147 Research Road Arts Building 267 | Kelowna BC | V1V 1V7 Canada
Co-Director, Collaborative and Experimental Ethnography Lab
Editor (English), Anthropologica

Please consider participating in the following roundtable at the virtual  CASCA annual meetings. May 12-15, 2021

Title: Morality and Pedagogy During Pandemic Teaching

Abstract: As we near the one-year anniversary of the ‘pivot’ to remote post-secondary teaching, we reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities that have emerged.  One major challenge is encapsulated in debates around the ethics of being a good instructor and of being a good student.  Post-secondary institutions encourage instructors to do the ‘right’ thing for students by offering content synchronously, asynchronously, and in a wide range of hybrid formats.  More than ever, employers encourage instructors, explicitly or implicitly, to take on roles as mental health first responders and social workers, and to attempt to help students through health and financial crises. At the same time, there is also a “moral panic” about the integrity and morality of students.  This panic manifests itself in pressures to incorporate proctoring software, in efforts to make students turn on their cameras for class discussions to “prove” they are really there, and a fear that the students attending class are not who they say they are. What might we make of the simultaneous exhortation to do right by our students and yet to assume the worst of them?    Much of this discourse on student morality and ethics stems from the same institutions and offices that are implementing policies that threaten to undermine good teaching and learning: increased tuition and larger class sizes, for example. If we disentangle the way that this paradox, among others, manifests itself during the pandemic, what might we learn?

This roundtable seeks to interrogate the entanglements of pedagogy, ethics, and institutional pressures and policies that are ostensibly based on “goodness” broadly speaking: the goodness of students, of instructors, and of particular work and learning environments. We seek participants who are coming from different perspectives, teaching environments, and career stages and trajectories. 

If you are interested in participating in this roundtable, please send a brief description or suggestions of the topic(s) you would like to address and discuss to Mary-Lee Mulholland (mmulholland@mtroyal.ca) or Maggiemulholland@mtroyal.ca Cummings (maggie.cummings@utoronto.ca) by January 26th. 

Call for Papers for CASCA2021 Panel: Epidemics and Their Consequences

Organizer - Pamela Block, pblock@uwo.ca

my paper proposal - With a Polio vaccine, focus in the US moved from acute care to supporting polio survivors. There were resulting transformations in community-based services and policies (504 and ADA). Polio survivors turned disability-rights activists were central to these structural, cultural and policy transformations. Identification of Post-Polio Syndrome lead to new understandings of the long-term consequences of Polio. Some COVID-19 survivors report lasting disability issues, perhaps a Post-COVID-19 syndrome? As Polio (and activist polio survivors) transformed disability experience in the US, what lessons might be relevant to COVID-19 survivors? What structural and policy changes will be desired in a Post-COVID-19 future?

*session abstract will based on the submissions received

If you are interested in participating in this panel, please send abstracts of 250 words or less by January 25, 2021 to Pamela Block - pblock@uwo.ca.

Accepted panelists must have current membership status and submit their proposals in the CASCA2021 system by the registration/submission deadline February 1, 2021.


Are you looking for panelists? Do you want some advice as to where to stay or places to go while at the CASCA Conference? If yes, please feel free to submit a short blurb to cascanews@cas-sca.ca. We will post all pertinent information to this section to facilitate communication between members as they prepare for the upcoming conference.


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