[URBANTH-L]Session at SCA meeting, May 5-6, Milwaukee
newb at beloit.edu
Wed Dec 28 07:06:02 EST 2005
We are at the last moment putting together a session for the Society for Cultural Anthropology meeting in Milwaukee this May and would welcome participants or a discussant.
EXTRA-VAGANT COSMOMES IN ETHNOGRAPHIC RELIEF: THE UNEVEN AND SHIFTING LANDSCAPES OF NATIONALISM AND LOCALISM
Papers in this session are organized around James Boon's employment of "extra Vagance" (1999) (roughly: a condition whereby words (and thoughts) defy the requirements of established modes of expression) to describe "Cosmomes" or cosmopolitan moments. Boon's descriptions index problems inherent in attempting to explain complex phenomena via simplistic, reductive generalizations. Offering a perspective of constantly shifting categories of meanings by itself will result in unnecessary confusion. Rather, our intention is to illustrate the complexities involved in social life through our analyses. Papers will address translations (and failures of translation) of cosmopolitan moments by which people and things bind themselves and others into networks and variously evaluate and qualify their ongoing relations? Thus far, papers represent ethnographic research conducted with the Roma of Eastern Europe and Latino Middle school students in the US. In both cases,
cultural/institutional frameworks utilized to maintain local/national identities are analyzed with regard to acts of symbolic violence (e.g.,failures of one sort or another).
Interested participants should contact James Mullooly <jmullooly at csufresno.edu> or Bill New (newb at beloit.edu) immediately. ABSTRACT DEADLINE: January 1st.
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