[URBANTH-L]CFP: AES/SANA 2008 (Deadline extended)

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Mon Jan 7 13:50:16 EST 2008

From: A. Fox <aaf19 at COLUMBIA.EDU>

2008 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEB. 8th, 2008. Please circulate this message 
widely among colleagues and students.

Advanced online registration for the AES/SANA spring meeting is now 
avaliable at  aesonline.org/AESSANA2008.

The conference, titled "Democracy, Disorder and Discontent,  will take place 
in Wrightsville Beach, NC (April 3-5, 2008).  Additional information, along 
with conference registration and paper/panel submission forms are available 
on the AES web site and below this message.

Please send all panel and paper submissions to aes.sana08 at gmail.com by 
FEBRUARY 8th (please note the extended deadline).

Direct questions to Lesley Gill (lgill at american.edu).


AES/SANA 2008 - Call For Papers.

Democracy, Disorder, and Discontent

The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) and the American 
Ethnological Society (AES) announce a joint meeting for 2008:

SANA/AES Spring 2008 Meeting
Democracy, Disorder, and Discontent
April 3-5, 2008
Wrightsville Beach, NC

Submission deadline for panel and paper proposals: Febr. 8, 2008 (deadline 

Deadline for advance registration: March 13, 2008

Information and forms for paper/panel submission and conference registration 
are available at:

The 2008 SANA/AES conference seeks panels and papers that creatively engage 
the discrepancies between the idea and the practice of democracy and that 
explore the forms of disorder and discontent engendered by these 
contradictions. What is democracy? Democracy is often understood as an 
expansion of individual freedoms, the spreading out of economic equality 
through participation in the market, and an alternative to excessive 
government regulation. Yet despite these optimistic claims, there remains an 
inherent tension between economic inequality and democratic politics. 
Emergent social and political orders in many parts of the world are 
characterized by growing inequality, and they are neither democratic nor 
secure. Furthermore, established rights, entitlements, and democratic 
principles in the United States itself have eroded, and wealth is 
increasingly redistributed upwards.

We seek participants who address the tensions inherent in democratic 
processes and the disorder and discontent that arise from these 
disjunctures. Key questions include, but are not limited to, the following: 
How do race, gender, class, citizenship, and sexual orientation shape the 
ways that different kinds of people understand democracy and democratic 
participation in the age of neoliberalism? Within emergent and long-standing 
democracies, how is citizenship linked to new forms of inclusion and 
exclusion? How and to what extent do democracies justify incarceration, 
police brutality, military and paramilitary activities and other forms of 
violence, even as they create political opportunities to critique them? What 
are the possibilities and pitfalls of new oppositional discourses that focus 
on individual, social, and human rights? What sorts of alternative political 
projects are currently imaginable and unimaginable?


Keynote Speakers

    * AES Keynote: Ida Susser, AES President (2005-2007)
    * SANA Keynote: Hilary Cunningham (University of Toronto)

Plenary Panel Sessions

    * "War, Impunity, and Accountability"
    * "Race and Justice"

Further Information:

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