ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment

Fringe events

Thursday 19th June

Photography tour/workshop with Michael Wildman

A recent addition to the fringe events, this tour will take place on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.40pm and will last almost two hours, arriving back at Surgeons' Hall at 3.30pm. The tour will start at Edinburgh Castle, and you will walk down the busy but very lively Royal Mile, taking in the sites and activities, with an emphasis on street photography. Michael can offer a little tuition on the technical use of cameras and the craft of street photography. He will refer to some of the acknowledged masters of street photography, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and Saul Leiter.

The cost will be £20 (with an extra £12 hire charge if you do not have your own camera).
Bookings/inquiries should be made directly with Michael on michaelwildman232[at]hotmail.com or + 44 7526 705498.

Michael is an Edinburgh-born photographer with more than fifteen years of experience in his particular field of photography, which is primarily art-based and includes abstract photography, figurative, landscape, analogue and digital formats. He has taught history, technique and research methods of photography at the Edinburgh Drawing School for the past two years. In addition, Michael has supported his partner's anthropological fieldwork photographically in Bolivia within the National Psychiatric Hospital as well as in rural communities and urban settings. He has also utilised his teaching experience in offering film students different methodological approaches to the image. He has exhibited his work widely in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and other cities and has had his work chosen and exhibited by the National Galleries of Scotland.

2pm - 4/4.30pm: "Garden of earthly delights". An Enlightenment tour of the Royal Botanic Garden, with Greg Kenicer, Head of Education

Join us for an afternoon in this highly enlightened garden, and see some of Scotland’s surprising national treasures. Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden holds world-class collections in its herbarium, library and living collections. A legacy of learning and global exploration, the modern garden was shaped by, and shaped, some of our greatest thinkers, physicians and scientists through the enlightenment and beyond. Find out how this legacy and these fascinating collections sit at the heart of this vibrant research institution, and Edinburgh icon.

Tickets cost £10, and tea/coffee is included. To book, please send an email to fringe[at]theasa.org, with the subject heading "RBG Tour", indicating how many tickets you require. You will then be sent an invoice, for payment via PayPal. Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of payment, and we will then send you directions to the garden and details of where to meet the group.

Exhibition - Speculative Ground

This exhibition, produced by Jennifer Clarke and Rachel Harkness of the University of Aberdeen, will be displayed from 3.30pm to 6pm in the Appleton Tower Concourse.

Contact: speculativeground[at]gmail[dot]com

Friday 20th June

Photography tour/workshop with Michael Wildman

See "Thursday" for details.

Exhibition - Speculative Ground

This exhibition, produced by Jennifer Clarke and Rachel Harkness of the University of Aberdeen, will be displayed from 9am to 6pm in the Appleton Tower Concourse.
There will be a small "opening" of the exhibition today during the lunch break, 12.30pm-2pm.

Contact: speculativeground[at]gmail[dot]com

12.45pm: Tour of the National Museum of Scotland exhibits
with Henrietta Lidchi, Keeper of the Department of World Cultures

Learn more about the history and collections at the National Museums Scotland on a walking tour. The tour will last up to one hour. To book, please send an email to fringe[at]theasa.org, with the subject heading "Museum Tour", indicating how many tickets you require and for which day (Friday or Saturday). Your booking will be confirmed by return email. Numbers are limited to 20 on each tour, so book early to guarantee a place.

Saturday 21st June

Photography tour/workshop with Michael Wildman

See "Thursday" for details.

Exhibition - Speculative Ground

This exhibition, produced by Jennifer Clarke and Rachel Harkness of the University of Aberdeen, will be displayed from 9am to 6pm in the Appleton Tower Concourse.

Contact: speculativeground[at]gmail[dot]com

Exhibition - Mapping the anthropological imagination: drawing beyond the ethnographic

This exhibition by Elizabeth Hodson of the University of Aberdeen will be displayed from 9am to 4pm in the Reception Area, Symposium Hall, Surgeons' Hall. Click here for more information.

The bones beneath the face: an interactive installation and osteological study

This interactive installation is co-curated by the “bones collective”, the Edinburgh College of Art and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (John Harries, Joan Smith, Elena Kranioti, Linda Fibiger, John Nowak and Joost Fontein, from an original idea of Jane Cheeseman). It will take place from 9am to 4pm in the Alistair Duff Room, Symposium Hall, Surgeons' Hall.

12.45pm: Tour of the National Museum of Scotland exhibits
with Henrietta Lidchi, Keeper of the Department of World Cultures

Learn more about the history and collections at the National Museums Scotland on a walking tour. The tour will last up to one hour. To book, please send an email to fringe[at]theasa.org, with the subject heading "Museum Tour", indicating how many tickets you require and for which day (Friday or Saturday). Your booking will be confirmed by return email. Numbers are limited to 20 on each tour, so book early to guarantee a place.

8pm: Whisky tasting

If you are not attending the conference dinner, come along and spend the evening in the University's Appleton Tower Concourse tasting and learning about a selection of Sottish whiskies with Mark from Jolly Toper Tastings.

Tickets cost £17, and oatcakes and other snacks will be provided along with the whiskies. To book, please send an email to fringe[at]theasa.org, with the subject heading "Whisky Tasting", indicating how many tickets you require. You will then be sent an invoice, for payment via PayPal. Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of payment. Numbers are limited, so book early to guarantee a place.

Sunday 22nd June

Photography tour/workshop with Michael Wildman

See "Thursday" for details.

Exhibition - Speculative Ground

This exhibition, produced by Jennifer Clarke and Rachel Harkness of the University of Aberdeen, will be displayed from 9am to 6pm in the Appleton Tower Concourse.

Contact: speculativeground[at]gmail[dot]com

Exhibition - Mapping the anthropological imagination: drawing beyond the ethnographic

This exhibition by Elizabeth Hodson of the University of Aberdeen will be displayed from 9am to 4pm in the Reception Area, Symposium Hall, Surgeons' Hall. Click here for more information.

The bones beneath the face: an interactive installation and osteological study

This interactive installation is co-curated by the “bones collective”, the Edinburgh College of Art and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (John Harries, Joan Smith, Elena Kranioti, Linda Fibiger, John Nowak and Joost Fontein, from an original idea of Jane Cheeseman). It will take place from 9am to 4pm in the Alistair Duff Room, Symposium Hall, Surgeons' Hall.

Evening: Stand-up comedy by anthropologists at Bright Club Edinburgh

Anthropology does comedy! In partnership with ASA2014, Bright Club Edinburgh is busy transforming a selection of anthropologists into stand-up comedy geniuses for your entertainment. We’d like to invite all delegates (and friends of delegates) to join us on 22 June for a unique evening of drinks and jokes - straight from the (research) field to funny.
Did you know social science is an academic petri dish for comedic genius? Enlighten your mentalities and come to the greatest post-conference gathering in the known universe! David Hume will be there; Adam Smith will be there; Lord Monboddo will be there! You've been relying on reason for far too long; release your passions, and laugh yourself unconscious at our amazing night of comedy. The evening's paper, presented by Bright Club's brightest comedian-academics is entitled: "an anthropologist's thoughts on the evolution of German clowns in the age of quantum physics" with special guest appearances from Edinburgh's anthropology superstars...
Be there or be, well, unenlightened!
The venue is Paradise Palms, a five-minutes' walk from where the closing ceremony of the conference will be held (Surgeons' Hall). The show starts at 8.30pm (and will finish at 10/10.30pm with one interval) but doors will open earlier so you can pop along directly after the end of the conference. To book tickets in advance, for only £3 each, see our Eventbrite page.

Budding comedians click here for details of training.

Throughout the conference

Edinburgh tours

The conference hosts recommend the following tours, if you have time beyond the conference and want to get to know more of Edinburgh:
Secrets of the Royal Mile
Historic Vaults
Hidden Georgian Gems
Literary Pub Tour
Delegates should book the tours directly, via these websites.