ASA18: Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology
18-21 September 2018, Examination Schools, University of Oxford
The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018 conference will be jointly hosted by the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) of the University of Oxford, including the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. It will take place in Oxford, based in and around the Examination Schools, the High Street, Oxford, on 18–21 September 2018. It will be attended by nearly 700 academics.
You can now view the PDF of the printed programme: https://doi.org/10.22582/asa2018prg.
The programme details the plenaries, roundtables and debates, panel streams, exhibitors, panel and paper abstracts, laboratories and participants of ASA18.
You can also use the programme as to find out more about the venue and the City of Oxford.
- Lab06 takes place in Examination Schools East School, NOT Pitt Rivers Museum Seminar Room (apologies for the mistake in the panel grid in the book!)
- Pol04 will run for 3 sessions not 2 sessions on Wed in All Souls Old Library
- Withdrawn panels/labs: Lab15, Lab17, Cre02.
- Cog01 will not have Noah Walker-Crawford as their discussant.
- Swapped: Salaru film is now Thursday and Salazar film Wednesday. On Tuesday & Wednesday QEH Seminar Room 2 will in fact be Seminar Room 3.
- Shortened: Body08 now has just one session. Time04 has just one session. Pol02 now has two sessions with papers split 4/2, Pol04 now has two sessions with papers split 3/3.
- Added: Cog02 has Lambros Malafourism, João de Pina-Cabral and Steve Rayner as discussants. Time05 has Tom Chambers (Oxford Brookes) as their discussant. Judith Okely will be discussant for Ant04.
- Papers re-ordered: Env13 I session: O'Hare, Gessler, Medaas; Time06 now splitting papers 3/4/3; Cre06 now splitting papers 3/2, with Nunes in second session. Time05 running order: Sear, Nascimento, MacDougall, Ghandchi / Alexander, Fernandes, Loewenthal, Fuhse / Anderson, Orlando, Garcia-Bonet (Thomas Chambers as Discussant).
- Withdrawn papers: Afonso Branco Ramos Pinto, Pedro (Lab17), Bombjaková, Daša (Cog04), Bowie, Laura (Env03), Cecale, Courtney (Pol02), Chen, Meixuan (Ant01), Chokkalingam, Mahendran (Pol03), Coelho de Souza, Marcela (Pol04), Crawley, Michael (Cre02), Daly, Lewis (Env07; Pol03), Das, Debojyotu (Env15), Dawney, Leila (Env05), Douglas, Megan Jane (Ant02), Duru, Asli (Cre02), Gori, Yanina (Cre08), Hebdon, Chris (Pol01), Inverardi-Ferri, Carlo (Env10), Irvine, Richard (Env08), Jossias, Elisio (Pol04), Kaivanara, Marzieh (Body03), Kalir, Barak (Pol02), Knight, Daniel (Env08; Env14), Levy, Julyan (Env14), Lieberman, Oren (Env06), Mabefam, Matthew Gmalifo (Pol02), Maccagno, Paolo (Lab03), Marino, Davide (Inf01), Moura Fagundes, Mustpaha, Abdul-Karim (Time04), Guilherme (Lab17), Naidu, Prash (Body01), Navaro-Yashin, Yael (Env05), Oakley, Elliott (Pol04), Oanca, Alexandra (Cre02), Parreiras Silva, Carolina (Ant03), Pellegrino, Manuela (Cre07), Pierini, Emily (Body05), Pirdehghan, Maryam (Body08), Plaan, Joonas (Env05), Rodgers, Cory (Pol04), Schut, Aischa (Body10), Sharma, Jeevan (Med05), Tarr, Bronwyn (Cog05), Vallverdu, Jordi (Cre07), Wagner, Ann-Christin (Pol08), Webber, Matthew (Cre06), Whittaker, Catherine (Pol11), Xing, Linzhou (Inf04), Yager, Karina (Inf03)
- Time correction: Ant06 will take place at 09:00-10:30, not in the the afternoon, as erroneously mentioned in one place in the book.
Plan your trip
Registration is now closed.
We have now reached the venues' capacity and can no longer take further registrations. Very sorry if you really wanted to attend, but do please look out for ASA19 in a year's time in Norwich.
The conference invited participants from all areas of anthropology and archaeology, aiming to encourage debate as widely as possible, across socio-cultural, material, visual, biological, forensic, cognitive, evolutionary, and linguistic fields. It also welcomes participants from anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies associations, and will provide a forum to take forward the ASA's proposal to attempt to undertake social anthropology in a more explicitly interdisciplinary way - one aspect of which might be the formation of a UK Anthropology Network (UKAN).
Confirmed keynote and semi-plenary speakers include Melissa Leach (IDS, Sussex), Caitlin DeSilvey (Exeter), Mike Rowlands (UCL), Anna Grimshaw(Emory), Alessandro Duranti (UCLA), and Rita Astuti (LSE). There will also be a debate on evolution and morality featuring Oliver Scott Curry (Oxford), Mark Alfano (Delft University of Technology, Australian Catholic University), Soumhya Venkatesan (Manchester), and Jo Cook (UCL). Ian Hodder (Stanford) will deliver the Firth Lecture on 'The Paradox of the Long Term: Human Evolution and Entanglement'. Rita Astuti will deliver the closing keynote on 21 September. Read the keynote abstracts.
In addition to conference papers, participants from all fields of anthropology are presenting work in a range of media including film, sound, performance, photography, and drawing. There are exhibitions, laboratories, and other experimental formats in the Pitt Rivers Museum and elsewhere. Contributions to the conference are organised according to the four themes outlined here.
- Jason Danely, Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan, Oxford Brookes University
- David Gellner, Professor of Social Anthropology, Head of Department, SAME (Chair)
- Chris Gosden, Professor of European Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford
- Elizabeth Hallam, Research Associate, SAME, and Editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
- Clare Harris, Professor of Visual Anthropology, SAME; and Curator for Asian Collections, Pitt Rivers Museum
- Dan Hicks, Professor of Contemporary Archaeology, School of Archaeology, and Curator of Archaeology, Pitt Rivers Museum
- Catherine Hill, Professor of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University
- Jeremy MacClancy, Professor of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University
- Laura Rival, Professor of Anthropology of Development, Oxford Department of International Development
- Ramon Sarró, Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa, SAME
- David Zeitlyn, Professor of Social Anthropology, SAME
Direct any enquiries to conference(at)theasa.org.