ASA19: University of East Anglia, Norwich 3-6 September 2019
Laboratories - a call for participation
Lab programme convenor: Dan Rycroft (University of East Anglia)
The Call for Laboratories is now open and closes at 23:59 GMT+1/BST on 16 April.
As a Laboratory facilitator you will generate opportunities for anthropologists – and all those attending the ASA19 conference on the Global Challenges – to engage the same set of issues, methods and topics as the panellists are but in ways that neither adhere nor conform to conventional academic modes of presentation, communication or interaction.
The ASA19 Laboratories will complement the conference themes, whilst nurturing innovative, experimental, practical and/or non-discursive dynamics and futures.
Given that anthropological and ethnographic texts might assume a particularly authoritative status – by virtue of their disciplinary connection to each other, and value to teaching and researching – the Laboratories will do something different: What does it mean to reconnect with our ‘non-textual’ and ‘non-authoritative’ or everyday worlds? How might we develop our understanding of, and receptivity towards, these worlds creatively, collaboratively and purposefully? How might ‘unconventional’ modes of being, thinking, reflecting, relating, connecting, etc. accrue more visibility in anthropology or more relevance to community engagements with the global challenges?
The format of the Laboratories is un-fixed, yet practitioners will need to demonstrate in their proposal a relatively coherent set of aims and proposed outcomes, in a manner that will engage delegates and also contribute something quite specific to the overall conference experience.
In developing Laboratory proposals, facilitators are asked therefore to demonstrate the following:
- That your participants will be able to link their participation in your Laboratory to their appreciation of (a) the conference at large, (b) activist, applied or attitudinal anthropology, (c) a particular conference strand and/or panel, or (d) any of the global challenges or global goals.
- That the proposal is relatable to discernible trends or debates in anthropology, as well as to cognate areas of research and societal interests.
- That the Laboratory itself is realisable in the context of the conference, by outlining how it will be delivered; with whom, for example by including ‘non-academic’ personnel; and to what ends, for example by delineating a provisional set of shared outcomes.
- That the methods proposed for the Laboratory have ethical and enriching dimensions, which add qualitative value to our evolving community of practice, and that these might become learnable in different contexts.
Labs need not be confined to rooms, of course; they can take place outside, day or night. UEA has a very distinctive architecture and grounds that could provide productive sites for Lab activities.
To convene a Lab, please submit a proposal through the online system used for the conference 'Call for Papers'. Notifications sent by the system will refer to your Lab as a 'paper' - by 'paper', in this case, the system means a 'Lab'.
Proposals should provide:
- a title for the lab
- the name/s and email address/es of the Lab convenors
- a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
- a long abstract of fewer than 250 words
The long abstract should outline the Lab's requirements, e.g. technical and material requirements. Please indicate the maximum number of participants for your Lab to run effectively, and also what participants will need (if anything) during the Lab activity. It is possible to limit the number of participants through the pre-registration system.
Please note that an individual cannot present more than one paper at the ASA conference. One can of course make several proposals, but we would urge authors not to do that, as so much time gets lost in the subsequent chasing for withdrawals. Just below the 'Propose a paper' button for each panel there is a statement as to how many papers have been proposed to that panel to-date, something that may aid in deciding in which panel a paper may have a better chance of acceptance. Obviously that's not guaranteed, but it's worth taking a look at these statements.
Panels convenors and paper presenters need not be members of the association. However, the ASA welcomes new members (see membership page). Members of the association and of WCAA sister-associations can register for the conference at a discounted fee.
Any queries with the above please email conference(at)theasa.org.