mercredi 06. mars 2019

Call for Panels: “The Global as Method: Ethnographic Scales in the 21st century”, November 8-9, 2019, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

The Swiss Anthropological Association (SSE-SEG-SAA) convenes once a year a major conference around thematic panels. This year, the annual meeting of the SSE- SEG-SAA will address the topic of “The Global as Method: Ethnographic Scales in the 21st century.

The global has become a truism permeating most of current anthropological research: ‘it’ denotes a spatial dimension – the global South or North; it can serve to gauge the pulse of the world – global crisis and inequalities; and has increasingly come to define the terms of our own epistemic engagements – global health, global capitalism, global governance, etc. Despite its self-evident facticity, how exactly does one critically approach the global? Or, more to the point, how does one research the global as method and across scales, temporalities, from the local to the planetary? How do we grapple with the global as contingent, ever changing processes that are continually reimagined, contested, differently appropriated and reconfigured? As an object of study, it poses challenges for anthropologists always attentive to how people narrate and experience in everyday life their membership in or exclusion from global connections. If globalisation is traceable across multiple phenomena and movements – people, objects, ideas, texts, images, labour regimes, ecologies, technologies or emergent social, political and economic forms – we propose to think through how the global is mobilised and challenged in the practice of ethnography. Whether at home or abroad, inside or outside, in the center or its periphery, we seek to examine the making of scales – spatial and temporal – as an analytic, methodological and epistemological endeavour.

The Global as Method conference invites us to engage the promises and challenges of researching and bridging conventional North/South, local/global and disciplinary divides. Through the formulation of original research agendas and methodologies, the conference aims to take stock of the momentous transformations that became manifest in the final decades of the 20th century; simultaneously, it looks ahead to imagine how the global as method may chart new directions for anthropology in the opening decades of the 21st century.

Panels are welcome on all issues that engage the global under conditions of changing ethnographic reality. All members in good standing of the SSE-SEG-SAA are invited to submit a panel proposal with a list of potential speakers (maximum six participants per panel). Panel proposals will be evaluated by the local commission (Graduate Institute, Geneva) in collaboration with the Board of the SSE-SEG-SAA. Panels selected will receive a budget for travel costs and conference expenses for one international specialist and will participate in the Call for papers that will be opened at the beginning of May 2019.

The deadline for panel proposals is 10 April 2019. Please submit a short description (maximum 5000 signs, including spaces) of the panel theme and a list of potential participants, including their institutional affiliations. If your panel is accepted, this description will be published on the website and distributed to members as a Call for papers. According to SSE-SEG-SAA practice, panel conveners are responsible for choosing the papers they wish to see presented in their panels. The deadline for paper propositions in response to the Call for Papers will be set for 30 June 2019.

Please send your panel proposals to :

vendredi 15. novembre 2013

Groupe de réflexion éthique et déontologique - Call for Papers

Après avoir pris position sur la question éthique dans la recherche empirique, le Groupe de réflexion éthique et déontologique (GRED) de la Société Suisse d’Ethnologie (SSE) souhaite poursuivre la discussion et offrir aux chercheur-e-s la possibilité d’y participer par la rédaction de discussions de cas. Publiées sur le site web de la SSE (, ces discussions de cas, en se basant sur des recherches effectuées par leur auteur-e-s, ont pour but de documenter des enjeux éthiques tels qu’ils se sont concrètement posés au/ à la chercheur-e. L’auteur-e pourra ainsi exposer et justifier le type de réponses qu’il/elle y aura apporté.

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