International conference coming to Lampeter
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is hosting the 2011 annual meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists on the 13th – 16th September 2011.The conference theme is ‘Vital powers and politics: Human interactions with living things’ and a wide range of panels have been proposed. The aim of the conference is to get contributors to consider human interactions with other living things from a perspective that does not always put human beings in centre stage.
Dr Penny Dransart of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David explains:
“Anthropologists have, from the outset, placed humans at the core of the discipline. However, this conference will provide an opportunity to consider anthropological and philosophical frameworks for examining the relationships between living organisms in their social and cultural contexts and processes.”
In addition to the series of parallel panels where academics from across the globe will discuss their own research and ideas on topics including mythical creatures ,zoonotic diseases, ethnobotany, wildlife conservation and livestock slaughter there will be a public film night, organised in association with the Royal Anthropological Institute. The films to be shown document different ways in which humans interact and co-exist with animals around the world, and this public event will hopefully generate interest from beyond the academic audience of the conference.
Delegates at the conference will also be able to hear the 2011 Firth Lecture to be delivered by Professor Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen on Thursday 15th September. Professor Ingold’s lecture is entitled ‘Walking with dragons: an anthropological excursion on the wild side’. The Royal Anthropological Institute’s Presidential Address will be delivered by Professor Roy Ellen, University of Kent on Friday 16th September. Professor Ellen’s talk is entitled ‘On the concept of cultural transmission’.
The conference registration will be opening soon, so for more information please visit the conference website: http://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa11/index.shtml
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