ENGAGING CONTEMPORARY ISSUES. IN DIALOGUE WITH ANTHROPOLOGISTS’ SERIES
A ONE DAY CONFERENCE
January 18, 2017
University Square Stratford (USS), 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF
Co-Chair: Paul Gilbert, Narmala Halstead
9.30 Registration and Tea/Coffee (USG.19)
10.00 Nigel Rapport, University of St. Andrews (USG.17)
Title: ‘'Freedom, from the perspective of a cosmopolitan anthropology of Anyone, the global human individual'.
10.30 David Shankland, Royal Anthropological Institute
Title: Anthropologists and climate change
10.45 Patrick Alexander, Oxford-Brookes University
Title: Imagining a future after schooling. Young people navigating uncertainty in contemporary Britain
11.00 Jessica Sklair, Goldsmiths, University of London
Elite Philanthropy: Hubris or hope? The potential of - and limits to - attempts by the wealthy to create social and economic change
With interlocutor, Eugenie Harvey, Director, Frederick Mulder Foundation
11.15 Christine Mc Court, City, University of London
Title: Doing ethnographic research within a politically high-profile health outcomes study: experience of the Birthplace in England Programme
11.40 Narmala Halstead, University of East London
Title: Being known. Publics and persons
12.00 In dialogues with audience interlocutors
Paul Gilbert, University of Brighton; Gabriel Dattatreyan, Goldsmiths
12.15 Lunch (USG.19)
1.15 Vice Chancellor John Joughin, University of East London (USG.17)
Afternoon Session Opening remarks
1.30 Session Chair and Organiser: Tom Selwyn, SOAS, with Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths; Charlotte Joy, Goldsmiths; Nicola Frost, Independent scholar; Julie Scott, Canterbury Christ Church; Roger Steer, Healthcare Audit Consultants
Title: The Contemporary Crisis and Social (including anthropological) Thought: Ways of Seeing and Acting.
3.30 Tea/Coffee (USG.19)
4.00 Dave Cook, University College London (USG.17)
Title: Ten Days in June
4.20 In dialogues with audience interlocutors
Flavia Kremer, University of Manchester, Martyn Wemyss, Goldsmiths
4.40 Thanges Paramsothy, University of East London with interlocutor, Menaha Velautham
An engaged observer: ethnographer as activist and documentary film-maker
5.00 Judith Okely, University of Oxford
Title: 'Gypsies rendered invisible or invented by the media, beyond anthropology'
5.20 Student fieldwork session
Alison Bates, University of East London
Title: Performing the role of a Victorian anthropologist in London
With audience participants
*Student film-makers available for three and five-minute shorts and side conversations/dialogues
Organised by the Anthropology and Contemporary Worlds Research group, UEL
In Dialogue with Anthropologists series
This one-day conference is being launched as an ‘In Dialogue with anthropologists’ series to consider active engagement and potential to intervene in the conversation to bring about change on pressing socio-political and related issues. It facilitates spaces for anthropologists and other academics to engage with practitioners, policy-makers, media analysts among others on certain pressing contemporary issues.
Professor Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews, in an opening plenary will offer a talk on ‘'Freedom, from the perspective of a cosmopolitan anthropology of Anyone, the global human individual'. The conference will engage with debates and related research on contemporary issues through anthropological insights
Other confirmed speakers include Tom Selwyn, SOAS, Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths, University of London, David Shankland, Director of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Patrick Alexander, Oxford Brookes University, Charlotte Joy, Goldsmiths, University of London, Gabriel Dattetreyen, Goldsmiths, University of London, Narmala Halstead, University of East London, Christine McCourt, City, University of London, Nicola Frost, Independent Scholar, Dave Cook, University College London, Paul Gilbert, University of Brighton, Jessica Sklair, Goldsmiths, University of London, Flavia Kremer, University of Manchester.
The conference will incorporate innovative formats where some speakers will be ‘accompanied’ by debaters/ interlocutors to open research conversations and demonstrate wider civic and socio-political engagement. Sessions will incorporate and reflect on ‘truths’ and ‘post-truths.’ Topics include Brexit, pasts and futures. The conference will include sessions by students doing fieldwork, where some will engage with research participants to discuss their work and consider wider relevance. It will offer a mini photographic exhibition.
Some of the material presented on the day will be podcast and student filmmakers will be present to capture side conversations from speakers and delegates for three and five-minutes access film shorts.
The conference will offer sessions and presentations on anthropological research, dialogue, impact and wider debates. It has a focus on sessions where anthropologists will engage with practitioners, media analysts and others.
It invited practice-based sessions incorporating text, visual material and other innovative modes of presentations to showcase the value of research and its wider relevance. It includes position papers as well as ethnographic accounts.
Some of the pressing contemporary concerns include:
Debates on the person
Debates on migration
Debates on HE and uses of academic knowledge
Debates on political events and significant socio-political issues including Brexit
Debates on the role of media and social media in empowering and disempowering people
The conference considers that ethnographic knowledge and practice offer spaces to reflect and intervene in these and other issues. It considers the spaces to continue conversations on scholarly research contributions and the spaces for wider impact