Appel à contributions : « Teaching Anthropology Annual Conference, 7th Dec 2017 (Oxford) » – LIMITE : 01/10/2017

Teaching Anthropology Annual Conference 2017
Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus
10am-4pm, 7th December, 2017
In collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)

Teaching Through Ethnography: Process, Product, Practice
We warmly welcome contributions to the inaugural annual conference of Teaching Anthropology, a journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI). The conference theme encourages papers that address the value and challenge of engaging with ethnography in the teaching and learning of anthropology. We particularly welcome dialogue about how educators overcome the constraints of curricula (of time, assessment, disciplinary politics, marketisation, and so on) in order to teach through ethnography in a critical and thoughtful way that allows students to embrace the richness and depth of ethnographic material. Recognising the value of teaching through ethnography as a fundamental but contested component of anthropological practice, we encourage papers exploring diverse forms of ethnographic representation and ethnographically-informed pedagogy. We invite teachers and learners of anthropology to consider how they nurture ethnographic sensibilities, or ways of seeing, and why this matters.

Papers may address the following questions:
–    What role does teaching about and through ethnography have in helping students to develop a deep and critical understanding of culture?
–    What is the added epistemological value of making the strange familiar, and the familiar strange, through ethnography?
–    In constrained curricula, how do we make time and space for thinking ethnographically?

Please send an abstract of maximum 300 words (including paper title, institutional affiliation, and three keywords) to: editors@teachinganthropology.org

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5pm on October 1st, 2017. 

In the spirit of encouraging dynamic approaches to engagement, we welcome alternative contributions to the conference beyond standard 15-minute academic presentations. This may include: demonstrating best practice in teaching through ethnography; showcasing innovative ethnographically-informed resources, artwork, and performance; multimedia and ethnographic film; and presentations/activities that actively involve students.

Selected contributions will form the basis for a future special issue of Teaching Anthropology and/or will feature on the Teaching Anthropology website.

Dr. Patrick Alexander
Director, Centre for Educational Development and Consultancy, Oxford Brookes University
Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford


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