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CFP ASA 2018 - FRONTIERS - Oxford, 18th-21st Sept. 2018

Hello everyone,

Just a week or so to go to the ASA submission deadline - please consider
submitting a paper to our panel on Frontiers. We would welcome submissions
from any region or area of study that addressed questions such as:

What work do ideas and practices of "frontier" do? Where should we look for
frontiers? What are the infrastructural and boundary-making projects that
have transformed different landscapes into frontiers? How does frontier as
concept and practice delimit or extend ideas of time, personhood and place?
What linguistic and cultural relations and transformations have emerged
specifically from these zones? How are relations between the human and
nonhuman different (or not) from within the frontier?

See full blurb below!


Panel Pol03:

On anthropological frontiers: divisions and intersections between
environment, personhood and sociality




SHORT ABSTRACT


Reflecting on its potential for rethinking anthropology, this panel
considers the work that the idea of "frontier" does to conjure divisions -
between places and people - and intersections, such as those between matter
and sociality, human and nonhuman, the conceptual, empirical and political.


LONG ABSTRACT


"Frontier" is the propeller of expansive imaginations, of heroic and
foundational conflicts in Euro-American imperialism and nationalism. As
part of such imaginaries it has also come to describe empirical situations,
places and peoples who have been drawn into this way of thinking the world,
often in violent ways.


In the contemporary postcolony, the concept of frontier not only describes
Empire's ever-shifting territorial boundaries, but also works to shape
multiple and contested zones of extraction, control, exclusion and
inclusion. These zones are both internal and external to metropolitan
centres, areas of militarisation and conflict, national boundaries,
scientific networks, biospheres and atmospheres; internal and external to
people, who can be both citizen and alien. Ultimately, frontier makes
explicit the endurance of colonialism (Stoler, 2016), asking us to rethink
its myriad divisions as intersections between, amongst other things, matter
and sociality, the human and nonhuman, the past and the present, the
conceptual, empirical and political.


The panel invites submissions from those who are interested in thinking
frontier across a range of contexts, in transitional zones, or those who
are reflecting on more self-conscious "internal frontiers" (Balibar 2002).
What are the infrastructural and boundary-making projects that have
transformed landscapes into frontiers? How does frontier as concept and
practice delimit or extend ideas of time, personhood and place? What
linguistic and cultural relations and transformations have emerged
specifically from these zones? How are relations between the human and
nonhuman different (or not) from within the frontier?


Papers need to be submitted by 23.59 on Friday 20th April. Submit your
paper here: https://nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2018/conferencesuite.php/
panels/6868


If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with one of us:


Julia Sauma, juliasauma@gmail.com

Lewis Daly, l.daly@ucl.ac.uk

Guilherme Heurich, g.heurich@ucl.ac.uk

Antonia Walford, antonia.walford@ucl.ac.uk
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