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CFP ASA18 Towards an anthropology of un/making: affective encounters in abandonment, ruination, and creative destruction

– CALL FOR PAPERS –



Towards an anthropology of un/making: affective encounters in abandonment,
ruination, and creative destruction


ASA18, 18-21 September 2018, University of Oxford

Abstract deadline: 20 April 2018, 23:59 GMT

All proposals must be made via the conference website before it closes.



Convenor: Arvid van Dam, University of Leeds, a.vandam@leeds.ac.uk

Discussant: Yael Navaro-Yashin, University of Cambridge.



Short panel description

This panel seeks to understand the processes of unmaking and ruination in
terms of their affective and creative qualities. It sheds light on the
intertwinements of affect and (derelict) materiality, asking what social
forms and imaginations inspire and emerge from ruination.



Full call for papers

The goal of this panel is to stimulate debate on the processes of unmaking
and ruination in terms of their affective and creative qualities. Departing
from an understanding of ruination as an ongoing and active process, this
panel engages ruins not through nostalgic contemplation, but interrogates
the making of, and life among, ruins in the contemporary post-colonial and
post-industrial world. In doing so, it sheds light on the intertwinements
of affect and (derelict) materiality, asking what social forms and
imaginations inspire and emerge from ruination and the creative-destructive
processes of unmaking.

Ruination can take many forms. Across the globe, rural abandonment is
depleting villages of its inhabitants; in mining regions, shifting towns
respond to the growth of the mines they depend upon and leave behind their
former walls; industrial and urban decay are often seen as dangerous voids
in communities or as potential sites for regeneration; and forced
displacement and violent conflict shatter ways of life and built
environments. Recognising the multiplicity of forms of ruination, this
panel seeks to bring together a variety of ethnographic studies in
different contexts, including violent and non-violent, and rural and urban
settings. The panel's discussant will be Dr Yael Navaro-Yashin (University
of Cambridge), who will draw on her expertise in ruins, ruination and
environmentally produced affect.



To submit your paper, please visit the panel page on the conference website
here: http://bit.ly/anthropology-of-unmaking

You will find the link to submit a paper on the bottom of the page.





Arvid van Dam | Doctoral fellow

Disaster studies | Design Anthropology | Environmental Humanities

ENHANCE ITN

University of Leeds | Leeds Humanities Research Institute | Room 1.04 |
29-31 Clarendon Place | LEEDS LS2 9JY

a.vandam@leeds.ac.uk | NL & WhatsApp: +31 6 15275313 | UK:
+44
113 34 32025 | ES: +34 617 180703
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