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Anthropology in London Day 2017 - Anthropology and Global Shifts
Tue 13 June 2017, 09:30 – 20:00 BST
As many voices emerge to change and redefine the public sphere, and talk circulates of ‘citizens of the world and nowhere’, the global is becoming increasingly multiply signified. New contemporary settings engage, redefine and extend spaces for debates and knowledges of people. Ideas of locality, ‘placed’ and ‘placeness’ identities, cultural ownership, ethical dilemmas and boundaries, amidst violence, and security fears, for instance, differentially surface and compete for public attention. Anthropologists and anthropological knowledge remain crucial to contribute and intervene in these issues through ongoing and current research and the insights arising from these engagements.
The conference presents papers which engage with a range of anthropological debates that are relevant to understanding these global shifts and swings, and where the global itself may also be an object of analysis. They will further considers how anthropological knowledge, as grounded understandings of the particular, offers insights on ways of being in the world which might rely, variously, on fixity and the small scale as well as fluidity within larger scales of movement.
This conference brings together post-fieldwork students, early career researchers and established academics to consider anthropology and the global without limiting or closing the debate on locale and place. Issues of locality and ‘ownership’ of people resurface in contemporary settings to set or extend limits and make political mileage, for instance, in relation to Brexit-Trump led anxieties. Concurrent concerns that ‘legitimise’ scrutiny of persons and unexceptional acts of violence also suggest new and old ways of knowing people in and out of place.