THE 2009 SAE CALL FOR PAPERS
- The end/s of the anthropology of Europe:
- *How have transformations such as the creation of the European Union and the influx of “non-European” migrants into the EU challenged and politicized conceptions of Europe as place and identity, and how are anthropologists contributing to a useful knowledge of these processes?
- *How are these approaches and findings instructive for the anthropology of neoliberalism, state-building, globalization, and transnationalism more broadly?
The end/s of ethnography (as we knew it):
- *How have demographic shifts and communications technologies altered the practice of anthropology within and across European places?
- *How have such shifts prompted anthropologists working in Europe to innovate in terms of the ways in which they represent their “subjects”?
- *Furthermore, how has Europeanist ethnography responded to a situation in which many of its subjects hold multiple national/ethnic/racial allegiances or move across continents in search of work or safety, and in which the “field” may be accessed not only by plane or train but also email or skype?
- *How do our interlocutors’ daily use of such technologies instruct us as to how concepts such as the “West” or “globalization” ought to be newly interrogated and newly represented?
The end/s of anthropology in the “margins”?
- *What possibilities do we envision for anthropological research on Western Imperium in the 21st century – whether we study “up” to figures of authority and power or “down” to the more marginalized groups geographically located within or alongside EU borders?
- *How do European actors, events, and policies impact communities beyond its traditional boundaries, and how can such influence best be illuminated ethnographically?
- *What are the empirical, epistemological, and ethical commitments that inform these research choices?