April 6-8, 2017, Stockholm University

Annual conference of the Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT)

With increasing local and global movement, driven by circumstances ranging from violent conflict and work opportunity to leisure travel and tourism, the meaning of location is changing. Leaving a location, staying in one temporarily, settling in a new one, perhaps returning again – indicate not only the importance of location, but also its many different connotations. Locations can be the loci of political contestations, of processes of exclusion and inclusion as well as of the creation of connections and the construction of home and belonging. However, location not only refers to a spatially or geographically fixed point (a home, a place of work, a village or town, a country etc.), or virtual and mediated places, but can also refer to a location or position in social space. Navigation most commonly refers to the plotting of movement from one place to another or, more specifically, the act of navigating, as in planning and directing the course of ship by using instruments or maps. By contrast an anthropological understanding of navigation is not only linked to physical movement, but also to social navigations in terms of people´s orientations (identities and ideologies, not least those formed by current events, political and personal) and movements in social environments marked by constraints and possibilities.

Thus, SANT 2017 explores the dialectic between location and navigation within and amongst social worlds characterized by their fluctuations. We especially invite papers that address theoretical and methodological questions around the construction of location and the process of navigation. How can these concepts be used ethnographically and theoretically to make sense of ongoing local and global movements? For instance, how are locations formed, reinforced or destabilized through practices of navigation?

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Sarah Green, University of Helsinki
  • Professor Peter Hervik, Aalborg University

The call for papers for the Annual Conference of the Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT) in Stockholm, 6-8 April 2017 is now open. Choose a panel and send a 250 word abstract of your paper proposal including institutional affiliation, email and the title of the panel to 2017SANT@gmail.com. The panels are listed below. Please note the panel called Current Anthropology which is open for independent paper proposals. Submissions can be made in either English or Swedish. Deadline: 7 February 2017.

List of panels

  1. Current Anthropology
  2. Placing pasts: Exploring the situated and relational dynamics of heritage production
  3. Navigating scale
  4. Navigating emotions
  5. Feministisk antropologi – en omöjlig möjlighet?
  6. Domesticating anthropology
  7. New Media Technologies and Anthropology – New Prospects and Challenges or ‘Business as usual’?
  8. Navigating Migration
  9. From the Bank Machine to the Boardroom: Locating and Navigating Corporate and Financial Entities through Ethnographic Practice
  10. Placing Austerity: Navigating Neoliberal Places and Subjects
  11. Infrastructural locations
  12. Plans, timing and coordination: people and resources navigating in social time
  13. Comparative Municipal Ethnographies: Citizenship, Democracy and Protest

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