Department of Anthropology Symposium 1 – 2 October 2020, hosted by The University of Sydney – School of Social and Political Sciences Department of Anthropology Symposium 1 – 2 October 2020, hosted by The University of Sydney – School of Social and Political Sciences

Department of Anthropology Symposium 1 – 2 October 2020, hosted by The University of Sydney

“Department of Anthropology Symposium 1 – 2 October 2020, hosted by The University of Sydney”

 

Political symbols: forms, functions, usages

1 – 2  Oct  2020

Theme and goals

 In the present period of political instability and uncertainty, symbols of community and faction have regained public presence as tools for political manoeuvring and mobilisation. This is very noticeable in the abrupt resurgence of national symbols in the public sphere of many countries (for instance, national flags have suddenly become indispensible in the activities of some political actors, and the celebration national days is regaining [often polarising] public attention). But this phenomenon is also easily identifiable in many other expressions of political activity, ranging from struggles around the maintenance/removal of previously established symbols of community and/or faction (such as mausoleums or statues of political figures in public spaces) to the creation of new material symbols that facilitate collective identification and mobilisation.

We believe that these symbolic battlegrounds beg for a re-examination of important questions about political behaviour and communication, but also about the shaping of contemporary democracies and the power struggles of the future.

Against this general background, this Symposium pursues two interrelated goals: a) generate grounds for transdisciplinary insights into a research field that attracts scholars from all the social sciences; b) facilitate new insights into a topic to which anthropologists have made foundational contributions.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: COVID-19 UPDATE*

We are closely monitoring all developments regarding the COVID 19 and the cautionary measures undertaken by Government and University authorities in Australia. The Symposium will have a maximum of 40 presenters and, if necessary, we will move all presentations and talks onto an online platform. Participants will be notified well in advance of the Symposium dates (by 01 September 2020) of the final arrangement (that is, presential/online).

 

Call for Papers

We welcome paper proposals that address the Symposium theme and seek to establish a dialogue with its main goals. Proposals that draw from anthropological perspectives and ethnographic work are particularly welcome, but more broadly we are interested in proposals from scholars from any disciplinary background who  can make contributions (empirical and/or theoretical) to this discussion.

 

How to submit proposals

Proposals must include the following details:

– Title (30 words max.)

– Abstract (250 words max.)

– Name of author/s (co-authored proposals are welcome)

– Email address of author/s

– Institutional affiliation (if any)

Proposals MUST be sent to Symposium convener:

– Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (email: luis.angosto-ferrandez@sydney.edu.au)

Important dates:

Call for papers closes:        30 April 2020

– Letters of acceptance:        8 May 2020

– Registration opens:              11 May 2020

– Registration closes:             29 May 2020

 

Registration Costs

 – Registration for presenters of papers (general):                                         $40

–  Registration for presenters of papers (students/unemployed):             $20

 * Registration includes certification of attendance (when requested); access to all regular and plenary sessions, and to the roundtable; and morning and evening teas/refreshments.

 

Provisional Program:

DAY 1: Thursday 1 October

Time Activity
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome
9:45 – 10:30 Opening Plenary: Emeritus Prof.  Graeme Gill
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Panel session (A1)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Panel session (A2)
15:00 -15:30 Coffee
15:30 – 16:30 Panel session (A3)
16:30 – 17:00 Afternoon Break
17:00 – 18:30 Plenary (guest speaker TBC)

 

DAY 2: Friday 2 October

Time Activity (session A)
9:00-10:30 Panel session (A4)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11-12:30 Panel session (A5)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Panel session (A6)
15:00  – 15:30 Coffee
15:30 – 16:30 Panel session (A7)
16:30  17:00 break
17:00 – 18:30 Roundtable: National Flags

 

 For enquiries, contact:

– Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (email: luis.angosto-ferrandez@sydney.edu.au)

Date

Oct 01 2020 - Oct 02 2020

Time

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cost

General $40, Student/Unemployed $20

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