5th and 6th of June 2009
UCL Material Culture organizes a working conference entitled Re-thinking Ethnology that will be hosted by the Department of Anthropology/Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture on the 5th and 6th of June 2009. The event is sponsored by the Journal of Material Culture.
Although Ethnology, Folklore Studies and Anthropology emerged at the turn of 20th century from the same intellectual and scientific roots, they have grown into separate disciplines that today are distinguished by an array of methods, theories and school of thought, which find their distinctive articulation in specific geopolitical, historical and institutional contexts. These intra-disciplinary distinctions between theories and methods, however accustomed we may have become to them, are in the processes of loosing their relevance in a postcolonial and global world where the restitution of indigenous scholarship and new technologies are forcing us to consider whether there is a new future for old methods that once were relegated to the periphery of anthropology. With the resurgence of interest in the study of material culture and cultural heritage, providing a new impetus for research on collections and archives, it is an open question whether ethnology could harbor methods that could be fruitfully engaged to meet the new challenges of an anthropology in the 21st century.
The two day working conference will see representatives of the domain of ethnology and folklore studies in Europe, the USA and China, who will speak about the diverse histories, practices of ethnology and its projected future in their own country. The working conference encompasses presentations on how ethnology is active, dormant or dead in the anthropology of different nations. 'Re-thinking Ethnology' hopes to open fruitful discussion drawing out whether there is a role for ethnology today, and how we may best rethink its methods and theoretical aspirations to meet the challenges of the future.
The papers will explore the following themes:
- Ethnology as material and technical practice - current approaches and what we anticipate as future developments
- The return to comparison and its methodological underpinnings
- How do we see the return to ethnology to impinge upon categories of anthropological knowledge.
Frederic Damon (University of Virginia)
Mihaly Hoppal (Institute of Ethnology, Budapest)
Giovanni Kezich (Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina, San Michele all'Adige, Italy)
Orvar Lofgren (University of Lund)
Vintilla Mihalescu (University of Bucharest)
Wang Mingming (Peking University, Central Minzu University)
Papataxiarchis Evthymios (University of the Aegean)
Cristina Sanchez - Carretero (Spanish Council for Scientific Research)
Martine Segalen (University of Paris, Nanterre)
Pieter Ter Keurs (National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden)
Chris Wingfield (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford)
Click here for the speakers abstracts.
University College London - Department of Anthropology
Journal of Material Culture
Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture
Workshop timetable and program:
Click here for the conference program.
The working conference is free of charge but please note that places are limited to 40 seats. The participants will make their own arrangement regarding lunch break.
Please confirm your participation to Laurence Douny: email@example.com
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Maps and Directions
The Workshop will take place at the UCL Anthropology Department 14 Taviton street WC1H 0BW in the Lecture theatre, ground floor (facing the reception). On map 2, the Anthropology Department is indicated as E3 (just behind the Institute of Archeology).
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