UCL Anthropology


Ordinary Extraordinary: The Anthropology of Risk, Limits and Exposure

27 October 2014

Risk Wordle

6-7 November 2014
Department of Anthropology
University College London
14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Workshop conveners: Dr Beata Switek, Ms Hannah Swee and Dr Allen Abramson from UCL.

This workshop was funded by UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences Funds for Departmental Initiatives and by the Department of Anthropology, UCL.

Attendence to the workshop is by registration only. Please contact Beata (b.switek@ucl.ac.uk) and Hannah (h.swee.11@ucl.ac.uk) by the 28th of October if you are interested in attending.

Workshop Programme

Thursday 6th November 2014

8:30 - 9:00 Coffee/Tea
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome: Welcome from the organisers
9:15 - 10:05 Keynote 1: Stephen Lyng (Carthage College) The New Subjectivity of Risk

10:10 - 12:05
Marie Kolling (University of Copenhagen)
From slum to social housing: New homes, new problems and uncertainties in Recife, Northeast Brazil
Julie Shackleford (UCL)
Changing trajectories: Reflections on homes, homeland, and heritage in crisis Syria
Giovanni Gugg (University of Naples "L'Orientale")
Ordinary life in the shadow of Vesuvius: Surviving the announced catastrophe
Hannah Swee (UCL)
Keeping disasters under control: Anticipating and predicting cyclones in the Australian Tropics

Discussant: Helene Joffe (UCL)

12:05 - 13:00 Lunch

13:05 - 14:35
Cathryn Townsend (UCL)
Sliding into inequality: Crisis and resilience among Baka hunter-gatherers
David Jeevendrampillai (UCL)
Being local: It's what Lefi would have wanted (IWLWHW).
Carol Balthazar (UCL)
The market tsunami: Cultural and natural challenges in an economically deprived English seaside town

Discussant: Karen Henwood (Cardiff University)

14:35 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:05 - 16:35
Mei L. Trueba (University of Leeds)
'Looking at risk with two eyes' Plural and shifting rationalities of risk and risk management amongst Bolivian cooperative miners
Iben Karlsen (University of Copenhagen)
Between standardization and expertise: Risk and accident prevention in a Danish wind turbine production factory
Alessandro Blasimme (INSERM)
Play at your own risk: new biomedicine and the socio-technical transformation of experimental risk

Discussant: Åsa Boholm (University of Gothenburg)

Dinner 18:00

Friday 7th November 2014

8:30 - 9:00 Coffee/Tea
9:00 - 9:50 Keynote 2: Åsa Boholm (University of Gothenburg) Risk and Anthropology

9:55 - 11:50
Jonathan Skinner (University of Roehampton)
"At the risk of embarrassment": Convention, revolution and imagination on the exposed dance floor
Matthew Leyshon-McGuire (University of Cambridge)
The politics and risks of visibility: The 'coming out' of sexual minorities in South Korea
Janine Su (UCL)
Connecting mobility and manhood in a Turkish urban centre
Victoria Robinson (University of Sheffield)
Re-conceptualising sporting masculinities, the everyday and risk

Discussant: Sophie Day (Goldsmiths, University of London)

11:50-12:45 Lunch

Ellen Potts (UCL)
Sailing into the storm: Negotiating the vicissitudes of life in the UK climate justice movement
Gülin Kayhan (Waseda University)
Deep Play in Whale Wars: Commodified Edgework at the End of the Social
Dimitra Kofti (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
The 'ungrateful' steel work: Risk, danger and uncertainty in a Bulgarian industrial town

Discussant: Allen Abramson (UCL)

14:20 - 15:50
Matthew Bunn (University of Newcastle, Australia)
Echoing Improvisation: balancing risk and intensity in the practice of alpine climbing
Jason Pine (State University of New York)
Methlabs and the work of the securitized risk-taker
Philipp Schröder (Humboldt University of Berlin)
'No risk, no champagne' - skills, success and the 'culture of decision-taking' among post-Soviet businessmen from Kyrgyzstan

Discussant: Stephen Lyng (Carthage College)

15:50 - 16:15 Coffee Break

16:20 - 17:10 Guest speaker: Lord Giddens Living in the high opportunity, high risk society
17:10-18:00 Discussion and closing remarks