Conference 2018 – Chile

2018 Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

Theme: Borders and boundaries: Plurality, permeability and plasticity

Bordes y fronteras: Pluralidad, plasticidad y permeabilidad


Dates: 20-23 November 2018

Venue: University of Santiago

As the theme for the 2018 CEAD hui, Borders and boundaries is both a symbolic and a material concept for ethnographic scholars. In a world fraught with mistrust, downgrading, and literally dehumanizing of the Other/other, the relationships of groups of people to borders keeping others out, and boundaries keeping our selves within seem no longer to be simply theoretical constructs, but rather have become real-time, politicized precursors and effects of ignorance. This ignorance might be deliberate or it may be structural; it may stem from paranoia, fear, lack of social intercourse: at any rate, the Southern Hemisphere, always aware of a globalized worldscape, is affected by worldviews that call for construction of concretized, fabricated, and real borders and boundaries. These “walls” can be real or imagined; they may be tangible, esoteric, ephemeral, and a combination of those material types; they may be multiple or singular, hurtful and unconscious and deliberate. They may be semi-, quasi-, or non-permeable. They may be borders and/or boundaries that are understood or incomprehensible. They may be based on some sorts of logics—or completely irrational. As borders and boundaries—fashioned by human beings—they are, of course, socially constructed, contextually sited and specific, and able to be, like the plasticity of brains, re-fashioned, deconstructed, and re-made into more or less humane interactions with other humans and species.

The conference theme Borders and boundaries, Plurality, permeability and plasticity, is, of course (as all conference themes are) suggestive: delegates to the CEAD 2018 in Santiago, Chile are invited to explore, play with, tease out, the subtleties, performance spaces, and evocative work that this thematic implies.

We look forward to fascinating and innovative ethnographic work on borders and boundaries – all in the context of Santiago, Chile as a cosmopolitan, historical, colonialist, intellectual community of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars coming together for lively, provocative, safe, and stimulating discussions! We embrace the opportunity to respectfully learn about others in our 21st Century world, during CEAD 2018.

We encourage presentations in English, Spanish, Portuguese and te reo Māori.

Call for papers will go out later in 2017

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Many submissions to CEAD 2018 will contribute to the key theme ‘Theme: Borders and boundaries: Plurality, permeability and plasticity’ and/or one of four streams for the ethnography conference and hui. This does not preclude delegates submitting papers outside of the key theme—but we do ask that you locate your work within one of the four streams.

Emerging Methods: Traditional, Experimental, Transgressive forms.

Emerging Methods

Praxis and Advocacy: Doing Ethnography on the Ground.

Praxis and Advocacy

Social Justice and Transformation: Theoretical Ethnographic Visions.

Social Justice

Indigenous Voices: Communicating Peoples.

Indigenous Voices