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Contemporary Anthropologies of Art

One day international workshop

 

9 September 2015 | Department of Anthropology, Durham University

Keynote: Professor Arnd Schneider (University of Oslo)

Building on established anthropological approaches to art such as those of Alfred Gell or Pierre Bourdieu, this workshop seeks to map out contemporary anthropological approaches to art. Furthermore, by asking what distinct views on artistic practices are offered by such new theoretical perspectives as ethnographic conceptualism (Ssorin-Chaikov 2013) or relational aesthetics (Sansi 2014), we hope to propose new pathways of anthropological inquiry. A key proposition behind this workshop is the idea that contemporary art theory and practice are increasingly in dialogue with theories of sociality – how we relate to other people to create meaning – and therefore connected to core anthropological interests. The objective of this workshop is therefore not just to apply existing anthropological theory to potentially new ethnographic situations characterized by the production of art, but to develop anthropological theory through an engagement with the conceptual approaches that underpin the contemporary production of art today. 

 

As an Anthropologies of Art [A/A] Network research event, the conference also seeks to map out a range of contemporary approaches to the study of art. Contributors from Oslo, Berlin, Moscow, Barcelona, and the UK will discuss case studies that impact on the production of contemporary anthropological theory.

Convenors and contact
Alex Flynn (alex.flynn@durham.ac.uk) and Jonas Tinius (jlt46@cam.ac.uk)

More information
http://www.anthropologies-of-art.net/aa-research/workshop | @Anth_Art 

Funded by the Department of Anthropology, Durham University, and the Department of Anthropology's Social Anthropology research group

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ISIS is using 'Dreamology' to justify its nightmarish vision for the World

Robert Fisk's article in the Voices Section of The Independent website looks to the dream world to try to comprehend what motivates ISIS.

 

The article draws on research conducted by Dr Iain Edgar, Emeritus Reader in Anthropology at Durham University who has been exploring how ISIS uses dreams to justify decisions and claim authority.

 

To read the article click here.

(21 Aug 2015)


This year’s graduates say that Anthropology at Durham University has enthusiastic staff and is intellectually stimulating

Nearly all of this year’s Anthropology graduates at Durham University who responded to the National Student Survey (NSS) think that teaching staff are good at explaining things and are enthusiastic about their subject. This year’s graduates also said that their Anthropology degrees at Durham were intellectually stimulating and were satisfied with the quality of their course overall. Most Durham Anthropology graduates who completed the NSS also felt that they had received sufficient support and advice from staff. Personal development, particularly improvement in communication skills, and access to learning resources (library and IT) also scored highly. 

 

Some figures…

77% of third year students responded

Staff are good at explaining things – 97% of respondents said they 'definitely agreed' or 'mostly agreed' with the statement

Staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching – 96% of respondents said they 'definitely agreed' or 'mostly agreed' with the statement

The course is intellectually stimulating – 95% of respondents said they 'definitely agreed' or 'mostly agreed' with the statement

Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of my course – 90% of respondents said they 'definitely agreed' or 'mostly agreed' with the statement

My communication skills have improved – 85% of respondents said they 'definitely agreed' or 'mostly agreed' with the statement

The library resources and services are good enough for my needs - 89% of respondents said they 'definitely agreed' or 'mostly agreed' with the statement

I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to - 90% of respondents said they 'definitely agreed' or 'mostly agreed' with the statement.

Thanks very much to our graduates, students and staff for all their hard work. We look forward to teaching in the new Academic year.

(12 Aug 2015)


Kids Company: the sad truth about why charities suddenly collapse

Dr S Abram, Reader in Anthropology at Durham University has published an article in The Conversation. In the wake of the collapse of Kids Company the article discusses the difficulties faced by charitable organisations who are increasingly being used to replace the state as providers of public services. 

 

To read the article click here

(11 Aug 2015)


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