For those wanting to actively engage in the discipline, consider attending the 2014 CASCA meeting at York University. CASCA is the Canadian Anthropology Society.
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CASCA 2014 will be held at York University, April 30th-May 3rd, 2014, with the theme:
“Promising Uncertainties: Unsettling the Future of Anthropological Terrain”
For information and updates please visit the CASCA 2014 website at:
We look forward to seeing you in Toronto next May.
What can uncertainty promise? Documenting indeterminacy, diversity, disunity and contingency is both a political commitment as well an empirical claim. The 2014 CASCA conference theme seeks to draw out a range of questions including but not limited to: what forms of social and cultural engagements are possible when ambiguity rather than certainty is the central concern of anthropological enquiry and/or ethnographic practice? In what manner and to what extent does uncertainty unsettle neo-liberal processes of classification, transparency and accountability? Does a revolutionizing capitalism’s search for new markets foster promise and ambiguity? How does the measurement and management of uncertainty under the monikers of ‘risk’, ‘choice’ and ‘rights’ affect political, social and ethical debates about domains as diverse as immigration, identity politics, technology, art, media, security, health, environment, and the economy? What are the paradoxes that underpin or might emerge out of an anthropological engagement with uncertainty? What might be the intended and unintended outcomes of drawing on this paradigm for anthropology’s interlocutors? What forms of ethnographic practice might uncertainty give rise to and/or destabilise?
While CASCA 2014 aims to stimulate discussions and critical reflections on the theme of uncertainty, presentations that fall outside of the proposed theme will also be considered.
The Keynote speaker is Dr. Didier Fassin, the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Originally trained as a physician, his early research in medical anthropology focused on the AIDS epidemic, mortality disparities, and global health. More recently, his research has focused on critical moral anthropology which explores the influence of moral forms on everyday judgment and action, and on international humanitarianism or asylum granting. He is the author of several books including When Bodies Remember: Experiences of AIDS in South Africa (UC Press, 2007) and Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present (UC Press, 2011). More recently his work has focused on the police, the prison, and the National Court of Asylum in France. His most recent book is Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (Polity Press, 2013).