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Call for Papers Opens, "Anthropology and Enlightenment" ASA 2014

The UK Association of Social Anthropologists 2014 Decennial Conference will take place in Edinburgh. The call for papers is now open.

ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment

19-22 June 2014, The Surgeons' Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

2014 will be the occasion of the ASA's decennial conference. All anthropologists are invited to the city of Edinburgh for four days of plenariespanels, ethnographic films, dancing and other fringe events.

The Call for papers is now open and closes on 5th January 2014.



The theme for the conference, Anthropology and Enlightenment, takes its inspiration from the tradition of the Scottish Enlightenment, born in an era when intellectual life in Scotland was at its most cosmopolitan and outward-facing. This was a time of intellectual optimism and experimentation, of polymaths and autodidacts who were not afraid to address the widest and most fundamental questions of what it is to be human. Above all, the Scottish Enlightenment was a milieu rather than a school, a world of public argument in coffee-houses – and indeed in drinking establishments – rather than a canonical set of texts. Through our choice of theme we aim to rekindle the spirit that gave birth to the discipline of anthropology, yet in a manner and an idiom appropriate to the contemporary era, by combining historical reflection with an exploration of anthropology’s relations with other disciplines, including philosophy, political economy, theology, history, architecture, medicine, law, agriculture and even sociology. Six invited panels are the basis of the programme and will address current interdisciplinary themes, each of which could potentially be aligned with, and identified by, a key work from the Scottish Enlightenment.

They are:
1. Time, Earth and Cosmos
2. Health and Wealth
3. Natural Religion
4. Human / Nature
5. Beauty, Order, Harmony and Design
6. Moral Sentiments

Read more about these strands, the plenary abstracts, and the Call for Papershere: 

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