Deadline for proposals: 21 March 2016

By addressing some of the key issues of today's world – (un)certainty, (in)equality and hope(lessness) – the conference aims to provide a platform for discussion on complex social processes and on various challenges and possibilities they offer for anthropological research. From the position between the opposites – certainty/uncertainty, equality/inequality, hope/hopelessness – we wish to explore how these modes of contemporary social life are constructed, valuated and argued for. What are the forms and practices of uncertainty, inequality and hopelessness? How do people define and manage these feelings and conditions and how do they relate to one another? How are they institutionalized, and how are they defined in public discourse? What are the political, economic, social and ecological preconditions and implications of uncertainty, inequality and hopelessness? Can certainty, equality and hope be defined as utopian projects? What actions do people take to surpass inequalities? How do they speak about hope and how do they work on certainty? In spite of uncertainty and various inequalities, does hope still manage to find its place in everyday practices and narratives? By shedding light on these topics, we also wish to discuss various challenges and possibilities they provide for anthropological research. How do anthropologists respond to these possibilities and how do they position themselves in complex research situations? What kind of research strategies and methodologies do they use and develop? What forms of reporting about their research do they choose? How do they work on visibility and applicability of their research projects?

Paper presenters are expexted to submit (via email) a paper abstract (around 250-300 words), their academic status and institutional affiliation by March 21, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by March 31, 2016.
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Conference email contact person: Georgia Rina, PhD candidate, Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens