Anthropology Conference 2019


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Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2019
together with Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Literature Society

On Time

Helsinki, August 29–30, 2019

The Edvard Westermarck Memorial Lecture of 2019 will be given on the eve of the conference by Prof Laura Bear, on August 28th 5pm (exact time to be confirmed).

Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2019

Time is a classic topic in anthropology: it has been viewed as a natural, linguistic, religious, economic and generational phenomenon, among other things. But it is hard to recall when time would have been as widely researched as it is right now. The theme of the 2019 conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society was chosen largely to find out “why time now?” Is it because we have become increasingly aware of the plurality of temporal regimes in our lives, for example, or because of our increased sensitivity to these due to the increased movement of ever more people? And is this why the plural “temporalities” is now often favoured over the singular “time”?

Ultimately, it must be anthropology’s versatility that makes it particularly well suited for grasping and narrating time as a combination of politics, space, materiality, language, scale, valuation, prediction, and growth – again just to name but a few themes. But what has anthropology learnt from the study of time? Has the current “temporal turn” gone far enough for us to take stock of its accomplishments?

The 2019 Finnish Anthropological Society conference “On Time” investigates these themes in 20 panels (see individual panel descriptions).

The Call for Panels was circulated from December 4 to January 31. Please find the call here.

Call for Papers

We cordially invite individual paper proposals which are aligned with the conference panel topics. The proposals should comprise abstracts of 250–300 words and be submitted directly to the panel convenors. Please include your university affiliation and contact information when submitting the proposal.

Please find the call for papers in PDF form below:

Deadline for paper proposals: April 1st, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be sent by April 15th, 2019.

Call for Films

The Finnish Anthropological Society (FAS) invites documentary film submissions to be screened during its Biennial Conference.

The 2019 Film Programme aims to feature content that engages with different ways in which imaginaries and practices of time are rendered and generated through cinema. We seek anthropologically informed works that, through their content or form, demonstrate the temporal qualities of the cinematic experience. We also seek films that engage with time as a subject of inquiry.

To submit a film please fill out the online submission here.

Further Particulars:
Films that are not in English must be subtitled to English.
We will only consider submissions completed after January 2017.
The Call for Films closes on 30th May 2019.
Film-makers and other staff connected to the production are encouraged to attend for the discussion that will follow each screening.


The Finnish Anthropological Society Conference is organised in co-operation with the discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Literature Society. The keynote speaker of the conference is Ghassan Hage, and the 2019 Edvard Westermarck memorial lecture will be given by Laura Bear on the eve of the conference (August 28).
General inquiries regarding the conference can be addressed to timeFAS2019[a]


(Image credit: frankieleon, CC BY 2.0)