The Swedish and Finnish Anthropological Associations team up for a conference in 19–21.4.2018, in Uppsala. Call for Panels is now open (until 8th January 2018). The keynote speakers are Veena Das, Robert Bernasconi and Setha Low.


Vulnerability is a structuring feature of human existence; one that is lived and understood in historically shifting conditions. Today, global displacement, politicomilitary polarisations, and recurring environmental and humanitarian crises importantly shape the experience, distribution and interpretation of vulnerability. Traditional engagements with vulnerability have portrayed it as a position or a state of helplessness, silence, disempowerment and lack. Anthropology has a long history of documenting vulnerability in this regard. Together with activists and humanitarians, anthropologists have worked to “give voice” to vulnerable people, thereby drawing attention to perspectives and lives that otherwise may have escaped notice or attention. SANT/FAS 2018 welcomes panels and papers that build on this solid academic legacy of engaging with vulnerability. The conference also invites research that approaches vulnerability as something more than a condition from which subjects should be defended, rescued or liberated. SANT/FAS 2018 encourages participants to explore vulnerability as a productive position or condition that does something. Vulnerability makes demands for accountability and responsibility. Focusing on the productive dimensions of vulnerability can also change the focus of research, awareness and engagement. SANT/FAS 2018 encourages participants to ask:

• What does vulnerability mean?

• How is vulnerability experienced and positioned?

• How is vulnerability manifested in everything from architecture to interactional practices?

• How can vulnerability be thought about in ways that do not disavow it or just wish it away?

CALL FOR PANELS The call for panels is now open. The panels can address the theme ’Vulnerabilities’, but other themes are also welcome. Please send the title of the panel, an abstract (200 words), the name of the panel organizer(s) and their institutional affiliation(s) to before 8 January 2018. We encourage you to write your proposal in the language you plan to hold your panel in (Swedish, Finnish, English).

A bit more information is available in the conference flyer.

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