Call for Papers: 3rd Conference on Anthropology and Education, Oct 26 & 27th | Anthropology and Education | International & Transcultural Studies

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In the Department of International & Transcultural Studies

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3rd Conference on Anthropology and Education

The Work of Education

October 26 & 27, 2018

Teachers College, Columbia University

Call for Papers

For too long, “education,” in anthropology, appeared as a by-product of other work sometimes  labeled “enculturation” or “socialization.”  And when, as is generally done, “education” is reduced to schooling, the only work seriously considered is the work of teachers, administrators, and policy makers. Anthropologists of education know better, though they often have a difficult time making themselves heard. 

In this Third Conference, we want to put the accent on this work in all its settings, aspects, conditions and affordances, in schooling and beyond. Parents struggling with infants (and their own parents, pediatricians, etc.) are at educational work; so are the elderly (and their children, neighbors, etc.) figuring out who does what in the crowd treating them—and who is to pay for them; so are poets reading to their audience. Of course, the teachers in their many encounters with students, peers, and administrators are all doing educational work; and so are policy makers, reformers, activists, who fight to redirect institutional flows. Beyond schools, we are considering the educative work involved in urban and/or globalized settings of performance, oral traditions, the court of law, youth recruitment and the like. Education, in all its forms and modalities, is always hard work and it is always the work of crowds of people jostling for attention, authority, and power.

We look for papers strongly grounded in the kind of ethnographic research in diverse settings that opens the way to broad generalizations about the human condition when people face what they never quite experienced before, when they discover the unexpected consequences of earlier work, or when they attempt to assemble the people they might need to animate some alternative. 

Interested parties please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to :

All submissions must include; the author’s name (or names for co-authored papers), presentation title, institutional affiliation, status (faculty, graduate student).

Submissions must be received by April 15th, 2018

 Conference Organizers:

Amina Tawasil, PhD, Nicholas Limerick, PhD, Hervé Varenne, PhD

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