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13th EASA Biennial Conference
Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution
- innovation and continuity in an interconnected world

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia
31st July - 3rd August, 2014

EASA's biennial conference takes place this summer in the beautiful capital of Estonia, at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University. The Scientific Committee have been working hard to ensure this will be an exciting event and it looks set to attract over 1000 colleagues from across the globe.

Read the theme, the keynote and plenaries, the accepted panels and papers; learn about the innovative new laboratories, view and download the conference logo, poster or web banner for print and/or display on your own website or institution. Visit the Timetable page and add the EASA2014 calendar to your digital calendar, so as not to miss the early-bird deadline (or the conference itself!). Then, please register... before the early-bird rate expires on 22nd May.

For information regarding letters of acceptance and/or visas, view the travel page.


The keynote will be given by Elizabeth Povinelli, entitled 'Downloading the Dreaming? All of it Extinguished but none of it Dead?'
Abstract: The Australian Karrabing Indigenous Corporation was founded in 2009 in the wake of most dramatic change in federal policy toward Indigenous people since the 1970s. On the wake of a sex panic pertaining to the abuse of children on Indigenous communities, the Australian federal government declared an emergency intervention in Indigenous governance that, in effect, ended the era of so-called self-determination and inaugurated a neoliberal approach to land management focused on land development and mining. The Karrabing Indigenous Corporation was founded to explore how contemporary green digital technologies might be mobilized to create a revenue stream while maintaining their understanding of a living responsive landscape. This talk explores contemporary theories of immaterial capital (Negri) and critical climate change through their endeavor, unpacking in the process the shift underway in late liberal from a biopolitical to a geontopolitical form of power.


EASA2014 is also providing spaces for producing and presenting ethnographic works that are not exclusively based on text-based conventions, but that are constituted through visual, acoustic, performative, and other forms of experience-based knowledge. We are calling these spaces Laboratories in order to recall experimental practises and activities. Laboratories aim to explore methodological and epistemological possibilities of carrying out and presenting anthropological research using non-text based forms, hopefully with an interactive and collaborative component. They will:

View the accepted laboratories.


The AMCE network has opened a call for ethnographic films and media.


Scientific Committee
Hana Cervinkova, Carlo Cubero, Jeanette Edwards, Karolina Follis, Franz Krause, Kristin Kuutma, Patrick Laviolette, Noel B. Salazar.

Local Committee
Patrick Laviolette, Carlo Cubero, Franz Krause, Klavs Sedlenieks (Riga Stradins University), Polina Tserkassova, Marje Ermel, Aet Annist, Kristin Kuutma (Tartu University), Tonu Viik - all of Tallinn University, unless otherwise stated.
View the department's website here.