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EASA2016 Logo14th EASA Biennial Conference
Anthropological legacies and human futures
Department of Human Science for Education 'Riccardo Massa' and Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Milano-Bicocca
20-23 July, 2016

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'Anthropological legacies and human futures', the 14th EASA2016 biennial conference will be hosted by the Department of Human Science for Education 'Riccardo Massa' and Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Milano-Bicocca (“Unimib”) located in Milan. Milan is the capital of Lombardia in Northern Italy. Being crossed by different cultures and civilizations over the centuries, Milan still keeps a dynamic and a vibrant character and is considered the main industrial, financial and commercial centre of Italy, a major national and international centre of the performing arts (most notably opera) as well as the fashion capital of the world (sorry, Paris).

The University of Milano-Bicocca is a new university, established in 1998. The campus stands on the northern edge of Milan, which was entirely occupied by the Pirelli industrial complex until the late 1980s. As a modern and spacious campus, it will be the perfect nest for academic discussions, but also visual programmes and the new experimental form of Laboratories that was initiated in Tallinn at EASA2014.

The audio-visual programme and the additional events and meetings are now timetabled and online: lab/panel times are visible on the panel pages and in the session grid on the timetable page.
Registration remains open although the banquet has now sold out. Suggestions for accommodation have been posted on the site.

Keynote by Prof Didier Fassin, (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris):
The endurance of critique
In a time when critique is considered by some to be running out of steam and is disqualified by others in the name of a triumphant positivism, anthropology may have to reclaim its various critical traditions, including that of self-critique, to apprehend a world in which weak social and political consensus too often serves to elude the tensions, contradictions and even aporia of contemporary society. This implies resisting both the various manifestations of disenchantment regarding the supposed decline of the discipline and the recurrent tendency to proclaim so-called turns in an incessant race to innovation. Although not a privilege of the anthropologists, ethnography – as they practice it – is of particular relevance for this endeavour. But rather than being programmatic, the lecture will be analytic, discussing the issues raised by the practice of critical ethnography. Based on present case studies, it will be an attempt to bridge anthropological legacies and futures.

Silvia Vignato, Simone Ghezzi, Alice Bellagamba

Scientific committee
Alice Bellagamba, Simone Ghezzi, Silvia Vignato (University of Milano-Bicocca); Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo); Paolo Favero (University of Antwerp); Alessandro Monsutti (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva); Susana Matos Viegas (Universidade de Lisboa, ICS); Valeria Siniscalchi (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseille)

Local committee
Matteo Alcano, Silvia Barberani, Ivan Bargna, Alice Bellagamba, Antonio De Lauri, Ugo E.M. Fabietti, Marco Gardini, Corinna Guerzoni, Roberto Malighetti, Claudia Mattalucci, Manuela Tassan, Mauro Van Aken, Silvia Vignato - all of Department of Human Science for Education 'Riccardo Massa' at University of Milano-Bicocca
Simone Ghezzi, Vincenzo Matera, Luca Rimoldi - of Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Milano-Bicocca.