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Events by Anthropology and the Arts Network


2019 Symposium of the Anthropology and the Arts EASA Network (ANTART)
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
Saturday-Sunday, 21-22 September 2019

Art has always occupied an ambivalent position in anthropology; it has been subject to both fascination and scepticism. Alfred Gell went as far as positing that anthropology is essentially anti-art, advocating instead a ‘methodological philistinism’ and ‘resolute indifference’ in our study of modern and contemporary art. Aesthetics has often been questioned as a Western, Bourgeois construct. The anthropology of art historically departed from this paradoxical, iconoclastic rejection of art practice and in particular, art theory. In this workshop, we want to explore the foundations of the iconoclastic ethos of anthropology, and reassess the role of art within the discipline. What is the trouble with art in anthropology? Our aim is to examine how the anthropology of art can be re-founded, from a paradoxical sub-field, to a contribution to the theoretical problems of anthropology, and a critical discipline of contemporary societies. The symposium is open to both senior and early-career scholars who are planning or conducting projects in the anthropology of art.

The Symposium will be composed of panels with 20-minute paper presentations, and roundtables with less formalized discussion inputs. Please indicate in your email to which format you wish to propose an idea. Panels and roundtables will then be formed based on the themes and submissions. We also welcome film, photo, or other media submissions as long as they respond to the theme and are within the time-frame of 20-minutes.

Please send your proposals (including a title and abstract of 250 words max and a short bio) to BOTH convenors by the DEADLINE of 31 March 2019.
Contact details: Roger Sansi () & Jonas Tinius ()

The Network has a limited amount of supporting budget that can contribute towards accommodation costs for speakers. We acknowledge as sources of this funding the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museum and Heritage (CARMAH). The Centre is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as part of the research award for Sharon Macdonald’s Alexander von Humboldt Professorship.



Panel: Tinius, Jonas (convenor): The Future of Anthropological Representation: Contemporary Art and/in the Ethnographic Museum: The Future of Anthropological Representation.
Panel at Royal Anthropological Institute Major Conference ‘Art, Materiality, and Representation’, British Museum/SOAS, London/UK. 1-3 June 2018.

Workshop: ‘Art and Alterity: Anthropological Perspectives’. Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Institute of European Ethnology, Berlin/Germany, 13-14 September 2018.

Summer School: ‘Ethnography of the Arts / Art of Ethnography'. Summer School at Villa Arson, jointly organised by FU Berlin and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, Nice/France. 17-24 September 2017

Ethnographies of Curating/the Curatorial (Margareta von Oswald, Christine Gerbich, Franka Schneider, Anna Schäffler, Jonas Tinius). Faculty Seminar, Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin/Germany. 13 December 2016. 

Reviewer meets reviewed PDF (Anthropology, Art, and the gift - Roger Sansi and Jonas Tinius). Seminar at the British Museum, organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute, London/UK. 17 November 2016.

Contemporary Anthropologies of Art Workshop. Convened by Alex Flynn and Jonas Tinius, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham/UK. 8 September 2015. Keynote: Prof Arnd Schneider (Anthropology, Oslo).

Encountering Concepts in Art and Anthropology, Workshop at the Universitat de Barcelona/Spain, 11-12 June 2015. Download report PDF

Anthropologies of Art Lab (L200), EASA Conference, Tallinn/Estonia, 3 August 2014.

Relational Patrons: Perspectives on intimate and transnational art collaborations (Panel, convened by Alex Flynn and Jonas Tinius). European Association of Social Anthropology Conference 2014. Talinn/Estonia, 2 August 2014.