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Call for Papers! The 13th Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Forum

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The 13th Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Forum

第十三屆 香港中文大學 人類學系 研究生論壇

Keynote Speaker 主題發言人: Edward Fischer

Time: Friday 11 Feb & Saturday 12 Feb 2022 日期:2022年2月11日至12日(週五及週六)

Venue: Online via Zoom 場地:綫上(使用Zoom應用程式)

Happiness and Wellbeing in Times of Crises 

危機時代中的幸福與美好生活

We live in times of crises. The spread of COVID-19, together with concerns about climate change, environmental degradation, and socio-political unraveling have provided an overwhelmingly apocalyptic outlook of the world. In recent years, anthropologists have engaged in debates about ways to respond to the challenges of the Anthropocene – the current planetary era marked by the encompassing influence of human activities on the surface of the globe—and we are currently grappling with how to do research with (and on) COVID.  The future seems to be bleak; it holds out no hope for future happiness.

我們活在危機時代。COVID-19蔓延、氣候變遷、環境劣化、社會政治崩壞,諸多景象猶如末世來臨,世界前景極度黯淡。人類活動為地球表面帶來的影響是如此的深遠,以至於我們可以說世界進入了一個新的地質年代——“人類世” 。近年來,人類學家們已經在討論如何應對人類世的種種挑戰。而現在,我們也正在學習如何在新冠病毒的蔓延下進行學術研究(或研究新冠病毒本身)?前景看似一片灰暗,未來的幸福似乎無跡可尋。

But is it really so? While these crises have caused havoc and suffering, they also potentiate new ideas, projects, and ways of life. How have concepts of wellbeing and happiness been reconceptualized? Are ideas of happiness universal? Is happiness always something desirable and to be pursued? What new kinds of intimacies have emerged to simulate and subvert the “normal”? How have social, economic, religious, and political institutions reorganized the meaning of “business-as-usual”? What new strategies emerged for animating work and play? What creative ways for surviving marginality got spawned by waiting things out resiliently? Are new communication technologies advancing our wellbeing or undermining such prospects? What new models of human-nonhuman entanglements offer hope for the future? What new collectivities and visions for the future are being forged at these critical junctures?  

然而真的如此嗎?危機雖造成了混亂和苦痛,卻也使新的觀念、計劃和生活方式變得可能。幸福快樂和美好生活的概念,究竟如何被重新定義?有放之四海而皆準的幸福觀念嗎?快樂總是被人渴求和追求的嗎?哪些新的親密關係的出現,是對我們“日常”的模仿,同時又顛覆了我們的“日常”?社會、經濟、宗教、政治等層面上的不同機構,它們是如何重整“一切如常”的含義?有什麼樣的新策略,能使得工作和娛樂變得更有生氣?有什麼創意的求生方法,讓我們即使活在邊緣中,仍然能夠靜候轉機,並恢復到理想狀態?嶄新的通訊科技究竟使我們的生活變好,還是適得其反?什麽樣的新型“人-非人”糾葛關係,為未來提供了希望?在這個重要的節點上,有什麼新的集體,以及對於未來的願景正在慢慢成形?

Anthropologists are well-positioned to study the human dynamics of  crises. Fieldwork, and the ethnographic encounters that come with it, put them in a unique position to capture the multiple ways people pursue happiness and wellbeing in a diverse array of contexts. Their tools allow them to generate portraits of people’s lived experiences and demonstrate how happiness varies; different places, different societies, and different cultures would each have different versions. Concurrently, archaeologists can provide valuable insights on facing crises. Their work is ultimately aimed towards the future rather than to return to the past. Archaeological research investigates the fortunes and struggles of ancient peoples to reveal how they managed to get through tough times. The hope is that learning from the past may open new paths for envisioning future worlds. 

研究危機之中的人類動態和行為,人類學家是最合適的人選。田野研究中積累的民族志點滴,捕捉了人們在不同情景下如何追尋幸福和好的生活。人類學的工具有助我們掌握人們的具體生活經驗,並幫助呈現不同地方、不同社會、不同文化之中,人對於幸福的不同理解。同時,考古學者能夠提供有價值的見解,幫助我們面對危機。他們的工作不是爲了回到過去,而是朝向未來。考古學的研究使我們瞭解前人的“幸福”與“危機”,看到他們是如何走過那段艱難的路程。前車可鑑,我們或許可以從過去的案例中學習,思考未來的方向。

This year’s Postgraduate Student Forum invites a collective conversation between these novel imaginations and experiments for better futures. The forum accepts theoretical reflections, methodological deliberations, and personal contemplations from a wide variety of fields. We welcome anthropological—and related works, on the varied and provocative ways people act in “pursuits of happiness” (Mathews and Izquierdo 2009).

今年的研究生論壇,就各種嚮往更好的未來的想像及實驗,廣邀各家展開對話。本論壇接受來自不同學科背景的關於理論思考、方法探索,以及個人研究反思的稿件。我們歡迎人類學,或與人類學相關的,探索“快樂追尋”(Mathews and Izquierdo 2009)各異其趣的作品。

 

Encouraged topics and themes include but are not limited to:

Values, meanings, and measures of happiness and wellbeing

Improving happiness and wellbeing through public policy

Consuming happiness and the happiness industry

Languages and expressions of happiness and wellbeing

Disembodied intimacies and social connections

Community festivals, collective rituals, and social celebrations

Happiness and wellbeing across diverse socio-cultural categories, i.e., children, aged, sick, disabled, displaced, etc.

Happiness and wellbeing during fieldwork 

Wellbeing and material conditions of ancient societies

Biocultural and evolutionary perspectives on happiness and wellbeing

Cross-border mobility and immobility

States of desires and aspirations  

Marginality, oppression, and finding satisfaction in political expressions

Equity and social justice movements

Human rights, justice, and freedom

Ecological sustainability and resilience

 

鼓勵以下主題的稿件,但不限於此:

幸福和“好的生活”的價值、意義和方法

以公共政策改善幸福和“好的生活”

消費快樂及快樂產業

幸福和“好的生活”的語言與展演

“無身體的”私密關係和社會連結

社區節慶、集體儀式和慶祝活動

不同社會文化群體對於幸福快樂及“好的生活”的理解,例如:兒童、長者、病患、殘障、流離失所者

田野期間的幸福、快樂及“好”生活

古代社會的“好”生活及物質條件

生物文化及演化角度對於幸福及“好的生活”的理解

跨境流動性(與不流動)

願望及期望之狀態

邊緣性、壓迫,以及在政治展演中尋找滿足

平等及社會正義運動

人權、公義及自由

生態可持續性及抗逆力

 

Reference:

Mathews, Gordon, and Carolina Izquierdo, eds. 2009. Pursuits of Happiness: Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective. New York: Berghahn Books.

 

Abstract Submission

Proposal Submission Type: Individual Paper Proposal

Language for Submission and Presentation: English only

Submission Method: Please submit your application and abstract (300 words max) through the online form

Proposal Submission Deadline: 12 Nov (Fri)

Announcement of Acceptance: 3 Dec (Fri)

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 31 Dec (Fri) (Word limit for the full papers: 2750-3000 words)

Conference Date: 11-12 February 2022

 

Forum Committee: 

Angelini, Gabriella 

Chen, Yutong

Chow, Kootyin

Del Rosario-Rondilla, Aileen

Zhang, Jingwen

 

Sponsors:

Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

For more information contact:

The Forum Committee anthforum@cuhk.edu.hk

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