We are excited to announce that the 2015 New Directions keynote speaker will be Martin F. Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Anthropology, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign. Professor Manalansan’s work “locates itself at the juncture of anthropology, cultural studies, diaspora/migration studies, critical ethnic studies, and queer/gender studies.” His latest book, Queer Dwellings, “examines the affective landscapes, material conditions, ethical dilemmas and embodied experiences of undocumented queer immigrants living under precarious conditions.”
A few weeks ago, this year’s steering committee held a planning meeting at UT for the (quickly!) approaching conference. We reviewed abstracts, drafted the schedule, and managed various other administrative tasks. The conference looks to be an exciting one with a great array of papers to be presented!
We are very happy to announce that the keynote speaker for NDIA 2014 will be Hirokazu Miyazaki, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the East Asia Program at Cornell University. Professor Miyazaki’s latest book, Arbitraging Japan: Dreams of Capitalism at the End of Finance, focuses on the careers and intellectual trajectories of a group of pioneering derivatives traders in Japan during the 1990s and 2000s, asking what the end of the era of high finance means for the future of global capitalism.
(Photo credit: Lindsay France)
Bright and early Saturday session in Sewall Hall, as the water balloon fight raged outside.
Keynote speaker John Jackson, on the impossible ethnography of the contemporary: “Even our analytical categories are now vernacular categories.”
A Long-Overdue Update
With less than a month to go before the sixth annual New Directions conference, there are a lot of things in motion! We’ve confirmed the names of the faculty members who have generously offered to give comments on graduate student papers, and this year we’re proud to say that every participant will get substantive comments from respondents at both Rice and UT. We’ve also confirmed that Casey Kittrell, an associate editor at the University of Texas Press, will be joining us for Saturday’s roundtable discussion on new directions in scholarly publishing.
If you’re a conference participant, please send us your participant confirmation form ASAP so that we can confirm the spelling of your name and the title of your paper for the program. If you’re not presenting but are in the Houston area, please peruse the schedule and join us for all or part of the conference proceedings. Finally, if you’re off in another time zone but are interested in what we’re up to, stay tuned for transcripts of the conference roundtables and an article about our collaborative planning process, with all of its twists and turns.
The steering committee, after Saturday’s planning retreat at Rice.
Ethnography Is, Ethnography Ain't
Don’t miss John Jackson’s article in the August 2012 issue of Cultural Anthropology, which marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Writing Culture. Wiley is currently offering free access to the article.