Cfp: Communities responding to conflict: Social change and cultural production incontemporary conflict settings (AAA 2009)

4 March 2009

Call for papers: Panel proposal for the American Anthropological Association Annual meeting (, Philadelphia, PA – December 2-6, 2009

Communities responding to conflict: Social change and cultural production incontemporary conflict settings

Contemporary conflicts produce zones of war, violence, displacement, and resettlement in which social relations, livelihoods, and community structures undergo transformations. Forms of identity are disrupted and reconfigured within families, ethnicities, and nations. In short or long-term conflict situations, actors also demonstrate flexibility, innovation, and solidarity by strategically employing sociocultural resources in response to emerging community needs and changing realities. Community leaders and international actors, including governments, civil society, and humanitarian aid organizations, often seek to seek to influence and shape those responses on local and global scales. This panel examines the ways in which conflict and post-conflict settings engender new forms of social organization, participation, cultural production and communication and the broader implications of these adaptive strategies for communities living with and recovering from recent experiences of conflict.

We are especially interested in papers that relate to the following themes:

-Changing social dynamics in populations affected by conflict, especially in refugee camps and resettlement zones
-Gender relations in conflict settings
-The impacts of conflict on youth and their responses to it
-Use of performance genres and media as modes of representation in conflict settings
-Development and government agency attempts to direct community responses to conflict

Submissions: Please send abstracts (250 words max.) with, name, affiliation, department, telephone number, and email address by March 18, 2009. The AAA deadline for the panel proposal and conference registrations for participating members is April 1.

Abstracts may be sent via email to:
deubel AT and alicewilson AT

Tara Deubel
PhD candidate, Dept. of Anthropology
University of Arizona

Alice Wilson
PhD candidate, Social Anthropology
University of Cambridge

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