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Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao
Anthropological Association of the Philippines


Call for Papers
38th Annual Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc.
October 20-22, 2016
Ateneo de Manila University

Anthropologists are uniquely positioned to generate new understandings of society and culture,whether at the micro or macro-level. Such knowledge can be brought to bear on many contemporary problems afflicting our world today. They could also lead to more realistic policies. The conference aims to discuss how anthropological/ethnographic knowledge was, or was not, accessed as possible references for policies and programs by both the government and the private sector. What insights can be shared from various projects involving practitioners of anthropology? Saan tayo nagkulang? It is time for us to reflect on how our discipline connects with various audiences within industry and the state. Have we been participating in the formation of key policies and discourses? How have we been listening to the concerns of our potential audiences, finding ways to dialogue with them, building relationships and communicating the fruits of our research? The conference theme follows through on concerns that have been reiterated in previous UGAT conferences (cf “Anthropology Cares for its Publics” in 2011).

Some of the questions that we should be addressing include: How are policies and practices formulated within industry (especially business and media), and selected domains in the Philippine state (the municipal, the presidential, the congressional, the judicial)? How do these processes intersect with the key concerns of the various communities or audiences we wish to reach? To what relationships and practices can we attribute success or failure in the integration of anthropological knowledge into official policy and into industry? How is anthropology as a discipline perceived?

UGAT welcomes panel and paper abstracts that may shed light on the nature of the interactions between anthropologists, on the one hand, and industry and the state on the other.

Potential sub-themes include, but are not limited to, the following:

 On public consultations: Lost in translation?
 Recognizing expertise: Tension and relations between technocratic and local                       knowledge
 Anthropology of policy making and implementation
 Anthropology of the Workplace
 Situating Design Anthropology in Practice: Material improvisations in public and                   industry policy
 Living anthropologically: Anthropologists in government and politics
 Anthropologists for Hire (by organizations engaged in mining, health, etc.)
 Anthropologists and other professions (mass media, education, management…)
 Embedded ethnographers; HTS (Human Terrain Systems)
 Mainstreaming indigenous justice systems and customary law?
 Civil servant competencies and value free practices
 Popularizing anthropology: Ethical challenges
 Overlapping legal regimes and legal pluralisms
 Anthropology and Community Development work
 FAQs for Filipino anthropologists (“Where do you dig for bones?”…)
 On influential ethnographies and other anthropological texts
 Archaeology and the public domain
 Assessing the anthropological engagement in CBCRM, EIA, DRRM, ADSDPP, ECC,         disaster preparedness planning, land use planning, monitoring and evaluation of                 development projects
 Issues and concerns with ‘community-based’ -tourism, -education, or -resource                 management
 Negotiating FPIC: experiences and concerns
 Issues of representation in media
 The anthropology of advertising/marketing: “brand anthropology”
 The aesthetics of governance / The governance of aesthetics
 Interrogating development frameworks
 The value (or the curse?) of the anecdote

Convenor: Dr. Fernando Zialcita, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ateneo de Manila University

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15 June 2016.
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GUIDELINES for abstracts:

 Abstracts should be 250 words long and should be written in a style that is accessible       to non-academic audiences. Possible sub-themes into which the abstract falls may             also be indicated
 Please include author’s name(s), institutional affiliation, and complete contact                       information (email-address, telephone number and mailing address).
 Students intending to join the Student Paper competition must indicate this in                       the submission. Please specify the degree program, year level, and university.

For other inquiries contact the Conference Secretariat at, +639185325485 (Suyen Roldan) or +639062059153 (Annabelle Bonje).
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