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Edges of Forms, Rhythms of Hesitation (AAA 11/2010) Deadline: 3/26/10
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EDGES OF FORMS, RHYTHMS OF HESITATION
From Appadurai's "flows" and Clifford's "routes" to Lee and Li Puma's "cultures of circulation," anthropologists have adapted prescient theories of value to address the increasingly mobile and globalized nature of the discipline's subjects. As Gaonkar and Povinelli remind us, however, in attending to circulation, we must also focus on forms, or the shapes that social and cultural imaginaries take in objects, figures, representations, and patterns of interaction. An ethnography of forms, they write, requires an "analytic bifocality [that] is method as much as theory . . . [and] insists on an almost neurotic attentiveness to the edges of forms as they circulate" (2003: 392). They advocate for an interest in power over meaning, transfiguration over translation, and understanding circulation as the enabling matrix through which forms come to be recognized and valued as such. In this panel we take up their call to study "the edges of form," while adding to it a critical dimension: hesitation.
Hesitation: a moment of pause, an act of lingering, or delay. We are interested in exploring ethnographic moments of hesitation amidst global flows of forms and the kinds of methodological, analytical, and representational changes they demand. Seeking out the more nuanced dimensions of these circulations, transfigurations, and moments of recognition, we focus on the ephemeral practices of migrants, brokers, and creative professionals, among others, as they drive and give shape to these wider circuits. Whether ritualized interactions, editorial
We invite paper submissions that explore aesthetic, sensual, and
* Methodologically, how do we arrive at hesitations?
Please send abstracts (250 words) for 15-minute papers and a brief bio or cv to Christina Moon (christina.moon[at]yale.edu) and Stephanie Sadre-Orafai (sso212[at]nyu.edu) by Friday, March 26, 2010. Selected participants will be notified by Monday, March 29, 2010. All accepted presenters must join AAA and register for the conference by April 1, 2010.