The Porcupine Meeting will provide a moment for all the staff of the Health Care and the Body programme group (UvA) to discuss wider issues in anthropology, to discover shared concerns and diverging issues. With the Porcupine Meeting we are dreaming of creating together a new format for exchange about shared concerns.
What does the term RELATIONs do for your work,
and what does your work do for the term RELATIONs?
In proposing the term RELATIONs we are not so much interested in genealogies of the concept, because we assume that a theoretical tracing of the concept is impossible: it is as old as anthropology, comes in all forms and sizes (relatedness, relativity, relationality….) and there are no experts for the term. So we want to be inspired by how you relate/or not relate to the term in practice. What are productive aspects of the term? Where is it important/insignificant in your field?
The idea of calling the event Porcupine was inspired by the fact that our program group consists of people from all kind of theoretical backgrounds (that stick like quills in one program group beast – the Porcupine), but our aim is not to ask participants to identify with one approach, but to embrace and engage with the many possible ways of thinking which we have among us.
For your information, see the preliminary program below.
Preliminary program Porcupine Thursday 17. Dec. 2015:
9.30 first pitch
9.40 second pitch
9.50 third pitch
10.00 fourth pitch
10.20 fifth pitch
10.30 sixth pitch
10.40 seventh pitch
10.50 eighth pitch
11.00 ninth pitch
11.30 Group work: each group discusses and prepares small pitch back
13.15 Pitching back
14.15 Evaluation of the ‘Porcupine-method’ + future plans
We want to invite you all (if you happen to be in Amsterdam around that date) to take part in this meeting to discuss the theme and work on a format to spark discussions amongst each other (Master students, PhDs, lecturers, professors). There will be refreshments and lunch catered on site to celebrate our coming together before the end of the year.
Please sign up as participant with Willemijn Krebbekx, W.J.P.Krebbekx@uva.nl.