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SASC Conference 2012

Transformations of the State

9th Annual Conference of the Romanian Society for Social and Cultural Anthropology (SASC)

Bucharest, 28-30 September 2012

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States are ever changing collections of practices, projects and effects. While anthropological analyses of the state are relatively new in the history of the discipline, the pervasive neoliberal projects prompted various researches on understanding of the transformation of state hegemonies. The conference seeks to tease out various ways, sites and methodologies of analyzing states and the effects of what Elizabeth Dunn calls the "doctrines of flexibility". What kind of forms of sovereignities are born within the neo-liberal projects of the state? How are they translated in economic and political life by individuals and various social formations? What are the neoliberal mechanisms of creating new subjectivities? How do various individual and collective subjects cope with changes prompted by state transformation? Submissions may, but are not required to address any of the following topics: legal and illegal practices, state effects and the limits of the state, state and gender, hegemonies, spatiality and the state, mobility and the state.

Anthropological films: In the first evening of the conference (the 28th of September), we will project anthropological documentaries. The list is still open so if you want to submit a film that you produced, please contact us, so that we can include it in the conference program.

Application process: We accept both individual abstracts and panel proposals. Panel proposals should have three or four individual abstracts and a short (maximum 100 words) description. Individual abstracts should have no more than 150 words.

Languages: The languages of the conference are English, French and Romanian. Abstracts may be written in any language of the conference. If you plan to present in Romanian or French, please also attach the English translation.

Individual abstracts and panel proposals should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Submission deadline: August 1st, 2012. The results and the preliminary program will be sent by 5 August, 2012.

Publishing: SASC will publish the proceedings of the conference in the form of an e-book, in association with Humanitas Publishing (www.humanitas.ro), Humanitas Digital Division.

Accomodation: SASC will not provide, but will be able to assist with finding economy accommodation in a few hostels in Bucharest. The program of the conference and the paper abstracts will be available on the association’s website.

Conference fees

SASC members: 15 Euro (60 RON)

MA students: 15 Euro (60 RON)

PhD students: 20 Euro (80 RON)

Researchers and faculty: 25 Euro (100 RON)

Participants without presentation (auditors): 25 RON

The conference fees will cover the program, coffee breaks and a buffet to be held in the last day of the conference.

For further information, please contact us to the following email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .