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SASC Conference 2013

Cultures of Mobility and Immobility

10th Annual Conference of the Romanian Society for Social and Cultural Anthropology (SASC)


Biblioteca Județeană Astra (G. Barițiu 5-7)

17-19 October 2013


Book of Abstracts


Both classical and contemporary ethnographies touch upon issues of mobility in various cultures. Classical anthropological texts described in great detail the economic, ecological and social circulation of people and objects. More recently, science and technology studies, ethnographies of the new kinship, media studies, studies of tourism, ethnographies of infrastructure helped increase our understanding of circulation knowledge, substance, people and nature in the contemporary cultural dynamics. Similarly, studies of refugees, humanitarian aid, citizenship, prisonfare and transnationalism described situations of forced immobility in various parts of the world. Our conference seeks to open up the ethnographic studies of mobility and immobility to new questions. We seek papers that broadly touch upon these issues in a variety of ethnographic contexts.

This year, the conference is organized together with and hosted by internationally acclaimed Astra Film Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary (http://www.astrafilm.ro/news.aspx). The conference participants will have access to a variety of events hosted by the festival, as well as joint events.

Keynote speaker: Frances Pine, Goldsmiths, University of London

Paper submission: We accept both individual abstracts (maximum 150 words) and panel proposals. Panel proposals should have three or four individual abstracts and a short (maximum 100 words) description. 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 20th, 2013. The results and the preliminary program will be sent by September 5th 2013. The program of the conference and the paper abstracts will be available on the association’s website.

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. Those interested to submit their papers, will receive instructions shortly after the conference.

Accomodation: SASC will not provide, but together with Astra Film Festival will be able to assist participants finding economy accommodation in a few hostels in Sibiu.

Conference fees. The conference fees will cover the program, coffee breaks and a buffet.

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)

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. .