P076
The Future of the Anthropology and Anthropologists of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (The Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network)

Convenors:
Pedram Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University)
William Beeman (University of Minnesota)
Location:
A-007
Start time:
3 August, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

We call for papers which discuss the role and future of anthropology and anthropologists of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China)

Long abstract:

In spite of the difficulties of the terrain, it seems that students of the social sciences, especially anthropologists and ethnographers, are increasingly developing research projects and carrying out fieldwork on different aspects of modern and contemporary societies in the Middle East and Central Eurasia. The recent long wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the rest of MENA countries, and increasing political, religious, and ethnic clashes in the different regions of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, signal that more geopolitical changes in these regions are forthcoming. Under such present conditions of conflict and transformation, anthropologists have plenty of work to do, and may yet contribute to a better understanding of complex problems and their resolution. Given these considerations, we call for papers which discuss the role and future of anthropology and anthropologists of the contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia(Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China). This proposal is a special panel for EASA Network of the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia(Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China) (AMCE)