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Conferences and Workshops

Values of Happiness: Ethnographic Perspectives on Living Well

Date: 10th and 11th January 2013
Venue: Seligman Library (OLD 6.05) Old Building, LSE
Convenors: Harry Walker and Iza Kavedžija

This workshop will examine the conditions and possibilities of human flourishing in a cross-cultural perspective. Contributors will offer grounded ethnographic perspectives on individual life satisfaction and its relation to shared values and forms of association, as well as social or systemic barriers to its pursuit or realization. They will be invited to engage current public debates by critically examining concepts of “happiness” and “subjective well-being”, rethinking their relationship to the common good, and to collaborate in developing a theoretical framework for future anthropological engagements and interventions.

For more information, see the Values of Happiness web page|.

Irony, Cynicism, and the Chinese State

Date: 4th and 5th June 2012
Venue: Vera Anstey Room (VAR), Old Building, LSE
Convenors: Hans Steinmüller and Susanne Brandtstädter

Unprecedented social changes have intensified the contradictions between different moral frameworks, official and vernacular discourses, and diverging representations of history and state, in China. Irony and cynicism - encompassing resignation and resistance, political humour, open-ended ambiguities and dialogue - provide an intriguing anthropological perspective on everyday politics. Tying together a series of ethnographic and theoretical contributions, the conference will examine these topics with particular reference to the Chinese state.

Please click here| to see the full programme.

This workshop is open to all, but space is limited. In order to request a place please email J.Steinmuller@lse.ac.uk|.

Irony, Cynicism, and the Chinese State is a collaboration between the Departments of Anthropology at LSE and the University of Oslo. We are grateful to the LSE Annual Fund for their generous support.

Anthropology in London 2012: Certainty?

Date: 11th June 2012
Venue: UCL, Taviston St Building

Current world events reinforce the view of a world in violent flux, crisis and doubt. Indeed, uncertainty is increasingly taken as the starting point for anthropology's study of identity, meaning and life strategizing.

But what if we were to ground our approaches in some concept of 'certainty'? How might this uncover new approaches to our subject and extend our methodologies and analytical frameworks? How might 'certainty' inform or inspire alternative readings of our data and a critical rethinking of contemporary theories? Ultimately, to what extent is 'certainty' a viable starting point for 21stcentury anthropology?

Please click here| for further details on this one-day Conference.

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