3rd Joint Biennial SASA – CASA Conference, 2018 – CfP


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Joint Biennial Conference of the Slovak Association of Social Anthropology (SASA) and Czech Associations for Social Anthropology (CASA)

Vulnerability and Resilience:
Adaptive Strategies and Global Change


Call for Panels and Papers

Social anthropology has a long experience with those who are vulnerable. A humanistic dimension of the discipline grew from the interaction with communities and persons who were excluded, stigmatized or just not heard enough. Today, the essence of such an anthropological position remains as social inequality has been threatening human lives and uncertainty lurks in the background. In the same time, anthropological knowledge contains a large amount of ethnographic data from different geographic and social environments showing the ability of humans in searching convenient solutions in difficult economic, social and political conditions. Human groups and communities, trying to avoid or to overcome hard times, have developed a mosaic of adaptive strategies showing the changing nature of the human resilience.

The modern history of Eastern Europe has been full of dynamic and dramatic events and processes permanently changing the basic conditions of life for different social/regional/ ethnic/confessional/professional/other communities. Those processes have been unprecedented and therefore vulnerability and resilience have gained specific social and cultural meanings. Various strategies have been initiated, adopted, and resisted in order to cope with dramatic changes.

Vulnerability is not a state of being but emerges in a complex web of ideas, practices and relations. A movement across the frontiers of power situates vulnerability in contextual hierarchies and sheds light on the ways it is negotiated, experienced and redefined. Social and cultural anthropology has been developed not only to define locally and globally embedded patterns of vulnerability but also describe and understand the variety of models and strategies of human adaptation and resilience. The conference welcomes contributions dealing with these perspectives in the context of ongoing global change.

Proposals in English should include the names of author(s), institutional affiliation, abstract (250 words max.) and be submitted via Google Forms. Authors will be notified within 30 days of the submission deadline about acceptance/rejection of their proposals. Panel organisers are welcome to submit a proposal including a list of participants but are advised to keep the panel open for other proposals throughout the submission period. The official language of the conference is English

50 EUR (30 EUR for early bird till June 30, 2018)
30 EUR for students (15 EUR for early bird till June 30, 2018)
Conference fee is payable by bank transfer.

Account Holder: Slovenská asociácia sociálnej antropológie, Bradáčová 5, 851 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
Bank Address: Všeobecná úverová banka, Mlynské nivy 1,
829 90 Bratislava 25, Slovakia

Payments within Slovakia
Account number: 2438166653
Bank code: 0200
International Payments
IBAN: SK58 0200 0000 0024 3816 6653
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In case you need a confirmation of your payment, please contact Zuzana Stoláriková (susan.stolarikova@gmail.com).

» List of accepted panels



Bratislava, Slovakia
November 9 – 10, 2018


Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava

March 31, 2018
deadline for panel proposals
May 13, 2018
deadline for paper proposals
June 30, 2018
deadline for early bird registration

Via Google Forms

Luděk Brož
Juraj Buzalka
Martin Heřmanský
Michal Lehečka
Andrej Mentel
Juraj Podoba
Markéta Slavková
Daniel Sosna
Hana Synková
Zdeněk Uherek
Markéta Zandlová