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Comment by Carlo Cubero on October 30, 2013 at 9:21am

Call for Laboratories

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is calling for proposals for the production of research-based creative works, with interactive and collaborative components, for its upcoming biennial conference in Tallinn, Estonia to be held from 31st July - 3rd August, 2014.

EASA2014 will provide spaces for producing and presenting ethnographic works that are not exclusively based on text-based conventions, but that are constituted through visual, acoustic, performative, and other forms of experience-based knowledge.

We are calling these spaces "Laboratories" in order to recall experimental practises and activities. The intention of these Laboratories is to explore methodological and epistemological possibilities of carrying out and presenting anthropological research using non-text based forms.

We are particularly looking for proposals with an interactive and collaborative component. Laboratories can be organised either as closed events (stating the names of the participants), or as invitations for individual submissions (which the respective Laboratory’s convener will be able to choose from among potential contributors).

For more information:

Comment by Simeon Magliveras on April 4, 2013 at 7:51am

Food as a sensory experience.

Academic Gastronomy Conference in April 11 2013, Athens Greece

All are welcome

Comment by Fabrizio Loce Mandes on January 30, 2012 at 12:34am

Fourth Edition of "Contro-Sguardi: International Anthropological Film Festival "

Theme of the year 2012: "For a culture of Work"

Perugia (Italy)


(Deadline: 20 February 2012)


The Ass. “Contro-Sguardi”, in collaboration with the Anthropological Section of the Department Man and Environment (Uomo e Territorio) of the University of Perugia (Italy), the city council of Perugia, Informagiovani and the cultural association Macadam, promotes the fourth edition of “Contro-Sguardi: International Anthropological Film Festival”. Theme of the year 2012: “For a culture of work”.

With this call we would like to solicitate the submission of documentary films, fictions, ethnographic, photographic exhibitions, and proposals for theatrical and musical performances related to the topic in question.

Since 2008 the festival, founded to bring together works of anthropological cinema, is open to diverse forms of visual representations. Since last year the festival became biennial, and each edition will concentrate on a specific thematic topic related to socio-cultural dynamics and contemporary societies. Contro-Sguardi 2012 proposes several kinds of differently structured workshops and debate sessions on a broad range of topics related to the “culture of work”. The aim of this theme is to reflect on the crisis of current economic and social models which progressively shrink the spaces of work, especially of young people, with many repercussions for personal and social life. Specifically, with “Culture of Work” we mean the multiplicity of social contexts, anthropological, economic, political and emotional that define work as a practice, knowledge, and existential status of the human being through which it is realized as well for self-determination.

In the awareness of social research, which increasingly requires a dialogical and experimental comparison of new techniques and technologies with their visual productions, “the Festival” opens a Call for video aimed at filmmakers, students, researchers and teachers.

The video participants at the event will be divided into two categories 1) “Competition” divided into “Documentary” and “Fiction”; 2) “Festival”, which will make the text of the regulation Contro-Sguardi festival 2012.

Partecipants at the "Competition" section are eligible for a award and a short list of selected films will be screen at “Festival do Filme Etnografico do Recife 2012” to be held in Recife in Brazil and Contro-Sguardi is twinned.

Call for photo, sounds and performance

In addition to the videos, we solicit proposals for photo exhibitions, sounds and performance. Ethnographic photos and exhibitions, in relation to different themes, will be exhibited in personal or group exhibition, during the festival in appropriate spaces. The term “sounds” and “performance” refers to audio recordings of various kinds, organic to ethnographic research, and musical and theatrical proposals which are in a critical perspective and reflective the “culture of work”.

Info: ; ;

Call For Entry Contro-Sguardi festival 2012

Entry Form Contro-Sguardi Festival 2012

Regulation Contro-Sguardi festival 2012

Comment by Julia Yezbick on January 8, 2012 at 3:46am
a journal for experiments in critical media practice

Sensate is a peer-reviewed, graduate-student-run journal for experiments in critical media practice. It aims to create, present, and critique innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences  and to build on the groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to provide a forum for scholarly and artistic experiments not conducive to the printed page.

Sensate is currently accepting: 
1. Submissions for publication (Due: February 8, 2012)
2. Applications (Due: February 1, 2012)


1. Call for Submissions:

Exploring new ways to archive, curate, and organize academic multimedia scholarship, Sensate invites submissions of scholarship and art whose work is not conducive to the printed page. We experience the world through many forms and modes of mediation. Sensate seeks to acknowledge these various forms and assert a place for scholarship that engages the viewer/reader/listener on multisensorial and multimodal levels. We encourage submissions that creatively bridge research and media-based work, and aim at going beyond an illustrative relation between text and image towards both solid and innovative modes of scholarship and artistic practice. 

The integration of form and content is crucial to our mission and thus rather than a list of guiding questions we would like to offer a list of possible approaches that demonstrate efforts to unite form and content and to provoke inquiry through creative combinations of exposition and expression.

We are currently seeking work in any of the following categories/disciplines: artistic research, research as sensorial practice, visual anthropology, sensory ethnography, digital humanities, sound studies, multimedia mash-ups, media archeology, digital collections of audio and/or visual materials, digital cartography, performance and its documentation, and critically-inflected art in all media. Thematically, we are especially interested in the humanities and social sciences, but welcome projects in the sciences that entail similar approaches. 

The above guides are not meant to be proscriptive, and we welcome submissions that extend beyond these possibilities. Queries about possible article content as well as submissions from graduate students are also encouraged.

Submissions are due by February 8, 2012 at which time the editors will make initial decisions. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations. 

Submit via our online submissions form
Contact us with any questions.

2. Call for Applications: 
Sensate is currently accepting applications to be a part of our team in three core areas: Web Design and Development, Editor/Producer, and Media and Outreach. Deadline for applications is February 1st. We are open to applications from individuals based outside of the Boston/Cambridge area. Complete job descriptions can be found on our website.

Submit via our online application form
Contact us with any questions.
Comment by John McCreery on October 12, 2011 at 7:48am
Look herefor a link to a fascinating interview whose subject is design anthropology.
Comment by Julia Yezbick on April 26, 2011 at 3:31pm
New journal from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab and the new metaLAB@Harvard:

Sensate is an online, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Our aim is to build on the current groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to integrate new modes of scholarship into the cognitive life of the academy and beyond.

Sensate aims to foster new forms of scholarship that expand the traditional paradigm of academic discourse and open new possibilities for scholarship and artistic creation. Fundamental to this expansion is reimagining what constitutes a ‘piece’ of scholarship or art. Work featured in Sensate might take the form of audiovisual ethnographic research, multimedia mash-ups, experiments in media archaeology, participatory media projects, or digitized collections of archival media, artifacts, maps, or objects. By highlighting the processes of media and knowledge production, we hope to foster emergent and generative scholarship.

We hope that you will find many ways to engage with not only the content, but the ever-expanding network of Sensate collaborators. We welcome any feedback, provocations, and invitations for collaboration. Please contact us at:

Sensate is free and open-access. Please visit the site at:
Comment by Rachel Joy Harkness on January 18, 2011 at 12:19pm


Announcing 'Smellscapes', a lecture by Prof. David Howes at Edinburgh University, Scotland, on the 28th January. All welcome!

Part of the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series 'Embodied Values: Bringing the Senses Back to the Environment' being run by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh.

Limited places are also available at the one-day interdisciplinary seminar on Smell that accompanies this lecture. It is taking place from 9am-5pm on the 28th January at IASH.

Please visit the Embodied Values project’s webpage at for more information.  

Comment by Julia Yezbick on December 10, 2010 at 6:25am

Sure thing! I added you to our e-mail list-serv!

Comment by John McCreery on December 10, 2010 at 4:23am

Julia, I would love to be kept up to date on this project. Send email to

Comment by Julia Yezbick on December 8, 2010 at 10:20pm
check out Sensate at First edition is scheduled for release in April of 2011. Contact with questions or enquiries.

Sensate is an online journal for innovative projects that engage new modes of media-based scholarship and critical practice. A collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative involving graduate students and faculty from Harvard and MIT as well as independent artists, designers, and producers, Sensate intends to integrate the unique forms of knowledge acquired through creative practice into the cognitive life of the University and beyond. Using groundbreaking new open-source multimedia publishing software being developed at the Sensory Ethnography Lab, Berkman Center and FAS Academic Technology Group, Sensate will be a significant venue for the production, circulation and discussion of audio, video, interactive and other media produced by artists and researchers working at the intersections of the humanities, arts, design and the sciences. As new directions for the futures of knowledge and artistic practice are being established across disciplines, inside and outside academia, Sensate aims to foster such experimentation.

Sensate provides new modes of collaborative research, innovations in digital humanities, and more generally a forum for the publication, critique and discussion of scholarly work that integrates critical media practices. Our aim with this project is to foster a creative community both online and off-line that significantly expands the conventions of academic publishing by utilizing both new innovative software (being developed by Jesse Shapins, Kara Oehler and James Burns) as well as existing internet technologies to make scholarly and artistic creations accessible to a wider public.

Sensate will have both an online and an offline presence—integrating events, seminars, film series, workshops and collaborative projects into the online portion of the journal. In addition to ongoing posts (i.e. blog entries, smaller projects, user-added content, announcements, podcasts, etc) a formally curated issue will be published biannually. Each issue will include original pieces of scholarly and artistic work in multiple media created exclusively for Sensate using our custom software tools, initiating a critical experimentation with the Internet as a scholarly and artistic medium. Sensate will also include reviews of completed work, which may be in the form of an artistic response or a more conventional written review, providing a unique opportunity for graduate students to publish work, collaborate with established scholars and artists, and engage in broader academic discourse.

Sensate also provides an opportunity to rethink the format of academic publishing. With the programming tools being developed by members of our team, Sensate will have the capability to create databases of audio and visual files, as well as tag articles, films, and sound recordings in ways that promise to refashion conventional forms of footnoting and searching while maintaining proper credits where due. Audio-visual works published online by Sensate will be done so with the understanding that they are published under “creative commons” licensing. Eventually the journal will be available for purchase if patrons want a tangible copy, otherwise all content will be online, free and open to the public. In this way, we aim to expand the realms of knowledge production beyond the ivory walls of the university and facilitate a collaborative and creative conversation around the mediated aesthetic forms of our scholarship and to shift the ground altogether towards new forms of scholarship, writing and academic publication.

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