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York University’s Social Anthropology Graduate Association (SAGA)

is proud to present an anthrosalon:


Mind the Gap(s):

Spaces of precarity/spaces of possibility

March 21, 2015 | York University, Toronto



DUE: January 31, 2015


The Social Anthropology Graduate Association of York University invites submissions from scholars for our anthrosalon. Drawing on this year’s theme, Mind the Gap(s): Spaces of precarity/spaces of possibility, we seek to explore how gap(s) are contextualized, investigated, analysed and critiqued in theory, methodology, and practice by academics, artists, and activists.

This theme builds upon anthropology’s attunements to the, “precarities” (Allison 2013, Butler 2012), “possibilities” (Graeber 2007) and “frictions” (Tsing 2005) that gesture toward “an anthropology of the otherwise” (Povinelli 2011). We consider gap(s) as spaces where both precarity and possibility reside; as spaces where what has not yet been imagined takes shape, where the inarticulate and the unseen dwell and where the potential exists for new things to emerge. We approach gap(s) as ontological spaces where opportunities, desires, tensions, intensities, failures, and anxieties build. We ask: What constitutes the gap? How can we think about, through, and with gaps? What and who is being de-/re-/activated in the gap? How can we account for and represent gaps in our work? What is there to gain by discussing the gap?

We encourage participants to interpret the topic broadly. Submissions should inspire, challenge and expand our assumptions, understandings, and approaches to the notion of ‘gap.’ The examples below suggest just a few of the ways that you might consider your own research with respect to the theme.

  • between affect and articulation

  • between sensation and perception

  • between zones of inclusion and exclusion

  • between matters of concern and matters of fact       

  • between official accounts and lived realities            

  • between genealogies and narratives

  • between ‘naturalized’ categories and emergent categories

  • between evidentiary regimes and contested fields of power

  • between academia and activism

  • between culture and materialities

We welcome proposals of traditional papers, panels and poster presentations, but we also strongly encourage submissions that explore the theme through multimedia, performance, installation, and collaboration. To propose a presentation, please submit an abstract or statement of no more than 250 words. Paper presentations are limited to 15 minutes and panels (3 to 4 presenters) to 75 minutes. For interactive-, exhibition-, or event-based formats, please submit a curatorial/artist statement of up to three pages, including any space, time, or technical requirements you require.

Send submissions to by January 31, 2015. Include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email) on all submissions.

A fee of $20 will apply to those invited to participate. Notifications will be sent in early February. The anthrosalon will result in a special issue of Contingent Horizons: The York University Student Journal of Anthropology (


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