Programme

Old Discipline, New Trajectories: Theories, Methods and Practices in Anthropology

June 16-18, 2022 | Vilnius, Lithuania

Opening session will be held at Aula Parva Hall (Universiteto str. 3).
Other sessions will be held at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies (Universiteto str. 5)

Please find the book of abstracts here

JUNE 16, 2022 (Thursday)

8:00-9:00 Registration and morning coffee (near Aula Parva Hall)

9:00-10:00 Opening talk (Prof. Stephen Lyon and Prof. Victor de Munck) (Aula Parva Hall) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3zt1tHs

10:00-11:30 Keynote talk (Aula Parva Hall) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3zt1tHs

Prof. Chris Hann Anthropology, Science and Politics: Renewing the Vocation 

11:30-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-15:00 Panel sessions

Panel session no 1 (A. Binderis room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3mK4Q5v

RECONSIDERING ANTHROPOLOGICAL DATA, THEORIES AND METHODS. Chair: Anna Romanowicz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)

James Rose (The University of Melbourne). Resolving Vertical and Horizontal Knowledge Structures: Science and Social Anthropology
Vladimir Panov (Vilnius University). What Can Practice Theory Contribute to Linguistics?
Michael James Winkelman (Arizona State University). An Ethnological Model of Religion: Ecological and Biogenetic Determinants
Ann Feuerbach (SUNY Nassau). An Easy Framework to Organize Complex Data
Anna Romanowicz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow). In Search of a Universally Applicable Concept of (the Middle) Class

Panel session no. 2 (Hindi room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3zuyUJX

ANTHROPOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF ART AND PERFORMATIVE PRACTICES. Chair: Narius Kairys (Vilnius Academy of Arts)

Steven C. Fedorowicz (Kansai Gaidai University). Tenbun: The Intersections of Performance, Place and Ethnographer in a Japanese Standing Bar
Liene Ozolina (Latvian Academy of Culture). Art and Activism for Beginners: A Case Study of Socially Engaged Art in Post-Soviet Neoliberalism
Rūta Petrylaitė (Aarhus University). Understanding and Experiencing Intimacy Through Brazilian Zouk Dance
Narius Kairys (Vilnius Academy of Arts). Fiction Film – the Future of Ethnographic Film?

Panel session no. 3 (J. Kovalevskis auditorium) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3xhP1HJ

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO “TRADITIONAL” FORMS OF LOVE, FAMILY AND MARRIAGE?: A PRELIMINARY ACCOUNT USING THE FREELIST AND PILESORT METHODS TO EVALUATE CHANGES ACROSS GENERATIONS IN LITHUANIA. Chair: Victor C. De Munck (Vilnius University)

Kristupas Maksvytis (Vilnius University). "Romantic Love" Across Generations: A Preliminary Account Using the Freelist to Evaluate Changes in Lithuania
Jūratė Charenkova (Vilnius University). Conceptualizing "Children" Across Generations: A Preliminary Account Using the Freelist Method to Evaluate Changes in Lithuania
Žygimantas Bučius (Vilnius University). A Freelist Appraisal of Marriage in Lithuania
Rapolas Vrubliauskas (Vilnius University). Filming the Methods of Freelist and Pilesort Methods from Beginning to End
Ieva Jokuzyte (Vytautas Magnus University). Conceptions and Misconceptions of Polyamory
Victor C. De Munck (Vilnius University). Making Connections Across Cultural Models

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:30 Excursion at Vilnius University

16:30-18:30 Panel sessions

Panel session no. 4 (A. Binderis room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3mK4Q5v

LEGACIES OF HISTORICAL FAMILY STRUCTURE. Chair: Inés Gil-Torras (European University Institute)

Klāvs Sedlenieks (Riga Stradins University). Growing up in Europe: A Century of Theoretical Self-Deception
Inés Gil-Torras (European University Institute). Historical Legacies of the Pre-Industrial Family Systems: Cohabitation
Fadwa El Guindi (University of California, Los Angeles). Suckling Makes Kinship More Fluid
Dwight Read (University of California, Los Angeles). Some People Think Kinship Terminologies Are Hard to Understand…But Is This True?

Panel session no. 5 (Hindi room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3zuyUJX

NEW DIRECTIONS IN POLITICAL ETHNOGRAPHY: CASES AND PATTERNS. Chair: Gitika De (University of Delhi)

Gintautas Mažeikis (Vytautas Magnus University). Territorial Defence Forces, Voluntary Battalions and Horizontal, Political Self-Organization During the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine (2004; 2013-14)
Rashmi Singh (Jindal Global University). Trying for a Ticket: Candidate Selection and Party Politics in India
Indrė Balčaitė (Vilnius University). "Good" and "Bad" Brokers: Negotiating Agency Amidst Uncertainty in Undocumented Phlong Migration from Myanmar to Thailand
Kristina Garalytė (Vilnius University). The Politics of "Suffering and Struggle": Dalit Student Activism on Indian Campuses

Panel session no. 6 (J. Kovalevskis auditorium) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3xhP1HJ

ANTHROPOLOGY OF EMBODIED PRACTICES: CHALLENGES AND ADVANTAGES. THE SOUTH ASIAN PERSPECTIVE. Chair: Kristina Dolinina (Vilnius University); Discussant: Asif Majid (University of Connecticut)

Urmimala Munsi Sarkar (Jawaharlal Nehru University). Learning to Unlearn: The Practice-Theory Interface as an Anthropological Tool
Sarah L. Morrelli (University of Denver). Practitioner-Researcher Perspectives on Kathak Character Performance
Hanna Mannila (University of Helsinki). Dancers and Scholars Moving Online: New Opportunities and New Challenges in Studying Bodily Practices in Social Media
Kristina Dolinina (Vilnius University). How Much Does the Body Know? In Between Traditional and Contemporary Trends in North Indian Dance Kathak
Indrakshi Tandon (American University in Dubai). Anthropologist? Or female anthropologist? 

19:00-22:00 Reception

JUNE 17, 2022 (Friday)

8:30-9:00 Morning coffee

9:00-10:30 Keynote talk (J. Kovalevskis auditorium) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3xhP1HJ

Prof. Smadar Lavie Who Can Publish Decolonized Ethnography and Cultural Theory With the Anger it Deserves? Unclassified Lloronas and the Academic Text 

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Panel sessions

Panel session no. 7 (A. Binderis room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3mK4Q5v

ANTHROPOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STUDY AND PROMOTION OF PEACE. Chair: Douglas P. Fry (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Douglas P. Fry and Geneviève Souillac (University of North Carolina at Greensboro). Transitioning From War to Peace: Key Attributes of Non-Warring Peace Systems
Alberto Gomes (La Trobe University). Indigenous-Inspired Peace Ecology
Ralph Araque Gonzalez (University of Freiburg). Conflict and Cooperation in Late Bronze Age Sardinia: A Prehistoric Peace System?
Leslie E. Sponsel (University of Hawai`i). Escaping the Echo Chamber of Hobbesian Pseudoscience: Serious Science About the Positive Concept of Peace
Richard B. Lee (University of Toronto). Hunter-Gatherer “Warfare” and Peace Systems: New Light on Old Debates

Panel session no. 8 (Hindi room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3zuyUJX

SOCIOCULTURAL FISSURES: PROBLEMS FROM THE PAST IN THE PRESENT. Chair: Kasi Eswarappa (Indira Gandhi National Tribal University)

Rosina Nasir (Jawaharlal Nehru University). Exploring the Expedition of Islam From Syncretism to Universalism in India: A Case Study of Religious Conversion
Afsara Ayub (Jawaharlal Nehru University). Understanding the Various Narration of Violence Through the Lens of Religious Conversion in India
Rangaswamaiah Archana (independent researcher). Effects of Rural Transformation on Gender and Work: A Case Study From Karnataka, South Asia
Anshu Singh (Centre for Women's Development Studies). Constructing Pollution in Pre-School Stage: A View Into the World of Children Geographies in the Era of Environmental Changes
Kasi Eswarappa (Indira Gandhi National Tribal University). Precarious Livelihoods of a Nomadic Community: An Ethnographic Study From Andhra Pradesh, South India

Panel session no. 9 (J. Kovalevskis auditorium) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3xhP1HJ

ECOLOGIES OF THE SIX REALMS: BUDDHISM, SOTERIOLOGY, AND THE MORE-THAN-HUMAN. Chairs: Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko (The University of Copenhagen), Kristina Jonutytė (Vilnius University)

Saskia A. Abrahms-Kavunenko (The University of Copenhagen). Shown by the Marron’s Claw: Ecological Receptiveness as Mindful Praxis
Kalzang D. Bhutia (University of California Riverside). Bodhisattva Pests: Negotiating Generosity in Multispecies Engagements in Agricultural Communities in Western Sikkim
Hedwig Waters (University College London). The Poor Man Versus Nature: Using Buddhism to Justify the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Eastern Mongolia
Kristina Jonutytė (Vilnius University). Nonhuman Entanglements in Urban Buryat Buddhism
Aivaras Jefanovas (Vilnius University). Interspecific Communication as the Pattern Linking Indigenous People of Arctic Yakutia and Wolves Into Socio-Ecological Relations

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Panel sessions

Panel session no. 10 (A. Binderis room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3mK4Q5v

DARK ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE NEW FIELDWORK-SITES. Chair: Ida Harboe Knudsen (Vytautas Magnus University)

Victoria D. Sanford (City University of New York). Anthropological Methods for Documenting Human Rights Violations and Genocide
Ievgeniia-Galyna Lukash (National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy). Ethnographic Approach and Cultural Models Framework in Research on Recreational Drug Use
Linas Tavaras (Vilnius University). Legal Opium Farms in India: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives
Ida Harboe Knudsen (Vytautas Magnus University). Popular Perceptions and Lived Realities for Lithuanian Inmates in Danish Prison Facilities

Panel session no. 11 (Hindi room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3zuyUJX

CULTURE, KNOWLEDGE, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: GENERATING AN INFORMED DIALOGUE BETWEEN POLICYMAKERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. Chair: Giovanni Bernardo (Northern Illinois University)

Eric C. Jones (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston). From Soil and Community Relationships to Social Justice: Application of a Cultural Model of Ecuadorian Quichua Farmers
Kateryna Maltseva (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy). Socioeconomic Status and Causal Pathways to Health Disparities
Halvard Vike (University of South-Eastern Norway). Cultural Models and the Possibility of Solidarity
Bennardo Giovanni (Northern Illinois University). Making Local Knowledge Relevant to Tongan Climate Change Policy Makers
Claudia R. Strauss (Pitzer College) and Mohaddeseh Ziyachi (Queen's University Belfast). Outline of a Critical Cognitive Anthropology

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Keynote talk (J. Kovalevskis auditorium) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3xhP1HJ

Prof. Bumochir Dulam Environmental Nationalist Shaping of Neoliberal Policies and the State in Mongolia  

18:00-onwards The Culture Night of Vilnius

JUNE 18, 2022 (Saturday)

9:30-10:00 Morning coffee

10:00-12:00 Panel sessions

Panel session no. 12 (A. Binderis room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3mK4Q5v

ETHNICITIES, IDENTITIES AND THE STATE: ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSIGHTS FROM FIELDWORK SITES. Chair: Kristina Šliavaitė (Vilnius University)

Neringa Klumbytė (Miami University). Temporality of Sovereignty and the New War Frontiers
Ugnė B. Starkutė (Vilnius University). Coloniality and Ethnic Identity: Not Enough Indigenous?
Kristina Šliavaitė (Vilnius University). "We Are All Poles (and) Catholics“: Doing and Managing Ethnicity and Religion in the Schools With Polish Language of Teaching in Lithuania
Monika Frėjutė-Rakauskienė (Institute of Sociology at the Lithuanian Center for Social Sciences). “Pro-Russian vs Pro-Lithuanian?”: Ethnic Dimension in Narratives Among Lithuanian Russians on Processes of Restoration of Lithuanian Statehood in 1990s
Agnieška Avin (Vytautas Magnus University). Rethinking Ethnicity Through (Im)mobility: The Case of Lithuanian Roma Migration to Great Britain

Panel session no. 13 (Hindi room) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3zuyUJX

CONTEMPORARY RELIGIOSITIES IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND BEYOND. Chair: Rasa Pranskevičiūtė-Amoson (Vilnius University)

Gautam Chakrabarti (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)). When "Dharma" Reaches out to "Darna": Towards a Nuanced Cultural-Political Ethnography of Indic Interest in the Romuva
Eugenijus Liutkevičius (Vilnius University). The Theory of the Three-Dimensional Perception of Reality in evangelical Christianity
Rasa Pranskevičiūtė-Amoson (Vilnius University). The Process of State Recognition of the Old Baltic Faith Romuva Movement

12:00-12:30 Coffee break

12:30-13:30 Keynote talk (J. Kovalevskis auditorium) "Zoom" link: https://bit.ly/3xhP1HJ

Prof. Vytis Čiubrinskas Social Anthropology in Lithuania: Challenges, Resilience, and Particularity of the Discipline

13:30-14:00 Closing word

14:00-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-21:00 Excursion to Trakai

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