Congrès IUAES – Florianopolis 16-20 juillet 2018

18th IUAES World Congress, Florianopolis, 16-20 July 2018

Anthropology is always in constant change. Whilst keeping old and building new relationships with several other disciplines, it has proven to be able to fill unique scholarly niches that have granted the discipline a distinct and recognizable profile. The 18th IUAES world meeting offers a large umbrella to discuss the many old and new encounters that made anthropology as it is practiced today,  as well as to prospect for what anthropology might be in the future. It intends to embrace different research, methodological and theoretical interests of cultural and social anthropologists, of physical anthropologists, archaeologists and linguists.

Research is made of encounters and findings. What are the encounters that inform anthropologists’ findings? In a changing globalized world, how has anthropological knowledge persisted and how will it tackle the political and epistemological challenges of our times?

Two  calls for propositions that might be of interest:

OP 037.Between the interstices of governance regimes: ethnographies of informal economy
Informality is extensively used to describe two ontologically differentiated entities defined by contrast and opposition: one driven by fiscal and legal regulations, while the other is characterized by the lack of this drivers. This conception has been strongly criticized. Anthropology has contributed to show that the negative evaluation of activities described as informal is not devoid of ethnocentrism and moralism.
Currently, some new critical perspectives, challenge this dichotomy and invite us to actualize the terms of the debate. The discussion around precarization tackling globally changes in the conditions of life and labor; the contributions of the Feminist Economy which points out the relation with the reproductive work; and the so-called Popular/Social Economy perspective that challenges the negative bias (what they lack of) in terms of popular rights that have been historically stolen.
We look for ethnographic research which analyze the social practices that enable the reproduction of life in the so-called popular sectors. In particularly, those which highlights its deployment within the interstices of regulatory and governance regimes, and therefore must face, repression and ordering, as well as, inclusion and integration. In this sense, we propose to promote reflections and exchanges located at the intersection of official and unofficial practices from which we try to define and / or qualify the conditions of existence and work in contemporary capitalism.
Informality – Popular Economy – Ethnography

convenors: Sebastian Carenzo sebastian.carenzo[at] & Nathalie Ortar nathalie.ortar[at]

The relationship of waste pickers with urban contexts, with state policies and with discourse on the environment and sustainability

Waste pickers are very numerous urban actors today. Although associated with contemporaneity, the work of going through the streets in search of garbage is an activity that accompanies the history of the formation of cities per thousands of years. Removing waste has always been a human need. Currently, the work of collecting garbage is regulated both by the social rules of hygiene of each society, and by the market itself of the recycling industry, which moves millions of dollars every year. Individuals who do this activity develop different working strategies in the most varied cultural, religious and ethnic contexts. In addition, in several cities in Latin America, several organizational modalities (cooperatives, associations, unions) have emerged, through which waste pickers are struggling to be incorporated into municipal waste management systems. The responses of local governments were heterogeneous, establishing different agreements between government and garbage collectors. This process takes place in the context of greater global sensitivity to the environment and sustainability and has generated initiatives that promote “recycling with social inclusion”.
This panel accepts research on: a) the working strategies that garbage collectors have adopted in different countries of the globe; b) the public policies created around urban cleaning and that directly affect the population of waste pickers; c) the history of waste pickers;
waste picker; urban anthropology; recycling; environment; sustainability

Convenors: Simone Lira da Silva & Pablo Javier Schamber


Rules for abstract submission to Open Panels

General Norms:

  1. The participants interested in presenting their work at an Open Panel must check the list of thematic axes and verify wich panels interest them the most in the first place. ( ). In order to have access to the description of each panel, the participants must click one of the thematic axis first, then they will have access to the list of panels linked to that axis.

  2. Participants are able to submit their abstract to two different panels. In case  their first option does not accept the submission, there is the possibility to evaluated by the second panel selected.

  3. Researchers of different academic degrees will be able to present work proposals to Open panels. (undergraduate, graduate, researchers and professors.

  4. Brazilian undergraduate students that wish to present their works must be ABA members associated in the category “aspiring member” and, preferably to submit their work in co-authorship with their advisor.

  5. The coordinators of the open panels are held responsible for the selection of the most suitable work proposals to their panel.

  6. We remind you that the “lingua franca” of the congress is english and that there will not be simultaneous translation during the panels, and even in panels which will accept the other official languages of the congress (portuguese, spanish, french) a slide presentation or text written in english  is necessary, in order to assure the effective communication among all the involved participants.

About the Abstract Submission  

  1. The submission of abstracts must be done directly through the participant’s area on the website and filled in English.Painel escolhido a ser 1° Opção de envio

  • Panel chosen to be the second submission option

  • Title of the abstract with at most 200 characters including spaces

  • Abstract with at most 1500 characters

  • Keywords: 4 at most

  • Presentation Language

  • Inform the registration number of the co-author


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