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Comment by Sebastien Bachelet on June 1, 2011 at 12:45pm

Sixty Years, Sixty Lives

Trongate 103 Glasgow

An exhibition of photographs by Ian Berry (Magnum) to mark 60 years of the UN Refugee Convention, commissioned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos - and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK who came to the UK seeking safety since the 1950s. The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 2 June at 6pm.


Preview event: 2 June 6-9pm as part of First Thursday,138,1469/whats_on/exhibitions/sixty_...

Comment by Laura Siragusa on May 27, 2011 at 11:29am

The Northern Review 

Exploring human experience in the North 



Call for Papers

Special Issue: Tourism and Travel in the Circumpolar North


The last two decades have seen an increased interest and capacity for tourism in the North. “Selling the North” for tourism has meant highlighting its vast space, its pristine wilderness, its exotic northern lifestyles and its Indigenous people. Tourism contributes to a variety of mandates for communities and governments including cultural revitalization and economic diversification and development. However, alongside the many opportunities tourism offers to visitors, to northern people, their communities, and their governments, tourism also presents numerous challenges. Negotiating the positive aspects of tourism with the potential negative impacts has been discussed for at least the last two decades (Butler, 1990), including perspectives specific to peripheral and circumpolar regions (Brown & Hall, 2000; Dawson, Maher, & Slocombe, 2007; Hall & Boyd, 2005; Hall & Saarinen, 2010; Krakover & Gradus, 2002; Müller & Jansson, 2007; Sahlberg, 2001). Notwithstanding the value gained by continued attention aimed at mitigating tourism’s negative impacts, arguably the lure of the North and its positive effects on people, as well as tourism’s ability to contribute to communities and regions in constructive ways, requires that scholarly attention continue to be paid.


The Northern Review is interested in receiving articles that examine issues and present discussions about tourism and travel in the Circumpolar North, including but not limited to how tourism engages with:


§         Economic, regional, community, and sustainable development

§         Business, entrepreneurial and product development

§         Place-based and other planning approaches

§         Identity (e.g., place making, tourism marketing)

§         Climate change

§         Northern and Indigenous cultures and communities

§         The social economy and creative economies

§         Gender

§         Methodological innovation and experience


Manuscripts received before midnight August 15, 2011 will be considered for publication in Number 36 (Spring 2012). Send submissions or queries to Guest Editor Suzanne de la Barre, PhD care of managing editor, Deanna McLeod, Please visit the website for submission guidelines.


About the Northern Review

The journal does not generally include within its mandate the publication of purely scientific studies, unless they are placed in a human context. The journal endeavours to provide solid, North-centred scholarship, engaged with issues of significant concern to the people of Arctic and Subarctic regions. The material included in the journal ranges widely, from issues of social policy and northern politics to questions of Indigenous cultures in transition and the historical experience of newcomers.

Over the past few years, the journal has reached beyond northern Canada to include contributions from Alaska and Europe and from disciplines that have not previously been represented in the pages of the journal. The North has changed dramatically since theNorthern Review was founded in 1988, and international and circumpolar dialogue has expanded rapidly. One of the best features of northern scholarship is that it reaches so readily across national and disciplinary boundaries.


Recent back issues of the journal are available online at 



Brown, F. and Hall, D. (Eds.) (2000). Tourism in Peripheral Areas. Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications.

Butler, R.W. (1990). Alternative Tourism: Pious Hope or Trojan Horse? Journal of Travel Research, 3, 40–45.

Dawson, J., Maher, P.T., & Slocombe, D.S. (2007). Climate Change, Marine Tourism and Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic: Contributions from Systems and Complexity Approaches. Tourism in Marine Environments, 4(2-3), 69–83.

Hall, C.M. and Boyd, S. (2005). Nature-Based Tourism in Peripheral Areas: Development or Disaster? Clevedon, England: Channel View Publications.

Hall, C.M. and Saarinen, J. (Eds.) (2010). Tourism and Change in Polar Regions: Climate, Environment and Experiences. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Krakover, S. and Gradus (2002). Tourism in Frontier Areas. Oxford: Lexington Books.

Müller, D.K. and Jansson, B. (Eds.) (2007). Tourism in Peripheries: Perspectives from the far North and South. Oxfordshire, UK and Cambridge, MA: CAB International.

Sahlberg, B. (2001). Going North: Peripheral Tourism in Canada and Sweden. European Tourism Research Institute, ETOURs rapportserien, R 2001:6. Ostersund, Sweden: Mid-Sweden University.


Deanna McLeod
Managing Editor, The Northern Review
Box 2799, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4
867.668.8861    f 867.668.8805

Recent back issues now online:


Comment by Koreen M. Reece on May 12, 2011 at 1:09am

*apologies for cross-posting*

a suggestion to divert us entertainingly on the 27th, forwarded by Liza:

"PALAEOPHONICS" concert, George Square Theatre, Edinburgh, 27th May 2011,
Workshop, Edinburgh, 28th May 2011, 9:30am - 2:15pm

 Palaeophonics concert is an AHRC-funded research-based multimedia
event which explores music and sound production since early human
origins in creative and scientific ways. Partly funded by AHRC 'Beyond
Text' and by the University of Edinburgh Campaign, this unique event
premieres eight new works by composers, film-makers and
archaeologists/anthropologists from across Europe and the Americas. It
will be followed by a discussion and future developments workshop on
the 28th May.

 BOOK ON-LINE HERE: with the
discount code "NUOESS001" and get tickets for ONLY £2:50 for students
and £4:25 for staff (50% OFF!). THIS OFFER IS EXCLUSIVE TO UK
on-line is easy and you can print your tickets instantly.

 For more information about "Palaeophonics" visit


 Palaeophonics is an international and interdisciplinary collaborative
project with various research and creative components, of which the
concert in Edinburgh on the 27th May will be it's first major public

 Contributing works to the concert include world premiere of
British-Austrian film-maker Fredrick Baker's film "Pitoti" on the
'sound stages' of Valcamonica rock-art site in Alpine Italy with
spoken word by Christopher Chippindale; film from Orkney by Aaron
Watson with music composition by John Was; 3D animated sound field
model and composition "Stonehenge Ritual Sound" by Rupert Till and
Andrew Taylor; and composition "Unnamed" for solo flute by Mexican
composer Mauricio Rodriguez, created by Mexican soloist Wilfrido

 A free workshop will take place on Saturday 28th May for researchers
and artists to discuss outcomes and future directions of
Palaeophonics. If you are interested in attending or participating or
if you require help or advise concerning travel and accommodation,
please do no hesitate to email Farès Moussa at

 For more information visit:

 We very much hope that you are able to be there.

 Farès Moussa, Archaeology, Uni of Edinburgh / History, École normale
Paul Keene, Music, Informatics & Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Corisande Fenwick, Anthropology, Stanford University

Comment by Sebastien Bachelet on May 11, 2011 at 4:38pm

Hi Poppy, glad to see someone from GU joining in! don't forget to join the mailing list (detailsin the email forwarded by Robert). Hope to see you and others from glasgow at the 27th-28th May event in Edinburgh


Comment by Poppy Kohnerova on May 11, 2011 at 4:13pm

Greetings All from Glasgow Uni.

Nicole, Robert and Matthew forwarded on your email and news of all the brilliant activity that has been going on.  Looks brilliant.  Thank you.

Hope to see fellow anthropologists soon!  Poppy  

Comment by Koreen M. Reece on May 11, 2011 at 12:22pm

*apologies for cross-posting*

Dear All,

Drawing on your expressed interests and your preferred availabilities, we've
managed to knock together a wee reprise of STAR for later this month, Friday-Saturday the 27th-28th May. Read on for what's planned and the logistics involved....

11am-1pm, 27th May 2011
Seminar Room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building (15a George Square)

Before we head into our deserved summer break, there is a small 20.000 word
inconvenience, also known as a thesis. Chrissie's boyfriend Len, who is finishing his PhD in the English department at Edinburgh, has offered to lead a workshop on essay composition. There will be some talking about writing, and a lot more practical examples of how to hone your writing skills. He's also promised a handout containing the elements of style.

2pm-5pm, 27th May 2011 (with option of continuance into 28th May, as necessary)
Seminar Room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building (15a George Square)

An afternoon session to start the ball rolling on some of the 'community of practice' initiatives identified during the STAR retreat (including student-led STAR orientation workshops in September, skills workshops, guest speakers and panels, and future publishing or conference opportunities). Intended to build consensus and commitment around priority projects, with a sufficient level of logistical detail to generate a funding proposal to the soon-to-be-operational Doctoral Training Commission. We'll also identify what we can/want to do in the immediate short-term prior to funding availability.

And as your hosts, the Edinburgh crew will endeavour to concoct some suitably
entertaining social event for the evening of Friday the 27th!


We've set the writing workshop to start late on the Friday to give everyone coming from out of town sufficient time to make it to Edinburgh. Currently we have five-six beds available for people who need a place to crash on the Thursday and/or Friday nights; if you have space available, or if you need a place to stay, please let me know and we'll sort you out. Food and transport will be up to us individually this time round, unfortunately!


Please zip along a quick email (by the 20th if possible!) to let us know which sessions you'd like to attend, so we have a sense of numbers and can make sure we have enough of everything we need. And do let us know if you're unlikely to attend, so we needn't flood your inbox with follow-up messages! Also, if you're not much fussed about either of the sessions but would just like to come along for a good Friday out in Edinburgh, you're more than welcome!


Also, I hope you've all seen Seb's email regarding the JISC mailing list. Please do sign up as soon as you can so we can start sending out info of this sort via that medium!

Look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you all on the 27th-28th May!!

Comment by Sebastien Bachelet on May 9, 2011 at 12:28am
Friday 13th May
University of Edinburgh
5.30 - 7.30 pm, Conference Room, David Hume Tower.
"Enforced Disappearances and State Accountability in Nepal".

Showing of the film "Shadows of Hope: Missing Persons in Nepal".

Panel discussion: Chair Dr. Ian Harper (Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh); Mr. Ram Kumar Phandari (Nepali human rights activist, journalist and academic); Ms. Iona
Liddell (Peace Brigades International in Nepal); Ruth Marsden (PhD Candidate, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)
[Centre for South Asian Studies/Britain-Nepal Academic Council/Peace Brigades International]
Comment by Pardis Shafafi on May 2, 2011 at 6:07pm
Hi everyone, apologies for joining so late.
Comment by Kasia Bylow-Antkowiak on May 1, 2011 at 3:13am
Hello guys, sorry it took me so long, I was offline for a bit. Glad to see you there!
Comment by Laura Siragusa on April 28, 2011 at 8:06pm
I am forwarding a message from a friend:

Dear all,

Just a quick reminder that the final day for submitting a paper for the panel below is tomorrow, the 29th of April. We are seeking contributions for our panel at the ASA in Lampeter this year - at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, 13th-16th Sept 2011). Details follow below.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with Rachel ( or Jen ( with any queries or clarifications.

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"By leaves we live": the vital politics and poetics of the tree

Inspired by the idea that "by leaves we live" (Patrick Geddes) and by art, poetry, philosophy, forestry and political activism, we invite creative responses that consider the vital poetics and politics of the tree and it's social forms and associations, from a variety of approaches and contexts.

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Panel info, including long abstract:

Guidelines for proposing a paper:

For general information about the conference theme, see here:

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