Identity Insight

Real and Symbolic Paths to Conflict Transformation and Cultural Reclamation (pdf)

The Organization for Intra-Cultural Development (OICD) Annual Workshop

Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

May 12th 2014 10am-5pm

Doshisha University, Karasuma Campus, Shikokan, Basement Media Studio

 

Communities and groups in a range of local and global contexts often employ a blend of symbolic and grounded techniques in order to achieve their socio-political goals. Likewise, groups that have come under the influence or control of other groups may respond to the resulting dominance in both “real” political and “abstract” symbolic ways. This workshop, spanning five world regions, will examine how groups set out to promote peace or conflict, build or dismantle cohesion, and respond to dominant others through reclamation of their cultural heritage, using strategic and systematic techniques that combine the real and the symbolic.

 

Monday May 12th

 

10:00 Bruce White (OICD Director) Welcome and Opening remarks

 

10.10 Local Peace-Making Strategies and Meta-Pragmatics

Andrew Strathern and Pamela Stewart (Professors of Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Visiting Scholars, The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan)

 

11.10 Memory and Symbols in Cultural Reclamation

Joy Hendry (Professor Emerita of Social Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University; Visiting Scholar, The Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University)

 

12.10 Lunch

 

1.10 Aesthetics, positive and negative: Using arts in the Symbolism of National Identity Construction

William Beeman (Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, Chair of Anthropology, University of Minnesota; Visiting Scholar, The Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University)

 

2.10 Past and Present Ethnographies and Shifting Strategies of Conflict Resolution

Pamela Stewart and Andrew Strathern (Professors of Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Visiting Scholars, The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan)

 

3.10 Coffee Break

 

3.30 The Physiology and Treatment of Failed Representation Systems

Bruce White (OICD Director & Associate Professor, Doshisha University)

 

 

4.30 Round-up Discussion (discussants to include: Greg Poole)

 

19:00 Reception and dinner.  Location to be announced.

 

 

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