The Sydney anthropology Symposium this year addresses the theme of disorder. As observers and analysts of the social, there is a tendency for anthropologists to look for underlying orders in the sometimes puzzling phenomena we encounter in the field. This Symposium asks whether the enduring reality might, in fact, be disorder and what the implications of this might be for our practice. We also ask how the concept of disorder works in the social worlds we observe: how marginal people are understood as pathologically disordered, for instance, or the impact diagnoses of political and economic disorder have on what we conceive of as probable, possible or permissible.
We are excited to announce the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, as our keynote speaker, with her address “Might Be Something (Again): Order, disorder and the quasi-event.”
Povinelli is renowned for pushing the boundaries of anthropology into philosophy and vice versa. Her most recent work focuses of the governance of the otherwise in Late Liberalism and the fracturing of everyday worlds through what she calls quasi-events. She has published four books, the most recent Economies of Abandonment (Duke, 2011) and numerous essays. She is also a member of the Karrabing Film Collective.
Povinelli’s address joins an exciting program of speakers, performances and an adjacent artistic rendering of the theme of disorder to be held at Verge gallery (more info).
Registrations are now open, and we encourage broad participation from within anthropology and beyond for a lively exchange.
For University of Sydney students who want to get a unique look behind the scenes of an international symposium, who want to rub elbows with academic experts in Anthropology, and who want to build their CVs volunteering at the Disorder Symposium is an excellent opportunity.
You will receive free participation and free meals while at the symposium, and organisers will make sure that you can attend panels and presentations of particular interest.
- Helping with symposium preparation (e.g. assembling conference bags) on Monday 3 November.
- Running errands and putting up direction signs around campus
- Assisting conference participants with campus directions
- Preparing and supervising workshop rooms
- Helping to staff the symposium office
- Assisting with symposium registration and check-in Tuesday and Wednesday
- Life tweeting from the panels
- Photographing panels and events
- And generally being helpful, polite and knowledgeable about the venue and event details
If you are interested in helping out, contact Katarina.Ferro@sydney.edu.au with (1) your name, (2) mobile number, and (3) what days you are available. Also please look at the program and symposium program to identify which panels you are most interested in attending or facilitating.
You can now find our draft program online: https://disordersymposium.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/draft-program-4_website1.pdf
Check it out and look out for the final version. #DisorderSymp
We are now live on twitter with regular updates on the symposium. During the symposium we will live tweet from the panels and give you an account of the issues raised during the presentations. So join us, get the latest information and follow us on
You can find now a list of abstracts and a draft program online and available to download as PDF.
In the next weeks we will continuously update the webpage and add further information.
For more information on the program click here.
We are delighted to announce our confirmed featured speakers for the Disorder Symposium:
Gillian Cowlishaw (University of Sydney)
Greg Downey (Macquarie University)
Chris Gregory (ANU and University of Manchester)
Jonathan Marshall (University of Technology Sydney)
Kalpana Ram (Macquarie University)
Glenn Petersen (Baruch College, City University of New York)
For more information on the speakers, titles and abstracts, please click here
this is the final week of our early bird registration. On Monday 7 July the standard rate will come into effect.
Hurry and use this great opportunity to register for the lower rates. Just click on the registration tab on our webpage.
||Early bird: Tue 2 April – Sun 6 July
||Standard: Mon 7 July – Sun 26 October