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CFP: RAI2020 – Folklore, Geography and Anthropology: ways of knowing water/landscape/climate in the Anthropocene

  • Start date: 4th Jun 2020
  • End date: 7th Jun 2020
  • British Museum, SOAS, RGS - London, UK
  • Organiser: Kate Smith
  • Website

The Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2020 conference will be held 4 to 7 June 2020 at the British Museum, Clore Centre, SOAS, Senate House and Royal Geographical Society. It includes a panel bringing together scholars from folklore studies, anthropology and geography. This panel explores Other kinds of water/landscape/climate knowledge from scholars outside the hard geo-sciences, and asks how Other kinds of knowledge might inform our responses to the challenge of increasingly volatile relationships with water. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary papers bringing together folklore studies, anthropology and geography. Topics could include (but are not limited to):

Cryptozoology, belief, custom and tradition
Toponymics/hydronymics and historical geographies
Water activism and guardianship
Community co-production models
Place-legends and place-making
Anthropology of water and flooding
Risk and resilience Environmental memory

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters and an abstract of 250 words submitted to the conference website by 8th January. On submitting the proposal, the proposing author (but not any co-authors listed) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this, please first check the login environment (click login on the left) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, please check your junk mail; if it is not, please re-submit your proposal. A paper can only be successfully submitted once and only one paper may be submitted per person.
Dr Kate Smith
Researcher, Flood Resilience Innovation Centre
Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull
k.smith7@hull.ac.uk