[Call for Paper] 14th CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Forum Renewal: Anthropological Imagining in the Midst of Change

  • 2022-11-23
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Call for Papers

The 14th Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum

Renewal: Anthropological Imagining in the Midst of Change


Date: Friday 3 Feb & Saturday 4 Feb 2023 

Venue: Online via Zoom

Waves of change pervade history. Responding to the uncertainty and opportunity embodied within changes, renewal, whether as action or desire, shapes human experiences in significant ways, despite it sometimes being an illusion. Today, hope for renewal seems to be intensifying around the world, creating an urge for new anthropological investigation, theorization, and imagination.

What does renewal mean in practice? How are visions of renewal and its variants—restoration, reconstruction, and regeneration—interpreted, circulated, and enacted within various sociocultural traditions, political projects and individual life experiences? In what ways do history, memory, and nostalgia underlie projects of renewal? How do positionalities shaped by different social categories and identities, such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, and caste, impact attitudes toward, and experiences of, renewal? What emotional and bodily experiences does renewal open up? How do relationships among the Self, the Other, the environment, and the material world reconfigure in the process of renewal? How are visions of the future contested through reinterpretations of the past? What do different formulations and experiences of renewal tell us about what it means to be human? And in what ways is disciplinary renewal emerging in anthropology today?

Convened by the Department of Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, this year’s Postgraduate Forum aims to examine the diverse meanings and practices  of renewal. We encourage conference papers that potentially speak to renewal, as well as associated concepts like restoration and reconstruction, from all anthropological subfields and related disciplines. For example, papers might address how renewal is envisioned and experienced in the aftermath of pivotal events, including but not limited to pandemic, displacement, ecological crisis, social movement, and natural disaster; papers might also engage with traditions or institutions of all kinds, whether biomedical, religious, political, economic, cultural, ethical, or ontological, to problematize mainstream knowledge and values regarding renewal and its alternative expressions; papers might investigate disruption and reconstruction in the past as well; applicants can also take anthropology’s research practice and disciplinary history as points of investigation, and provide critiques of anthropological theory and methodology. Above are just a few examples, among many others, of how reflecting through the lens of renewal can shed light on our understanding of human experiences. We invite you to join us in developing the rich theoretical potential of the concept.


Abstract Submission 

Submission Type: Individual Paper Proposal
Language for Submission and Presentation: English only

Word Limit for Abstract: 300 words
Word Limit for Full Paper: 2750-3000 words

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday 13 Nov, 2022, 23:59 GMT+8
Announcement of Acceptance: Friday 25 Nov, 2022
Full Paper Submission Deadline: Monday 2 Jan, 2023, 23:59 GMT+8

Please submit your application and abstract online:

Forum Website:

For more information, contact The Forum Committee at: anthforum@cuhk.edu.hk

Forum Committee:
Ao, Chon Hei (Alvin)
Kıran, Huzeyfe
Li, Xing
Ma, Jinghan
O’Reilly, Neil
Zheng, Xinche
Zuo, Mengge  

Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong