Symposium Politics of Participation

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 18-19 October 2018




Thursday 18 October 2018

 10:30 Registration and coffee/tea

11:00 Opening of the symposium

11:15 Panel 1: Scales of Participation and Community (Un)Belonging

Chair: Anssi Peräkylä, Professor, Sociology, University of Helsinki
Lynnette  Arnold, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University, & Hilary Parsons Dick, Associate Professor, Historical and Political Studies, Arcadia University: “From Distant Brother to Dangerous Animal: A Transnational Participation Framework of Migrant Interpellation”
Maria Khachaturyan, Postdoctoral Researcher, Helsinki University Humanities Programme, University of Helsinki: “Knowing is belonging: recognitional deixis and emergence of common ground in religious conversion”
Hanna Lantto, Postdoctoral Researcher, Foreign Languages and Translation Studies, University of Eastern Finland: “Participation and personal investment in reclaiming an ethnic label”


13:00 Lunch

14:00 Panel 2: Institutions and the Regimentation of Participation

Chair: Don Kulick, Distinguished University Professor, Anthropology, Uppsala University
E. Summerson Carr, Associate Professor, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago: “Lay Participation and the Rhetorical Production of (In)expertise”
Elina I. Hartikainen, Core Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies: “Making Participatory Democracy: Reconciling Deliberation and Hierarchy in an Afro-Brazilian Religious Meeting”
Irina Piippo, Postdoctoral Researcher, Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki: “Your language or mine? – Politics of Participation in Immigrant Integration Training Classrooms”


15:45 Coffee/tea

16:00 Keynote 1: Asif Agha, Professor, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: “Pecuniary media and participation frameworks from Cowries to Bitcoin”

18:00 Reception


 Friday 19 October 2018

8:45 Coffee/tea

9:00 Keynote 2: Celia Lury, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick: “People Like You: shifters as figures of speech”

10:30 Coffee/tea

10:45 Panel 3: The Participatory Logics of Mass Media

Chair: Sirpa Tenhunen, Professor, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki
Asif Agha, Professor, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: TBA
Andrew Graan, University Lecturer, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki: “Reflections on Mass Publicity and the Politics of Participation”
Sahana Udupa, Professor, Media Anthropology, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich: “Gaming the system: Participatory logics of right-wing voluntary work online”


12:30 Lunch

13:30 Panel 4: Rethinking Models of Participation

Chair: Johanna Sumiala, Associate Professor, Media and Communication Studies, University of Helsinki
Nico Carpentier, Professor, Media and Communication Studies, Informatics and Media, Uppsala University: “The discursive-material knot and participatory theory”
Ilana Gershon, Ruth N. Hall Professor, Anthropology, Indiana University: “Participating in the U.S. Job Market”
Stef Spronck, Postdoctoral Researcher, Helsinki University Humanities Programme, University of Helsinki: “Grammatical participation: bridging the social and grammatical dimensions of language”


15:15 Coffee/tea

15:30 Final discussion

Chair: Timo Kaartinen, Professor, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki

16:30 Symposium ends

18:00 Dinner for the presenters