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JRAI Special Issue Launch

Meetings: Ethnographies of Organizational Process, Bureaucracy, and Assembly

with the special issue guest editors Dr Hannah Brown (Durham University), Dr Adam Reed (University of St Andrews), and Dr Tom Yarrow (Durham University)

Wednesday 6 September at 5.30 pm

Meetings, socially and institutionally prescribed spaces for coming together, are important and ubiquitous organizational forms in various political, religious, and economic settings.  They feature prominently in classic anthropological accounts, and in more contemporary ethnography, particularly in relation to studies of documents, organizations, policy, development, politics, and science and technology.  But perhaps because of a capacity to condense a broader set of concerns and interests, they have often been approached as contexts for other substantive and theoretical issues and rarely as objects of description in their own right.  Actions and procedures intrinsic to bureaucratic meetings, for example, have not drawn the sustained or comparative attention of anthropologists.  This special issue aims to throw the spotlight on the epistemological and ontological basis of coming together through formal meetings of different kinds.  Collectively, the essays strive to describe how this remarkably efficient and familiar form of gathering operates, in different times and places, and how it comes to be recognized by those who experience or deploy it.

You can see the Special Issue online here http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jrai.2017.23.issue-S1/issuetoc

This event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to https://specialissue.eventbrite.co.uk

Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom