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About conference

The Moving Anthropology Student Network (MASN) invites papers for it's

7th international conference


«Ethics and Human Rights in Anthropological Perspective»


to take place in Krzyżowa, Poland

March 24th – 28th 2010


MASN - The "Moving Anthropology Student Network" was set up with the aim of connecting anthropology students and graduates around the world. Despite connecting anthropology students all over the world through the web, it also organizes student scientific conferences twice a year in various European countries. 7th MASN Conference will take place in Krzyzowa, a mansion in south-western Poland, near the Czech border.

Would like YOU to present your latest research, fieldwork results and other experiences or interests in form of a paper-presentation, workshop/roundtable discussion or fringe event on our next conference and discuss them with other anthropology students from different countries. 

Under the general topic of the conference, "Ethics and Human Rights in Anthropological Perspective", there are 3 subtopics on which the papers will be presented. They are divided in a way that every of the full days of the conference has its subtopic.


Day I

"Anthropology of Development"

Development, a term which evolved from western idea of progress is nowadays widely used to describe the improvement of human living conditions. What we would like to discuss is, how the idea of development influences various cultures, and how it is influenced by them, and finally, what is the price we pay for development. We are interested in comparative studies of the idea of development as well as in fieldwork experiences of young researches.


Day II

"Fieldwork Dilemmas"

For this subtopic we invite papers, workshops and roundtables concerning the dilemmas ahtropologists face while researching cultures which axiological systems are totally different from their own and strategies they develop to cope with the disonance. Young anthropologists presenting papers on their own ethical dilemmas during the fieldwork would be much favoured.



"Human Rights - Universality and Relativism of Categories"

Are Human Rights an universal set of principles valid for every human being, despite their creed, colour and culture, as they are meant to? Or are they just another form of western colonialism? Shall the antropologist protect these values or rather accept cultural norms which contradict them, no matter how oppressive they are? What is the degree of universality of these categories? On the third day we will try to propose answers to some of those questions.



Structure of the conference


Conference days will be divided in morning (papers presentation) and afternoon (roundtable discussions, workshops) sessions as well as fringe events (excursions, exhibitions, performances, films and other) in the evening. Each of the full conference days will be devoted to one of the subtopics.

The morning sessions will allow the presentation of 3 papers. Each selected presenter will be given 20 minutes for his/her presentation, which is planned to be followed by a discussion of up to 30 minutes. There will also be room for short breaks between presentations.


The afternoon sessions are open for Roundtable discussions (approx. 2 hours long) headed by one or two selected moderators, who may provide further space for picking up on discussions from the morning sessions. Additionally there will be workshops (2-4 hours long) organized by selected participants.


Furthermore additional events will give space for exhibitions, performances, the development of radio programs, film and theatre projects, or other ideas.


How do I apply?