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Leçons de portraits

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Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2022 by Lucie Choupaut

Summary

This dossier is an invitation to gather, sometimes twist and distend a series of portraits, of people or things, known or unknown, ordinary or prestigious, and make them speak as much of themselves as beyond themselves, expressing the weight of the social world they carry, of the sorrows and happinesses they have torn away or arranged. Its aim is  both  thinking complexity through looking through the keyhole and revealing an illusion, a lack of, a futility.

Announcement

Editors

  • Catherine Deschamps
  • Laetitia Overney
  • Bruno Proth

Argument

Archive boxes, interviews and observations are made up of snippets of portraits. Portraits, as well as montages of interview extracts, snippets of conversation, stories, significant anecdotes, percentages, photographs,hand-picked references,.. are scattered throughout the scientific interventions and accompany the conceptualisations, giving life to the restitutions of surveys. When we focus on their collection or their potential as a language for sharing research, portraits are as much material as they are methods. Usingverbal and non-verbal portraits as a point of entry, this call for papers encourages contributions that question their place, status and relevance not only in anthropology and sociology, but in history and political science as well. Do we have to name theory to make it theory?   In which specific way is the portrait supporting it? What forms of writing are able to convey legitimacy? How are the features of a portrait drawn? Could decay, oration, homage, ego-stories of HDR, lynchings, in memoriam only be staging of the other or of oneself, simple instrumentalisation? Are they, on the contrary, always more than singularities? What do portraits propose to make sense and keep track of? How do we dialogue the encounter - the emotion of this encounter, the possibility of projection that it provokes - and the claim to research?

This dossier  is an invitation to gather, sometimes twist and distend a series of portraits, of people or things, known or unknown, ordinary or prestigious, and make them speak as much of themselves as beyond themselves, expressing the weight of the social world they carry, of the sorrows and happinesses they have torn away or arranged. Its aim is  both  thinking complexity through looking through the keyhole and revealing  an illusion, a lack of, a futility. It can be incriminating, invented, caricatured, grotesque, absurd. It can play with styles to make people feel better, or conform to the sometimes more arid canons of academic form. Because it has been able to serve dogmatic undertakings, glorify dictators, establish the hierarchy of "Great Men", the portrait has been suspected of establishing deceptive heroic hagiographies and endowing propaganda. It would hence  hold power, a power that should not be placed in  everyone’s hands. Transposed to social sciences, do these risks continue to manifest themselves or are they countered? If so, how?  What do we find common or divergent between the painting of the monarch, smartphone selfies and Jean-Paul Sartre's waiter in Being and Nothingness, who "plays at being a waiter" because he doesn't dare or can't exist freely?

For this dossier, where contributions from a broad definition of the humanities and social sciences are expected, articles may be based on an original survey or be more epistemological in nature. Three approaches to portraits are envisaged, although they are not mutually exclusive:

  1. Start with a portrait of a person, a landscape, an object or things, and question in filigree what this portrait allows us to think, its overflows and its blind spots.
  2. Question the use of the portrait as a form of method and as a form of restitution in the human and social sciences.
  3. Question the portraits resulting from surveys carried out by others.
  4. From the portrait of the dictator to contemporary selfies, from the portrait of the star to the portraits of his or her admirers, propose a socio-history of the modes of staging the art of portraiture.  

 Submission guidelines

Proposals for articles (about 3000 signs + a presentation of the authors) should be sent, as well as the selected articles:

  • to the secretariat of the French Association of Anthropologists (secretariat.afa.01@gmail.com);
  • to Catherine Deschamps (catherinedeschamps45@yahoo.fr);
  • to Laetitia Overney (laetitia.overney@laposte.net);
  • to Bruno Proth (bprothiste@free.fr)

by 30 May 2022. 

The selected articles, written in French or in English, must be sent by 30 November 2022 at the latest. They should not exceed 40,000 characters including spaces and should respect the JDA's formal guidelines. They must be accompanied by an abstract in French and English (10 lines maximum for each abstract), 5 keywords (French and English). The titles must be in French and English.

Responsable de publication

Barbara Morovich

Équipe rédactionnelle

Rédacteurs : Catherine Deschamps – Laurent Sébastien Fournier

Responsables « Recherches et débats » : Annie Benveniste – Nicole Khouri – Monique Selim Responsables « Anthropologies actuelles » : David Puaud Marie Rebeyrolle

Responsables « Anthropologie visuelle » : Sophie Accolas – Nadine Wanono-Gauthier

Responsables « Échos d’ici et d’ailleurs » : Émir Mahieddin – Estelle Miramond  – Vincent Rubio

Responsables «Anthropologie publique  » : Kassia Aleksic- Francesco Staro

Reading committee

Pascale Absi, Sophie Accolas, Kassia Aleksic, Marion Aubree, Laurent Bazin, Annie Benveniste, Patience Biligha Tolane, Marie Bonnet, Françoise Bourdarias, Etienne Bourel, Barbara Casciarri, Mathieu Caulier, Anna Correa, Daniel Delanoë, Catherine Deschamps, Laurent-Sébastien Fournier, Laurent Gaissad, Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet, Emmanuel Galland, Guislaine Gallanga, Lucille Gallardo, Ana Gendron, Robert Gibb, Mélanie Gourarier, Wenjing Guo, Judith Hayem, Valeria Hernandez, Annalisa Iorio, Fatiha Kaoues, Nicole Khouri, Yves Lacascade, Delphine Lacombe, Maya Leclercq, Emir Mahieddin, Estelle Miramond, Louis Moreau de Bellaing, Barbara Morovich, Julie Peghini, Ariel Planeix, Pierre Prud’homme, David Puaud, Catherine Quiminal, Gilles Raveneau, Marie Rebeyrolle, Vincent Rubio, Monique Selim, Francesco Staro, Charles-Édouard de Suremain, Sophie Tabois, Priscille Touraille, Didier Vidal, Nadine Wanono-Gauthier

Scientific committee

Ali Amahan, Marc Augé, Georges Balandier (1920-2016), John Bowen, Jean Copans, Robert Cresswell (1922-2016), Christine Delphy, Simone Dreyfus-Gamelon, Jeanne Favret-Saada, Jean-Claude Galey, Maurice Godelier, Marie Elisabeth Handman, Keith Hart, Françoise Héritier (1933-2017), Luc de Heusch (1927-2012), Mondher Kilani, Adam KUPER, Mohamed Mebtoul, Paul Nchoji Nkwi, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, Ana Maria Rivas, Susan C. Rogers, Michael Singleton, Paola Tabet, Emmanuel Terray


Date(s)

  • Monday, May 30, 2022

Keywords

  • portrait, méthdologie, épistémologie

Contact(s)

  • Catherine Deschamps
    courriel : catherine [dot] deschamps [at] nancy [dot] archi [dot] fr

Information source

  • Catherine Deschamps
    courriel : catherine [dot] deschamps [at] nancy [dot] archi [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Portrait lessons », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2022, https://calenda.org/993110

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