Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018 conference

This panel explores entangled expressions of resistance and resilience through the emotional effects of sound and movements in everyday life to ritual or staged performances

The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018 conference was jointly hosted by the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) of the University of Oxford, including the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. The conference invited participants from all areas of anthropology and archaeology, aiming to encourage debate as widely as possible, across socio-cultural, material, visual, biological, forensic, cognitive, evolutionary, and linguistic fields. 

Professor Fiona Magowan presented a paper Sounding and Performing Resistance and Resilience considering complex emotional dynamics in the musical lives of asylum seekers and the significance of these resonances in their songs as they navigate the structural constraints of mobility and immobility together with profound emotional effects of dislocation.

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