Saturday, December 25, 2010

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Expressions of Interest - Ethnoornithology session at SoE 2011

Dear Emerging Ethnobiologists,

At three of the last five Society of Ethnobiology conferences we have held a session dedicated to ethnoornithology.

Anumber of similar sessions have been conducted at various ethnobiology,anthropological and ornithological conferences across the globe in recent years.

In this spirit I am seeking expressions of interest for participation in a dedicated ethnoornithology session at the 2011 Society of Ethnobiology meeting at Columbus, Ohio from 4 to 7 May 2011.

At this stage i do not have a draft theme for the proposed session. I note that the conference theme for 2011 is "Historical and Archaeological Perspectives in Ethnobiology".

The conference convenors note that:

"We welcome all papers that touch on relationships between humans and other organisms, both past and present. In keeping with the conference theme, we are particularly interested in soliciting presentations that address the following topics and approaches:
  • History and evolutionary significance of important ethnobiological patterns, such as plant and animal domestication, food processing, hunting, environmental management, and the use of animals and plants in ceremony, crafts, and traditional medicine
  • Application and integration of multiple lines of archaeological and paleoenvironmental evidence
  • Incorporation of ethnographic and documentary information into studies of past relationships between humans and culturally important animals and plants
  • Human paleoecology, including human impact on past environments"
I have a paper that I am working on that will fit into this theme and would encourage any of you that have work that touches on the conference theme - and/or that relates to the relationships between birds and human cultures to take part in the proposed session.

I note that the deadline for abstract submission is 15 February 2011.

Please drop me a line by return email to discuss your proposed paper and how we might progress form here.

Please feel free to pass this proposal on to anyone you think may be interested.

And if you are interested in learning more about the wonderful world of Ethnoornithology have a look at the website for the Ethnoornitholoy Research & Study Group  and sign up, share your experiences and thoughts and make a contribution to this most fascinating area of research into birds and human cultures..

Cheers and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best for the season,

Bob Gosford
Ethnoornithology Research & Study Group moderator
Alice Springs, central Australia


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