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John Gledhill FAcSS, FBA
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
AND KEYNOTES

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For conferences after November 2014, please see my new website. This list covers lectures and conferences since 2000.

Paper "Problemas da polícia: um olhar de dentro da corporaçāo", International Colloquium Disputas em torno do espaço urbano: processos de produção/construção e apropriação da cidade, co-organized with Maria Gabriela Hita and Mariano Perelman, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, November 20-21, 2014.

Keynote lecture, “The Place and Places of Indigenous Peoples in Latin American Societies: New Challenges, New Possibilities”, postgraduate symposium Place in the Global South, University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, May 8, 2014, Copenhagen.

Keynote lecture, "La seguridad humana: ¿un proyecto fracasado?", IV Mexican National Congress of Social Sciences, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, March 25, 2014.

Invited colloquium paper, “Seguridizar, reprimir, pacificar: una crítica de las nuevas guerras de América Latina”, Coloquio Internacional Los Retos de la Diversidad Cultural y Política en América Latina, November 5-6, 2013, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Posgrado en Ciencias Antropológicas, Mexico City.

Convenor and presenter, panel P02 Securing the Future with Justice and Dignity in Latin America, paper “The Production of Insecurity in Brazil and Mexico”, Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies, Manchester, UK, April 12, 2013.

Invited lecture, “Os limites da autonomia e autodefesa indígena: experiências mexicanas”, Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology, National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 6, 2012.

Invited seminar presentation, “Los límites de la autodefensa indígena en México”, FLACSO, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 25 July, 2012.

Keynote lecture in memoriam Eduardo Archetti, “El orden del crimen y el orden del estado”, FLACSO, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 24 July, 2012.

Paper, with Maria Gabriela Hita, “¿Las redes de organización popular todavía pueden cambiar la ciudad? El caso de Salvador, Bahia,” Session Ciudades latinoamericanas. Desigualdad, segregación y tolerancia, 54 International Congress of Americanistas, Vienna, Austria, 18 July, 2012.

Paper, “A ordem do crime e a ordem do estado”, Mesa Redonda 22, Governo da vida cotidiana e produção da ordem: impactos das políticas de estado em contextos locais, 28th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Anthropological Association, São Paulo, Brazil, 6 July, 2012.

Public lecture, “Los límites de la autodefensa indígena: el caso de Ostula, Michoacán”, Centro de Difusión Universitario Intercultural (CEDUI), San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 31 May, 2012.

Public lecture, “El orden del crimen y el orden del estado”, CIESAS Sureste, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 11 May, 2012.

Keynote lecture, “El orden del crimen y el orden del estado”, Mesa de Trabajo Encrucijadas del estado y la ciudadanía en el ejercicio de las violencias, El Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, Mexico, 28 March 2012.

Paper, with Maria Gabriela Hita, “Slums, Work and Capital Accumulation in Brazilian Cities: Are New Patterns Possible?” In session 5-0590 Distribution and Abandonment in Worlds Without Work, 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Canada, November 16-20, 2011.

Discussant, double session 4-0300 The Particular Conjuncture: Oil, Crisis and Theory, 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Canada, November 16-20, 2011.

Paper, with Maria Gabriela Hita, “Organizaciones comunitarias incluyentes en contextos urbanos excluyentes: el perfil del Foro Permanente de Entidades Sociales del Bairro da Paz, Salvador, Bahia, Brasil”, symposium 25, Memorias históricas colectivas y nuevos actores sociales: procesos de exclusión e inclusión en las sociedades y luchas sociales iberoamericanas, XVI Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos, September 6-9, 2011.

Discussant, panel on “Sharing and Debating Practical Experiences, Problems and Perspectives on Intercultural Higher Education” and final plenary panellist, The Politics of Knowledge: The London-Brasilia Conferences, British Academy UK-Latin America and Caribbean Link Programme, University of Brasilia, 21-22 June, 2011.

Invited speaker, “Segurança humana: uma meta viável?II Encontro de São Lázaro: Panel on Políticas públicas e desigualdades sociais no Brasil e América Latina, Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences, The Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, 14 June 2011.

Invited Participant, International Seminar México en los Escenarios Globales: Una Visión Prospectiva, presentation “Convivir con diferencias: los límites del multiculturalismo y proyectos alternativos (emergentes)”, Mexico City, February 21-28, 2011.

Discussant, Panel on El desarrollo, el presente y las perspectivas a futuro de la antropología mexicana a través de las historias de sus instituciones de formación: una visión de conjunto, 1 Congreso Nacional de Antropología Social y Etnología, Mexico City, September 23, 2010.

Inaugural Keynote Address, “Nuevas epistemologías en antropología: antropologías desde el Sur”, 1 Congreso Nacional de Antropología Social y Etnología, Mexico City, September 22, 2010.

Invited Paper, “Eric Wolf and the Anthropology of Crisis”, Presidential Invited Session Ten Years After: The Legacy of Eric R. Wolf, 108th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, USA, December 2-6, 2009.

Discussant, Invited Session Equal Opportunities, Cultural Rights and Ethics of Fieldwork and Publication, 108th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, USA, December 2-6, 2009.  

Paper, with Maria Gabriela Hita, “Prá lá de uma Antropologia da Pobreza Urbana: Repensando Situações Periféricas Urbanas no Brasil”, Panel on A cidade e o urbano em questão – contextos, intersecções, diálogos, IV Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association, Lisbon, September 9-11, 2009.

Paper, with Maria Gabriela Hita, “An Academic-Community Partnership in Grassroots Empowerment: The Forum of Social Entities of Bairro da Paz, Bahia, Brazil”, Panel on Participation and Development: Leading the Development Anthropology, 16th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Kunming, China, July 27-31, 2009.

Paper, with Maria Gabriela Hita, “New Actors, New Political Spaces, Same Divided City? Reflections on Poverty and the Politics of Urban Development in Salvador, Bahia”, Panel entitled Reconnecting with Poverty in Latin America, XXVIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 11-14, 2009.

Keynote lecture, “Securitization and the Security of Citizens in the Crisis of Neoliberal Capitalism”, Living Between Fear and Expectation: An International Conference on the production of in/security and in/equality in Latin America, Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden, May 12-14, 2009.

Invited lecture, "As Ciências Sociais na Era da Securitização", inaugural lecture for the 2009-2010 Postgraduate Programme in Social Sciences, The Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, March 4, 2009.

Invited Paper, "The Contradictory Nature and Outcomes of Stakeholder Models of Urban Policy Ownership in Salvador, Bahia", Panel on Policy, Power and Appropriation: Reflections on the Ownership and Governance of Policy, Joint Conference of the ASA, ASAANZ and AAS, Auckland, New Zealand, December 8–12, 2008.

Annual Joel S. Kahn Lecture, "Anthropology in the Age of Securitization", La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, December 5, 2008.

Inaugural Keynote Lecture La Antropología Social en la Tradición Británica (Social Anthropology in the British Tradition), Conference on La Antropología en España y Europa, Madrid, September 2–6, 2008. Click here an English summary of the lecture (documents open in new windows).

Invited Paper, "Indigenous Communities in Mexico: Histories of Violence and Reconstitution", Department of Social Anthropology, The University of Oslo, October 29, 2007.

Invited Four-Day Public Lecture Series, Repensar la resistencia popular en América Latina, Institute of Anthropological Research, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, September 18–21, 2007.

Paper, “Indigenous Communities in Mexico: Histories of Violence and Reconstitution”, Session Violence Insecurity and the State in Mexico Part 2, XXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, September 5­–8, 2007.

Final Plenary Panelist, Global Poverty Research Group and Brooks World Poverty Institute conference on Poverty and Capital, Manchester July 2–4, 2007

Panelist, Public Debate on Anthropology on Television, 10th Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, Manchester June 28, 2007.

Invited Paper, “Indigenous Communities in Mexico: Histories of Violence and Reconstitution”, Symposium on Violence, Insecurity and the State in Mexico, University of Utrecht, June 21–22, 2007.

Invited Lectures, “Ethical Research in Global Context” and “Anthropologists as Spies”, Three Day Course on Research Ethics as Practice in Non-UK Research Settings, Lancaster University, June 19, 2007.

Paper, “Fateful Legacies and the Burdens of Academic Excellence: UK Anthropology and the Public Sphere”, in session The Public Image of Anthropology, Joint Annual Meeting of the Pan-African Association of Anthropologists, Anthropology Southern Africa and IUAES Inter-Congress, University of Cape Town, December 6, 2006.

Invited lecture, “Los territories indígenas en México: ¿creación de reservas o bases de la democratización?”, Encuentro Internacional sobre Resistencia y Territorialidad: Movimientos Indígenas y Afroamericanos, Grupo de Estudios CINAF, University of Barcelona, November 29, 2006.

Invited paper, “Rebeliones latinoamericanas contra el barrio bajo global: movimientos sociales, estados nacionales y las prácticas de la vida cotidiana”, Seminario Internacional, Cátedra Arturo Warman, Reformas del Estado, Movimientos Sociales y Mundo Rural en el Siglo XX, El Colegio de México, UNAM, CIESAS and other institutions, Mexico City, November 23, 2006.

Invited Lecture, “Los territories indígenas en México: ¿creación de reservas o bases de la democratización?”, Anthropology Department, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, November 21, 2006.

Presenter, “Fateful Legacies and the Burdens of Academic Excellence: UK Anthropology and the Public Sphere”, in session A WCAA Debate: The Public Image of Anthropology, 9th EASA Biennial Conference, Bristol, September 21, 2006.

Discussant, session Ourselves and the Great Powers, 9th EASA Biennial Conference, Bristol, September 19, 2006.

Inaugural lecture for the Masters Programme in Social and Political Anthropology, FLACSO Buenos Aires, “Gramsci y la antropología política en el siglo XXI”, 11th August, 2006.

Invited seminar speaker, “Una nueva orientación para el laberinto: la transformación del estado mexicano y el verdadero Chiapas”, Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 10th, 2006.

Conference keynote address, “Rebeliones latinoamericanas contra el barrio bajo global: política, religión y consumo en la reconformación de la vida de la región en el siglo XXI”, and speaker in the plenary panel on Political Anthropology in Latin America, IV Jornadas de Investigación en Antropología Social, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2nd–4th August, 2006.

Invited seminar speaker, “Movimentos indígenas no México. Já bastam de utopias? Department of Anthropology, University of Brasilia, Brazil, June 7th, 2006.

Invited speaker, “Non-State Actors: Agents of Reform or Global Governmentality?” and Final Panellist, Symposium on Global Governance: Problems and Prospects, University of Helsinki Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research, Finland, 1st–2nd June, 2006.

Invited speaker, Bulletin of Latin American Research 25th Anniversary Conference, “Resisting the Global Slum: Politics, Religion and Consumption in the Remaking of Life Worlds in the Twenty-First Century”, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London University, 19th May, 2006.

Presenter, Panel Cosmopolitanism and Its Discontents, “Hegemonic, Subaltern and Anthropological Cosmopolitics”, ASA Diamond Jubilee Conference, Cosmopolitanism and Anthropology, Keele University, 10–13th April, 2006.

Plenary Speaker, Interdisciplinary Colloquium Anthropologues et Economistes face a la Globalisation, Clersé/IRD, Lille, France, 16–17th March, 2006.

Presenter, Across Borders: Diverse Perspectives on Mexico, 11th Annual International Studies Symposium, Glendon Campus, York University, Toronto, Canada, "Indigenous Movements in Mexico: Impasse or Forward Motion", 11th February, 2006.

Discussant, Panel "Anthropological Perspectives on Governance in the African Context", 104th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November 30th, 2005.

Discussant, XXVII Coloquio de Antropología e Historia Regionales, Caras y Máscaras del México Étnico: La Participación Indígena en las Formaciones del Estado Mexicano, Zamora, Mexico, El Colegio de Michoacán, 26th–28th October, 2005.

Discussant, ESRC Research Seminar on Social Policy, Stability and Exclusion in Latin America: Theory and Concepts, Institute for the Study of the Americas, London 2nd–3rd June, 2005.

Presenter, Senior Seminar, Social Anthropology Department, Cambridge University, "The Persistent Imaginary of 'the People's Oil': Nationalism, Globalization and the Possibility of Another Country in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela", 27th May, 2005.

Invited Plenary Speaker, Conference The Winners and Losers from Rights-Based Approaches to Development, "The Rights of the Rich versus the Rights of the Poor", Institute for Development Policy and Management, The University of Manchester, 21–22nd February, 2005.

Invited Discussant, Workshop on Political Clientelism in Contemporary Democracies: the Case of Brazil in Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspective, Centre for Brazilian Studies, Oxford University, 18th February, 2005.

Invited presenter, Workshop on Oil, Integration and Politics, “Oil and the Nation in Latin America: A comparison of Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany, 13th–14th December, 2004.

Invited presenter, Symposium Herencia en Resistir: Territorialidad Tarasca y Cascana en el Centro-Occidente de México, “La defensa del territorio en la Costa-Sierra Nahua de Michoacán”, El Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, Mexico, 19th November 2004.

Invited Public Lecture, “The Two Deaths of Digna Ochoa: A Window onto the Violences of Power in Neoliberal Mexico”, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 3rd November 2004.

Invited discussant, Wenner Gren Foundation Symposium Rethinking the U.S. State, Arden House, New York, 8th–10th October 2004.

Presenter, Bilingual Workshop Pouvoir critique et critique du pouvoir des anthropologues/Critical Power and Critique of the Power of Anthropologists, Beyond Speaking Truth to Power: Anthropological Entanglements with Multicultural and Indigenous Rights Politics, 8th Biennial EASA Conference, Vienna, 11th September, 2004.

Discussant, Session Working the Streets: Exploring Informal Trading in Bolivia, Papua New Guinea and India, Conference Livelihoods at the Margins, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 9th July, 2004.

Presenter, Invited Workshop on Understanding State Violence, “The Two Deaths of Digna Ochoa: A Window onto the Violences of Power in Neoliberal Mexico”, Anthropology Department, Goldsmiths’ College, London, and Crisis States Programme, Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics, 4th June, 2004.

Keynote Speaker, “Citizenship and the Social Geography of Deep Neoliberalization”, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), Citizenship and Public Space, London, Ontario, 8th May 2004. Also discussant for session “Finding our Field: Anthropology and the Social Spaces of Globalization”, 7th May 2004.

Invited Discussant, Third Walker Symposium, The Crisis of the State in Latin America, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, USA, 10th April 2004.

Presenter, Panel The Uses of Culture, “The Politics of Indigenous Culture and Community on a Forgotten National Frontier”, 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Latin American Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 3rd April 2004.


Presenter, ESRC Invited Research Seminar on Social Policy, Stability and Exclusion in Latin America, “Indigenous Autonomy as a Strategy of Social Inclusion: Some Paradoxes of Social Policy in Contemporary Mexico”, Institute of Latin American Studies, London University, 27th February 2004.


Presenter, Session Pax Americana Redux, “Last Days of Empire, First Days of Barbarism?”, 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 22nd, 2003.


Discussant, Session Critiquing the Modern State III: in Latin America, 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 20th, 2003.


Discussant, Session Scientific Socialism, Rational Planning and Local Knowledge: The Postsocialist Experience, Association of Social Anthropologists Decennial Conference, Manchester, 17th July, 2003.


Presenter and Organizer, Session Anthropological Knowledge, Technologies and the Critical Analysis of Rural Transformations in Latin America, “Introduction: Science and Rural Transformation, a Process with Multiple Dimensions”, Association of Social Anthropologists Decennial Conference, Manchester, 16th July, 2003.


Presenter, Conference In God we trust: del campo mexicano al sueño americano, Xalapa, Veracruz, Universidad Veracruzana, 29th–30th May 2003, “La migración michoacana hacia Estados Unidos a largo plazo: una perspectiva transnacional sobre historias entretejidas”.


Invited Seminar, Department of Anthropology, New School University, New York, 12th March 2003, “Writing the History of a People Without History: The Nahuas of the Coastal Sierras of Michoacán”.


Public Lecture, “¿Por qué necesitamos el campo? La ruralidad y el bienestar social”, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, México City, Department of Anthropology, 6th March, 2003.


Discussant, Session Ethnography of the State: Constituting Culture and Power, 101st Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 23rd 2002.


Presenter, Session A Reassembled World: Reflections on Europe and the People Without History, 1982–2002, “Some Histories are More Possible Than Others: Structural Power, Big Pictures and the Goal of Explanation in the Anthropology of Eric Wolf”, 101st Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 22nd, 2002.


Presenter, XXIV Coloquio de Antropología e Historia Regional, Gente del Campo: Patrimonios y Dinámicas Rurales en México, Zamora, Michoacán, 23-25 October 2002, “¿Por qué necesitamos el campo? La ruralidad y el bienestar social”.


Public Lecture, Programa de Postgrado en Sociología, Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, 22nd May 2002, “Las posibilidades de la autonomía indígena: el caso de los pueblos sin historia de la costa-sierra Nahua de Michoacán en un contexto comparativo”.


Invited Seminar, Seminario de Investigadores e Invitados, Instituto de Estudios Indígenas, Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 17th May 2002, “Las posibilidades de la autonomía indígena: el caso de los pueblos sin historia de la costa-sierra Nahua de Michoacán en un contexto comparativo”.


Invited Seminar, Seminario Permanente del CIESAS-Istmo, Oaxaca, Mexico, 30th April 2002, “Las posibilidades de la autonomía indígena: el caso de los pueblos sin historia de la costa-sierra Nahua de Michoacán en un contexto comparativo”.


Discussant, Session ¿Se habla español aqui? Mexico’s new transnational working class, 100th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., 1st December 2001.


Invited Final Plenary Speaker, XXIII Coloquio de Antropología e Historia Regional, Ciudadanía, Cultura Política y Reforma del Estado en América Latina, Zamora, Michoacán, 24th–26th October, 2001, “La ciudadanía y la transición mexicana: En turno a los peligros de la transitología”.


Discussant, Session CUL 26, Global Projects and Local Variation, Latin American Studies Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., 7th September 2001.


Presenter, Annual Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth, 31st March 2001, Anthropological Perspectives on Rights, Claims and Entitlements, University of Sussex, Brighton, “Rights and the Poor”.


Presenter, Invited Conference Exclusion and Engagement: Social Policy in Latin America, 22nd–23rd March 2001, London, Institute of Latin American Studies, “Some Conceptual and Substantive Limitations of Contemporary (Western) Discourses of Rights and Social Justice”.


Presenter, Session Global Capitalism, Neoliberal Policy and Poverty, “Disappearing the poor?” 99th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 16th November 2000.


Discussant, Session Ethnographies of the American Workplace, 99th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 16th November 2000.