Hosted by ANU, Centre for Digital Humanities Research, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Languages, School of Literature, Language & Linguistics, Humanities Research Centre and the Research School of Humanities and the Arts.
This two-day international workshop involves anthropologists, linguists and philosophers. It explores the implications of the proposition that meta-categories are not only a potentially powerful tool for cross-cultural and cross-temporal comparison, but also inescapable since, in using language to describe and generalise about phenomena, we inevitably categorise.
The focus of the workshop is on problems of explication and translation, and on the epistemological status of meta-categories. We will explore the possibility for, and scope of, cross-cultural and cross-temporal meta-categories. Some are arguably universal (such as ‘feelings’ or ‘marriage’, or ‘art’), others are regionally or temporally bounded (such as ‘The Dreaming’ in Aboriginal Australia). A main goal of the workshop is to improve interdisciplinary communication through this explicitly comparative exercise. In exploring the nature of meta-categories we will be also be laying bare the epistemological bases of our respective disciplines, and exploring their similarities and differences. A position paper on the workshop topic is available.
Three free public lectures (including two workshop keynotes) will be given as part of the workshop.
Please register below for the keynotes and public lecture, for venue and catering reasons.
SRWB Theatrette (Room 2.02), Sir Roland Wilson Building #120, Australian National University
For further information on the workshop itself, see the programme, the abstracts and the participants’ biographies. We invite those who are interested to join us, but space is limited. Please let us know if you would like to attend the workshop by contacting Jane Simpson.