10th Madagascar Workshop: "Language, Land and Labour"


10th Madagascar Workshop
Language, Land and Labour

21 May 2015
Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University

Conference Description and original Call for Papers

Location: Peterson Hall, room 116
3460 McTavish Street



08:30-08:50  Welcome with coffee
08:50-09:00  Gwyn Campbell, Director of the IOWC: Welcome and introduction

Session 1: People and Traditions
Chair: Michael Lambek (University of Toronto)

09:00-09:25  Laurent Berger (EHESS): Spirit Possession and the Invention of Tradition in the Antankaraña Kingdom
09:25-09:50  Erin Nourse (University of Denver): Delivering More Than Babies: Understanding the Role of Traditional Midwives in Diego Suarez
09:50-10:15  Sarah Gould (University of Toronto): The Wild West: Speaking with Bandits in Contemporary Madagascar
10:15-10:45  Discussion

10:45-11:00  Coffee break

Session 2: Labour and Production
Chair: Alexander Adelaar (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

11:00-11:25  Gwyn Campbell (McGill University): The Malagasy Slave Trade 1500-1750 Revisited
11:25-11:50  Sarah Fee (Royal Ontario Museum): The Language of Domestication and the Process of Appropriation in the Historic Textile arts of Madagascar
11:50-12:15  Caroline Seagle (McGill University): “What Will We Do?” Shifting Land-Labour Relations in Madagascar's Mining and Conservation Sphere
12:15-12:45  Discussion

12:45-13:45  Lunch

Session 3: Natural Resources and the Environment
Chair: John Galaty (McGill University)

13:45-14:10  Frank Muttenzer (McGill University): Replicating Success with Octopus: Conservationists, Nonhuman Agency and Environmental Subject Formation in Southwest Madagascar
14:10-14:35  Lynda Hubert Ta (Université Laval): Les enjeux sociaux de la Loi sur la gestion locale des ressources naturelles renouvelables à Madagascar
14:35-15:00  Jacques Pollini (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Land Use Changes on a Forest Frontier in South-West Madagascar: Past, Present and Futures
15:00-15:30  Discussion

15:30-16:00  Coffee break


Location: Leacock Building, room 232
Chair: Lisa deMena Travis (McGill University)

The keynote speeches and ensuing reception are offered jointly by the IOWC
and the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (organizer of the 22nd AFLA meeting,
held at McGill University, 21-24 May 2015:

16:00-17:00  Keynote 1: Alexander Adelaar (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies): Contact between Austronesian and African Languages: A Short Overview
17:00-18:00  Keynote 2: Ileana Paul (University of Western Ontario): Morphosyntactic Micro-Variation in Malagasy
18:00-19:30  Reception

20:00 Workshop dinner at Le P'Tit Plateau (330 Rue Marie-Anne E, corner Drolet)