Journées d’études 2003

L’américanisme en Suisse au XXIe siècle: Priorités et défis
Die Schweizer Amerikanistik im 21. Jahrhundert: Prioritäten und Herausforderungen

Université de Berne | Universität Bern | Seminarraumpool von Roll | 14.-15. März 2003

Organisatrices | Organisatorinnen
Theres Gähwiler | Elizabeth Reichel-Dolmatoff | Hans-Rudolf Wicker | Ueli Hostettler

Du 14 au 15 mars 2003, la Société suisse des Américanistes organise ses traditionnelles journées d’étude. Elles auront lieu à l’Institut d’ethnologie de l’Université de Berne. Sous le titre “L’américanisme en Suisse au XXIe siècle: Priorités et défis”, des conférences et des tables rondes évoqueront le présent et le futur de l’américanisme suisse. Les recherches en cours, ainsi que celles qui sont à réaliser à travers les Amériques (Nord, Centre et Sud) en anthropologie, archéologie, ethnohistoire et autres disciplines connexes seront présentées afin de discuter de la construction d’un américanisme pertinent pour la Suisse et pour la collaboration scientifique entre la Suisse et les Amériques.

Les Journées d’étude de 2001 furent consacrées aux recherches pionnières menées par des américanistes suisses du passé, celles de 2003 analyseront les tendances de l’américanisme d’aujourd’hui et amèneront une réflexion sur les priorités pour le futur. Elles incluront la discussion de quelques défis et enjeux académiques classiques, toujours d’actualité, de l’américanisme. De nombreux thèmes seront abordés tels que les recherches sur l’évolution socioculturelle des Amériques, le renforcement de l’américanisme et la consolidation de la collaboration entre l’Amérique et la Suisse au niveau universitaire, ainsi que des sujets socioculturels et socio-écologiques propres à notre époque (effets de la globalisation, perte de la diversité culturelle et biologique, conflits ethniques,…etc.).

Dans un même temps, nous procèderons à une évaluation critique des bases théoriques et méthodologiques de l’américanisme, rendue nécessaire par l’émergence de nouveaux courants. Les conférences et résultats des tables rondes de ce congrès seront publiés dans le Bulletin de la Société suisse des Américanistes. Les langues officielles sont le français, l’allemand, l’espagnol, l’anglais et le portugais. Chaque communication comportera 20 minutes de présentation suivies de 10 minutes de discussion.

Toute personne intéressée par cette manifestation est cordialement invitée à se joindre à nous. Aucun frais d’inscription ne sera perçu. Afin de faciliter l’organisation de ces journées et de vous tenir informé, nous vous saurions gré de prendre contact à l’adresse mentionnée ci-dessous. Vous pouvez également adhérer à notre Société en vous référant aux mêmes personnes ou au Secrétaire général. Bienvenus donc, et au plaisir de vous rencontrer.

Programme [actualisée le 07.03.03] (PDF:96KB/3 pages)

Evolution of an Academic Society

Evolution of an academic society

The Swiss Society of Americanists was founded in 1949. At first, it consisted mainly of Swiss anthropologists and ethnologists who conducted research in the Americas. Subsequently, the Society has included members from other countries and became open to many disciplines such as geography, art, history, literature, sociology, economics, etc. The Society brings together "people who are interested in the three Americas" to generate "better scientific and human knowledge of these three sub-continents, including their multicultural components" (art. 3 of the Contitution Articles of the SAG-SSA). Currently, it has about 300 members (individual and/or collective). Members come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, archeology, art, education, economics, geography, history, human rights, law, philosophy, linguistics, sociology and urban studies. The Society owns an important thematic library hosted by the Geneva Museum of Ethnography located at the new and modern MEG building. The SSA is member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS).

 

An Open Society: Culture and Science

The Swiss Society of Americanists, whose headquarters are in Geneva, aims to bring together people interested in the three Americas, seeking in particular the active participation of members from these regions, and to promote better scientific knowledge Relevant areas of human and anthropology, history, linguistics and ethnography. The Society assists with the publication of an annual newsletter, including articles in French, German, English, Spanish and Portuguese. The Society seeks to connect people who are interested in these studies.

SAG-SSA promotes the exchange of ideas and information among researchers from various disciplines who study the history, literature and culture of America. The Society promotes the exchange of ideas and information between its members through a newsletter "LA Revista", a forum for the exchange of concerns of the members, through an electronic newsletter, and through meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia, joint research projects, and any other means that the Society deems appropriate.

New paths

Today, the Society wants to increase its impact and open its activities to a wider audience. In addition to the strictly educational activities such as seminars, conferences and the publication of the Bulletin, considered essential to increase its offer:
• enrich the cultural production proposals and academic associative structures and unskilled individuals: support research and conferences or symposiums and artistic audiovisual documents to obtain a more complete image.
• create interfaces or areas of action to educate a wider audience about the issues raised and defended by the SSA.

An international network of research and scientific and cultural disclosure

The SSA brings together "people who are interested in the three Americas" to generate "better scientific and human knowledge of these three sub-continents, including their multicultural components". Currently it has about 300 members (individual or collective). Members come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, archeology, art, education, economics, geography, history, human rights, law, philosophy, linguistics, sociology and urban studies. The SSA is a non-profit organization whose funding depends on the majority of contributions paid by its members, their projects also receive financial support from the SAHS. You can become a member of our Society and support our programs.

The Swiss Society of Americanists admits as working languages ​​Spanish, Portuguese, English, German and French. To facilitate communication and debate, the Company proposes the use of Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Main activities of the SAG-SSA

:: The organization of the Study Days every two years
:: The publication of a scientific journal, the Bulletin of the SSA (No. 1-70) that became "LA Revista" since number 71
:: The organization of conferences and colloquia
:: The publication of a newsletter (electronic version)
:: Managing a large collection of bibliographic resources and documentation about Americanist studies
:: Development and maintenance of a dedicated website: www.sag-ssa.ch
:: An online forum where researchers from different backgrounds could meet, exchange ideas, share their points view and their data.

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