This anthology is an attempt to make sense of conferences and trade fairs as phenomena in contemporary society. The authors describe how these large-scale professional gatherings have become key sites for making and negotiating both industries and individual professions. In fact, during the past few decades, conferences and trade fairs have become a significant global industry in their own right. The editors assert that large-scale professional gatherings are remarkable events that require deeper analysis and scholarly attention.
Hege Høyer Leivestad is a researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden.
Anette Nyqvist is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden.
1. Individuals and Industries: Large-Scale Professional Gatherings as Ethnographic Fields2. Scheduled Schmoozing: Notes on Interludal Practices at Responsible Investors' Conferences3. White Corporate Feminine Spirituality: The Rise of Global Professional Women's Conferences in the New Millennium4. The Therapeutic Square: The Psychotherapy Fair from an Anthropological Perspective5. Establishing the Complexity of Obesity: The Conference as a Site of Understanding Obesity as a Medical Condition6. The Biennial of Dakar: Scales of Art Worlds-Networks7. Beyond Informality: Intimacy and Commerce at the Caravanning Trade Fair8. Traversing Trade Fairs and Fashion Weeks: On Dependence and Disavowal in the Indian Fashion Industry