The parliament of crisis: the saving of the European market and its effects 
Asta Vonderau (Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)
Kerstin Poehls (Universität Hamburg)
Jakobi 2, 336
Start time:
3 July, 2013 at 10:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

Understanding Europeanization as a circular process, the workshop investigates the effects of 'crisis policies', which aim to save the market: What subjectivities and social relations are re-produced, and what social-material constellations make it possible to grasp these effects ethnographically?

Long Abstract:

The current 'crisis' in Europe is mostly described in economical terms as ruining the European fiscal union and harming the common market. Accordingly, the main aim of European politics today is saving the 'market' both as an arena of power struggles and an ideal that guides political decisions. This attempt can be understood as a genuine neoliberal project in the sense of the "remaking and redeployment of the state as the core agency that actively fabricates the subjectivities, social relations and collective representations suited to making the fiction of markets real and consequential" (Loic Wacquant 2012: 68).

What are the every-day effects of fighting the crisis and saving the European market? What kinds of subjectivities, social relations and collective representations are being produced? And how can they be grasped ethnographically? Understanding Europeanization as a multi-layered and essentially circular process (Borneman/Fowler) and following Latour's notion of the parliament of things, the workshop will focus on temporal and situational social-material constellations in different everyday contexts which make it possible to grasp how the 'crisis' and 'the European market' are experienced, contested and (re-)produced.

We especially invite contributions that

(a) explore how materialities reflect and shape new social relations and changing power hierarchies;

(b) demonstrate how policies aiming to fight the crisis and to save the European market take effect through different scales/spheres of society and organize them in a new way;

(c) demonstrate how 'crisis', although being portrayed as a temporal phenomenon to be overcome, turns into a permanent state that brings about its specific material arrangements in every-day life.

Accepted papers: