L'Etat dans tous ses états/ The state in all its forms [Commission on Theoretical Anthropology]
Filippo Zerilli (University of Cagliari)
Gérald Gaillard (Université des Sciences et Techniques de Lille)
Relational movements: States, Politics and Knowledge/Mouvements relationnels: États, politiques et savoirs
TBT 311
Start time:
4 May, 2017 at 9:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Présenté au nom de la commission de d'Anthropologie Théorique. Après les travaux sur la globalisation et flux transnationaux, l'Etat-Nation revient sans que la réflexion anthropologique suive. L'anthropologie s'est attachée aux populistes. Nous réfléchirons sur l'Etat et son démantèlement.

Long abstract:

Panel submitted on behalf of the Committee for Theoretical Anthropology (Chair: Petr Skalnik, Vice President Aleksandar Bošković). The state in all its forms. After the waves of studies on globalizations and transnational flows on which we will refereed to the synthesis of Jonathan Friedman in Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology edited by McGee and Warms (2013), the theme of the Nation State is back into the political and social turmoil without that anthropological reflection had followed. Anthropology had instead attached itself to the analysis of the various national populist. Next to those works (of which the Neo Nationalism in the EU and Beyond edited by Banks and Gingrich, Berghan, 2009, was the precursor), we mostly have the publication of monographs mostly on African states with most often an approach in term of political science (the last published been on the Guinea-Bissau state Um Caso de difícil democratização Álvaro Nóbrega, Lisboa, 2016). Indeed, the last overall review about the state and its metamorphosis was that proposed during seven hundred pages the seminar that Pierre Bourdieu dedicated to the theme (On the state. Cours de Pierre Bourdieu Collège de France (1989-1992), Paris, 2012). Without closing the panel to conventional approach or case studies (ethnography), we suggest to those, whom such a panel might interest to reckon on the new faces of the state, about what the state and its faces are the current product as well as its possible dismantling and today uses. The languages of the panel will be both English and French (and not close to Spanish, Portuguese or German).