P052
Conflicted citizenships: ethnographies of power, memory and belonging

Convenors:
Hana Cervinkova (University of Lower Silesia)
Thea Abu El-Haj (Rutgers University)
Chair:
Ellen Skilton
Discussant:
Beth Rubin
Location:
U6-27
Start time:
20 July, 2016 at 14:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Building on longstanding anthropological legacies that track the production of national imaginaries, our panel explores how the boundaries of belonging that define these imaginaries are being reshaped in this era of globalization, mass migration, and political conflict.

Long abstract:

Building on the longstanding anthropological legacy that tracks the construction of historical memory in the production of national imaginaries, this panel calls for papers that explore how the boundaries of belonging defining these imaginaries are being reshaped and rearticulated in the present context of a world characterized by globalization, mass migration, and political conflict. This panel will consider how contemporary bids for citizenship embed historic memory and silence in ways that reinscribe, or challenge, normative narratives about the nation, belonging, and citizenship. We seek to address the role of human agency and memory in contexts of violence, conflict, and new dislocations brought about by neoliberal policies and globalization. The panel considers the power of ethnography to illustrate unequal power relations that influence who gets to belong to nations, and how individuals and communities challenge the normative terms through which citizenship is regulated. The convenors invite ethnographic research that addresses how discourses and practices are used by social actors to claim a legitimate place in the public sphere, challenging or reinforcing the normative conditions through which states grant citizenship rights. We propose to explore various forms of dominance: those built on silences about the relationships among people, those characterized by clear demarcations of who is us and who is them, or those involving the denial of violence and inequity embedded in the "benevolent" treatment of the less valued other.