In this panel possibilities to re-define "Europe" as a field and object of anthropological study will be discussed. The main focus will lie on a new sense of reflecting Europe in relation to its world-making projects which, at the same time, produce the dynamics of its own making and unmaking.
For about two decades anthropologists have explored "Europeanization" as "both a vision and a process" to make Europe "more European" (Borneman/Fowler 1997). Indispensable analytical perspectives - "from above", "from below", "from the margins" etc. - have been developed to investigate the "making of Europe" in concrete fields of practices and contestations. Nevertheless, the global entanglements that have shaped the continent in history as much as today have so far not been addressed sufficiently.
Against the backdrop of the increasingly visible fragility of the European present - which can clearly be affiliated to its often dismissed global embeddedness and dependencies - we want to integrate systematically postcolonial, global-anthropological and further critical perspectives into a future research programme, which could be titled "worlding Europe". The discussion and development of conceptual and methodological instruments for such a programme will take centre stage. We invite contributions addressing one of the following aspects:
- The global mobilisation of "European" political projects and systems of regulation and its effect;
- The conjunction of different "imperial formations" (colonial, state-socialist, ottoman, EU, etc.) in and outside Europe, especially taking "imperial debris" (Stoler 2013) as starting point of ethnographic inquiry;
- "Alternative entanglements" - for instance between state socialist localities and the Global South or current counter movements to dominant political narratives and projects - which cast another light on Europe as a "product and producer" of global realities.
Papers to further aspects are welcome as long as they contribute to the overall objective of the panel.