As disaster becomes our contemporary condition, settling, moving and staying are modes of re-construction. This panel explores ways of recomposing livelihoods, environments and modes of anthropological thinking in endemically broken worlds.
As the infinite conceptual variations around the Anthropocene and the ends of the world demonstrate, the catastrophic seems to have captured the political and the anthropological imagination. Disaster, an unfolding event marking and surpassing human times, seem to have become our contemporary condition. A fundamental practice of this condition is reconstruction of habits and habitats. If once reconstruction involved nostalgically restoring built environments and returning to normal, current practices and projects of reconstruction in the wake of crisis seem to involve an increasing number of actors and reflexive forms of problematizing and redesigning cities, ecologies and communities. Projects of reconstruction can be seen as processes of re-construction: assembling again and anew, but differently, as constant and always unfinished series of actions that involves both staying, moving, and (re-)settling. Re-construction challenges us also to recursively reflect upon the anthropological toolbox available and applied in and on such fields. Hence, this panel asks if the ethnography of re-construction necessitates a re-construction of anthropological concepts and methods, especially its modes of doing fieldwork and engaging with techno-scientific domains and multiscalar modes of social and political life. We invite papers that explore practices, discourses, projects and challenges of recomposing livelihoods, environments and modes of anthropological thinking in worlds of intrinsic crisis.