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Creolisation and conviviality
Oscar Hemer (Malmö University)
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo)
Tilmann Heil (University of Leuven)
Time zone:
Thursday 23 July, 8:30-10:15, 11:00-12:45

Short abstract:

This panel explores the relationship between creolisation and conviviality empirically, theoretically and methodologically. While the societies usually defined as creole are relevant, so are other settings where the meaning of the pronoun 'we' is actively negotiated.

Long abstract:

The recent anthropological engagement with conviviality has been considerable, especially in research on urban life, migration and social complexity. Another body of research has discussed the usefulness of creolisation as a comparative concept, frequently but not always with the history of the Caribbean as an empirical framework. By relating the concepts, and their empirical contexts, to each other, this panel takes the recent volume Conviviality at the Crossroads (Hemer et al. 2020) as a point of departure, aiming to explore the implications of creolisation for conviviality. Historically, the backdrop for creolisation studies has been shaped by plantation societies, slavery and settler colonialism, yet another relevant context for this panel may also be the 'super-diverse' contemporary city. A fundamental question concerns the limits and implications of the pronoun 'we'. The objectives of this panel are simultaneously methodological, empirical and theoretical, the aim being to explore the potential of creolisation as a concept with a bearing on the concepts of cultural identity and social integration, as an empirical phenomenon, and as a strategy for exploring social life and cultural dynamics. Contributions are welcomed which explore the relevance of the concept of creolisation for conviviality empirically, but theoretical papers are also invited, especially if they discuss the usefulness of creolisation as a comparative concept in the context of everyday cosmopolitanism or conviviality. At its most fundamental level, the panel will ask whether a creolisation of academic writing would be fruitful and feasible.

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