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Histories and Horizons of Life Forms in the Middle East 
Karin Ahlberg (University of Bremen)
Nefissa Naguib (University of Oslo)
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Wednesday 22 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Lisbon

Short Abstract:

Global trade routes, animal mobilities, germs, toxicity and environmental troubles have produced new life-forms associations and rearranged ecologies in unforeseeable ways. With these issues in purview, we invite papers on human and non-human ecologies and relationality in Middle East anthropology.

Long Abstract:

Living and dead matters have long affected human worlds. Anthropologists of climate change have shown how the nonhuman forces of weather have affected human and nonhuman worlds. Germs, toxicity and environmental troubles have similarly molded earthly and bodily histories. New types of fuel have produced new kinds of life forms associations, which has intensified global trade routes and animal mobilities that in turn have rearranged ecologies and human life-worlds without necessarily meaning to do so. With an eye on environmental transformations, global trade routes and organic and non-organic mobilities, we invite papers to flesh out human and non-human ecologies and relationality in Middle East anthropology.

- What are the horizons in nonhuman migration and do they resonate regional histories and contemporary socialites? How does the nonhuman shape social and economic life in the Middle East?

- How do the rich regional traditions-textual and empirical-open up geographies and relationalities between human and non-human agencies? How does taking nonhumans as social actors impact our approaches to research in the Middle East? What analytical conceptualizations are required to enter the world of life forms in the Middle East?

- How do we write ethnographies of life forms entanglements in the Middle East? And how can anthropology contribute in shaping attitudes and habits that will sustain and create conditions for livability for humans and other species in the region?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 22 July, 2020, -