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Circulation and governance: state instantiations, movement and connectivity [AnthroState Network] 
Tessa Bonduelle (Leiden University)
Lieke van der Veer (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Anick Vollebergh (Radboud University)
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Anouk de Koning (Leiden University)
Great Hall
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to engage critically with the circulation of bodies within and between state instantiations, writ large, to theorise state power. Ethnographically examining movement within and between such entities allows us to expand considerations of circulation as a possible mode of governance.

Long Abstract:

Many scholars have demonstrated that states work through and in conjunction with a variety of entities, whether semi-state, non-state, corporate, third-sector, or a blend of these. However, few have taken the circulation of bodies within and between such state instantiations as their object of study. Inspired by migration studies' insights on circulation as mode of governance, this panel asks what circulation between and within various state instantiations can tell us about contemporary governance.

The study of migration and deportation regimes has productively revealed techniques of containing, permitting, or even promoting the movement of different bodies. Such research has shown how enforced (re)direction of movement or ceaseless uprooting may hamper or allow the building of relations.

This panel invites contributions that explore both the practices and efforts of actors to circulate certain bodies, as well as the perspectives and actions of those who are made to circulate. What practices of state provisioning produce circulation? How might such circulation govern and discipline bodies? We think, for example, of the selection for, or eviction from, social housing; of the circulation of welfare 'casefiles;' of hospital intakes and outtakes; of transportation infrastructures etc. What state effects might circulation have in these and other cases? What fantasies of fluidity and order, and what desires for an efficient state may reside in circulation? What relationalities might circulation engender between and amongst providers and users of state services? What relational modes might circulation produce in state and state-like spaces: individuality, isolation, connectivity, conviviality?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -