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Times of crisis, times of hope? Movements and collaborations between transformative potential and reification [Anthropology and Social Movements Network] 
Marion Naeser-Lather (University of Innsbruck)
Piotr Goldstein (German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), Berlin)
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Mihir Sharma (Universität Bayreuth)
Music Building (MUS), McMordie Room
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The panel sheds light on current activisms and movements and asks whether they have transformative potential, opening up spaces of opportunity for new visions of the future and ideas of the common, or whether they evolve into reifying previous and existing societal structures.

Long Abstract:

Parting from current socio-political dynamics like the pandemic, economic crises, tendencies of European disintegration, the rise of populism, the erosion of knowledge and growing mistrust in institutions, the panel aims to explore current movements and everyday practices of resistance and activism which arise in this situation and also intends to reflect on our accordant modes of research and analysis. Ethnographic works are welcomed dedicated to the following aspects:

Which (new) kinds of trust, grassroots solidarity and collaboration emerge? Do they have the power of societal transformation or are they commodified/appropriated by neoliberal or nationalist logics?

How are relationships and networks formed, and towards whom is solidarity shown? Are exclusion mechanisms transcended, e.g. in the form of transnational activisms, or reproduced, and which role do categories like socio-economic similarity, gender, class, or ethnicity play in this context?

On the basis of which hopes, ideas of the common and visions of desired futures do people form movements? Which effects do transformative factors like the pandemic or the growing importance of online interaction have regarding the emergence of new forms of resistance and communality?

And are our previous approaches and theories suitable to research and conceptualize them, or are new methodologies, terminologies and concepts needed within the anthropology of movement studies?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -