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Mobile Ideas of the Common(s). Forced Migrants’ transforming desired futures of political communalities. [AnthroMob] 
Markus Rudolf
Tabea Scharrer (Leipzig University)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/012
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel focuses on how ideas of desired political communalities as well as practices of solidarity and association change in the process of forced migration. These transformations can relate to and are influenced by the experiences of leaving and settling in various localities.

Long Abstract:

We welcome presentations that look primarily into the ideas of political communalities, which people on the move carry with them - and the question how these ideas relate to experienced realities in a diachronic and transnational perspective. We intend to gather proposals from varied contexts to compare (i) the change of ideas on how commons should look like in the course of movements, (ii) how these ideas influence alliances among forced migrants and with local populations, and (iii) how they affect boundary making and (un)commoning.

Much of the political and academic debate on (forced) migration evolves around issues of protracted states of limbo, immobility, or vulnerability, carrying with them an image of refugees as being acted upon. This panel takes a different stand and asks what role refugees and forced migrants have as actors in social transformations.

We encourage submissions that examine how ideas of political communalities influence specific trajectories, how they change in the course of forced migration, and how these ideas are mobile in themselves and hence transforming the commons: Who is seen as belonging to the commons in the localities forced migrants have to leave or settle in? What repercussions do these discourses have on forced migrants’ own future making? What influence do both issues have on political mobilization and association?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -