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Uncanny Colonial Reanimations: Ethnographies of post-colonial population control and resilient alternatives 
Stefan Millar (University of Helsinki)
Brian Campbell (University of Plymouth)
Khalil Betz-Heinemann (University of Helsinki)
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Khalil Betz-Heinemann (University of Helsinki)
Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University)
Music Building (MUS), McMordie Room
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Contemporary state practices bear a disturbing resemblance to those used to subdue colonial subjects. In the global south, postcolonial governments have adopted tactics developed by colonizers and states in the global north redeploy them against citizens and migrants -

Long Abstract:

Anthropologists have become sensitive to myriad state practices used to control populations however discussions remain couched in particularism. A closer comparison of histories of these practices shifts attention to overlooked aspects of state formation. Far from being new, many state practices bear a disturbing resemblance to techniques used to subdue colonial subjects. In the global south, postcolonial governments adopt tactics developed by colonizers (De L'Estoile, 2008): Detaining and abducting dissidents (Gatti, 2014; Huttunen, 2016), displacing populations (Millar, 2022) fortifying urban districts (Low, 2001; Balliger 2021) and rural spaces (Simlai, 2015; Mbaria & Ogada, 2016), denying indigenous knowledge to facilitate bio-piracy and land-grabs (Hayden 2004; Gabbart 2021), sanitizing landscapes (Betz-Heinemann, 2020), orchestrating food crises (Richards, 1985; Aga, 2021), and enforcing policies to control fertility (Burke, 2022). Such forms of structural violence have also returned to the global north, deployed against citizens and migrants. Subaltern populations have had "vital infrastructure" (Durham, Ferme, & Costa, 2019) denied them (Goldade, 2009) and controls imposed on their bodies (Murphy, 2012). Likewise, colonial patronage of local rituals and sacred-spaces is reproduced in multicultural contexts, fragmenting minorities into warring factions (Campbell, 2021). This panel welcomes papers exploring the reanimation of colonial state practices by contemporary governments. What is it about the "uncanny present" (Bryant, 2016) that animates half-forgotten forms of colonialism? What do we make of traumas and conspiracies that often accompany their revival? What do such reanimations tell us about transformations/continuities of state formations and their resistance?

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -