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Emergent collectivities and practices of commoning in and after conflict 
Valentina Zagaria (University of Manchester)
Veronica Ferreri (Ca' Foscari University)
Maya Avis (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
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9 University Square (UQ), 01/006
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Armed conflict often disrupts established hierarchies and ways of structuring social, political and economic life. This panel explores both the temporary and more long-lasting social arrangements and practices of commoning emerging in these contexts despite violence looming large.

Long Abstract:

Times of insurrection or siege, as well as protracted conflict, disrupt established ways of structuring social, political, and economic life. New solidarities and collectivities can form around needs and resources, as well as in reaction to political commitments, both in moments of open fighting and in their aftermath. These modes of collective organising and practices of commoning can also endure or re-emerge in the context of drawn-out, unresolved conflict. Experiences of peer-governance can nurture collectivities through time. This panel will reflect on the social, political, and economic experimentation occurring during and after conflict, including in the nearby sites to which the displaced have fled. It will also consider the ways in which those involved in forging different social arrangements conceptualise their shared efforts.

We are interested in papers about such diverse responses as organising around access to land, water, mobility, electricity or care, the use of space and housing, as well as papers on the administration of law, order, and education in contexts where these institutions no longer function. Who are the different actors involved in these collective projects, and what practices bring them together? What terms do those involved use to define their reconstitution of social relations? How do these relations and practices relate to and exist alongside those of the state, humanitarian actors, or families?

Our research is based in the Middle East and North Africa, but we hope to engage with papers reflecting the broad range of contexts in which people (re)organise in and beyond violent conflict.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -