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Doing and undoing kinship under military occupation 
Katrine Gotfredsen (Malmö University)
Nina Gren (Lund University)
Maria Padron Hernandez (Lund University)
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Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores the doing and undoing of kinship in contexts of military occupation. What happens to practices of doing kinship and family, when strategies and means to control an occupied population and territory continuously undo the everyday and fundamentally upset ‘normal’ routines and life?

Long Abstract:

This panel will explore the doing and undoing of kinship in contexts of military occupation. Family and kinship tend to be the foundation of what is considered ‘normal life’ in diverse cultural contexts. Breadwinning, domestic work, providing protection, participation in daily life and life cycle rituals are all examples of practices that make and do kinship.

But what happens to kinship in contexts of military occupation, when strategies to control occupied populations and territories undo the everyday and upset ‘normal life’? Contemporary military occupations reveal themselves as evolving processes of dominance, relying on the creation of physical, bureaucratic and symbolic restrictions. This affects people’s possibilities to form and maintain family relations and obligations, including living arrangements and care, honouring dead relatives, fulfilling marriage ideals and reproductive normalcy. Kinship is connected to a sense of social continuity between generations and over time. When the normal flow of life is shaken, new ways of understanding and being in the present as well as remembering the past and re-imagining the future might occur.

With this panel, we ask how hybrid strategies of dominance by occupying powers undo ‘normal’ lives, and create new conditions for, and forms of, interpersonal relations. How is kinship performed and lived under these circumstances? Which counter-strategies are employed? How is social continuity disrupted and re-established? We invite papers exploring these and related questions, and aim to engage in a comparative discussion of efforts to do kinship and family in contexts where these are affected, or undone, by military rule.

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Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -