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Counter/memories of empire and race: decolonial futures of liberation? [Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network] 
Ezgi Guner (University of Edinburgh)
Damani Partridge (University of Michigan)
Antony Pattathu (University of Tübingen)
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Antony Pattathu (University of Tübingen)
Mihir Sharma (Universität Bayreuth)
Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo (University of Bremen)
Damani Partridge (University of Michigan)
Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel calls for an anthropological investigation of empire in relation to memory and counter-memory work. It invites papers that engage with questions of temporality, raciality and affect in rethinking imperial pasts and decolonial futures.

Long Abstract:

Memories and legacies of empire have been a subject of anthropological inquiry for some time, revealing the contestations between states and multiple subjects, non-, and anti-citizens. Anthropologists have also pluralised the study of empire by analyzing imperial formations outside of the West.

Past empires haunt not only the present, but the collective future as well. Memory sites in which past traumas such as slavery, colonialism and genocide are commemorated might solidify state interests as opposed to creating new decolonial futures. Decolonizing language and agenda are increasingly co-opted by hegemonic powers to justify non-liberatory political projects or ends. The work of counter-memory is about contesting dominant narratives of history and heritage as much as their corresponding visions for political futures. This panel will bring together anthropological investigations of empire that critically examine the competing temporalities, racialities and affects of memory and counter-memory work. What kind of affects and post/anti/imperial futures are evoked by the memories of fallen empires? How does the analytics of raciality shape the memories of empire and the empires of memory?

What does memory look like that does not necessarily serve the interests of nation-states but is more centered on serving the future of the dispossessed? What does it mean to remember not only to not do it again, but also to think differently about the future from the perspectives of those affected by what persists as atrocity? How can memory be attached to liberation? We call for papers that seek, through socio-cultural anthropological investigation, to rethink memory.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -