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Anthropology in contexts of crisis and conflict [Europeanist Network (EuroNet)] 
Patrícia Ferraz de Matos (Universidade de Lisboa)
Panas Karampampas (Durham University)
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Panas Karampampas (Durham University)
Patrícia Ferraz de Matos (Universidade de Lisboa)
David Henig (Utrecht University)
Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel highlights how anthropology was differentiated and responded to and studied specific historical moments (during the 20th and 21st cent.) due to the challenges brought by emergencies, crises, conflicts, instability or other severe societal challenges (such as war, violence, and austerity).

Long Abstract:

The world is constantly changing. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Unexpected and fast changes can trigger crises. Anthropology is one of the disciplines contributing to explaining the challenges that occur in extreme contexts of change (and that require rapid adaptation) – war, religious conflicts, migrations, environmental destruction, health crises, and financial crashes, some of them successive and interconnected (Salazar 2020). This panel calls for recent (20th century) and contemporary (21st century) examples of how anthropology and anthropologists were and continue to respond to emergencies or contribute to solving problematic phenomena that generate short-, medium- and long-term instability. We look for contributions on how anthropology and ethnographic methods were and are, on the one hand, used to investigate problems on the field that could potentially turn into wars, eminent conflicts or instability, and how, on the other hand, they can help to understand cycles of recession, and successive disasters (Barrios 2017) that have plagued Europe (and its borders). Inspired by recent readings on polycrisis (O’Regan 2023; Henig & Knight 2023) and the idea of anthropology for troubled times rather than anthropology of troubled times (Baldacchino and Mitchell 2022), we seek examples of how anthropology or the stimulus to the production of anthropological studies was differentiated in specific historical moments due to the challenges brought by emergency contexts (war, violence, political and religious conflicts, health crisis), potential instability or serious societal challenges (poverty, environmental risk, gender discrimination, unemployment, and lack of access to housing, healthcare, drinking water and food).

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