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B02
Geographies and anthropologies of the state: places, persons and nonhumans
Convenors:
Alice Wilson (University of Sussex)
Fiona McConnell (University of Oxford)
Stream:
Borders and Places
Sessions:
Monday 14 September, 16:30-18:00, Tuesday 15 September, 13:00-14:30, 15:00-16:30

Short abstract:

This panel will bring together geographers and anthropologists who have engaged with scholarship from each other's discipline to interrogate the nature of the everyday state.

Long abstract:

The sub-fields of political geography and political anthropology have, in recent years, seen an embrace of each other's approaches. Political geography has undergone something of an 'ethnographic turn' whilst political anthropology has increasingly engaged in questions of space, spatiality and territory. Recently, both disciplines have engaged in different ways with notions of the nonhuman. These dialogues have particularly enriched the study of the state and state practices. This panel will bring together geographers and anthropologists who have engaged with scholarship from each other's discipline to interrogate the nature of the everyday state. Across wide-ranging settings of political, economic, bureaucratic and technological transformation, ethnographic and spatial analyses have offered important insights into quotidian practices of state-making, as well as contesting the state. The panel's contributors examine spaces in which actors ranging from bureaucrats, diplomats, (ex)activists, residents of border zones, nonhuman animals, and the subjects/protagonists of new technologies of governance refashion themselves as well as competing notions of state power. Bringing scholars from both disciplines into conversation, this panel will address how to foster closer dialogue and collaboration between the disciplines.