Embodying social and political transformations in borderlands: anthropological analyses
Anna Fedele (CRIA, University Institute of Lisbon)
Elisabeth Tauber (Free University Bolzano)
Migration and Borders
Aula 12
Wednesday 17 April, 9:00-10:45, 11:15-13:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This panel analyses how social and political transformations are embodied in borderlands (where ethnic groups share similar ecological areas and cultural habits but have been divided into different nations) with a specific focus on migration processes, ecological changes and shifts in gender roles

Long abstract:

This panel aims to explore the ways in which social and political transformation is embodied through cultural practices, norms and rituals in borderlands, in geographical areas where ethnic groups share similar historical experiences, ecological areas and cultural habits but have been divided into different nations as a consequence of wars, environmental catastrophes or other less dramatic geopolitical readjustments. How do these borderland communities deal with current transformations linked to global phenomena such as migration, ecological changes, shifts in gender roles? How do they mark these changes ritually and how do they adapt their social norms?

We are particularly interested in ethnographically grounded papers that explore these issues focusing on how social and political changes are embodied in the following contexts:

- Bounded spaces and its transformations (e.g. new infrastructural frames, transit and transport possibilities)

- Transgression and crossing of borders

- Ecological changes and the return of wilderness (e.g. ecological catastrophes,

reintroduction of animal species, establishment of ecologically protected areas etc.)

- Relationship to borderlands of humans and non-humans

- Ways of framing migration processes

- Embodied bordering related to ethnic difference

- Encounters with what is perceived or constructed as "otherness"

- Changing gender identities and gendered emancipation movements

- Experiences of liminality and rituals related to them

- Pilgrimages and religious processions

- Institutional rules on borders and local power relations