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Recovering everyday life in an era of multiple crises 
Michal Sipos (Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Martina Wilsch (Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology Slovak Academy of Sciences)
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Anna Witeska-Młynarczyk (University of Marii Curie-Skłodowska)
Saturday 10 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

How do witnesses of current critical events absorb disruptions into the ordinary when they simultaneously encounter gradual violations? How do institutions enter people's remaking of a world? This panel promotes ethnographic theory to compare societal consequences of experiencing multiple crises.

Long Abstract:

Over the past years, critical events such as the global health crisis and wars connected with significant movement of refugees have impacted many communities and individual lives. These types of massive disruptions intersect with numerous institutions and have been accompanied by the emergence of novel legal categories, biosecurity strategies, and migration control policies.

Communities and individuals nowadays face the task of integrating these disruptions into the ordinary. They strive to recover the everyday while encountering gradual violations. Phenomena such as prolonged economic insecurity, ever-increasing debt, and steady environmental changes have equal capacity to disrupt imaginary certainties and transform fundamental social components.

If an ability to secure the everyday after disruption is an achievement (Das, 2007), what does it mean to recover the everyday in an era of multiple crises? How do witnesses of critical events remake a world when they are simultaneously subjected to various forms of slow violence that continue to bring disruptive moments into their lives? How do institutions enter people's remaking of a world? What forms of life emerge from the recovery of the everyday?

The panel welcomes papers that describe lives in various contexts, including but not limited to people who contracted COVID-19, war refugees, migrant care workers whose transnational arrangements were affected by novel policies, and communities affected by natural disasters. We particularly welcome papers that promote ethnographic theory. The aim of the panel is to enable a comparison of the societal consequences of experiencing multiple crises at the individual, interpersonal, and local levels.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -