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Europe in times of uncertainty, risk and disintegration: everyday experiences and imagined futures 
Matthias Maurer Rueda (University of Basel)
Alastair Mackie
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Politics and Power
Friday 9 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

This panel explores how, within a context of crisis and uncertainty, lived experiences and imagined futures of Europe are transforming. It encourages rethinking the anthropological study of Europe through collaboration with post- and de-colonial research.

Long Abstract:

Amid an apparently continuous poly-crisis of internal divisions and external aggression, in which European integration can be reversed and the proximity of war can no longer be neglected, how is Europe experienced in the everyday, and what does the concept of Europe provide to visions for the future? Has the perception of loss and vulnerability reignited post-nationalist European ideologies, or should we start considering what happens ‚after‘ Europe, in a world where it has diminishing power and status. Building on a discussion held at the University of Graz as part of the doctoral programme ‚Transformations in European Societies‘, this panel will explore how everyday experiences of uncertainty in Europe affect post-national and/or post-European perceptions of the present and visions of the future.

We suggest approaching the uncertainties which are facing European lifeworlds as an opportunity to develop an anthropology bound, but no longer anchored, to Europe. The panel encourages participants to challenge the current tools of anthropology and to question whether thinking our way through – and potentially out of – Europe requires a revision of our basic approaches.

Within this framework, researchers of Europe – and the lived experiences of its inhabitants – are invited to discuss their findings, the limits they have encountered when doing research and new approaches they have taken. We particularly encourage theoretical and empirical contributions which incorporate tools and lessons from post- and de-colonial research to help us overcome methodological eurocentrism.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 9 June, 2023, -