Call for Papers: Activism and the Possibilities of Justice. Anthropological Perspectives, Workshop of the EASA – Network “Anthropology and Social Movements”, University of Perugia (Italy), 26 October 2013

The workshop is organised by the “Anthropology and Social Movements” network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), in cooperation with Associazione Nazionale Universitaria degli Antropologi Culturali (ANUAC) and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (Queen’s University Belfast).

The unprecedented spread of mass mobilizations throughout the world let many observers no doubts: something “new” and still “without a name” is happening, argue distinguished left-wing scholars like Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. The unexpected “Arab Spring” changed regional and global Middle Eastern politics, considered as “static” and out of the way for activism beyond the Islamist movement; the world-spreading “Occupy” movements have set a new agenda highlighting the crisis of neoliberal austerity politics.

The almost universal reach of recent popular uprisings has made studying social movements “hotter” topic than ever, movement scholar Mayer Zald relates. With this development, themes and visions related to justice and solidarity evolved rapidly, has been re-interpreted by a diverse set of forces and has moved back at the forefront of global visibility. In this workshop, we aim to explore these possibilities of justice. What
contributions anthropologists do make to this effervescent scenario? With their interest in marginal settings and the world peripheries, which are the “out-of-sight” places and scenarios worth to have a closer look at? How can anthropologists relate activism to broader political forces? In this workshop, we aim to create both a comparative perspective and update and coordinate interpretative lenses.

The workshop will be articulated in two panels and will be concluded with a wrap-up round table. The first panel aims to critically map the scenario with a special focus on “peripheral” uprisings in the South. The second panel invites papers that offer fresh ethnographically and theoretically informed insights related to the recent wave of uprisings.

Deadline: 30 August 2013

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