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Call for Applications: SIEF Summer School “Trusting Resistance. New Ethnographies of Social  Movements and Alternative Economies”, Tübingen, 24-30 July 2016

Venue: Hohentübingen Castle, University of Tübingen, Germany

Convened by: Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer (Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für  Empirische Kulturwissenschaft)

Funded by: the Institutional Strategy of the University of Tübingen  (ZUK 63), the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF),  and the CRC 923 on “Threatened Orders”

Deadline for proposal submission: March 20, 2016

Overview
This international summer school combines two highly debated topics:  trust and resistance. From protest to critical consumption, to the  do-it-yourself movement, to radical gardening or alternative health  care: when groups are formed in resistance to an ‘establishment’ or  ‘mainstream’, they often express a lack of trust in the ‘powers that  be’ – therefore, practices of mistrust seem to be constitutive for  such movements. On the other hand, within the group it is important to  establish trust in the alternative models being tried out. Thus, it  would seem that trust and mistrust operate in these cases as a dynamic  motor for change. Thinking about the conceptualization of trust and  mistrust will necessarily be part of the discussion. Is trust an  attitude, an ethic, a virtue, or a feeling, perhaps even an emotion?  From the ethnographic perspective, it makes sense to look at trust  and mistrust in connection with the practices that mobilize and  cultivate them. Thus, the summer school will also encourage the  participants to go beyond trust/mistrust to think about the role of  other feelings and attitudes important to the groups they are studying  as well. We would like to offer a space for exploring this dynamic  more deeply with PhD students and early postdocs working on research  projects in the above-mentioned areas.

We invite anyone taking an ethnographic approach to the culture of  resistance, studying social movements, political and consumer protest,  activism in its many forms, to participate in this summer school.  European ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists, cultural studies  scholars, sociologists, historians, and political scientists are all  welcome to apply. The focus is on looking at trust/mistrust at the  micro-level of everyday life and social interactions. This includes  not only attention to the practical dimensions of doings and sayings,  thinking and feelings, but also considering the importance of material  artifacts, sensory impressions, sounds, images, performances, rituals,  spaces, and places. Participants at any stage of their research –  including beginning PhD students – will have an opportunity to present  work in progress and to discuss central research issues. To ensure an  open and collaborative learning environment, the number of  participants will be limited to a maximum of 25.

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Call for Papers for two inter-linked, consecutive workshops under the theme of Subjects and Practices of Resistance to be held 9-11 September 2013 at University of Sussex

The first workshop (9-10 Sept) is on Discipline(s), Dissent and Dispossession and the second on Counter-Conduct in Global Politics (10-11 Sept).  The workshop convenors encourage attendance at both workshops.  However, paper proposals should specify the intended workshop and which days participants would be able to attend.

The workshops are generously sponsored and supported by the BISA Poststructuralist Politics Working Group (PPWG) and the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) at the University of Sussex

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Feministische Kritik und Widerstand – im Spiegel von Schlössern und Machtverhältnissen, Tagungshaus Schloss Rauischholzhausen, 12.-14. Januar 2012, von Inga Nüthen

Die Tagung „Feministische Kritik und Widerstand“ des AK „Politik und Geschlecht“ der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW) stand im Zeichen eines Dialogs zwischen Theorie und Praxis innerhalb feministischer (Politik-)Wissenschaft. Vom 12. bis 14. Januar 2012 wurde sich der von den Konferenzorganisatorinnen ausgemachten Herausforderung feministischer Theorie gewidmet, aktuelle Phänomene zu reflektieren und eine Rückbindung an politische Praxen zu leisten.

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