IP07
Radical collaborations: a relational approach to social transformation

Convenors:
Marjorie Murray (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Stine Krøijer (Copenhagen University)
Helene Risør (Universidad Católica de Chile/Copenhagen University)
Discussant:
Piergiorgio Di Giminiani (Pontificial University of Chile)
Format:
Invited panels
Location:
S-236
Start time:
1 August, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

By considering the radical as a relational concept, this panel explores the consequences of "radical collaborations", focusing on people's everyday practices, within alliances among actors in social movements, non-governmental organisations and insurgent political groups, and within academic thinking.

Long abstract:

The panel aims at exploring practices of radical collaboration. The radical can be understood as related to the fundamental nature of something and as a stand for thorough transformation. Radical is thus a concept entailing determinacy and indeterminacy of the future and the world it aims to transform. In either way, we consider the radical to be a relational concept as its definition lies in the relation or opposition to other possible conceptualizations, ideologies, practices and forms of life. Considering this relational characteristic of the radical, the panel sets its focus on what we term "radical collaborations", aiming at exploring the consequences of radical collaborations by focusing on the emergence of notions and practices in people's everyday practices, within alliances among actors in social movements, non-governmental organizations and insurgent political groups and within academic thinking. We welcome papers that can relate to the following questions: What forms does the radical adopt? How do radical practices relate to other forms of life and engagement? What kinds of collaborations - positive or negative - are in play in these processes? In which ways do these relations (between persons, objects, natures, ideologies, etc.) friction? How are these processes experienced and in which ways do these experiences define social relations? In which ways does radical collaboration impact on intimate relations? Finally, we also aim to explore the recursivity of the notion of the radical in anthropological analysis: Do we need a radical departure from established social theories in order to understand what radical means?