W037
The local in times of change

Convenors:
Malgorzata Rajtar (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Esther Peperkamp (International University of Applied Sciences Breda)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
Humanities Large Seminar Room 1
Start time:
26 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

In times of crises people often turn to "the local" as presumably known and safe. Yet, migrations, new technologies and media have long challenged the notion of "the local". In this workshop, we seek papers based on ethnographic research, which address the production of locality in times of crisis.

Long abstract:

In times of crises people often turn to "the local" as presumably known and safe. Yet, migrations, new technologies and media have long challenged the notion of "the local" as well as political, religious and social orders that produced locality. Following Appadurai (1996), locality can be better understood "as a structure of feeling, a property of social life, and an ideology of situated community." This workshop invites papers that creatively address questions such as: How is the local and locality produced and reproduced in times of radical change? What strategies people utilize in order to sustain/reconstruct the notion of locality? How do certain activities, practices and technologies provide people with a sense of belonging? Can (a sense of) locality exist without its historical, spacial or temporal context? What is the relationship between locality and (the lack of) social, political or religious order? One can think of locals and local governments who are looking for ways to imbue land- and cityscapes with a sense of "home" and belonging; migrants who are confronted with a sense of displacement also after returning "home"; the use of media and technologies in creating relational instead of spacial locality, place rituals, etcetera.