The anthropology of international organizations

Jens Adam (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Michael Lidauer (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Education Theatre
Start time:
26 August, 2010 at 11:30
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Peace-keeping missions, humanitarian interventions, and internationally mediated conflict resolution are components of a growing global field that connects different localities, systems of knowledge, professional practices, and social groups. As engineers of such interventions, international organizations contribute to the development of new organizational cultures, to the production and flow of normative orders, as well as to the emergence of transnational actors' constellations. This workshop aims to explore the anthropological significance of such international organizations on the following three levels: • the transnational flow and moving of categories, concepts, values and metaphors in the context of such interventions; • the emergence of specific organizational practices and institutional cultures inside and surrounding international organizations, explored with the methods of an 'anthropology of organizations'; • the formation of fields of interaction, sites of encounter, and spaces of contest between the representatives of international organizations and ‚local' actors in the concrete geographical areas of such political interventions.