W069
Uncertainty and disquiet in the Mediterranean region

Convenors:
Jutta Lauth Bacas (University of Malta)
William Kavanagh (CEU San Pablo University, Madrid)
Stream:
Location:
V506
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The MedNet workshop calls for papers on the ethnography of uncertainty, based on research in the Mediterranean region in contexts of catastrophe, violence and loss of significant dimensions of individual or collective identities or referring to interactions and strategies to master uncertainty.

Long abstract:

The countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea are at present undergoing a period of tremendous uncertainty, manifesting itself in the enduring economic crisis in southern Europe and the radical political changes in the Maghreb and the Middle East. It is in this context of varied and uncertain outcomes that the workshop organised by the EASA Mediterraneanist network (MedNet) - but open to all members of EASA regardless of whether the paper presenter is a member of MedNet or not - calls for contributions to the ethnography of uncertainty and disquiet based on anthropological research in the Mediterranean region in contexts of catastrophe, violence and loss of significant dimensions of individual and collective identities related to these crises. Understood in a very broad sense, dimensions of uncertainty can be found not only in political transformation or financial crisis, but in other forms of social interactions as well, for example in processes of migration, border crossings, health related issues or others, to which paper givers may address themselves. Contributions to the workshop might also refer to social interactions and individual or collective strategies to master uncertainty (including routines related to religious rituals) as well as to the perceptions and reflexive capacity of actors to understand and to react in various ways to 'what is going on' in various countries of the Mediterranean region.