P141
The (im)mobility of race: European perspectives [Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network]

Convenors:
Damani Partridge (University of Michigan)
Markus Balkenhol (Meertens Instituut)
Jasmijn Rana (Leiden University)
Format:
Panels
Location:
SO-E413
Start time:
16 August, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will work through the relationships between race and mobility. How mobile are the concepts of race and racialization? How does race limit and how does it enable movement? How do race and racializing processes affect the conditions under which people move?

Long abstract:

Race continues to be central to how people move or get moved in contemporary life. In its affective, physical, and figurative dimensions, race continues to move people. Beyond the movement of bodies, race also moves in and through social media, policing, security networks, forensic and biological sciences. This panel's main concern is to explore anthropological ways of understanding the role of race in current modes of mobility. In these complex circumstances, race becomes itself a mobile concept as well as a lived reality that is both durable and constantly in flux. We propose a panel to examine race not as a fixed thing, but as a social process, always in the making, unfolding its continued power relations as both malleable and slippery for some and seemingly fixed for others depending on when, if, and how they move. How can one understand race both as a category of everyday life and a means for social analysis? Can an anthropological approach reconcile the mobility of race as a concept on the one hand and the role of race in social issues of mobility on the other hand? This panel welcomes both ethnographic and theoretical papers to explore these issues from a European perspective.