W034
Europe and the War on Terror

Convenors:
Pat Caplan (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Chair:
Cris Shore
Discussant:
Pat Caplan
Stream:
Worskhops
Location:
Wills 3.32
Start time:
21 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

How may anthropologists analyse the War on Terror? What concepts or methods can be deployed? This workshop will discuss these questions and compare responses to the War on Terror by various European nations.

Long abstract:

How may anthropologists analyse and understand a major issue of our time like the War on Terror, including its construction and consequences? Can well-honed topics such as risk, discourse, social control, witchcraft, xenophobia, violence, the state, global capitalism, human rights, evil, the body, the politicisation of religion and religious fundamentalism provide any useful guides? What about terrorism's theatrical or performance elements or the role of the media? Is comparison a useful technique to deploy, for example the different responses to the global War on Terror by various European nations and responses to these by people in and/or from others parts of the world, or the comparison of Europe with the USA? Can we compare the post 9/11 events with earlier forms of anti-terrorism? How may research on these questions be carried out, given that standard anthropological techniques may be inappropriate? And, given that we cannot escape the personal ramifications of the War on Terror, where does anthropological reflexivity lie? <br/>This panel will seek to discuss some of the above questions, but is by no means confined to them. Papers in either French or English are encouraged from a geographically and theoretically wide range of participants.