This workshop aims to put the processes of European integration into an anthropological perspective and collect accounts of their local and practical meanings.
The anthropological study of the political usually uncovers unexpected sites of the relations of power as well as casting new light on the symbolic and cultural groundings and connotations of the major political processes such as democratisation and Europeanisation. The aim of this workshop is to put the processes of European integration (which can be called a grand narrative of contemporary Europe) into an anthropological perspective. The knowledge of the cultural dimensions of these processes is becoming increasingly more detailed with the research of Abélès, Irène Bellier, Sharon Macdonald, Marion McDonald, Cris Shore, Thomas Wilson and other anthropologists. At the same time, European integration is popularly addressed in political, social and economic terms far more often than in terms of the cultural process it triggers and is led by. This in its turn has specific cultural effects. Thus, more accounts of the local and practical meanings of European integration from most recent and ongoing to most remote in time are needed. We would like to invite papers that include but are not limited to the following issues: everyday discourses of European integration; media narratives of Europe; mythmaking and storytelling in the process of European integration; humour in European integration processes; local impact of and local resistance to Europeanisation; functioning of borders and borderlands during and after accession; symbolic politics of European integration; supra-national organisations and projects in the creation of the European identity; the role of popular culture in European integration; the Other of the European Union; official symbols of the European Union and their local interpretations; memory and history of the European Union; evolutionism in Europeanisation policies; and European integration as the object of anthropological study.
Towards a common (in)security identity in an enlarged Europe: the case of German-Polish border police cooperation