W070
Transitions: movements in space and time

Convenors:
Susana Narotzky (Universitat de Barcelona)
Deema Kaneff (Birmingham University)
Chair:
Deema Kaneff, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Susana Narotzky, Universitat de Barcelona
Discussant:
Victoria Goddard, Goldsmiths College and Frances Pine, Goldsmiths College/Max Planck Institute
Location:
MVB 1.11a
Start time:
20 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

This workshop represents a collaboration between three European institutions: the Anthropology Departments of Goldsmiths College (University of London) and the Universitat de Barcelona, and the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology (Halle). The workshop will focus on the question of transitions, both from the perspective of regional and transnational movement and that of the (re)elaboration of social relationships in the context of radical social change.

Long abstract:

This workshop will focus on transitions. These are considered from the perspective of regional and transnational movements and the (re)elaboration of social relationships in the context of radical social change. Central to the discussion is how subjects articulate relationships, practices and locations while confronting extreme and unsettling situations. How do subjects make their life world in changing circumstances? Tracing continuities, identifying breaks in social practices and institutional arrangements in relation to both space and time, is crucial: to what extent do subjects make their world as before/elsewhere? Is their intention to create radically different experiences and build distinct life worlds? <br/>The first session (Pine; Kaneff) emphasises the dimensions of space and movement, looking at trans-regional and transnational migration and mobility. The session will explore connections across time and space, and the emergence of new forms of connectedness, tracing continuities and breaks in the experience of transnational subjects. <br/>The second session (Narotzky; Goddard) emphasises the dimension of time and memory, exploring how ideas, practices, connections and relationships might be drawn on to create or reshape life worlds in relation to shifts in the social and political landscape. We explore how past, present and future are re-articulated in the experience of historical subjects trying to find their bearings after a social conflict or crisis. <br/>Both sessions focus on post-conflict and post-transition situations, where the collapse of authoritarian systems and emergence of market democracies pose particular challenges. We envisage discussion of situations where time and space collapse, as in the case of European former socialist states. However, a comparative approach is encouraged and we welcome contributions from all historical and regional contexts. Abstracts should be addressed either to session 1 or 2.