Networking, collaboration and intimacy in the Mediterranean (Mediterraneanist Network)

Jutta Lauth Bacas (University of Malta)
Start time:
2 August, 2014 at 9:00
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Short abstract:

The panel of the Mediterraneanist Network (MedNet) calls for papers exploring social practices of networking and intimate collaboration, based on research in the Mediterranean region, in contexts of social change, political activism or other social fields, such as those using digital media.

Long abstract:

Social practices of networking as well as intimate collaborations and informal coalitions, important topics examined by anthropologists working in the Mediterranean, have shown to be of particular interest in understanding people's reactions and contributions to ongoing social and political changes today. In this context of reshaped or newly emerging collaborative practices of intimate cooperation and social networking in Mediterranean countries the panel organised by the Mediterraneanist network (MedNet) - 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 collaborative intimacies based on anthropological research in the Mediterranean region. Understood in a very broad sense, social networking, informal coalitions and forms of intimate collaborations can be found not only in social fields and activities related to radical political transformation or rapid social change, but in other forms of social interaction as well, for example, in using virtual communication on the Internet or the new digital media, to which paper givers may address themselves. Thinking of these interactions in terms of intimate collaborations also brings up questions of clashes, conflict and collusions in the research agenda, which contributors to the MedNet panel are invited to consider. Contributions might also discuss how a new understanding of the dynamics of networking in relation to the intimacy of cooperation and collaboration might reshape our anthropological concepts to better understand 'what is going on' at present in various countries of the Mediterranean region.