[oberlist] FR* cfp: Post-Socialist Solidarities, Panel for the EASA 2012, Paris, 10-12 July 2012

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Subject: [BAN] CfP: Post-Socialist Solidarities, Panel for the EASA 2012,
Paris, 10-12 July 2012
From:    "Archer, Rory (rory.archer at uni-graz.at)" <rory.archer at uni-graz.at>
Date:    Mon, October 24, 2011 2:33 pm
To:      "balkans at list.uni-graz.at" <balkans at list.uni-graz.at>

Von: Fabio Mattioli [mailto:picchy at gmail.com]

EASA conference 2012 "Uncertainty and Disquiet", Paris - Université de
Nanterre, JULY 10-12 2012

Call for PAPERS:

Workshop: How to survive transitional chaos: new post-socialist solidarities

Short Abstract: The panel focuses on post-socialist societies, exploring
not only the violence of transition but also the productive moments
whereby new solidarities are elaborated. By not focusing on a specific
region, the panel aims at discussing the future(s) of the concept of
Convenors: Caterina Borelli (Universitat de Barcelona), Fabio Mattioli
(CUNY Graduate Center)
Chair: Katherine Verdery (CUNY Graduate Center)

if you're interested in submitting a paper, please follow the link at
Deadline: NOVEMBER 28 2011

Long Abstract

This panel focuses on so-called post-socialist societies. In the last two
decades, anthropologists have underlined the problems posed by transitions
from socialism. Far from being an untroubled one-way process, transition
has often carried with it profound instability, if not chaos. Many authors
have stressed how the vagaries of the new market economy have had a
disruptive effect on previous social relations, institutions and networks.
Seeing the uncertainty and unpredictability of everyday life in
post-socialist societies, anthropologists have described transition as a
violent process of restructuring socialist society - a theme easily
forgotten by western "transitology".

This panel sets out to expand such contributions, exploring transitions as
productive moments. While recognizing the common experience of harsh
transformation, we focus rather on the creative ways people inhabit their
new situation. We examine the multiple paths through which people
reconfigure the socialist past in alternative strategies for the present.
We look at the new forms of solidarity that have been patched together
during the transition, i.e. political actions, networks of informal
economy, collective expressions of many-sided sensibilities. Because
"postsocialism" is no longer a region-specific condition, we aim at
generating a wider debate about its own "post" - under the rubric of the
new: new forms of social cohesion, contestation and organization of civil
society; alternative visions and practices of politics; emergent meanings
of sociality, authority, and leadership. Looking at transitional chaos in
its creative aspects, the panel explores the way the "first post-socialist
generations" reshape the prior order in pathways towards the future.

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