GRIP is contributing to the conference “An Unwell World? Anthropology in a Speculative Mode” organized by the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) of the UK and taking place in SOAS, University of London 11-14 of April.
Our present can be characterized as “an unwell world” given the last years’ developments that include pandemic, dramatic climate changes, outbreak of war and new armed conflicts, exacerbating inequalities, spiraling energy costs, and other maladies. This year’s ASA conference applies anthropologist descriptive mode of analyses to the current state of “an unwell world” and seeks to explore how anthropological knowledge might inform and envision alternative futures.
Elina Troscenko (GRIP) together with Giorgi Cheishvili (Oxford University) is hosting a panel session at this year’s ASA conference entitled “Towards New Political Imaginations in Europe?” which aims to probe into new kinds of visions of alternative political futures, new political moralities, categories and formations in Europe in the context of the Russia’s launched full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
A violent war has become a new everyday reality of Europe and many of the political, social and economic paradigms assumed to be unbreakable a short while ago, are now being challenged. New political alliances and solidarity networks, particularly in Eastern Europe, are being forged, acknowledging and claiming the power in – and of – the region. This has sparked new conversations about the long-standing tensions, power hierarchies and inequalities between the eastern and western parts of the continent, along with attempts to rearticulate relationship between the old and the new Europe. At the same time, reorientations away from Russia has brought about new discussions on closer and more just integration (infrastructure, economics etc.) of different parts of Europe.
Building on the ongoing work on how new political kinships are becoming relevant and speculations about (and calls for) a more eastern-centric Europe, this panel wishes to explore and map the new political imaginations fostering in Eastern Europe. Are there new forms of solidarity, political and social structures growing across the region? What do these networks and alliances envision, imagine and promise? How can anthropology contribute to exploring the new political imaginations in this volatile terrain? Are there new kinds of visions and imaginations of alternative political futures, new political moralities, categories and formations? In other words, this panel seeks to reflect upon the new networks of solidarity growing across the wider regions of Eastern Europe, and to explore their potentialities and possible trajectories.
The panel session will take place on Friday 14th of April 10:00 – 11:30 GMT+1 at SOAS, University of London and will feature contributions from Anete Ušča (European University Institute), Ketevan Khutsishvili (Tbilisi State University), Marina Sapritksy-Nahum (London School of Economics), Giorgi Cheishvili (Oxford University) and Elina Troscenko (GRIP).
For more information about the panel session, please visit the ASA conference website.