Call for Panels: SIEF 2015 in Zagreb (Croatia)

The SIEF organizers have just opened their call for panels. The theme of the conference is ‘Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century’. Application deadline will be the 9th November.

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Reading material for autumn school

For the Wednesday workshop on Life Histories Lieblich, Amia: Narratives of Positive Aging. Seaside Stories: link. Bilu, Yoram. Without Bounds. The Life and Death of Rabbi Ya’aqov Wazana:  part 1 / part 2. For the Thursday tour in Jaffa and the weekend trip to Haifa Dan Rabinowitz and Daniel Monterescu. Reconfiguring the “Mixed Town”: Urban Transformations of Ethnonational Relations in Palestine and Israel: link. Andreas Hackl Social anthropologist and journalist with a focus on urban issues, displacement and mobility in the Middle East....

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Reading material for autumn school

For the Wednesday workshop on Life Histories Lieblich, Amia: Narratives of Positive Aging. Seaside Stories: link. Bilu, Yoram. Without Bounds. The Life and Death of Rabbi Ya’aqov Wazana:  part 1 / part 2. For the Thursday tour in Jaffa and the weekend trip to Haifa Dan Rabinowitz and Daniel Monterescu. Reconfiguring the “Mixed Town”: Urban Transformations of Ethnonational Relations in Palestine and Israel: link. Ruth...

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Who cares about Selfies? It’s the #Otherie, stupid!
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Who cares about Selfies? It’s the #Otherie, stupid!

A fieldnote from Tel Aviv, Israel (July 2014):
People take Selfies, but armies and states in war rely on #Otheries: the one-dimensional focus on the Other, as a target, as an object of war. A note on Othering in the current Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza.

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Who cares about Selfies? It's the #Otherie, stupid!
Jun30

Who cares about Selfies? It's the #Otherie, stupid!

A fieldnote from Tel Aviv, Israel (July 2014):
People take Selfies, but armies and states in war rely on #Otheries: the one-dimensional focus on the Other, as a target, as an object of war. A note on Othering in the current Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza.

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CFP – Im/mobilities and boundaries: an ethnographical approach

Call for submissions for an edited volume Im/mobilities and boundaries: an ethnographical approach International Doctoral Programme “Transformations in European Societies”Sabina Leoncini, Julia Schwarz, Andreas Hackl, Miriam Gutekunst Mobility has emerged as a central element in contemporary understanding of modernity and change. The objective of this edited volume is to demonstrate that immobility is a structural phenomenon characteristic of different border regimes and equally critical to contemporary insight. Many attempts to understand current transformations through the lens of mobility have often been blind to the idealistic notion of a “mobility paradigm”. The norm of mobility creates social constraints and global hierarchies. While a part of the global population seems to increasingly live in a borderless world, for many exclusion and immobilization continue to operate, separate and marginalize. A situation that is often viewed as liberating and beneficial could actually be, in a global context, unequal and subject to hegemony. In a border regime power and social differentiations are implemented so that people who lack the freedom to move are both economically and socially disadvantaged. We seek to analyze mobility through its opposite: immobility. Moreover, we would like to discover the fluid interconnections between the two, thus speaking of im/mobility as describing two simultaneous aspects of the same thing. Evidently, there are power structures behind mobility: We can observe that, particularly in times of hypermobility, boundaries are created, modified and consolidated. These boundaries may have a physical dimension, like a fence or a wall, but they always exist on multiple levels: Boundaries are cultural phenomena with a “social character”. They are not just demarcation lines but rather border zones which denote specific dynamics, rules and cultures that are becoming particularly powerful and visible for people in transition from one place to another, from one job to another, from one identity to another. Boundaries are negotiated, crossed, experienced and modified. At the same time we have to be aware of the risk of a new division developing in the world: a divide between people with freedom of mobility and those without. Mobility can often be the key to crossing boundaries. Mobility has become a key metaphor for physical movement. However, one of our fundamental assumptions is that the analytical relevance of this concept goes far beyond such a narrow view. Therefore, we would like to scrutinize the contemporary theory on mobilities from a critical ethnographic perspective, shedding light on the many fields of modern life where (im)mobility operates as a sociocultural phenomenon: mobility in virtual space or in the financial market; in (forced) migration, tourism and multi-localities; the role of imaginaries of (im)mobility and the relationship between mobility and immobility; mobility in...

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