Call: States of Mind and the City. Place and Wellbeing (15-17 Oct. 2014, Istanbul)

The symposium will bring together multidisciplinary perspectives on the geographically interpreting of well-being in urban settings by drawing on past, present, formal, confined, improvised, informal, fictional and lived therapeutic landscapes. The examples range from mental institutions to coffeehouses up to soundscapes or the city skyline.

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PhD position in Amsterdam for those who research on Israel

PhD candidate (Israel) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Source: Publication date 28 March 2014 Level of education University Salary indication €2,083 to €2,664 gross per month Closing date 15 May 2014 Hours 38 hours per week Vacancy number 14-106 The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is one of the Departments in the FMG. Research and education are carried out by special institutes. Research takes place under the aegis of theAmsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), a multidisciplinary research institute, the biggest one of its kind in the Netherlands and possibly in Europe. The broad scope and pluralism of our education and research programmes are inspired by and reflect a strong degree of internationalisation. The AISSR and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam are looking for a PhD candidate who will participate in the ERC-funded research project ‘The Social Life of State Deportation Regimes: the case of Israel’, directed by Dr. Barak Kalir. Project description The project examines the implementation process of the Israeli deportation regime, which comprises deportation policies, procedures and campaigns. It will generate a fine-grained ethnography of the everyday implementation of the deportation regime by studying two pivotal groups that shape and influence deportation practices on the ground: on the one hand, street-level agents and civil servants (police agents, personnel in detention centers, officials in asylum division, etc.), who are assigned the task of defining, locating, detaining and deporting irregular migrants; on the other hand, civil-society actors (local and international NGOs, grassroots movements, religious organizations, etc.), who assume the role of representing the cause of irregular migrants, protecting their rights, assisting them and preventing their deportation. The project will make an original contribution to the anthropology of the state, by bringing to light the agency of those who exercise discretion in interpreting laws and policies at the ‘implementation interface’. The PhD candidate will be based in Amsterdam at the AISSR and will conduct up to 18 months of fieldwork in Israel. The AISSR offers a stimulating intellectual environment across several social science disciplines. Tasks Conduct ethnographic field research; write and complete a PhD dissertation within four years; participate in the AISSR PhD programme; 10% teaching (contingent upon availability); participating in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities. Requirements Phd candidates should have the following credentials: a completed MA degree in anthropology or closely related discipline such as qualitative sociology or human geography; relevant (ethnographic) fieldwork experience; ideally in Israel and/or on topics related to deportation, irregular migrants, state agents and civil society activists; excellent written and spoken English and preferably additional linguistic skills relevant to Israel; ability and...

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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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