*Call for Papers for a Panel for the 2013 American Anthropological Association Meetings in Chicago (feel free to redistribute)*
*Organizers: Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar (Emory University) and Kathryn Graber (Indiana University)*
Discussant: Alaina Lemon (University of Michigan)*
*Panel Title: Crises, Futures, Publics: Europe from the Margins*
This panel brings together scholars working at the geographic margins of Europe whose research critically reconsiders the boundaries of Europe and Europeanness. Current media and political focus on “Europe in crisis”
recalls longstanding questions about fragmentation, belonging, and the contested boundaries of Europe. Debates about what places, peoples, and practices belong in Europe are closely linked to questions of temporality. How is Europe changing? How does the inclusion or exclusion of
marginal places shape Europe’s future? In what sense are imaginaries of various national pasts and futures tied to ideas of being European, or of not being European? Thinking about Europe from the margins also entails reconsidering Europe’s publics. How do people at the edges of Europe claim,
negotiate, or refuse European inclusion? How do they imagine European publics? Papers in this panel so far are based on sustained ethnographic research in diverse border regions—from Croatia, Turkey, and southern Spain to North Africa across the Mediterranean and Asian Russia in the east.
These views from Europe’s margins give us ethnographic purchase on experiences of transnationalism and contemporary articulations of what it is to be “European” from those people for whom the question is most salient. We are looking for additional papers that draw on ethnography of Europe’s margins to explore questions about the scale and scope of Europe, European futures (and pasts), Europe’s geographic boundaries and identities vis-a-vis neighboring regions, negotiations of who counts as part of Europe’s public(s), and the political stakes of asking and answering such
If you are interested in participating please send a paper abstract of no more than 250 words to Mikaela (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, March 31st.
Kathryn Graber, Ph.D.
Dept. of Central Eurasian Studies
Dept. of Anthropology
Goodbody Hall 141 (CEUS), 1011 East 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005, USA
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