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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Solidarity in times of (in)security


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.160

In the context of current multiple global crises, a new tide of militarization promises security, providing a recognition of individual value based on belonging to protected groups. Multiple forms of grassroots and cross-class organizations operate this aspect of solidarity, often beyond territories covered by official security policies. Meanwhile, initiatives running counter to militarization and securitization propose a notion of security based on solidarity. For example, the Refugees Welcome initiative in Germany aims at fostering solidarity with refugees amidst societal debates on the insecurity that refugees are seen to cause. The Transition movement promotes a politics towards the climate crisis based in preference for local systems of mutual help, instead of top-down security measures. The centrality of security in current debates about climate, immigration, or economic welfare tends to obscure its silent pendant – the force of solidarity. The theorization of the complex nexus between solidarity and security in current reactions to global crises might be a major anthropological contribution to understanding and dealing with current crises. The panel aims at examining the relationship between security and solidarity, asking: - How do solidarities emerge and function in an age of (in)security, and how do they change or undermine practices and discourses of (in)security? - How do rationalities of solidarity and rationalities of security stand in contrast, opposition, or complementarity to each other, or, more ambiguously, in complicity with each other? We seek ethnographically informed cases which discuss these and other connex issues, aiming at theorizing the nexus between security and solidarity.


  • P 2.1
    • Dr. Ivasiuc, Ana (Justus Liebig University)
    • Dr. Gagyi, Agnes (University of Gothenburg)
  • P 2.2
    • Dr. Ivasiuc, Ana (Justus Liebig University)
    • Dr. Gagyi, Agnes (University of Gothenburg)

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This paper explores the rise and fall of two "democratic" policing programs in under-resourced favelas in Brazil. Based on six years of ethnographic research among police officers in Recife and Rio de Janeiro, I reveal the varying ways in which the state has implemented progressive policing models that successfully reduced violence rates. However, the recent election of a right wing government has ... More
Presented by Dr. Marta Laura SUSKA on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
The status of EU migrants, and more especially the already disadvantaged minority groups among them, remains uncertain despite the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in March 2019 looming ever closer. Roma, Europe’s largest and most persecuted minority group, are particularly at risk across an increasingly hostile and unwelcoming Britain. In this paper I will draw on my ongoing ethn ... More
Presented by Blair BIGGAR on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
Czech socially excluded localities (SELs) are pockets of urban marginality much smaller in size than American ghettos, French banlieus or British areas of multiple deprivation. All of these places are, to some extent, affected by drug economy and SELs are no exception. This economy brings into the dynamic of urban marginality two crucial trends: emancipatory and disruptive. It creates a livelihood ... More
Presented by Dr. Petr KUPKA on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
Europe has never been so secure and safe than it is today. The feelings of threat, insecurity and return of exclusivist solidarities have nevertheless substantially increased. The economic globalisation is considered the major source of insecurity and formations of new solidarity patterns in Eastern Europe are considered as particularly connected with the introduction of liberal capitalism after s ... More
Presented by Juraj BUZALKA on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
More specifically, of the various grassroots solidarity initiatives in the city of Athens, this paper focuses on those relating to sourcing food, namely no-middle-men markets and middle-class delis that reshape political foodways. The no-middle men markets operating around the city challenge pre-existing capitalist structures. At the same time, they bring Athenians closer to nature and to the ... More
Presented by Nafsika PAPACHARALAMPOUS on 28/8/2019 at 14:45
In 2015 the Israeli parliament legislated the Force-Feeding Act which allows the force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners. This legislation started in 2014 during the hunger strike of 80 Palestinian political prisoners, and in reaction to a massive 1600 Palestinian prisoners strike in 2012. The two consecutive Israeli ministers of Public Security who lead the legislation declared that the recurr ... More
Presented by Dr. Guy SHALEV on 28/8/2019 at 12:20
India adopted its own constitution on 26th January 1950. The constitution accepted the ideal of Secularism which implies full freedom and equal respect for all religions. The presence of large number of religious minorities is the testimony of the secular state. Indian Muslim women feel that they are exploited on the name of religion. It is observed that all religions legitimize the subordinate po ... More
Presented by Dr. BHAWNA on 28/8/2019 at 11:45
In the aftermath of the events categorized as “refugee crisis”, which I have been following since 2015, most European countries tightened their admission criteria for asylum seekers, leaving many individuals and families "out of the system" or turned, even if temporarily, “destitute”, under bureaucratic asylum procedures. As a consequence, asylum seekers had to learn how to navigate inform ... More
Presented by Dora REBELO on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
Presented by Dr. Ana IVASIUC, Dr. Agnes GAGYI, Alexandra SCHWELL - DISCUSSANT
Security and solidarity are often seen as contradictory entities. This is the position mostly presented by the so-called securitization or (in)securitization studies, although exceptions exist. This paper however aspires to show the opposite. Drawing from vernacular security studies and the work of Nick Vaughan-Williams and Daniel Stevenson on the disruptive potential of non-elite knowlerge, the p ... More
Presented by Dr. Václav WALACH on 28/8/2019 at 14:25
The Israeli organization Hashomer Hachadash (New Guard) attempts to fill a gap of security in Israel’s periphery that, in the organization’s words, falls prey to ‘agricultural terrorism’, such as theft and arson. This main mission is combined with moral education in the Israeli landscape that in the words of the organization ‘has forgotten its Zionist roots’. It frames itself as a bott ... More
Presented by Dr. Erella GRASSIANI
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