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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Lost in translation? Multifaceted solidarities in activist, research and humanitarian context


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 11:00 - 12:45


Room 2.103

In the modern world, there are still places and topics `attractive` as research sites and humanitarian `training ground` for specific social actors with their projects and interests:researchers, activists, representatives of the third sector (NGOs) or journalists. All these interests and projects are often perceived as a one-way relationship, in which specific `voiceless they` from the periphery and `fragile` societies, need to be helped. The panel aim is to shed light on practices that create possible solidarities through those encounters, which engage reciprocal communication and cooperation. Is the outcome of these practices solidarities as ephemeral acts or long-term utilitarian processes? Solidarities seem to be based on universal and objective principles, but often their understandings depend on a constellation of relationships between particular interests, subjective perceptions or implementations someone`s goals. We want to examine what meanings solidarities have and how they work in various fields and contexts (media, science, the civil sector, the state, everyday life). The confrontation of all faces of solidarity through different actions/cases can bring answers to how solidarities become viable and effective, not just empty terms. The various social actors imagine some form of solidarities, but are not these ideas often `lost in translation`? We invite all papers drawing on ethnographic research that will adress the topics as follows: meanings of solidarities in the context of academics` careers, activism, and humanitarianism; reciprocity of giving and assistance (subject/object); tactics applying solidarities (media, researchers, activists, volunteers) / solidarity insiders; centres of power, responsibility, and interest.


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    • Dr. Lukic Krstanovic, Miroslava (Institute of Ethnography SASA / Senior Research Associate)
    • Dr. Sztandara, Magdalena (nstitute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology Jagiellonian University in Cracow)

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Solidarity as a rhetorical trope, as a call and an interpellation plays an important yet ambiguous role in solidifying communities, as it advocates for interdependence and full inclusion, and at the same time solidifies the exclusionary “we”. The ambiguous role solidarity (calls) can play within communities becomes especially obvious today, in neoliberal regimes, where, as I will show in the c ... More
Presented by Dr. Jelena VASILJEVIC
One of the most differently understood films by controversial film director, poet, writer and publicist, Pier Paolo Pasolini is Gospel according to Matthew filmed in 1964. Praised and criticized equally by religious people and atheists, this film has been, with no doubt, differently understood. However, the issue that I am most interested in this paper is Pasolini’s compassion and the promotion ... More
Presented by Dr. Lada STEVANOVIC
The aim of this presentation is to explore and strengthen the linkages between collaborative research-creation methods and “imaginative ethnography” (Elliott and Culhane 2017), as these are practised within performance studies and anthropology. Research-creation uses performance and its creation as collaborative, participatory, embodied, and improvisational approaches to knowing (Arlander et a ... More
Presented by Dr. Rajat NAYYAR on 29/8/2019 at 9:20
The codification of humanitarian actions and solidarities belongs to the broader area of social politics, state policy and the civil sector. While humanitarian aid is more focused on concrete situations, solidarity is based on universal principles, often with fluid meanings and perceptions. On the one hand, social politics in a period of transition has a problem with networking to stay in the posi ... More
Presented by Dr. Miroslava LUKIC KRSTANOVIC on 29/8/2019 at 12:20
I will discuss certain methodological issues raised in the study of groups which engage in the promotion of migrant's self-organisation and for whom solidarity is a key principle of their approach. ​Doing research with social movements involves working closely with activists, following their categories of knowledge, and remaining open to being guided throught the re-definition of the world the ... More
Presented by Maria GIANNOULA on 29/8/2019 at 9:00
In general, ethnic solidarity tends to be strong among minorities as they can easily identify their common interests. The Hungarian minority has been one of the influential actors in Slovak society since 1989. They have established political parties to present their opinions in the national politics as well as voluntary associations and NGOs to act in civil society. These activities have involved ... More
Presented by Dr. Yuko KAMBARA-YAMANE on 29/8/2019 at 11:40
International development cooperation contributes to the creation of rich interaction among stakeholders throughout the world. The relationships between international development practitioners and local counterparts are often described as opposite ends of the spectrum of development cooperation between support providers and recipients, and seemingly end after the completion of projects. In some ca ... More
Presented by Dr. Yukimi SHIMODA on 29/8/2019 at 12:00
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