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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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(Im)Mobilising Longing: subversive potentials and seductive snares between distance and desire


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


Room 3.94

Practices, trajectories, and places of longing are keys to the imaginative horizons (Crapanzano, 2003) and the alternative utopias (Kiossev, 2013) of individuals and societies. Yet, if “belonging” holds a prominent place in contemporary Anthropology, the notion of “longing” has tended to appear in a more marginal position. This panel furthers a recent shift of perspective from belonging to longing that research on nostalgia, on hope and yearning, or on tourism and migrant imaginaries has initiated in the past years. We invite presenters to address longing as a human strategy, cultural technique, affective and possibly spiritual engagement with the world – one that operates across time and space and is able to transcend them through a negotiation between distance and desire. This panel suggests a reflection on global practices of longing and their moral, political, economic, and spiritual trajectories in the light of desired change, necessary resistance, experienced loss, and regimes of consumption (of mobility, imaginaries, romance). In the light of the overall conference theme of “world solidarity”, longing has particular relevance – acts of solidarity often occur hand in hand with shared senses or traditions of longing. Deepening the link with the congress theme, we call contributors to consider the subversive potential of longing, the seductive traps that longing can create, and the mobilizing capacity of longing for individuals and societies. We particularly welcome papers that explore longing as intersection of personal experiences, cultural environments of longing (eg. Sehnsucht, saudade, dor, akogare), and global narratives (incl. tourism, consumption, neoliberalism).


  • P 1.1
    • Dr. Wadle, Hannah (FairerTales)
    • Dr. Kaczmarek, Lukasz (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza)
  • P 1.2
    • Dr. Wadle, Hannah (FairerTales)
    • Dr. Kaczmarek, Lukasz (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza)

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A portray of a writer could present an individual, who spends long hours with their MacBook, puckering their forehead over a piece of prose. It is plausible that this image propels a large number of literary adepts in Japan to submit their novels for literary prize competitions in the hope of achieving the “privileged” status of a writer. While new candidates longing for the “writer’s life ... More
Presented by Dr. Beata KOWALCZYK on 28/8/2019 at 9:40
Mixed Jewish-Arab couples and mixed families living in Israel constitute social phenomena that have never been thoroughly researched up to now. Such families are a rare exception in our region and tend to be socially illegitimated by both societies. The study asks who crosses this social boundary, what are the living realities that such unions craft for the mixed family, and ultimately, can the ph ... More
Presented by Alice GAYA on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
Along the 20th century, mobilisation of arts for the Palestinian national struggle has been characterized by the nostalgia of an imagined and rural pre-Nakba Palestinian life. Nevertheless, recent researches have highlighted the way new forms of artistic practices in Palestine as well as in the Diaspora allow young Palestinians to create an alternative vision of the national struggle, distancing t ... More
Presented by Ana RODRIGUEZ on 28/8/2019 at 11:45
Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer, but also the second-largest consumer. As trade regulations ban the importation of green coffee, Brazilian consumers drink almost exclusively Brazilian coffee—but there is a small subset of dedicated coffee drinkers who desire and actively seek out coffees from abroad. As accessing these ‘gringo coffees’ leads to increased cultural capital, thi ... More
Presented by Sabine PARRISH
This paper explores the characteristics of people’s hope and longing for social change in two African states with contrasting political situations after democratization. Benin and Togo experienced common democratization processes, including a National Conference, a generational change of political actors, and the proliferation of private, pro-democracy radio programs. However, Togo has retained ... More
Presented by Dr. Masataka TANAKA on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
Polish migrants in Dublin, after they admit that they are rather satisfied with their socioeconomic situation and that the reason why they have left Poland was their strive for a ‘normal life’, when asked if they are planning to go back to Poland, usually say “yes, someday off course, but…” This is usually a pretext for long conversations about ‘what’s Poland like’, ‘how it shoul ... More
Presented by Dr. Łukasz KACZMAREK on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
In this paper I would like to explore the potentialities of thinking about longing as an activating force for migrant long-distance engagements. The unparalleled extent to which migrants help the home country from abroad can possibly be understood better if we look at emotions, affects, and desires: of being closer to what one longs for, of paying back what one feels one lost, of leaving an imprin ... More
Presented by Dr. Helena PATZER on 28/8/2019 at 9:20
It is a newly started survey report at a teddy bear hospital in Japan. This “hospital” repairs teddy bears just like human beings. Users are more adults than children. In psychiatry, it is considered as a kind of problem. However, anthropologists can see it from another view point. A teddy bear is stable in the predictable range as well as the feel when the owner touches, the expression, t ... More
Presented by Dr. Michiko SAWANO on 28/8/2019 at 9:00
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