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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Beyond identities? Strategic solidarities in/of the political


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


Room 3.44

The late industrial condition features the entanglements of global and local, government and business, law and politics, nature and science. It embraces various social, cultural, political, economic and technical nested systems, which are all involved in multiple interactions (Fortun 2012). Effectively, the contemporary witnesses specific shifts in social movements, initiatives and events of various historically dispossessed subjects. Identity politics and political aims of formerly precisely defined social groups (e.g. indigenous people, women, the LGBT, workers, ecologists etc.), which for a long time shaped conventional types of activism, have recently given way to alternative political practices. This brought new forms of solidarities emerging at the intersections of previously distinct and (supposedly) distant social and political categories and identities. Thus, the political becomes an arena where more or less stable relations and affinities are being strategically forged to act for specific and elusive ideas of “social change.” In the process, “collective togetherness” of different temporal and spatial scales are being created (Dzenovska, De Genova 2018).


  • P 9.1
    • Dr. Baer, Monika (University of Wroclaw)
    • Dr. Keinz, Anika (European University Viadrina)
  • P 9.2
    • Dr. Baer, Monika (University of Wroclaw)
    • Dr. Keinz, Anika (European University Viadrina)

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After the refugee-protection crisis of 2015 in Germany, right-wing populists and extremists successfully fostered further politics of exclusion in Germany. At the same time, a veritably transnational solidarity movement fostered politics of socio-cultural inclusion, beyond identity-related boundaries with refugees and (post)migrants. Focusing this transnational solidarity movement exemplarily in r ... More
Presented by Dr. Felix HOFFMANN
The idea that families and people in housing need should not be placed in shelters, but in standard housing with social work support originated in the USA. It has been gradually adopted by European actors, among others by the group of young academic activists from the Czech Republic. In my contribution I deal not only with the acceptability of policy that was categorized as too radical for many of ... More
Presented by Dr. Hana SYNKOVÁ on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, residents of an affluent Washington, D.C. suburb staged a striking protest, flying rainbow flags from their homes when Vice-Present elect Mike Pence took up temporary residence in the area, in response to his homophobic and misogynistic voting record. Although notably few homeowners identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT), their flags rem ... More
Presented by Dr. Siobhan MCGUIRK on 28/8/2019 at 9:40
In spite of conventional thinking, politics and emotions are closely related. As “discursive public forms” (Appadurai 1990), emotions may channel capillary power of governmentality, which leads people toward certain political ides, positionings and acts. At the same time, they may also initiate grassroots political pressures against subjects socially and/or politically legitimized in the field ... More
Presented by Dr. Monika BAER on 28/8/2019 at 12:45
Transgender people in India face legal and social difficulties not experienced by common persons. Over the past decade, though LGBT people have gained more and more tolerance in India, especially in large cities, nonetheless, most LGBT people in India remain closeted, fearing discrimination from their families, who might see homosexuality as shameful. Reports of honour killings, attacks, torture, ... More
Presented by Ratnakar PALEI on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
Social movements aim at social change, and scholars of sociology, political science and anthropology have long considered the question of how to assess their outcomes. In this paper, I contribute to arguments that, to better assess the potential change created by social movements, we need qualitative studies of the social movement actors who attempted to change their society. I explore the outcome ... More
Presented by Olha ZELINSKA on 28/8/2019 at 11:45
In the times of “destabilised identity” (Erksen / Schober 2016), political identities become particularly distinctive strategic solidarities implemented in discursive declarations and performative practices, such as voting in elections, joining political demonstrations or campaigning online. What is more, political identities possess a public and ideological character; they engage imagination, ... More
Presented by Dr. Anna MALEWSKA-SZAŁYGIN on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
The future of civil society and prospective models of political development has been ongoing questions in Ukraine for years, especially after Euromaidan. Recent reforms may have led to a livelier public sphere, more active public debate and more intensive political participation, yet they seem to have done little to end the predatory and clientelistic practices of political elites. Meanwhile one o ... More
Presented by Justyna SZYMAŃSKA on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
In my anthropological research I observe the different negotiations of trans_gender in current Germany in different spheres - such as trans* communties, media, everyday life, medical and legal context - and put them into dialogue with trans* selfnarrations and autoethnographic insides. Based on this research I analyze in my presentation how solidarity and difference are negotiated and put in actio ... More
Presented by Marek Sancho HÖHNE on 28/8/2019 at 9:20
This paper aims at exploring the problem of the long-term impact of war and propagandain the Donbass region. It is also an attempt to trace how different sides of the conflict in Western Ukraine position themselves and how they use history and references to different events, not connected with the conflict per se, in creating discourse abot the war. Donbas conflict cannot be explained simply ... More
Presented by Marek BEREZOWSKI on 28/8/2019 at 10:20
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