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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.43

Dark Ethnography, Rejected Peoples and Unwanted Migrants: Are subversive solidarities and migrants a threat to Nation States?


  • Dr. Bobby Luthra SINHA - CONVENOR
  • Dr. Nirmala Devi GOPAL - CONVENOR
  • Prof. Anapurna Devi PANDEY
  • Prof. Susan Julia CHAND
  • Mr. Binny YADAV
  • Mrs. Jenelle ABRAHAM

Primary authors


"The recently surging inwards gaze depicted by the state with an accompanying rise of populism, far right and neo- fascist movements in Europe and America have signified a tightening regime of controls over migrants to these nations. Concomitantly has arisen an interest within anthropology to dwell on the implications of these phenomena all over the world. As the world witnesses 'unwanted migrants' and ‘rejected peoples’ (Weiner 1993) shuffle between ‘states’- literally and figuratively in more ways than one, the common ethnographic connections between secure and non-secure migrations are hard to be missed. A parallel rise of crimes related to substance abuse, trafficking, environmental offenses, terrorism and militancy raise two points of focus for researchers a) the harsh brutal dimensions of human existence that actors as migrants and rejected peoples face or build upfront into and, b) Emergence of deeply ethnographic and humanitarian solidarities between migrants and host societies over and above subversive socio-political scenarios and choices. How do social scientists and experts relate to this rapidly changing context of migration and challenges of working with two different sets of people: a) victims, negatively impacted groups, resistors to restrictive worlds of crime and, b) perpetrators categorized as, ‘criminals’, traffickers, ‘militant extremists’ or ‘terrorists’ who are ‘not necessarily liked’ by social scientists (Bangstad 2017). What challenges are faced when dark anthropology (Ortner 2016) is undertaken to study non-secure contexts of migration and how different are these from the everyday ethnography of actors in a secure environment of migration?"