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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Constructing Solidarities through Historical Traces


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


Room 3.134

Solidarity is seen as a concept that bridges “diverse modes of practice, forms of sociality and mechanisms of envisioning future prospects for people's lives” (Rakopoulos 2016). This panel explores the complex relationships between historical traces and solidarities. Drawing from a range of traces including landscapes, material culture and bodies, we ask what kind of solidarities are afforded or hindered by the concept of trace. We see traces as knots of history with an ambiguous auratic presence, located between forgetting and memory, repression and amplification, metonymy and forgetting (Napolitano 2015). What kind of solidarities are made possible by the existence of traces? How productive are traces in enabling diverse practices of solidarity? What forms of sociality are bridged by traces and which ones are torn apart? How are forms of solidarity produced through encounters with trace? In what ways, are these “intimate” or kinship solidarities, or perhaps ones aligned to the nation state (Herzfeld 2016)? What are the points of tension or discord generated by particular solidarities? How are traces experienced and performed as part of future-making exercises? The panel invites speakers with a range of ethnographic material, including anthropologies of history, state, religion as well as museum and material culture. References: Herzfeld, M. (2016). The Intimate Solidarities of Religion in the City. History and Anthropology, 27(3), 265-272. Napolitano, V. (2015). Anthropology and traces. Anthropological Theory, 15(1), 47-67. Rakopoulos, T. (2016). Solidarity: the egalitarian tensions of a bridge‐concept. Social Anthropology, 24(2), 142-151.


  • P 16.1
    • Dr. Buchczyk, Magdalena (Humboldt University)
    • Dr. Aragüete-Toribio, Zahira (University of Geneva)
    • Dr. Joyce, Aimee (University of St Andrews)
  • P 16.2
    • Dr. Buchczyk, Magdalena (Humboldt University)
    • Dr. Aragüete-Toribio, Zahira (University of Geneva)
    • Dr. Joyce, Aimee (University of St Andrews)

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Presented by Sonja DOBROSKI on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
This paper presents results of the research about folk art objects made by vernacular artists from local communities in Poland after The Second World War. Some of researched works are talking about the Holocaust as seen from up close, from a “bystander’s” perspective. The oldest found example is a painting from (ca.) 1948 by Sławomir Kosiniak from Zalipie, recently discovered in the archive ... More
Presented by Magdalena ZYCH on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
Presented by Dr. Magdalena BUCHCZYK, Dr. Zahira ARAGÜETE-TORIBIO, Dr. Aimee JOYCE
The purpose of this study is to examine the process of solidarity creation among the local people based on their relation with the relics excavated from Ban Chiang Archaeological site. This archaeological site is located in Northeast Thailand. It is a prehistoric settlement with funerary areas. Its discovery in 1966 was a sensational event for archaeologists and became a turning point for Ban Ch ... More
Presented by Marie NAKAMURA on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
I would like to present first theoretical implications and results of a research conducted in a grant Contested Sites of Genocide and their Influence on Collective Memory, Cultural Identity, Ethical Attitudes and Intercultural Relations in Contemporary Poland. The project investigates contemporary cultural and social functions of such sites of genocide located in today’s Poland that potentially ... More
Presented by Dr. Łukasz POSŁUSZNY
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Presented by Tina PALAIC on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
This paper concerns a phenomenon of amateur genealogy in the present-day Poland and societies of Polish roots. The overall objective is that increasing interest in the search of ancestors is related to specific ‘fashion” and the need for people’s own place in the so-called ‘Great History’. On this level, we can observe creating various real and virtual communities of memory, which create ... More
Presented by Marta RACZYŃSKA-KRUK on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
This presentation proposes a reflection on the traces of the historical battle of Hussein, the third imam and the spiritual leader of the Shiites, in 681 at Karbala (in present-day Iraq) on various aspects of the practices and beliefs of Shia and pious Iranians since the 1979 revolution. The traces of this legendary battle, revived by recent political leaders, and have continued to mark the memory ... More
Presented by Dr. Sepideh PARSAPAJOUH
Kashubian embroidery is one of the most important signs of the contemporary Kashubian identity. Its patterns are constantly reproducing in form of so called Kashubian patterns and as such exists like a marketing product. It is also invented tradition (Hobsbawm, Ranger 2008) built up on a myth that refers to the nuns from the XIII century Norbertanian Monastery in Żukowo who created Kashubian em ... More
Presented by Kamila DOMBROWSKA on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
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Presented by Alexandra STANIEWSKA on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
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