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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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World solidarities in action - Anthropologies of revolutionary and other anti-systemic movements, past and present [Commission on Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 30 Aug 13:45 - 15:30


Room 3.134

"With global capitalism creating ever-intensifying environmental disaster and encouraging the rise of the extreme Right, it is of paramount importance for critical social scientists to assess and debate radical, fundamental alternatives to the current condition. This panel calls for papers that present in-depth analyses of historical and contemporary revolutionary and other anti-systemic movements. We call on presenters to assess successes and failures of such movements, either based on case studies or on comparisons thereof. We invite speakers to be bold. Empirical and analytical pathways could involve: -to expand on recent anthropologies of urban mass mobilisations (Kalb & Mollona) and counter-politics (Smith), -to assess what qualifies a given movement as anti-systemic, -to evaluate the im-/possibilities for revolutionary movements in past and present in the spirit of Eric Wolf’s Peasant Wars of the 20thCentury, -to grasp the specific ways financialized and other forms of capitalism condition the terrain of struggle for radical movements today, -to analyze when and how labor succeeds to confront capitalism as a racialized, gendered and imperialist system."


  • P 83.1
    • Prof. Steur, Luisa (University of Amsterdam)
    • Dr. Neveling, Patrick (University of Bergen)

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In the paper I analyze two events. The first one, known as "Black Monday", took place in October 2016. It was a mass demonstration (strike) of Polish women against the government announcements of tightening the abortion law. The second, which took place in July 2017, was the ""Chain of Light"" - a series of civil demonstrations all across the country against so called ""reform of the judical syste ... More
Presented by Dr. Wojciech DOHNAL on 30/8/2019 at 14:05
What happens to an anti-systemic movement that takes power? This paper analyses the Bolivian Movement for Socialism (MAS) party as it transformed from being a radical agricultural union criminalised by US drug war policies, into a ruling party responsible for governing the country. When coca union leader Evo Morales became president in 2005 grassroots members expressed hope at the new forms of pol ... More
Presented by Dr. Thomas GRISAFFI on 30/8/2019 at 13:45
The objective of this paper is to determine what role Feminism played for female activists in the Opposition in Poland during the 1980s. This paper combines methods to analyse source material, which are used in history with narrative interviews, more commonly used in anthropology. Four women, who were part of different opposition groups have been interviewed. The applied methodology opens the poss ... More
Presented by Natalie STASIEWICZ on 30/8/2019 at 14:45
Our paper argues that the resistance of the Greek people against the imposition of austerity measures and the moralisation of the state’s deficit as well as the global significance and inspiration drawn from the Zapatista struggle in Mexico remind us that radical movements worldwide can be considered interconnected through the struggle to free one’s subject position from capitalism’s subjuga ... More
Presented by Christian SCHIRMER on 30/8/2019 at 14:25
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