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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Imagining and Practising Solidarities in Urban Contexts [Sponsored by the Commission on Urban Anthropology]


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


Room 3.131

From sanctuary cities to urban social movements and community activism, cities across the world generate inspirational ideas and practices that challenge the effects of global social inequalities and environmental destruction. Many societies have a tradition of informal dynamics of solidarity. One thinks, on the one hand, of various kinds of charities but also of individual actions that are aimed to help poor urban dwellers. On the other hand, cities are also seedbeds of organized urban movements, which can be transnational in scope. We are looking for contributions which build on concrete projects and programmes, as well as on everyday practices of collaboration and solidarity in urban contexts, including case material and ethnographically-based analysis of: - Actions in support of the socially and economically disadvantaged, and politically marginalised; - Practices aimed at building cooperative relations in neighbourhoods among native and non-native residents; - Social activism and its potential political impact; - The construction of solidarity through heritage practices, including the social role of memory and of historical forms of cooperation; - The drive to creating more sustainable environmental futures. We are interested in forms of co-operation among different urban dwellers, which might extend to formal and informal forms of support and solidarity.


  • P 26.1
    • Dr. Cervinkova, Hana (University of Lower Silesia)
    • Dr. Prato, Giuliana (University of Kent)
  • P 26.2
    • Dr. Cervinkova, Hana (University of Lower Silesia)
    • Dr. Prato, Giuliana (University of Kent)

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This paper investigates imaginaries of solidarity that are apparent in contemporary Turin (Italy). It firstly provides a contextualized understanding of the concept of solidarity by retracing its many forms within the twentieth century’s social economic history and industrial identity of the city. It then examines the marks left, the continuities and discontinuities in the ways solidarity is con ... More
Presented by Maria VASILE on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
In December 2017 in Poznan, a group of local activists created ‘Jadłodzielnia Wildecka’ – a place where you can leave food which you do not need anymore and/or take food that someone left. In practice, a large part of the food is provided by Magda, often with the help of her friends, as well as local restaurants, bakeries and small shops. The original idea to create a space opposed to foo ... More
Presented by Agata STASIK
The paper aims at an ethnographic analysis of local forms of grassroots activism in a medium-size city of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. It challenges some scholarly literature that focused on the weakness of civil society and the lack of civil engagement in Central and Eastern Europe. It brings an example of new urban activism in Slovakia, focusing on the role and practices of urban activist groups ... More
Presented by Dr. Alexandra BITUSIKOVA on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
My presentation aims to bridge together two representations of the cities rarely connected by urban anthropologists: images and imagination. For Social Scientists, Social imagination in cities is often synonymous of marketing and policies of gentrification. Skylines, skyscrapers, images of old fashioned neighbourhoods and sea fronts are supposed to attract tourists, customers and investors. Capita ... More
Presented by Prof. Rautenberg MICHEL
"Based on research in the Polish city of Wroclaw (conducted together with my colleague and co-author Juliet Golden) situated in the Polish city of Wroclaw, we investigate the potential of urban actors as agents of resilience and social change, focusing primarily on practices related to historical memory and heritage. We focus on creative modes of engagement with the past by these agents. We are pa ... More
Presented by Dr. Hana CERVINKOVA on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
This paper is based on an ethnographic research that I conducted in the neighborhood of Hadar in Haifa (Israel), where Jews of different ethnic ancestry and Palestinians of different religions live together in what is commonly called “coexistence”. In Hadar I found that willingly or otherwise, people in the neighborhood are being subjected to a social practice of mixing. One of my main researc ... More
Presented by Dr. Regev NATHANSOHN on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
Urban settings are places where transnational social experiences and social remittances brought from oversees coexist among diverse immigrant communities and networks. I will try to explore social remittances (Levitt, Glick-Schiller 2004) and social capital (Vertovec 2009) brought to the host urban settings by the post-socialist immigrant workers as their lived experiences from overseas which be ... More
Presented by Prof. Vytis CIUBRINSKAS on 28/8/2019 at 11:45
In mobility studies researchers concern mobility mainly as practices, technology, infrastructure and capital that maintains or reproduce already existing relations (Bissel 2013). There is lack of research that would examine how mobility produce new forms of proximity and mutuality of being (Bissel 2013; Glick Schiller and Salazar 2013). The rise of network sociality is especially visible in urban ... More
Presented by Agata KOCHANIEWICZ on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
Sanctuary cities have policies and government agency protocols for administering benefits and services to all people regardless of their immigration status. They also have protocols to limit the degree to which they assist immigration enforcement officials in deportations. Such policies developed as a result of decades of grassroots immigrant and refugee organizing and policy implementation oversi ... More
Presented by Dr. Peter MANCINA on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
Based on the consequences of the economic crisis of 2008, the entrepreneur, philanthropist and Buddhist Libor Malý decided to fulfil the vision of improving interpersonal relationships and creating an economic system that is able to complement the existing market economy in case of a new crisis. Moreover, his aim was to change the current paradigm into the so called “paradigm of generosity and ... More
Presented by Barbora STEHLÍKOVÁ on 28/8/2019 at 12:20
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