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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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In the Vastness of Loss: Toward a Multiscalar Theory of Loss


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


Room 2.104

Humans experience, fear, and imagine loss across vast scales. For a child, lost toys or sleeping in a different bed might be as frightening and daunting as a large-scale wartime evacuation or apocalyptic scenarios of Earth’s annihilation. With the potential to be both harmful and generative, loss can be manifested as mourning, melancholia, nostalgia, sadness, trauma and depression or as ethical responsibility and a cunning affirmation of life. Our intention here is to engage with concepts of loss from grassroots everyday experiences to questions of a planetary scale. Bringing together potentially incommensurate manifestations, imaginations and articulations enables a creative multiscalar theorization of loss that will help us better understand the world in which we live. We invite papers that engage with scales of loss through diverse techniques and methods. Contributions may include works in progress – podcasts, short documentary clips, photos/art, music, dance, theatre, ethnofiction, reenactments of stories of loss and other imaginative formats. We welcome thoughtful, provocative contributions that push the limits of multiscalar anthropological explorations of loss.


  • P 75.1
    • Dr. Murphy, Fiona (Queens University Belfast)
    • Dr. Pipyrou, Stavroula (St Andrews)
    • Dr. Chatzipanagiotidou, Evi (Queens University Belfast)
  • P 75.2
    • Dr. Murphy, Fiona (Queens University Belfast)
    • Dr. Pipyrou, Stavroula (St Andrews)
    • Dr. Chatzipanagiotidou, Evi (Queens University Belfast)

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It was my own father's grave. Perhaps it was because of his unanticipated, early death, perhaps because I was way too deep in anthropological thought that made me feel weird experiencing what I came to think of as practices of burying the dead, of visiting the grave, and practices of mourning and grieving. I was well aware I wasn’t only observing my father’s passing away, but was immersed ... More
Presented by Anna HEITGER on 30/8/2019 at 12:25
Whilst climate change has slowly become a non-negotiable, solidly established reality amongst the scientific community and even policy responses, what lies ahead remains a contested ground for the majority of the people. Thus, lay responses to climate warnings vary from disavowal and disinterest to heightened sense of alarm and extreme fear. Nevertheless, climate change is already a terrifying rea ... More
Presented by Dr. Aet ANNIST
The death toll of natural disasters is enormous. Loosing someone close is a traumatic experience. During the catastrophe like Fukushima 2011, when the Japanese nation experienced one of the most tragic losses, the world was watching. Media everywhere were informing on the events hourly. The full coverage and technology made it possible to feel empathetic towards the Japanese. In the aftermath of t ... More
Presented by Marta JAWORSKA on 30/8/2019 at 12:20
Presented by Dr. Fiona MURPHY, Dr. Stavroula PIPYROU, Dr. Evi CHATZIPANAGIOTIDOU
Some miles outside a small Welsh town (beyond regular dog walking distance), a long, flat, brick structure rises ivy-clad from the undergrowth. It is a railway platform, station amputated, still awaiting trains that have not run in half a century. This paper begins with that platform, among the material remains of industrial infrastructure; it ends with a Welsh majority voting to leave the Europea ... More
Presented by Dr. Bryonny GOODWIN-HAWKINS on 30/8/2019 at 11:20
O Gaddi!! Don’t settle for the city…Even the lambs have found their path…there is no home away from home. The paper emerges from the folk songs of loss sung by the Gaddi (an indigenous tribe of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India) men and women lamenting over the rupture and chaos which urbanisation brought to the community. The Gaddi folk songs are anchored on the sense of community, bel ... More
Presented by Dr. Alka LALHALL on 30/8/2019 at 12:00
This presentation discusses how members of the Gülen community in Brazil have made sense of the critical conjuncture that fell upon the Gülen Movement and its charismatic religious leader, Fethullah Gülen, in the aftermath of July 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, for which he was held responsible by the Turkish government. The Gülen Movement is a transnational Sunni Turkish network that act ... More
Presented by Dr. Liza DUMOVICH on 30/8/2019 at 12:05
I will start this paper by asking about the impact of the moment of loss. The instantaneous experience of loss in childhood can last a lifetime. I then enquire as to how a singular moment can be definitive in losing a whole sense of historical belonging, losing one’s historicity. The displaced historical moment that is ostracised from the personal narrative of the past (thus also the present and ... More
Presented by Dr. Stavroula PIPYROU on 30/8/2019 at 11:40
Loss is central to Bolivian national consciousness. Every year on the 23rd of March, Bolivia celebrates "the day of the sea", and every day school children sing the Hymn of the Sea; both commemorate Bolivia's loss of their sea port to Chile in the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific. At other national civic events Bolivia's right to the sea is regularly mentioned. The collective understanding of the righ ... More
Presented by Dr. Jonathan ALDERMAN
When extractive industries enter rural communities they drastically change local spatial relations by making lived spaces into repositories of resources, of underground wealth and of land and water. Local people become affected by this in their daily lives in sometimes very differentiated ways regarding their envisaged loss and may choose to resist, welcome or remain passive towards, such projects ... More
Presented by Dr. Michiel KÖHNE on 30/8/2019 at 11:45
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