Conferences – Call for Papers

Anthropology of re-construction: exploring and thinking the remaking of broken worlds

The Disaster and Crisis Anthropology Network invite paper proposals until April 9th, 2018 for their panel "Anthropology of re-construction: exploring and thinking the remaking of broken worlds" at the 15th EASA Biennial Conference: Staying, Moving, Settling. The Conference is taking place from 14-17 August 2018 at the Stockholm University in Sweden.

  • Date: 14.08.2018 – 17.08.2018
  • Institution: EASA
  • Location: Stockholm / Schweden


    Ignacio Farias (Humboldt University of Berlin)
    Susann Baez Ullberg (Uppsala University)


As the infinite conceptual variations around the Anthropocene and the ends of the world demonstrate, the catastrophic seems to have captured the political and the anthropological imagination. Disaster, an unfolding event marking and surpassing human times, seem to have become our contemporary condition. A fundamental practice of this condition is reconstruction of habits and habitats. If once reconstruction involved nostalgically restoring built environments and returning to normal, current practices and projects of reconstruction in the wake of crisis seem to involve an increasing number of actors and reflexive forms of problematizing and redesigning cities, ecologies and communities. Projects of reconstruction can be seen as processes of re-construction: assembling again and anew, but differently, as constant and always unfinished series of actions that involves both staying, moving, and (re-)settling. Re-construction challenges us also to recursively reflect upon the anthropological toolbox available and applied in and on such fields. Hence, this panel asks if the ethnography of re-construction necessitates a re-construction of anthropological concepts and methods, especially its modes of doing fieldwork and engaging with techno-scientific domains and multiscalar modes of social and political life. The panel invites papers that explore practices, discourses, projects and challenges of recomposing livelihoods, environments and modes of anthropological thinking in worlds of intrinsic crisis.
The convenors look forward to read your abstract, to be submitted through the EASA webpage ( before April 9th.

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