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Message posted on 11/11/2019

CFP - Mobilities and Care, Vienna Ethnography lab, July 2020

Dear All, Please see below a CFP for a lab of interest to many on this list !

Best Your ANTHROMOB team


The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Department of So= ciology at the University of Vienna invites applications for: https://ksa.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/i_ksa/PDFs/CfP/CfP_5th_Ethno= _Lab_Mobilties_and_Care_2020_final.pdf

Mobilities and Care. Transformations of belonging and inequalities 5th Vienna Ethnography Lab, 2nd - 4th of July 2020

Mobility is inextricably linked to care. As people move from rural to urban= areas, from one country to another, up and down social hierarchies, their ways of caring in= families, across borders and between generations change, in turn feeding into new ways of be= longing as well as transforming inequalities. Often these processes are experienced as= challenging. Care is then temporalized and moralized as something that existed in the pa= st but got lost due to mobility. It thus becomes marked as uncertain or lacking due to, for= example, longdistance mobility and female labour participation. But mobility is also seen as a so= lution to care gaps as in regards to care migration or retirement migration. Such mob= ilities can transform gender and generational forms of caring. But they might also sust= ain them as well as ethnic categorizations and hierarchies. Care negotiations within fa= milies and beyond (as in discourses of humanity) thereby generate diverse forms of bel= onging from kinship to citizenship. These forms of membership encompass formal rights a= s well as the symbolic negotiation of access and participation mediated in diverse settin= gs ranging from intergenerational contact in families, to state welfare agencies. The recog= nition of the ambivalence of care mobilities moves the conversation beyond whether they a= re good or bad and entails reaching out to ask questions of memory, classification and= (in)equality. Most often these dynamics of potential absence and presence that constitute= care through mobility are investigated in distinct fields of research. The laboratory's = goal is to bring diverse strand of research together and provide a forum for intensive discu= ssions of young scholars' ongoing or recently completed research on these topics. The focus= will be on questions of how new forms of mobility may trigger social transformations b= y challenging established hierarchies and/or by creating new inequalities. Possible examp= les include (but are not limited to): changes to care and belonging due to forced migra= tion, "regimes of care" such as humanitarianism, retirement migration and female out-migratio= n as they are negotiated respectively in refugee camps, retirement homes and welfare offi= ces. The laboratory offers a selected group of advanced PhD students and young p= ost-doctoral scholars (max. 12 participants) the unique opportunity to discuss their wor= k with two distinguished guest scholars and present their findings and ideas at an int= erdisciplinary forum. Guest Scholars 2020 Prof. Angela Garcia (Stanford University) Prof. Laura Merla (UC Louvain)

Organisers Prof. Tatjana Thelen (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology) Prof. Christoph Reinprecht (Department of Sociology) Monika Palmberger, DPhil (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, U= niversity of Vienna; Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre, Univers= ity of Leuven)

Application We invite prospective participants to send us their application by January = 15, 2020. Applications should include a short motivation letter, a short CV, an abstr= act (250 words maximum) and an outline of research results (up to 5 pages) to be presented= at the laboratory. Please send your application to: barbara.kleiser@univie.ac.at All applicants will be notified of the selection outcome by March 1, 2020.

Format and Organization The laboratory is based on the discussion of pre-circulated papers, additio= nally to the guest scholars' input presentations. Participants should hand in their full= papers (up to 8000 words excluding the bibliography) to be distributed among all particip= ants by May 15. Participants are expected to read all papers in advance and comment=

  • together with one guest scholar - at least on one of them during the workshop in ord= er to initiate and open up an intense discussion. Coffee breaks and lunches are provided. = There are no participation fees; however please note that the organizers cannot cover tr= avel expenses or accommodation costs.
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