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Anthropology of Economy Network Events

PAST EVENTS

The Moral Dimensions of Economic Life: Cross-Regional Perspectives

EASA Anthropology of Economy Network Workshop:
March 22nd, 2019 Pavilion Room, St Antony’s College, Oxford

Organizers: Nicolette Makovicky (University of Oxford), Jörg Wiegratz (University of Leeds), and Dimitra Kofti (Panteion University)

Forming the culmination of three previous workshops dedicated to the moral dimensions of economic life in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia (Oxford, 20-21/03/2019) and in Africa (Uppsala and Cologne, 14-15/06/2018 and 8-9/11/2018), this workshop sought to take a first step towards fostering cross-regional, comparative dialogue about the moral dimensions of capitalist restructuring and crisis, the dynamics of their contestation by citizens and social movements, and the historically grounded 'globality' of capitalist moralities. This one-day workshop followed straight after the end of “The moral dimensions of economic life in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia” workshop (Oxford 20-21/03/2019) where discussions included themes on religion, work and production, entrepreneurship, trade, household and debt and brought out discussions about approaches on moral economy, on political economy and about doing ethnography in the context of global capitalism.

The convenors introduced the theme and reasoning behind the workshop, and this was followed by three sessions which focused around the key questions ‘why, what, and how’ to approach moral economy research from a cross-regional and global perspective. The format of the workshop was discussion-based; the invited speakers presented short position papers grounded in issues which were responded by a panel of discussants and the audience. There were 25 participants from all career levels working on different regions. The majority were anthropologists, but the workshop also drew participants from the fields of sociology, regional studies, and political science. We aim to publish our discussions in the form of a Journal Theme Section. The meeting was co-funded by the University of Leeds, by the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and by the EASA Network Funding.

Image of workshop participants

Roundtable I: Why Cross-Regional Research?

Challenge: What does a cross-regional focus on the morality-economy nexus offer to our understanding of global capitalism? What claims and theoretical advancements are we after and why?

Respondents: Dr Peter Bloom (Open University), Dr Theodora Vetta (University of Barcelona), Dr Jeremy Morris (University of Aarhus), Dr Carna Brkovic (University of Goettingen)

Chair: Dr Tijo Salverda (University of Cologne)

Roundtable II: What Cross-regional Research?

Challenge: What social phenomena (structures, actors, and practices) are ripe for comparative, cross-regional moral economy research? What can be gained from studying the moral-economic phenomenon of concern across countries and regions?

Respondents: Dr Tijo Salverda (University of Cologne), Clare Richardson-Barlow (University of Leeds), Dr Zuzana Burikova-Sekerakova (Masaryk University Brno), Dr Elisabeth Schimpfoessl (Aston University)

Chair: Dr Theodora Vetta (University of Barcelona)

Roundtable III: How Cross-Regional Research?

Challenge: How should we undertake such a project? What models and methodologies show potential? What are methodical issues to consider?

Respondents: Dr Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins (Aberystwyth University), Dr Veronika Siegl (University of Bern), Dr Chris Swader (University of Lund).

Chair: Dr Peter Bloom (Open University)

15:30 – 16:30 Final Discussion and Closing Statement
Dr Dimitra Kofti (Panteion University); Dr Nicolette Makovicky (University of Oxford)
Dr Jörg Wiegratz (University of Leeds)


Deservingness - power, morality and inequality in contemporary Europe and beyond

EASA Anthropology of Economy Network Workshop
27-28 October 2017, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

Convenors: Jelena Tosic and Andreas Streinzer

The EASA Anthropology of Economy Network held its 2017 workshop at the University of Vienna, convened by Andreas Streinzer and Jelena Tosic. The theme of "Deservingness" focused on the transformations of power, inequality and morality in contemporary Europe and beyond. The core approach was to trace such assessments of deservingness in three ethnographic fields - refugees and migration, debt and austerity, and the privatization of care and welfare.

Workshop deservingness

The convenors introduced the theme in an introductory talk and on the following one and a half days, ten papers were presented on deservingness under the three themes. All in all, there were 20 participants from all career levels between PhD students and professors. Furthermore, the workshop drew participants from neighbouring fields such as political anthropology, feminist anthropology and the anthropology of migration.

Besides the highly stimulating intellectual engagement and work on the ethnographic papers and conceptual approaches towards deservingness, the participants enjoyed the leisurely sides of Vienna and took their discussions further to coffee houses and restaurants. The convenors are pleased with the effort and commitment of the participants proving that deservingness is a topic of high relevance that deserves to be made explicit in further ethnographic and conceptual work.

Workshop deservingness

Friday, October 27th

Introduction: Deservingness – Genealogies, Struggles and Ideologies, Andreas Streinzer, University of Vienna and IfS Frankfurt/ Main and Jelena Tošić, University of Vienna and University of Bern

DEBT RELATIONS - STATES, MARKETS AND DEBTORS
Insolvency, inequality and moral deservingness: the case of the Greek household-protection law, Theodora Vetta, University of Barcelona
Discussant: Carlo Capello
The Moral Economy of Debt: Contesting and (Re-) Regulating Household Debt in Post–Credit Boom Croatia, Marek Mikus, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/ Saale
Discussant: Esra S. Kaytaz

(UN)DESERVING MIGRANTS/REFUGEES
Deserving EU citizenship: The case of undocumented Italian migrants in Belgium, Jean-Michel Lafleur, Elsa Mescoli, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies of the University of Liège
Discussant: Patricia Matos
The construction of deservingness in co-ethnic and pro-refugee philanthropic actions in Hungary, Zakarias Ildiko, Institute for Minority Studies, HAS Center for Social Sciences, Budapest
Discussant: Don Kalb
Risk-taking and Deservingness in Migration: the case of irregular migration in Turkey, Esra S. Kaytaz, Coventry University
Discussant: Marek Mikus
Guests and other unwanted subjects: On im/moralities of deservingness between EU and Turkey, Sabine Strasser, University of Bern
Discussant: Theodora Vetta

Workshop deservingness

Saturday, October 28th 2017

CATEGORIES, POLICIES AND NEGOTIATIONS OF DESERVINGNESS
The politics of needs and rights: charity, deservingness and distribution in austerity Portugal, Patricia Matos, University of Barcelona
Discussant: Elisa Lanari
Here, morality is a sense of entitlement:” citizenship, deservingness, and inequality in suburban Atlanta, Elisa Lanari, Northwestern University
Discussant: Sabine Strasser
The Ritual Neoliberal: An anthropological insight into the policies of activation for unemployed people in Turin, Carlo Capello, University of Turin
Discussant: Ildikó Zakariás The relational politics of deservingness in the context of postsocialist transition and the rise of neo-nationalism of a national-socialist bent, Don Kalb, University of Bergen


EASA2016 Panel: Emerging economic futures: the intersections of informality and formality
Convenors: Alan Smart (University of Calgary)
Filippo Zerilli (University of Cagliari)


EASA2016 Panel: New trends in the anthropology of unemployment after the economic crisis in 2008-2009
Convenors: Francisco Arqueros (National University of Ireland
Patrícia Alves de Matos (University of Barcelona
Michele Fontefrancesco (università di scienze gastronomiche)


Network meeting Tallinn in August 2014
Our second network meeting was held in Tallinn in August 2014. In attendance were 24 people, 12 of whom were signing on as new members.


EASA2014 Panel: Local entrepreneurial responses to global forces: new and alternative enterprise re-configurations in times of crisis and economic hardship

The Anthropology of Economy Network also organized a panel at the 2014 EASA conference in Tallinn. Convened by Hugo Valenzuela, Allen Batteau of Wayne State University, USA, and Carmen Bueno of Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, the theme of the panel was ‘Local entrepreneurial responses to global forces: new and alternative enterprise re-configurations in times of crisis and economic hardship’. The panel was global in scope, with 7 papers presenting research on topics ranging from a family jewelry company in Hong Kong, women in Japanese management, music entrepreneurship in Yucatan, and the new Italian working class, to the transformation of Moroccan argan oil into a global commodity.


Workshop: Solidarity, reciprocity, and economy in times of downturn: Understanding and articulating the logics of old and new values in late capitalism. U. Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain in February 2014,

The network held its first workshop at U. Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain in February 2014, organized by Hugo Valenzuela and Peter Simonič with the assistance of Marta Lobato. The theme of the workshop was ‘Solidarity, reciprocity, and economy in times of downturn: Understanding and articulating the logics of old and new values in late capitalism’. There were 15 participants, many of them PhD students, and 8 papers were presented on a variety of topics: microcredit and solidarity finance in Brazil; social entrepreneurship; ‘low-budget urbanity’; mortgage over-indebtedness; food cooperatives in Catalonia; Swiss dairy farming in the face of neoliberalization; and Slovenian squats as sites of emerging commons. Several of the papers from the workshop were subsequently published as part of a special issue in the journal Ars & Humanitas, under the guest editorship of Peter Simonič ( http://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/arshumanitas/issue/view/237 ). Writes Simonič in his introduction, “the number of doctoral students in anthropology present at the seminar gave the impression that the theme speaks to the generational turn in a time of crisis in the social welfare state, and that anthropological theory of economy pragmatically is shifting into activism among young and unemployed anthropologists”.