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Anthropology of Economy Network Events


EASA Anthropology of Economy Network Workshop
Deservingness - power, morality and inequality in contemporary Europe and beyond
Convenors: Jelena Tosic and Andreas Streinzer
Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th 2017

University of Vienna, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Neues Institutsgebäude NIG), 4th floor, HS-C, Universitätstraße 7, 1010 Vienna

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


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


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


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.

Panel: Local entrepreneurial responses to global forces: new and alternative enterprise re-configurations in times of crisis and economic hardship. EASA conference, Tallinn 31st July - 3rd August, 2014.
URL: www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=3013

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”.