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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Labor Kritische Europäisierungsforschung

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Aus der ethnologischen Perspektive ist Europa nicht einfach gegeben, sondern - historisch und aktuell - ein sich in vielen global verflochtenen Projekten entwickelnder, konfliktreicher politischer und kultureller Prozess. Das ethnologische Paradigma der Europäisierung steht für diesen Prozess. Und eine kritische Europäisierungsforschung reflektiert diesen Prozess aus einer postkolonialen, globalen Perspektive. Dabei setzt sie nicht nur im „Zentrum“, bei den Politiken und Institutionen der Europäischen Union oder der Definitionsmacht der westlichen europäischen Gesellschaften an, sondern gerade bei jenen Akteuren und Zonen an den Rändern des heutigen Europas, deren Zugehörigkeit historisch und aktuell umstritten ist: etwa den heutigen Grenzregionen des Mittelmeerraums, des "Balkans" und Osteuropas, den Migrant_innen, Minoritäten und Marginalisierten, die Europa mit seinen umstrittenen und oft ausgelassenen globalen Geschichten und Gegenwarten in einer postkolonialen, postmigrantischen, postsozialistischen Welt konfrontieren. Gerade hier zeigen sich die Herausforderungen und Zumutungen der Europäisierung besonders deutlich, ebenso wie gerade diese scheinbar peripheren Akteure und Zonen sich als sehr viel bedeutsamer für die Gestaltung Europas erweisen als vielfach angenommen.

Das Labor Kritische Europäisierungsforschung versteht sich als Hierarchien übergreifender, selbst gestalteter Diskussionsraum, in dem zu diesem Schwerpunktthema des Instituts nachgedacht und geforscht wird. Das Labor vernetzt Forscher_innen (Studierende, Doktorand_innen, Projektmitarbeiter_innen, Lehrende) im Institut und interessierte „Externe“ entlang von inhaltlichem Engagement und Expertise.

Anregungen und neu hinzukommende Interessent_innen sind herzlich willkommen!



Reframing post- and decolonial knowledge production over the epistemic East / West divide - Critical perspectives from the Global East

The event was conceptualized and organized by Magda Buchczyk, Katrin Kremmler, Soph Petzelberger and Ronda Ramm.

Labor Migration / Labor Kritische Europäisierungsforschung 

22.01.2021, 10:00 - 13:00 on Zoom

In the current pandemic condition, we witness rapid reconfigurations as well as enduring and deepening inequalities with regard to the interrelations of human bodies, migration and marginalization. A glaring example of this came to the fore in German media discussions of exempting Eastern European workers from Corona travel restrictions in order to ensure cheap seasonal labor in the agricultural sector. Here as elsewhere, it became obvious that divisions between East and West still matter and continue to figure in various ways throughout Europe. 

In this session, we will explore an emerging field of critical inquiry into these East-West divisions through a focus on decolonial perspectives on knowledge production from areas that are differently called post-socialist, post-soviet or the Global East. Bringing together contributions of three scholars and activists whose academic work unfolds from within those areas, we hope to approach the inequalities between the West and the East in our academic settings and beyond. We are interested in how Eastern Europe emerges as an epistemic space entangled in structural inequalities and aim to follow the relational knots of power and knowledge at work in various instantiations of East-West divisions.

For the Zoom link, please write a mail to: ramronda@hu-berlin.de


Dr Alexandra Urdea is currently working in the Behavioural Science Team for the Dept for Work and Pension of the UK government. Alex has completed a PhD in anthropology at Goldsmiths. This research examined how folk objects are mobilized in national ideologies, transmissions of personal and family memory, museological discourses, and artistic acts. Alex's postdoctoral research at the University of Sussex focused on Romanian migration in London which will be the focus of today's short input on the relations between mobilities, labour and ethnic and racial identities 

Victoria Kravtsova, MA in International Relations: "Between the posts, into the void: making sense of feminism and decolonialization in Bishkek and Almaty", Vica has been co-organizing the Feminist Translocalities / Feminist Utopias platform https://feminisms.co/en. She holds a permanent position as project manager at Dekrabisten e.V. in Berlin and is currently working on her PhD application. Her main topics of research and activism are feminism and decolonization in the post-Soviet space.

Eszter Kováts, MA: "Symptomatic blind spots - Inequalities between Eastern and Western Europe in German academia". Eszter Kováts holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in French and German Studies and in Political Science. She is a PhD student in Political Science at ELTE University, Budapest. Until recently she was a guest researcher at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She was working in the Hungarian Office of the German political foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) from 2009 till the end of 2019. From 2012 till 2019 she was responsible for the Foundation's gender program for East-Central Europe.

If you are interested to read introductory literature  before our session, you might have a look into the following two readings or the Feminist Utopias online platform. 

Kojanić, Ognjen (2020). Theory from the Peripheries: What Can the Anthropology of Postsocialism Offer to European Anthropology?. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 29(2), 49-66. Access here: https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/ajec/29/2/ajec290204.xml

Tlostanova, Madina (2015): Can the post-Soviet think? On coloniality of knowledge, external imperial and double colonial difference. In: Intersections 1 (2). Access here: https://intersections.tk.mta.hu/index.php/intersections/article/view/38

Feminist Utopias platform: https://feminisms.co/en 



Through the Corona lens - Part 2: Racialized bodies

Friday, 18.12.2020, 10:00 - 13:00


Inputs provided by Celma Costa, Milena Bister, Katrin Kremmler

(How) Does the pandemic sharpen our understanding of racialized bodies?

Following up on our last lab meeting, at which we discussed issues of convivality and racism in the face of the Corona pandemic, we will explore this time relations between the pandemic, human bodies and racialization. We will bring theoretical insights on the property functions of whiteness (Cheryl Harris), the race multiple (Amade M'Charek) and European racial triangulation (Anca Parvulescu) in conversation with each other and with our understanding of the effects and implications of the pandemic.

In particular we are looking forward to explore the following questions:

The increasing politicization of COVID-19 masks in predominantly white populations in the global north gives us a chance to rethink race and racialism. Drawing from C.I. Harris' 1993 paper, "Whiteness as Property", we reflect: How has the pandemic triggered the fragilities of racialized identities?

Drawing on the material semiotic approach within science and technology studies makes us question and explore the naturecultures of the pandemic: What are bodies and race made to mean in practices related to the pandemic?

Eastern European seasonal workers, systematically exploited by the German agriculture and meat industries, found themselves in the position of „disposeable subjects" in the pandemic, undeserving of protection (Raluca Bejan). (How) Do today's structural inequalities within the EU relate to continental European imperial and post-imperial legacies and regional patterns of racialization?

please register and get the zoom link from Ronda Ramm: ramronda@hu-berlin.de


Online event - Through the Corona lens: (How) Does the pandemia sharpen our view on racism and conviviality?

The current pandemic has caused different consequences at all social, economic and political levels, which has sharpened and brought to the surface different challenges, which critically need theoretical and empirical debate. Of particular interest to this session are the significance and challenges of conviviality and racism. Is the current crisis a shared experience and causes solidarity or does it promote the self-centeredness of privileged people? We frame the discussion from a macro-liminality approach as a space for transformation and change at a global level. For this session we will examine different case studies; disability community, health care system, refugee camps and spirituality.
We also question the role of the anthropologist, ethnographer and artist and how we face this new way of doing research at present. We opened the debate to reflect on new methodological and empirical forms for our field of research; digital ethnography / virtual fieldwork, dealing with social distance, auto-ethnographical research, structural difficulties of the research situation and transdiscipline methods. We intend for the first session of The Corona Lens to start the dialogue from our intimate and ethnographic perspective to open the discussion for everyone.


Join the discussion on 27th of November, 10-13h

In order to get the Zoom invitation for the event, please send a mail to: ramronda@hu-berlin.de