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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Europäische Ethnologie | Termine | Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Wann 27.11.2018 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Raum 0007
Kontaktname Jens Adam
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Doing Gender in a Refugee Camp: Politics and Ethics beyond a Subject

Čarna Brković (Universität Göttingen)

 

Abstract
Can one lead a good life in a bad life? This is a philosophical question recently discussed by Judith Butler, who broadens her theory of performativity beyond speech acts to include various acts of the body. In this talk, I argue that the very act of seeking a good life (understood as working towards being a moral person) can present a form of political resistance. Pursuit of a good life in a bad life offers a way to articulate one’s own humanity, and so to persist, in dehumanizing conditions. I will ethnographically illustrate how yearning, imagination, and speech – even when interrupted – present political acts, by following a group of women who had been living in a refugee camp in Podgorica, Montenegro, for almost twenty years.

 

Bio
Čarna Brković (PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester) is a lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. She researches new forms of power and intersections between ethics and politics in different projects in southeastern Europe, including humanitarianism, LGBT activism, and clientelism. She is the author of “Managing Ambiguity: How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Berghahn 2017) and a co-editor of “Negotiating Social Relations in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Routledge 2016).

 

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