AAC * Everyday, silent and invisible resistances * 28 fev 2022 * Portugal

Appel à communication sur “Everyday, silent and invisible resistances”du 8e Congrès de l’association portugaise d’anthropologie (6-9 septembre 2022).


Annonce des organisateurs :

We are looking for presenters to contribute to the panel: “Everyday, silent and invisible resistances” for the 8th Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association (6-9 September 2022, Evora, Portugal).

Below you will find the rationale for the panel. If you are interested please send a 300 word abstract by the 28 of February to (all of them): abel.polese@dcu.ie ; marcello.mollica@unime.itsarah.murru@uclouvain.be we are also available to discuss your potential contribution, if you wish to take do that before sending an abstract.


Everyday, silent and invisible resistances

This panel is intended to survey a variety of forms of resistance(s). Starting from Scott’s concept of unorganized everyday resistance and then continued in his “two cheers for anarchism”, we set out to explore the way resistances happen not only in an open and confrontational way (i.e. contentious politics) but also, and possibly equally important, in modes that are invisible, subtle and avoiding confrontation. By doing this, we rely on the concept of “infrapolitics”, thus maintaining that apparently insignificant actions, repeated thousands or millions of times by actors unaware of one another, have ultimately a political significance and contribute to the construction of the political in a given environment.

Framing the discussion within informality debates, where informality is defined as “the art of bypassing the state” (Polese 2021), we are interested in a broad range of examples and case studies exploring resistances. This can go from household resistance, performed silently by micro actors, to overt insurgency and rebellion, which could originate in some form of informal resistance before being channeled by successful non-state actors that use it to revert the current power structure of a state or a society.

The panel is based on a book that we have recently completed Resistances: between theory and the field that you can find here https://www.academia.edu/44048248/Resistances_Between_Theories_and_the_Field

We are interested in empirical case studies (with no geographical limitations) looking at resistance from alternative angles: everyday, silence, informal resistance, environmental and participatory approaches; non-state actors and insurgency, informal governance, degrowth, critical management theories and how resistances can be used to explore governance in a broad sense…the list is non-exhaustive so feel free to propose something innovative, novel or critical of current social and economic theories.


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