Anthropology of Resistance in the Light of the Multispecies Turn
The task of the workshop is to open the concept of resistance in anthropology to the agency of non-humans: their capacities to make social and political changes, fight back, co-produce politically charged effects, meanings and interpretations, refuse being controlled or dominated, affect more-than-human others in an unruly way or to form, change and rearrange political alliances and coalitions. What is meant by resistance, protest, disobedience, activism, infrapolitics or other concepts from the anthropology of resistance, in the light of the multispecies turn, where the resisting agency is recognizable as distributed along more-than-human lines? Is the relationship between anthropology of resistance and multispecies ethnography a case of mutual ignorance or one of antagonism, or something more interesting? The goal of this workshop is to explore their connections, sticking points and incompatibilities in more complex and nuanced ways.
The workshop is organized in two parts – a panel with paper presentations and an open discussion.
25 May 2022, Wednesday
Prague or online
Christopher Kelty, University of California Los Angeles
Stine Krøijer, University of Copenhagen
Bob Kurik, Charles University, Prague
Mateusz Laszczkowski, University of Warsaw
13:00-13:45 Towards Anthropology of More-Than-Human Resistance: New Challenges for Noticing Protest in the Plantationocene
13:45-14:30 The Art of Sneaking in an Occupied Forest: Thoughts on Multispecies Resistance and Existence
14:30-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-15:45 Of Butterflies and Bureaucrats: The Romance of Multi-Species Resistance
15:45-16:30 Modulating Resistance: Political Temporalities, More-Than-Human Politics
Chris Kelty & Bob Kurik
16:30-17:30 Coffee Break
17:30-19:00 Anthropology of Resistance in the Light of Multispecies Turn: Challenges & Prospects
The event is open to public in a hybrid format.