EASA2020 – P002: Works and Lives. New perspectives on economy and livelihoods in Mediterranean Anthropology [Mediterraneanist Network (MedNet)]

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The EASA Mediterraneanist Network (MedNet) invites paper proposals to our panel “P002: Works and Lives. New perspectives on economy and livelihoods in Mediterranean Anthropology [Mediterraneanist Network (MedNet)]” at the 16th EASA conference “New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe” in Lisbon, Portugal, 21-24 July 2020.

If you are interested in participating to the panel, please submit your abstract to the online form by 20 January 2020https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2020/panels#8432
Paper proposals must consist of: 1) a paper title, 2) the name/s and email address/es of author/s, 3) a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters, and 4) a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

All proposals must be made via the online form, not by email. There is a “Propose paper” button in the title section of the panel. All the presenters should become members of EASA in 2020 (or renew their membership).

Short abstract:

The panel will focus on the impact of neoliberal and austerity policies in the Mediterranean area and beyond, with special attention to changing labour regimes, precarity, unemployment and informal labour. Through this, it will highlight the new horizons developed in Mediterranean Anthropology.

Long abstract:

Mediterranean Anthropology has gone through a radical change, opening itself to new horizons of reflection and research, and creating new spaces for inquiries on issues such as grass-roots politics and mobilization, neoliberal policies, transnational mobilities, new moral economies, demographic changes and new family forms. In this panel, we would like to focus on specific features of this disciplinary transformation, paying particular attention to research regarding changing labour and employment regimes under the impact of neo-liberal and austerities policies in Mediterranean area and beyond. Notable in this respect is to reflect on the increasing amalgamation of employment relationships, binding together regular or fixed-term labour contracts with precarious job appointments as well as various formal and informal procedures of accessing the labour market. Examples of issues that contributors to the panel could address are: The impact of neo-liberal and austerity policies on both shores of the Mediterranean; the effects of the transformation and multiplication of labour regimes; the experience of precarity and informal economy; adult and youth unemployment, its relation with deindustrialization and the growing precarisation of labour; gender pay gaps; the complex relations between irregular migration, the informal labour market and the social entitlement to benefits offered by the Welfare State. In focus are current convulsions and contradictions of the global economy, which are understood as a stimulus to investigate work and lives further in this area and beyond. Proposals to the panel may draw on anthropological work in Mediterranean settings or offer a comparative view from outside the area.

For more information about the panel or to send us any queries contact through the EASA website or email us: jutta.lauth.bacas@gmail.com; carlo.capello@unito.it; panas.karampampas@ehess.fr

Best regards,

Jutta Lauth Bacas (University of Malta), Carlo Capello (University of Torino), and Panas Karampampas (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)

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