Modes of Appropriation and Social Resistance

Thirty years after the advent of resistance studies as a focal approach in anthropological research, the perspective remains necessary. Describing the processes of appropriation of material goods and symbolic values by powerful actors of the political and economic domains and critically scrutinizing the mechanisms underpinning these processes lie at the core of the discipline. Anthropologists bridge analyses focusing on the everyday forms of resistance of the disenfranchised and the marginal with more encompassing ways of understanding resistance, from structures of collaboration between the subaltern and those less disempowered, to forms of negotiating and disrupting power relations with or within states and supra-state institutions. Appropriation and resistance, as more general social mechanisms of power relations and adaptation, have been studied in processes of immigration, ethnic relations, etc., in new forms of cultural production and reproduction. Moreover, recent social transformations point to the urgency of once again thinking through the relation between power and resistance in redefined theoretical terms, fleshed out by ethnographic detail.

The conference will bring together research revealing the guises of appropriation and resistance in various social contexts and at different scales, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe.