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ISEK - Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft Ethnologie

November 2018: No country for anthropologists? Contemporary ethnographic research in the Middle East

Flyer No Country for Anthropologists
2 November 2018

The rest of the conference will be held in the room KO2-F-152 in the main building of the University of Zurich.

9:00-9:30 Welcoming of the Participants
9:30-10:00 Introduction
Mustafa Akcınar (UZH), Dr. Daniele Cantini (UZH), Prof. Dr. Aymon Kreil (Ghent University), Dr. Shirin Naef (UZH and University of Bonn), Dr. Emanuel Schaeublin (UZH)
Panel 1: The Analytical Value of Fieldwork Constraints
  Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter Finke (UZH)

“The violence we live in”: Reading and Experiencing Violence in the Field
Dr. Lamia Moghnieh (EUME, Berlin)

  Facing the (Fear of) al-Mukhabarat: Toward Paranoiac Modes of Inquiry and Creative Understanding in Paranoiac Fields
Emilie Lund Mortensen (University of Aarhus)
  Manoeuvring Across Suspicion: Secrecy, Conspiracies, and Ethnographic Praxis in Contemporary Turkey
Dr. Erol Sağlam (Stockholm University)
  Discussant: Prof. Dr. Heinz Käufeler (UZH, emeritiert)
12:00-13:30 Lunch
Panel 2: Reassessing Methods of Inquiry
  Chair: Dr. Sarah Sabry (former lecturer and research associate at UZH)
13:30-15:30 Voices Beyond Tasteless Interviews: Tea, Memory, and Rumors
Hande Sarikuzu (Binghamton University)
  Here and There: Doing Fieldwork in Algerian Saharian Zones
Prof. Dr. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (York University, Toronto)
  Peace and War: An on and Off Relationship with the Field
Mustafa Akcınar (UZH)
  Discussant: Dr. Shirin Naef (UZH and University of Bonn)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
Panel 3: Reinventing Methods for Violent Contexts
  Chair: Dr. Zeynep Sarıaslan (UZH)
16:00-18:00 Henceforth No Privilege; No Refuge
Dr. David Shankland (Royal Anthropological Institute)
  Finding Ways to Work in Yemen: A Plea for Engaged Scholarship
Prof. Dr. Marina de Regt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  Combat-Zone Ethnography and Staying Alive in Iraq and Syria
Dr. Younes Saramifar (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  Discussant: Prof. Dr. Aymon Kreil (Ghent University)
19:30 Dinner at Restaurant Rechberg


3 November 2018
9:30-10:00 Introduction
Panel 4: Institutional Uncertainties and the Circulation of Anthropological Knowledge
  Chair: Prof. Dr. Johannes Quack (UZH)

Ethnographic Practice in Iran: Politics and Precarity
Prof. Dr. Mehrdad Arabestani (University of Tehran)

  Fieldwork and Writing in Unpredictable Political Environments: The Case of the Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement and the So-Called Kurdish Opening
Prof. Dr. Leyla Neyzi (Sabanci Univerty, Istanbul)
  Doing Feminist Ethnography at a Pakistani University: Possibilities and Challenges
Prof. Dr. Shirin Zubair (Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore)
  Discussant: Dr. Daniele Cantini (UZH)
12:00-13:30 Lunch
Panel 5: Positionalities in Inquiry and Writing
  Chair: Rasmus Brandt
13:30-15:30 Becoming an Involved Outsider and a Temporal Insider: The Impact of Rumours, Fears and Solidarity in Fieldwork in Times of Political Turmoil (Southern Yemen)
Dr. des. Anne-Linda Amira Augustin (Philipps-University Marburg/Academic Forum Muhammad Ali Luqman)
  Doing Anthropology in the Fields of Religion, Law and Medicine in Iran: Challenges, Lessons and Other Thoughts
Dr. Shirin Naef (UZH and Bonn)
  Islam, Authority, Bureaucracy - Chances and Challenges of Doing Ethnographic Research in  a Politicized Transnational Field
Dominik Müller (UZH)
  Discussant: Dr. Emanuel Schaeublin (UZH)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
Panel 6: Managing Surveillance
  Chair: Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch (UZH)
16:00-18:00 Protecting the Confidentiality of Surveilled and Well-Connected Research Subjects: The Case of Turkish and Syrian Media Workers
Dr. Noah Arjomand (Columbia University, New York)
  The Anthropology of Zakat in Conflict Zones: Researching Muslim Giving in a Securitized Field of Knowledge
Dr. Emanuel Schaeublin (UZH)
  Strategies of Survival: Navigating Kabul’s Money Bazaars
Nafay Choudhury (King’s College, London)
  Discussant: Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata (Universität Basel)
18:00-18:30 General Discussion and Closing Remarks



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