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

Flyer No Country for Anthropologists
1 November 2018
18:30-19:45 Keynote Speech at Völkerkundemuseum (Ethnographic Museum of UZH)
The Country of Anthropologists: Creativity, Imagination, and Nation-State Power
Prof. Dr. Jessica Winegar (Northwestern University, Evanston)

 

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 (maps will be uploaded soon).

9:00-9:30 Welcoming of the Participants
9:30-10:00 Introduction
Mustafa Akcınar (UZH), Prof. Dr. Aymon Kreil (Ghent University), Dr. Shirin Naef (UZH), Dr. Emanuel Schäublin (UZH)
 
Panel 1: The Analytical Value of Fieldwork Constraints
  Chair: Dr. Zeynep Sarıaslan (UZH)
10:00-12:00

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

  Facing the (Fear of) al-Mukhabarat: Toward Paranoic Modes of Inquiry and Creative Understanding in Paranoic Fields
Emilie Lund Mortensen (University of Aarhus)
  Manoeuvring Across Suspicion: Secrecy, Conspiracies, and Ethnographic Praxis in Contemporary Turkey
Dr. Erol Sağlam (Stockholm University)
  Discussant: TBC
 
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
Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (York University, Toronto)
  “There Was Terror around in the Past!”: Unpacking Environments of (In)Security during Fieldwork
Mustafa Akcınar (UZH)
  Discussant: Dr. Dilyara Suleymanova (UZH)
 
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
 
Panel 3: Reinventing Methods for Violent Contexts
  Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter Finke (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)
 
19:00 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)
10:00-12:00

Ethnographic Practice in Iran: Politics and Precarity
Prof. Dr. Mehredad 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 Zubayr (Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore)
  Discussant: Dr. Daniele Cantini (UZH)
 
12:00-13:30 Lunch
 
Panel 5: Positionalities in Inquiry and Writing
  Chair: TBC
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)
Anne-Linda Amira Augustin (Philipps-University Marburg/Academic Forum Muhammad Ali Luqman)
  Doing Ethnography in the Fields of Religion 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: Prof. Dr. Julie Billaud
 
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
Noah Arjomand (Columbia University, New York)
  Islam and Public Interactions in Nablus: Participant Observation under Military Occupation
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