Call for abstracts on "Logistical Transformations" for EASA Conference

Submit an abstract to the panel: "Logistical Transformations: Supply Chains and the Politics of Circulation" at this year's EASA conference in Belfast 26-29 July.

 

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Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit an abstract to the panel: "Logistical Transformations: Supply Chains and the Politics of Circulation" at this year's EASA conference in Belfast 26-29 July.

Link for submissionshttps://nomadit.co.uk/conference/easa2022/p/11462

The deadline is set at 21st of March. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the convenors.

We look forward to receiving your proposals. 

Vinzenz Bäumer Escobar (University of Oslo)

Hege Høyer Leivestad (Stockholm University/University of Oslo)

Johanna Markkula (CEU)

 

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Logistical Transformations: Supply Chains and the Politics of Circulation

 

Short Abstract:

This panel gathers contributions that focus on the transformative nature of logistics in both the heartlands and the margins of supply chain capitalism. In so doing, this panel moves toward an anthropology of logistics that examines the ongoing (re-)configuration of global capitalism.

 

Long Abstract:

Circulation is the lifeblood of the global economy, yet the global pandemic has highlighted the fragility and volatility of global supply chains: seafarers stranded at sea, delayed shipping containers, empty store shelves, shortages of truck drivers in consumer networks, energy issues at production centres, and a boom of door-to-door deliveries handled by exploited workers. Examining the processes through which commodities circulate is crucial for making sense of the transformation and (re-)configuration of global capitalism today. While theories of commodity exchange have long been central to anthropological knowledge production, this panel pushes toward an anthropology of logistics that prioritizes understanding the transformative nature of logistics in response to multi-scaled ‘crises.’

 

We invite ethnographic explorations of how strategies of capital accumulation are consolidated, broken down, or otherwise altered through the work of logistics in both the heartlands and the margins of supply chain capitalism. These explorations may include varied forms of labor struggles across the global supply chain; explicit strategies aimed at either stopping or facilitating commodity circulation; ‘green’ energy, finance, and infrastructure development; or the effect of environmental policies on logistics more broadly. How are ‘logistics futures’ imagined, enacted or resisted? Who is included in, or excluded from, the politics of commodity circulation? What is the relation between infrastructure and logistics? Who bears the costs of logistical transformations and their reworking of the commons? And how do we study logistics ethnographically?


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