Some of the most invoked terms in social science are “the state,” “the nation-state” and “the modern nation-state.” Yet, generations of anthropologists have debated what the state is, how it can be studied, and whether it can be studied at all. In the past several decades, the discipline of anthropology has been at the cutting edge of efforts to rethink the state. This two-day workshop, organized around a set of readings, examines these new moves in anthropology even as it outlines a longer history and epistemology to the academic study of the state. It provides an anthropological framework for studying the state that can be useful for any advanced student of anthropology as well as the related disciplines. Doctoral Fellows from the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) as well as doctoral candidates from other institutions will engage with key texts in the field, and shall be encouraged to reflect (both in discussion and in written form) on their own projects. Participants may also be called upon to make short presentations or moderate sessions. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Nayanika Mathur (University of Oxford) and will be conducted in English.
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Open to: Ph.D. candidates in the social sciences and humanities
Date and venue: 13-14 November 2017, at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Applicants must be Ph.D. candidates in the social sciences or humanities, whose projects deal extensively with questions of the state.
We expect that roughly, half of the participants will be drawn from the BGSMCS, and half from outside it. Effort will be made to ensure a diverse disciplinary and geographic mix of projects. Special consideration will be given to doctoral candidates whose projects focus on Muslim states in Africa, Asia and the Middle East or Muslim communities within Europe and North America.
There are no registration fees, however, participants are responsible for their own visa, travel and accommodation. Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided on both days, in addition to dinner on the second and final day of the workshop.
Kindly fill out the application form and include a brief letter of motivation (400 words maximum). Letters should indicate the current state of your research and why this workshop is of relevance to your project. The application deadline is 15 September 2017.
Applicants will be informed of the decision by email on or before 30 September 2017. Those selected must confirm participation no later than one week following selection. Readings and pre-workshop instructions will be shared via email in early October.
Please contact Sara Abbas at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.