1. Jul 2022 - 2. Jul 2022 | Max-Weber-Kolleg, Religion, Society, and World Relations, University

Nomad Properties. Political Anthropologies of Nomadism from the 18th Century until Today

Kleine Synagoge Erfurt
SFB "Strukturwandel des Eigentums"
Event type
not public

Two-day scientific conference of the Collaborative Research Centre "Structural Change of Property".

The conference is dedicated to the theory surrounding the development of the concept of nomadism since the 18th century and examines the connection between nomadic structures and property. It will take place in the event house Kleine Synagoge in the city centre and will bring together scholars from Germany, Poland, Great Britain, China and Russia who will examine the relationship between nomadism and property from a variety of perspectives.

In the run-up to the conference, the public cultural event "Erfurt Forum Asphalt Nomad:Innen" will take place on 30 June.

Friday, 1 July

  • 8.30 Start of the scientific conference
  • 9:00 Welcome
  • 9:30-11:00 Panel 1 Nomadism – Empirical Realities and Philosophical Concepts
    • Georg Klute (University of Bayreuth): Nomadic Forms of Life in Northern Mali and Northern Niger from the 1970ies to the Present
    • Jedrzej Breszinski (Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw): How to become a Nomad and not mad? Habit in Deleuze and his Predecessors
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30-1 pm Panel 2 The Nomad as a Key Figure in Social Anthropology
    • Anna Möllers (University of Erfurt): Fearing the unsettled. Portrayals of Nomadism in 19th century political Anthropology
    • Sina Steglich (German Historical Institute London): Beyond the Dream of Development. Endorsement and Critique of Nomad Subsistence Economies in the late 20th Century
  • 1-2 pm Lunch
  • 2.30-4 pm Panel 3 Towards an Environmental History of Eastern Europe
    • Michal Pospiszyl (Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw): Erase the traces! Visibility, Enlightenment and Swamp Maroons in Eastern Europe
    • Chechesh Kudachinova (Humboldt University Berlin): “All Roads North”: Reimagining Colonialism and Dispossession in Modern Siberia
  • 4 pm Coffee break
  • 4.30-6 pm Keynote Elena Marushiakova and Veselin Popov (University of St. Andrews): Service nomadism and transition to modernity of Roma in Central, South-Eastern, and Eastern Europe

7 pm Dinner

Saturday, 2 July

  • 9:00-10:30 Panel 4 Positive Images of Nomadism in Western Enlightenment
    • Christoph Henning (University of Erfurt): Nomadism and Anti-Capitalism: Exploring the ethnological Counter-Discourse
    • Gregor Kanitz (Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou): Nomad Enlightenment? Provincially controlled drives in 18th century educational narratives
  • 10:30 Coffee
  • 11:00-12:30 Panel 5 Rootlessness, Nomadism and Capitalism
    • Lukasz Moll  (University of Wroclaw): Plebeian Commons and Nomadic Commoning: Beyond Regimes of Enclosures and Property
    • Dekel Peretz (University of Heidelberg): Nomadism, Capitalism, and the Figure of the Jew. Franz Oppenheimer and Werner Sombart
  • 12:30-1.30 pm Closing discussion
Research Associate SFB 294 "Strukturwandel des Eigentums", Subproject A03
(Historisches Seminar)
Mitarbeitergebäude 2, Raum 202