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Workshop takes a look at in-situ displacement

The study of displacement is a widespread and well-established field of research, expanding to describe and explain a host of diverse movements and exclusions of peoples in the context of contemporary processes of globalization. While mobility across national borders and diverse geographies, especially by people from the global South, is very much in focus, those who remain in place and respond to the changing conditions of their socio-economic and political life-worlds, are lacking attention. A workshop organized by the Max-Weber-Kolleg of the University of Erfurt in cooperation with the University of Bielefeld, is going to explore this question.

People who remain in place under radical changing conditions can be characterized as displaced in-situ; people who, for instance, continue to reside in national, urban, or rural spaces but whose lives are nonetheless transformed in relation to other community members and to familiar social institutions. Studying in-situ displacement – that is, displacement without mobility – invites attention to a number of issues, which will be discussed by workshop participants: What are the parameters for considering conditions, practices and activities included under the umbrella of in-situ displacement, and how might the term in-situ displacement be deployed as an analytic concept, and as a form of description/explanation, to understand social relations and processes that include senses of identity, belonging, and security? How, in other words, might deploying an in-situ displacement lens enhance understanding of relations of exclusion, liminality, and ambivalence?

In other words, can the perspective of in-situ displacement contribute to how we understand and explain disruptions brought about by processes of gentrification, partitions, agrarian change, (rural) industrialization, and development initiatives that may force some people out but also leave others in place under dramatically changing social and geographic landscapes?

The workshop is aimed at experts and interested students and will take place on 11 and 12 November from 5 to 7 pm. Please register with PD Dr. Antje Linkenbach-Fuchs . After registration you will receive the access link.