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call for panelists ECAS 2019: Troubling growth

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Tyler Zoanni <[log in to unmask]>

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Tyler Zoanni <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 7 Jan 2019 11:02:54 +0100

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Dear colleagues,

Please consider contributing a paper to the panel „troubling growth“ at the
upcoming ECAS meeting in Edinburgh (June 11-14, 2019). Abstracts have to be
submitted through the website:
https://www.nomadit.co.uk/ecas/ecas2019/conferencesuite.php/panels/7934
The deadline for submissions is January 21.

Best wishes,
Sandra Calkins (FU Berlin)
Tyler Zoanni (NYU)

PANEL: Troubling growth
Short abstract

Ideas of growth — biological, economic, social, technological — have been
embraced as progress across colonial, nation-building, and development
projects. We seek to trouble commonsense understandings of growth and
reflect on alternative ways of imaging historical and social change in
Africa.

Long abstract

Ideas of growth — biological, economic, social, and technological — have
long been embraced as progress across a range of colonial, modernist
nation-building, and development projects across Africa. The ideology of
limitless growth fueled by colonial, nationalist, and neoliberal
imaginaries has provided an enduring normative trajectory for societal
development, an often-empty promise of catching up and of prosperity for
all. In spite of mixed success, growth remains a mostly unchallenged
measure of economic performance and often of successful politics. Yet,
growth increasingly also menaces. Unprecedented environmental disasters,
pollution, and species extinction draw attention to neglected costs of
unhampered economic growth that only seem exacerbated by the specters of
burgeoning African populations. This panel troubles the idea of growth by
examining the histories and social lives of growth in African settings. We
seek to challenge commonsense understandings and closely scrutinize the
ideas, images, and ideals of growth that we encounter in our research
sites. We invite papers that: offer genealogies of notions of growth in
Africa from diverse moments from the precolonial to the present;
interrogate the methods and practices by which growth is rendered obvious,
natural, or inevitable in policy and development projects (e.g. graphs,
tables, and other means of visualization); attend to multiple and sometimes
competing ideas about the means and ends of growth as defined by different
actors; or to attend to alternative ways of defining and assessing
wellbeing that do not necessarily mobilize vocabularies of growth.


--

Sandra Calkins

Juniorprofessorin / Assistant Professor

Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie

Freie Universität Berlin

-- 
*Tyler Zoanni*
PhD candidate
Department of Anthropology
New York University
zoanni.com

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