Aníbal Arregui: Research & CV

Animating the Wild Pig: Bows and Arrows in European Ecopolitics

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions

Contact: anibal.arregui@cefres.cz (not in use  before 1st January 2018)

This project focuses on the pioneering implementation of wild boar bowhunting in Spanish peri-urban areas. The measure is part of a pilot project for ´controlling´ the growing population of boars in cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. Based on ongoing (and past) fieldwork, the present research has two main ethnographic goals: first is the description of the complex ´ecopolitical´ controversies (involving mainly legal, environmental, technological and ethical aspects) which are currently emerging within these localities in the wake of the bowhunting permits. The second goal is to analytically experiment with the cross-ethnographic comparison between the ecopolitical constellations that surround the practice of bowhunting in Europe and those present in the Amazon, where I have my previous research background.

CV

Education

2013: PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Barcelona)
2008: Master of Advanced Studies in Anthropology (UB)
2006: Degree in Anthropology (UB) 2005 Degree in Psychology (UB)

Fieldwork

06-07/ 2016: Quilombola communities, Erepecurú river (Pará, Brazil)
01-08/ 2009: Quilombola communities in Erpecurú and Trombetas rivers (Pará, Brazil) and ribeirinho communities in the Zé Açú lake (Amazonas, Brazil)
09/2006- 02/2007: Quilombola communities in the Erepecurú river (Pará, Brazil) and Itaparica island (Bahía, Brazil).

Third party funded projects

2013-2015: University of Rostock Agentive Environments: from Amazonian to High-Tech Societies (DFG- funded research project)
2008-2011: University of Barcelona La Selva Tecnológica: Sistemas Sociotécnicos y Antropología Simétrica en Comunidades Ribereñas del Bajo Amazonas (FI-AGAUR-Generalitat de Catalunya predoctoral contract for research and teaching)
2006-2007: University of Barcelona and Roca Sanitario S.A. La Tecnología en el Cuerpo: Biomecánica de los Quilombolas en dos Selvas Brasileñas (Sponsor, in cooperation with U Barcelona: Roca Sanitario S.A)

Publications

Books
  • (Forthcoming) (ed.) Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Spoils of Memory. Münster: Waxmann. (with Gesa Mackenthun and Stephanie Wodianka)
  • 2013 La Selva Tecnológica: Sistemas Sociotécnicos y Antropología Simétrica en Comunidades Ribereñas del Bajo Amazonas. Barcelona: Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa (TDX).
Peer reviewed chapters and papers
  • (Under review) Embodying equivocations: Ecopolitical Mimicries of Climate Science and Shamanism. Under review in Anthropological Theory.
  • (Forthcoming) This Mess is a ‘World’! Environmental Diplomats in the Mud of Anthropology. In. Climate Change as the End of the World. Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability. Rosaly Bold (Ed). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (Forthcoming) Ribeirinho Hunting Techno-Animism. On the Inexact Lines of Amazonian Modernity. In: South-American Indigenous Modernities. Ernst Halbmayer. (ed.) Herefordshire: Sean Kingston Publishing.
  • 2015 Amazonian Quilombolas and the Technopolitics of Aluminum. Journal of Material Culture. 20(3):149-172
    2014 ‘Teoría’, ‘Inteligencia’ y ‘Ciencia’ como Índices Bajo Amazónicos del Conocimiento Incorporado. Amazônica – Revista de Antropologia. 6 (1): 90- 108
  • 2011 Too ‘High’ Tech: Metonymical Fallacies and Fetishism in the Perception of Technology”. Journal of Contemporary Anthropology 2(1): 46-62.
  • 2008 La Tecnología en el Cuerpo: Biomecánica de los Quilombolas en dos Selvas Brasileñas . (Con)textos: Revista d’Antropologia i Investigació Social 1: 23-40.
Not peer-reviewed publications
  • (Forthcoming) Introduction. In: Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Spoils of Memory. Münster: Waxmann. (with Gesa Mackenthun and Stephanie Wodianka)
  • (Forthcoming) Cultivating the Sky. In: Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Spoils of Memory. Münster: Waxmann
  • 2012 Paz implícita y violencia imaginada en comunidades quilombolas del río Erepecurú. In: La paz dede abajo. Perspectivas antropológicas sobre la paz en contextos indígenas y afroamericanos. Canals, R; Celigueta, G; & Orobitg, G. (ed.). Pp. 39-43. Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona.
  • 2014 Digging into the Smartness: A Short Technopolitical History of Vienna’s Urban Lakeside. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society. 21-23 May, Vienna, Austria. http://www.corp.at
  • 2012 Book review: MARTÍNEZ MAURI, Mònica; LARREA KILLIGER, Cristina (2011) Antropología social, desarrollo y cooperación internacional. Introducción a los fundamentos básicos y debates actuales”. AIBR Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 7 (2), p. 248-253
  • 2011 La Selva Parcelada: Reforma Agraria y Fragmentación Social en el Bajo Amazonas”. In: Horizontes do Brazil- Escenarios, Intercambios y Diversidad, Barcelona: Ediciones APEC, p. 389-403. Websites

Thomas Mercier: Research and CV

Derrida’s Europes: Deconstruction, Marxism, Democracy

Research Area 1: Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practices

Contact: thomas.mercier@cefres.cz (not in use  before 1st January 2018)

Thomas Mercier was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree by King’s College London (War Studies Department) in May 2017. He specializes in the study of violence and democratic legitimacy, at the intersection between international political theory, performativity studies, psychoanalysis and deconstruction. His research interests include critical international studies, postcolonial and decolonial thought, deconstructive biopolitics, gender studies and queer theory, animal and environmental ethics.

His research at CEFRES blends biographical and philosophical analyses so as to unpack the complexity of Jacques Derrida’s relationship to Europe — or, rather, Europes — conceived as structurally plural and heterogeneous. My general goal is to explore Derrida’s engagement in favour of a certain idea of European democracy, hospitable to the event of its own transformation and deconstruction. More precisely, Thomas Mercier focuses on Derrida’s personal and cultural attachment to Central and Eastern Europe before and after the fall of the USSR, with a special interest in Derrida’s deconstructive analyses of Marxist literature and politics. Many of these analyses, often very critical, took place in the 1960s and 1970s in the context of seminars at l’École Normale Supérieure, and remain unpublished today. These unpublished notes prefigure Specters of Marx (1993), wherein Derrida reassessed Marxism as an unavoidable part of the European heritage and promise, while opposing the narrative presenting neoliberalism as the homogeneous teleological destiny of ‘Europe’ in the wake of Marx’s supposed ‘death’. In doing so, Derrida aimed to challenge the Cold War narrative of a strict opposition between Western and Eastern Europe, between liberal and Marxist traditions. By analysing archival materials, Thomas Mercier wishes to shed new light on the relationship between deconstruction and historical materialism, and to emphasise the political implications of Derrida’s thought as they appear as early as the 1960s. This research, which comprises philosophical, historical, political, economic and cultural dimensions, aims to produce another idea of Europe, more open to Europe’s otherness.

CV

Education

2008 – 2016: Ph.D. (Part-Time) — King’s College, London (War Studies Dpt.), thesis title: ‘The Violence of Legitimacy: Democracy, Power, Antagonism’, under the supervision of
Prof. Vivienne Jabri and Prof. Mervyn Frost.

2006 – 2008: 1st year of PhD – École Doctorale de Sciences-Po Paris, under the supervision of Prof. Didier Bigo.

2004 – 2006: Master’s Degree (w/ Honours) – Sciences-Po Paris, Joint degree (double Master’s) in International Relations (Research Degree) and Political Science (Professional Degree), main dissertation: ‘Defining Terrorism within International Organisations: Consensus or Hegemony?’, under the supervision of Prof. Didier Bigo.

2003 – 2005: Master’s Degree (w/ Honours) – Université Paris-III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), Master’s Degree in Literature and Linguistics, main dissertations: ‘René Crevel: Poetics and Politics of the Surrealist Body’; ‘Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute,
Beckett. From Nouveau Roman to Nouvelle Autobiographie: New Fictions of Ipseity’; ‘Metanarrativity in
Raymond Queneau’s Novels’.

2000 – 2003: Preparatory Classes for Grandes Écoles (CPGE) – Lycée Cézanne (Aix-en-Pce)

Selected publications:

Book chapter
  • ‘Resisting Legitimacy’, in Contending Legitimacy in World Politics: The State, Civil Society and the International Sphere in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Bronwyn Winter and Lucia Sorbera (London and New York: Routledge, 2018).
Articles
  • ‘Is There an “Age of Deconstruction”? Thinking the Force of an Event, from dynamis to puissance’ – due to be published in 2018 in Oxford Literary Review (issue dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Derrida’s De la grammatologie).
  • ‘Book Review on Étienne Balibar’s Equaliberty and Violence and Civility’ – due to be published in 2018 in the journal Derrida Today.
  • ‘Croyance originaire, et survivances de la magie: Retour sur le “retour du religieux”’ – due to be published in December 2017 in Revue (issue on “L’à-venir de la religion”).
  • ‘Jacques Derrida et la question du terrorisme’ – published in August 2017 in L’ENA hors les murs, journal of the École Nationale d’Administration (issue on ‘Terrorism and War on Terror’).
  • ‘Resisting Legitimacy: Weber, Derrida, and the Fallibility of Sovereign Power’ – published in 2016 in the journal Global Discourse.
Published translations
  • Jacques Derrida, ‘The Truth that Wounds: Body To Body, Tongue To Tongue’ – Translation in English of ‘La vérité blessante, ou le corps-à-corps des langues’ – to be published in 2018 in parallax (issue on corps).
  • Jacques Derrida, ‘Terreur et religion: Pour une nouvelle politique’ – Translation in French of ‘Terror, Religion, and the New Politics’ – to be published in December 2017 in Revue iter.

CFP – Disability, Health and Handicap in Social Sciences and Humanities

Interdisciplinary Workshop

Organizers: Kateřina Kolářová (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague – FHS UK), Martina Winkler (Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel), Filip Herza (FHS UK / CEFRES), Kamila Šimandlová (FHS UK)
When
: 17/2/2018
Where: Akademické Centrum, Husova 4a, Prague 1
Language: Czech
Deadline for submission: 20/12/2017

Concepts of disability, health, sickness, debility, biological precarity and stigmatization come to the foreground in recent debates in social sciences and humanities. This workshop wants to open floor for interdisciplinary exchanges between disability studies and other fields of social sciences and humanities. Calling for explorations of different methodological approaches, perspectives and theoretical conceptualizations of disability and difference, debility and biological precarity, body and corporeality, the workshop aims to deepen discussions of already established themes, as well as to strike new theoretical paths. We specifically encourage presentations working with intersectional approaches that link disability to other categories of difference and power, such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race, class, age, and other relevant categories.

Presentations may address:

  • Cultural representations, cultural practices and symbolical regimes of body, embodiment, health, sickness and disability
  • Symbolical regimes of disability (such as e.g. “compulsory able-bodiedness and abledmindedness”), their reproduction and disturbances past and present
  • Moral economies of disability and the concept of welfare state in the state socialism and the post-socialist period
  • Post-/colonial politics of disability
  • Transnational circulations and translations of disability theory and disability politics
  • Transformations of expert discourses in relation to health and dis/ability, alternative knowledges and forms of expertise between the 19th and the 21th centuries
  • Health as a moral imperative and platforms for emancipatory discourses and strategies
  • Politics of inclusion and (social) exclusion
  • Histories, politics and praxis of institutionalization and “deinstitutionalization”
  • Biopolitics of dis/ability
  • Intersectional methodologies

We kindly ask potential contributors to submit their proposals until 20 December 2017 at simandlova@outlook.com

Workshop is organized within the project “(Post)Socialist Modernity and social and cultural politics of disability” jointly funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), held by the Faculty of Humanities Charles University. The event is co-hosted by CEFRES and the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

CFP: The Wording of Thoughts: Philosophy From the Standpoint of Its Manuscripts and Archives

The Wording of Thoughts: Philosophy From the Standpoint of Its Manuscripts and Archives—Methodologies, Histories and Horizons

Organizer : Benedetta Zaccarello, CEFRES
When & Where : 7-9 June 2018, Prague
Deadline for applications : 21 January 2018
Language: English
Partners: ITEM, IMEC, Patočka Archives (Czech Academy of Sciences), FHS UK

Please send your proposal (title and 300 word-long abstract) and bio-bibliographical short notice to the following address: benedetta.zaccarello@cefres.cz

Philosophy is written, practiced, lived through: it is the translation of the experience of a thinking subjectivity in a conceptual alphabet and a verbal fabric. The I of philosophy is a chimera whose head tickles the heights of abstract concepts and universal discourses, while its body is grounded in the lived experience. At the hinge between these two realms called for by the speculative effort, stands the verbal material. Its meaning can only be determined taking into account its relationship to its contexts, the writing and reading practices surrounding it, the horizons of significations and even the implicit polemical charge which characterizes every philosophical contention. Likewise, the specificity of each theoretical expression is both the sine qua non condition for the perpetuation of a discipline looking to evolve and transcend its own categories, and the most subjective and personal aspect of a work that traditionally aims at the “neutrality” of abstraction.

The “making of a philosophical text”, including its cultural features and societal contingencies, challenges the representation of the discipline’s history as a series of abstract findings and innovative intuitions that constitute the landmarks of our paradigms. The philosopher who writes is the first inclined to erase the complex intricacies of the negotiations between existence and theory, between conceptual inventiveness and shared vocabulary inherited from a centuries-old tradition. Yet it is obvious that the dynamics of philosophy production and reception are a complex phenomenon whose writing nature is a crucial stake.

As reminded by Derrida reading Paul Valéry, such dimension of the philosopher’s work is constantly and almost physiologically overlooked in the representations of the discipline’s aims. Strong borders seem to delimitate fields renowned to be dissimilar, if not incompatible: philosophy and literature are therefore often seen as rival siblings, and their respective horizons do not take easily into account some elements that turn out to be indispensable to understand—from a dynamic, historical-cultural point of view—the production of theoretical prose. Likewise, and opposite to the tradition of the Romantic period for instance, intellectual work rarely binds philology and philosophy.

For all these reasons, the philosophical manuscript is an odd object that has only recently started to receive proper appraisal. In Europe nevertheless, the creation of archive centers gathering major philosophical data—such as Nietzsche, W. Benjamin or Kierkegaard—has sustained the memory of philosophical writing and enabled such “arches” to cross time waiting for the moment when, partly thanks to the development of digital humanities, these materials could get a much deserved attention. Thanks to the editing of philosophical manuscripts, the information contained by such media beyond the text itself turns out to be manyfold. The ontology that vitalizes and structures the hermeneutical gesture behind the work on manuscripts is indeed different. Such perspective enables to look at the evolution of a theoretical thought as a living and specific adventure, and the history of the discipline a dynamic, manifold and choral process. Still, not all the documents, as dispersed and little known traces of the philosophical practices, can be turned into books and remain hidden to the public eye. But it is beyond doubt that accessing these archives often enables to better understand the appearance, the method, the approach and even the sources, along with the polemical targets and the hints that published books tend to excise or dim.

Often only the specialists working on the critical edition of the works of a thinker-writer, or the archivists in charge of a fund are able to develop knowledge from such materials: working on archives demands time, and it does not match the rhythms imposed today to research and intellectual production. Therefore creativity expressed by researchers as they come up with ad hoc tools to publish or interpret a set of manuscripts has not yet been subjected to a comparative approach aiming at setting common methodological principles. If genetic criticism has developed since the 1970s an important set of tools and philological methodology specific to the study of writers’ manuscripts, little has been done to elaborate guidelines when dealing with philosophical archives.

This conference aims at establishing a dialogue between specialists from various countries and continents who have worked on different corpus so to sketch a few first methodological lines and establish a collaborative pioneer network. The publication of the conference proceedings should be a first cornerstone of this new consortium.
As the history of several philosophical archives and their anchoring in history as such, we hope to shed some light on these places as knowledge sources and field training and to advocate for the inclusion of such materials for a new approach to the history and the exegesis of theory. 

Four panels will be organized:

1 – Archives’ History/Histories. We welcome contributions dealing with the history of philosophical archives as institutions and how they became embedded in the cultural and social landscape of their time. On the other hand, the history of philosophy that can be reached through working on manuscripts shall be tackled.

2Conservation & Edition. The aim is to collect the testimonies of various specialists who have worked as curators and/or editors of philosophical manuscripts to better understand the specific challenges they may have met with each specific theoretical writing.  Issues pertaining to the digitalization of theoretical funds and to the intelligibility of its objects will also be addressed. We welcome papers on paradigmatic cases that can also fit within the 3rd type of propositions below.

3 – Editions & Exegesis: approaches and methodologies. Several contributions and a round table should open common methodological perspectives from the observation of several philosophical corpus. We aim at sketching a guideline applied to philosophical manuscripts, whether from the point of view of interpretation or of publishing.

4 – The Archives of Theory. This last panel aims at collecting propositions dealing with theoretical corpus outside philosophy, sic as literary theory, art history, science history, semiotics… This comparative perspective should bring up the specificities of this type of documents in their relation to the philosophical materials.

French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – Prague