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On public policies, lives, and social spaces

Anthropological perspectives from the Mediterranean

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Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2022


This panel encourages an anthropological perspective on public policies, considering them as spaces of negotiation, inclusion, and hope, as well as social actants resulting in violence and exclusion. Moreover, by looking at the Mediterranean it allows a narrow and novel comparative perspective.



Social and cultural reactions to the current Covid19-related crisis have generally resulted in new legitimacy for public intervention, thus disavowing once again the narrative of a State roll-back due to neoliberal globalization. This panel calls for a renewed anthropological attention to the manifold ways in which public policies shape the lives of ordinary people, (re)producing subjectivities, dispositions, and regimes of meaning.

Considering the social normativity performed by policies, it is possible to stress, at the same time, that strategies and tactics enacted by people and actors carrying on their own agenda make such dispositifs unstable. This makes ethnography particularly well-suited for understanding how public policies work - while avoiding the unconscious reproduction of State’s logic - and for exploring the social spaces that those policies produce and reshape.

We will look in particular at the countries of the Mediterranean: featuring an amalgam of political instability, quasi-welfare, as well as imposed austerity, these countries constitute an excellent case for reframing our comprehension of the State, as well as of supranational, regional and municipal institutions. Recent literature points out that people there show comparable attitudes towards institutional violence of which public policies are a significant component. Thus, whilst contributing to revisit the Mediterranean as a field of study through comparison of current “policy worlds” this panel welcomes proposals on 1) the perceptions of policies, both of bureaucrats and targeted subjects, as well as on 2) how policies shape livelihoods and are, in turn, reshaped by the latter.

Submission guidelines

Proposing a paper online

Paper proposals must consist of:

  • a paper title
  • the name/s and email address/es of author/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

The Call for Papers closes at 23:59 GMT/WEST on 21 March 2022

Convenors of the panel

  • Gabriele Orlandi (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • Agata Hummel (University of Warsaw)
  • Panas Karampampas (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences)
  • Paula Escribano (University of Barcelona)

Chair of the panel

Chris Shore (Goldsmiths)

Scientific Committee of the conference

  • Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Dominic Bryan (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Fiona Murphy (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Mariya Ivancheva (The University of Strathclyde)
  • Chandana Mathur (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
  • Jonas Tinius (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Abayomi Ogunsanya (Independent scholar)
  • Nevena Škrbić Alempijević (University of Zagreb)
  • Thomas Kirsch (University of Konstanz)


  • Queen’s University Belfast
    Belfast, Britain

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Monday, March 21, 2022


  • public policy


  • Gabriele Orlandi
    courriel : gabriele [dot] orlandi [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

Information source

  • Gabriele Orlandi
    courriel : gabriele [dot] orlandi [at] univ-amu [dot] fr


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To cite this announcement

« On public policies, lives, and social spaces », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/18b7

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