Several researchers, doctoral students and associate researchers of the Norbert Elias Centre participate in the European Association of Social Anthropologists Association (EASA) virtual biennial conference, July 21-24 2020, as speakers, panel convenors and film director.

Panel coordination

Panel 155 – Wednesday 22 July
Food and its circulations across spaces and places. Challenges, tensions and resistances in food production, circulation and consumption
The panel promotes the widening of the anthropological gaze on the circulations of food, food production and food consumption across spaces and places paying attention to its intersections with the circulations of people.
Convenors: Marta Vilar Rosales (Instituto de Ciências Sociais) et Valeria Siniscalchi (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS)
Discussant: Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Full abstract and list of accepted papers

Panel 161 – Wednesday 22 July 2020
Rethinking margins through personhood
This panel will question personhood from the margins of kinship. Marginal situations are a particularly rich observatory for understanding the societal dynamics at work in the construction of personhood.
Convenors: Léa Linconstant (Aix-Marseille Université), Anaïs Martin (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS), Anne-Sophie Giraud (CNRS), Hélène Malmanche (EHESS), Manon Vialle (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS)
Full abstract and list of accepted papers



Melissa Blanchard (Centre Norbert Elias/CNRS)
Inheriting Italian citizenship in Chile: practices and representation of Italian citizenship between South America and Europe
This paper analyses how Chileans of Italian descent use the Italian citizenship they « inherit » from their ancestors, what it means to them and the mobility it engenders. It then compares it with European migration policies and with the representations of European identity and borders.
Panel 128: « Offshore citizenship: margins, enclaves, exclaves and citizenship messiness in Europe and beyond » – July 23
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Anaïs Martin (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS)
You’re half of that person genetically »: searching for origins in the experience of sperm donor conceived adults (UK, France) 
As origins have emerged as a central notion in the definition of personal identity in contemporary Euro-American societies, the use of genetic genealogy websites by donor conceived adults in order to identify donors and donors siblings questions the link between kinship and personhood.
Panel 161: « Rethinking margins through personhood » – July 22
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Cécilia Paradiso (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS)
Regulating fragile coastal areas: multiple knowledges for contestes answers
The seas are rising; also politically. New modes of oceanic governance are emerging. Parallel to this, there is a rising interest in the sea by action-focused and theory-oriented communities. How could oceanic commons help anthropology engage with debates about possible futures and better societies?
Panel 50: « Rising Sea Politics: Governance, Communities, Commons » – July 24
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Alesandra Tatić (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS)
Women Unionizing in Migration – Resistance and Emancipation As Transformative Experiences
The idea behind this article is to question the pre-established and seemingly objective categories of resistance and emancipation in the West by bringing them into the context of displaced women’s lives.
Panel 71: « Facts, myths and multi-realities on female migration » – July 23
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Manon Vialle (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS)
Post-cancer reproductive autonomy as « self-reconstruction » threshold in question
Fertility preservation as part of cancer treatment is a practice struggling to spread in France. The aim will be to analyse the plurality of medical discourses and practices around this situation, their receptions and their impacts on post-cancer experiences.
Panel 161: « Rethinking margins through personhood » – July 22
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Film screening

Laura Coppens
Taste of Hope
2019 | 71’ | France, Switzerland, Germany – July 24
In 2010, Unilever announced the closing of the profitable Fralib tea processing and packaging plant in the South of France. After 1336 days of resistance, the workers celebrated their victory against the giant multinational and became owners of the factory. Now, with the take-over of the company and production under workers’ control, a new struggle has begun. Can this alternative project be viable within an oversaturated, highly competitive market?
Taste of Hope is the fascinating story of a workers’ cooperative on their bumpy and conflicting road to real utopia. Where idealism clashes with harsh reality, the documentary observes the factory workers as they face inevitable challenges. For two years, the filmmaker accompanied the workers in their daily struggles. Between general assemblies, cash-flow problems and tea tastings with potential clients, deception, and conflict emerge. Ultimately, the documentary poses the question: How do we need to work today so we might live in a better world tomorrow?
A film produced with the support of La Fabrique des écritures.
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Image: screenshot from Taste of Hope