Year of start: 2012
Subject: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Research Topic/Provisional Dissertation Title
Revolutionary Temporalities, Ethics, And Self-Formation Among Syrians In Southern Turkey
My project is about the Syrian conflict, or rather the Syrian revolution, thawra, as Syrians in Gaziantep (Southern Turkey) call it. The aim of this research is to understand the various and complex elements entailed in the experiences of, involvements in, and ideas about the revolution of Syrians in Gaziantep; as well as the ways in which these experiences, involvement and ideas are shaped, and re-invented by Syrians’ temporal practices and ideas. How do such practices and ideas inflect the experience and significance of the Syrian revolution by Syrians in Gaziantep? This project will focus on Syrians who flew to Syria to go to Gaziantep in the aftermath of the uprising. Following recent anthropological research that analyses political actions through time, I aim to show how different temporalities are at stake in Syrian revolutionary activities. How are Syrians’ involvement in and ideas of the revolution shaped by memories of the past, practices in the present, and hopes and projects for the future? How do various understandings of time imply different ethical horizons, and shape different selves? Moreover, how are Syrians’ temporal logics informed by Islam and by politico-religious practices and concepts, such as sacrifice, martyrdom and jihad? Hence, how do Syrian revolutionary practices and ideas emerge from different secular, religious and political understandings of the past, present, and future, and draw different politico-ethical horizons? By conducting extensive fieldwork with Syrians in Gaziantep, and looking at the Syrian revolution in terms of temporality, I seek to comprehend how different individual and collective identities emerge from and create different revolutionary practices, which are simultaneously shaped by one’s decisions and actions, as well as by political contexts, violence and through historical change.
- Anthropology of Middle East and Islam
- Anthropology of the state and alternative politics
- Political imagination and political cosmology
- Anthropology of personhood, kinship and relatedness
- Decolonisation of thought and practice
- Contemporary philosophies
BA Philosophy (Paris 1 la Sorbonne, France)
BA Geography (Paris 1 la Sorbonne, France)
MA Philosophy (Toulouse 2 le Mirail, France – Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany)
MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology (UCL)
Forthcoming, Review of D. Scott, Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice (2014, Duke University Press). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
2014, Review of P. Geschiere, Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison (2013, University of Chicago Press). Social Anthropology 58(1).
2014, “Being a Spy or a Black Shaman in Southern Siberia: Fieldwork Among the Shors”, Anthropolitan 9 (winter 2013/2014).
2013, “Des Métaphysiques Cannibales à la Philosophie Anthropophage: Esquisse d’une Anthropo-Philosophie”, master thesis, publised on the website of Europhilosophie, www.europhilosophie.eu/recherche/IMG/pdf/LORIS_Charlotte_Master_2.pdf
2012, “Cannibalisme contre Vampirisme: pour une décolonisation de l’anthropologie occidentale?” (Cannibalism vs. Vampirism: For a Decolonisation of Western Anthropology ?) La Seiche (3), Paris (France).
2011, “Impérialisme linguistique, Impérialisme territorial. De la politique des langues à la politique territoriale en Israël”, Interpretationes (4), Toulouse (France).
Selected Seminar, Conference, and Workshop Papers
“Egalitarianism and Equity among Syrian refugees and activists in Southern Turkey” paper presented in workshop on Egalitarianism, Department of Anthropology, Bergen (June 2014).
“The Anthropology of Activism: Political Emotions and the Politics of Representation in the Syrian Revolution” paper presented in CUSAS workshop, Department of Anthropology, Cambridge (March 2014).
“When ethnography goes wrong: a study of Shor sociality” presented in panel on Material Failure in anthropology, AAA annual meeting, Chicago (November 2013).
“Kafka and the political thought in modern anthropology and philosophy” presented in workshop on Kafka and the philosophers, École Normale Supérieure (February 2013).
“Elia Suleiman et Francis Alÿs, des cinéastes ‘mineurs’ ? Une lecture deleuzienne des enjeux cinématiques et politiques des oeuvres de E. Suleiman et F. Alÿs”, paper presented in workshop on Cinema as Act of Resistance, University of Toulouse, France (July 2012).s
“Western Philosophy and Cannibal Metaphysics: definition of a ‘Minor Anthropology’” paper presented at a conference on Philosophy and Anthropology at UFSCAR, Sao Carlos (May 2012).
"Marginalisation and penalisation of Madness: a Foucauldian Approach to the ‘Moindre Geste’”, in a workshop at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade (December 2011).
“Power and Weakness of the Language in Psychoanalysis”, paper presented in workshop on Language and Psychoanalysis at the Third Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (November 2010).
Workshops and conferences organised
Penser avec l’Anthropologie (http://sophiapol.hypotheses.org/15993) . Seminar co-organised (with C. Chamoix, D. Le-Roux, P-L Boulanger, B. Gille) at Nanterre University, Paris, France (2014/2015).
Penser avec l’Anthropologie (http://sophiapol.hypotheses.org/14957). Conference co-organised (with C. Chamoix, D. Le-Roux, P-L Boulanger) at Nanterre University, Paris, France (May 2014).
Le cinéma : un acte de résistance. L’invention de politiques autres dans le cinéma : lectures cinématographiques, politiques et philosophiques (http://erraphis.univ-tlse2.fr/accueil-erraphis/manifestations-scientifiques/archives/2012-4e-forum-international-de-philosophie-politique-et-sociale-325843.kjsp?RH=1371031726054). Workshop organised (with B. Hankollari) at Toulouse University, France (July 2012).
Journées d’étude autour de la philosophie française contemporaine. Workshops organised (with T. Eid Mendes) at University of Sao Carlos, Brazil (May 2012). (www.europhilosophie.eu/recherche/spip.php?article707)
ERC, Contemporary Anthropologies of Revolutionary Politics (www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/revolution)
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