Colloquium Regensburg with Stef Jansen: Looking for "The State" in the Dayton Meantime

28.05.2015 (14:00 - 16:00)

Stef Jansen is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester (UK). Based on long term ethnographic research in the post-Yugoslav states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia since 1996, his work aims to contribute to the development of a critical anthropology of the making of home and hope with regard to place, nation and postsocialist state transformations. Having recently completed a book on everyday evocations of 'normal lives' and statecraft in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Yearnings in the Meantime: 'normal' lives and the state in a Sarajevo apartment complex, forthcoming with Berghahn, June 2015), he now plans to turn to questions of work and economic organisation. In a new research project to be carried out over the next few years he examines the affect of precarity and (un)employment in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Today's lecture is dedicated to the "hope for the state" in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Yugoslav state does not exist any more, the Bosnian state does not work yet in many Bosnians' opinion. How do Bosnians perceive this predicament, which hopes do they put in the existing state and which in a future one? 

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Landshuter Str. 4, Regenbsurg, Raum 017.

The colloquium is open to members of the Graduate School and of Regensburg University.

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