Invisible Butterflies: Bifurcating Self and Political Militancy in Germany
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Renaissance_Park, 201C 1135 Tremont Street
A talk by Bob Kurik, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Charles University, Prague.
This talk explores the everyday lived experience of militant global justice, anti-austerity, and anti-fascist activists in Germany. Based on examples from ethnographic research during political riots and solidarity actions, as well as in jails, homes, universities and on the Internet, the presentation examines how young militants in Germany cultivate a "bifurcating self," constituted through switching between the roles of "middle class student" and "political trouble maker." Such "invisible butterflies" inhabit a liminal phase of life, simultaneously practicing militant protest while pursuing a middle class trajectory.
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Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Global Studies Council of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures
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