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RN11_05b: Collective Identity, Belonging and Emotion
Thursday, 22/Aug/2019:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Nina Margies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Location: BS.3.27
Manchester Metropolitan University Building: Business School, Third Floor, North Atrium Oxford Road

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Longing for Belonging: DIY Practices And Emotionalities In (Post)mining Landscape

Hana Daňková

Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

The paper shows how through DIY practices emotion of belonging to landscape heavily altered by open cast mining is materialized and performed. It discusses the potential of these DIY emotional-material practices to challenge an alienated proces of technocratic management of post-mining landscape. One of the foci of the paper is the reflection of "materialization of trandscendence and loss" (Bille et al., 2016) and its repercussions in the process of DIY activities.

The paper presents results from a project exploring DIY activities around open cast brown-coal mines in the Czech Republic. In particular, it comprises of participatory observation and interviews with producers of DIY artefacts, activists of "Mare Tranquillitatis" association. The acitivists promote the subversive idea of salt-water sea on the place of nowadays mines (especially subversive given the Czech republic is a inland country). Their DIY activities embrace manufacturing wooden lighthouse, small terrestrial marina on the edge of still operating mine or placing buoys marking lines of the "sea" next to touristic routes. Once the possibility of citizens to negotiate the future shape of the post-mining landscape is scarce in post-socialist conditions of the Czech republic due to existing barriers created through politics and policies, the activities of „Mare Tranquillitatis“ association offer possibility for subversive action. Through DIY practices and artefacts that resemble fantastic marine landscape members of the association and their followers materially and emotionally manifest their longing for belonging to the landscape, and longing for overcoming the barriers of non-participatory technocratic solutions offered by the stakeholders.

Keywords: DIY, emotionality, belonging, (post)mining landscape, Czech republic

Emotional Urban Territories: Ephemeral Practices, Social Control and the Role of the Emotions.

Fabio Bertoni

University of Padua, Italy

In the daily and widespread struggles that characterize the quarrels on the uses of urban spaces, as well as the direction of the policies that norm accesses and expulsions, emotions have a key role.

In particular, considering contested spaces, where more legitimated (from an economic, legal or urbanistic point of view) has to face with other uses, more unplanned, unexpected and interstitial, emotions permit to have a heterodox access for a deeper understanding of the normative assemblage of the urban space, in its combination of legal tools, everyday interactions (and dynamics of power) between subjects in their different ways of using and inhabiting the urban sites, affective atmospheres and habits. Starting a territoriological analysis of the everyday encounters, in which territories are considered as acts that spatially inscribe boundaries and control apparatuses that make them effective, emotions are mobilized in the urban struggles and claims.

Result of an ethnographic research, realized with the practitioners of three artistic and leisure activities (parkour, slacklining and buskers and street art performances), realized in the North Italy, the paper will start from the urban events generated by these ephemeral interventions in public spaces are subjected to a boundary-making process that excludes the more impromptu and unplanned modalities of these disciplines, combining a moral, aesthetic and emotional control on them. In particular, great attention will be dedicated on the implications for the body government, in terms of movement, performativity, and presence, that the political dimension through the emotional feature of the social control implies.

Being Soviet and Lithuanian: Emotional Regimes as the Bridge between the Opposites

Nerija Putinaitė

Vilnius University, Lithuania

The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania in 1940. After 1944, hopes of restoring the political independence were gradually lost. The personal experiences were a clash of opposites: the experience of the loss of the state, repressions and deportations, and forced loyalty to the regime and the initiatives of the new political administration.

The political administration attempted to establish links between the traumatic experience and the hostility towards the regime, and on the other hand, the goals of the Soviet world and the society’s loyalty to the state and regime, i. e. between the negative emotions arising from the experience and the positive emotions necessary to the regime.

In order to build such a bridge, the Soviet Lithuanian administration created a kind of hybrid culture as a smooth synthesis of the Soviet ideas and the national elements. It generated specific regimes of emotions: happiness, melancholy and suffering. The regimes of emotions helped to blend the national and the Soviet experiences; they absorbed and legitimized the personal traumatic experiences and even the experiences of guilt of collaboration with the regime.

The study analyses the most popular phenomena of the Soviet Lithuanian culture : the song and dance festivals, the folklore movement at the end of the 1960’s, and the dramatic trilogy by the most famous Lithuanian poet Justinas Marcinkevičius, Mindaugas, Mažvydas and The Cathedral, written in the 1960’s and 1970’s. All the phenomena were prevalent in the mass culture until the end of the Soviet era, and they have remained popular until present day. The study is based on the concept of emotional regime developed by William M. Reddy in his book The Navigation of Feeling.

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