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Séminaire Anthropologie à Bruxelles – Brussels Anthropology (ABBA) - Exceptions to authoritarianism: cultural heritage politics and corporate statecraft in the Altai Republic (Siberia)

Publié le 19 septembre 2019 Mis à jour le 24 septembre 2019

By applying the theories of Agamben and Schmitt to ethnographic insights about identity politics in the Altai Republic, this paper explores how the governance of cultural heritage and nationalism in Russia is far from uniform but characterized by exceptions and diffuse sovereignty.

Through the idiom of ‘exceptions of authoritarianism’ it contributes to a blossoming literature that, on the one hand, explores the various strategies of government the Kremlin applies, and on the other hand, studies the broader modes of sovereignty characterizing governance in the Russian Federation. Through an anthropological examination of cultural life and politics in the Altai Republic this paper will nuance the conception that memory and culture at large is increasingly instrumentalized by the Kremlin for regime legitimation and the maintenance of the so-called power vertical in an age of decreasing oil income. It will show by analyzing how Gazprom enables the blossoming of indigenous cultural institutions that various agendas, interests and power dynamics influence the culture-political fields of practice in authoritarian states. As such it will also theorise parastatal corporations like Gazprom, and how they are uniquely positioned between the global market, local cultural life and the authoritarian state.

Intervenant : Gertjan Plets (Utrecht University)

Le vendredi 4 octobre 2019 de 14h00 à 16h00

Des informations supplémentaires sont disponibles sur le site du Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains.
Le 4 octobre 2019
Campus du Solbosch

Institut de Sociologie 

Bâtiment S

Salle Doucy

12e niveau - Salle 123