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WORKSHOP: Researching Living with/in Difference Creatively

March 19 - March 20

Convenors: Tsypylma Darieva (ZOiS) & Piotr Goldstein (ZOiS)

This workshop aims to explore innovative, creative methodologies, including visual, sensory, multimodal, and other approaches, in understanding the dynamics of living with/in difference. We invite particularly scholars focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Balkans. While emphasizing these regions, we can also welcome some contributions offering case studies from diverse corners of the world that will broaden our perspectives, and benefit from the dialogue, on the newest developments in the study of conviviality, everyday peace patterns and (migrant/minority/refugee) social engagement and resistance. The workshop seeks to provide a platform for engaging discussions on methodologies that explore and visualise conviviality and tensions in multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies and that capture the nuanced experiences of diverse communities. The event will serve as a hub for scholars to exchange ideas, share experiences, and explore cutting-edge methodologies that creatively explore living in/with difference. The goal is to foster a dialogue, showcasing innovative approaches to research that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Co-organised by KonKoop, DeZIM & EASA Network Anthropology and Social Movements


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

 15:00-15:20    Registration and coffee

15:20-15:30    Welcoming remarks

15:30-17:00    Panel 1: New perspectives on conviviality

Magdalena Nowicka (DeZIM, Berlin) – Telling stories using no words – racism in narrations and drawings of young immigrants and refugees in Berlin

Mela Žuljević (Leibniz-IfL Leipzig) – Notes on artistic research in the post-conflict context of Bosnia and Herzegovina [online]

Hannah Wadle (Adam-Mickiewicz-University in Poznań) – Staging Jakub Maiński’s “Sztynort 1935” in Sztynort: Three Drafts

Chair: Tsypylma Darieva (ZOiS)


17:00-17:15    Coffee Break


17:15-18:45    Panel 2: Challenges of living-together in the time of crises

Tsypylma Darieva (ZOiS, Berlin) – Religious diversity between regulation and everyday practice in the South Caucasus

Ketevan Gurchiani (Ilia State University Tbilisi) – Half-Christian and Half-Muslim: Infrastructure of co-living in Tbilisi

Alexander Koensler (University of Perugia) – Understanding emerging forms of mobilization: The Arab spring in Israel

Chair: Sabine von Löwis (ZOiS)


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

9:30-11:00      Panel 3: Post-conflict multi-ethnic cooperation

Sophie Rostiashvili (Ilia State University) and Tsypylma Darieva (ZOiS, Berlin) – Multi-ethnic cooperation in Kvemo Kartli – Lingscapes and transformation of shared spaces in Georgia

Vadim Romashov (University of East Finland) – Ethnography for peace research and peace practice: how and why to study living together with difference?

Eszter Szabó, PhD (Hungarian University of Fine Arts) & Ian M. Cook (Allegra Lab) – Drawing the city with refugee students in Hungary

Chair: Piotr Goldstein (DeZIM/ZOiS)


11:00-11:15    Coffee Break


11:15-12:30    Panel 4: Methods and hierarchies

Tinatin Khomeriki, PhD (Free University Tbilisi) – Trust and mistrust in the Old Town: Performing multiculturality at the Tbilisoba Festival in Georgia

Izabela Desperak (University of Lodz) – Alternative research approach and implementation Non-hierarchical, participative research from grassroot level

Yulia Aliyeva (ADA University Baku) – From top-down policies to bottom-op signs: Linguistic dynamics in Baku’s 8 km district

Chair: Ivaylo Dinev (ZOiS)


12:30-13:15    Lunch

13:15-14:45    Panel 5: Performative and sensory approaches

Carol Silverman Performative transcultural methodologies: Studying music/dance, gender, and politics with Balkan Roma (online)

Piotr Goldstein (DeZIM / ZOiS) Sensing frequencies of change in the border zone: Between metaphor and sensory research

Chair: Maksymilian Awuah (DeZIM)


15:00-16.30    Closing remarks


16:30-17:30    Planning for future projects



(c) Paul Wernig/ ZOiS


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