EASA Anthropologies of State network (AnthroState) conference
30–31 August 2023
@ Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
Call for papers
These are turbulent times. As they face war, climate and economic crisis, the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rising popularity of authoritarian and populist leadership, people across the world reassess the role of the state. Many expect the state to provide solutions to local and global challenges; others turn to conspiracy theories and “post-truth” politics to explain the misery we are in. The workings of the state remain opaque and trust in the politicians at its helm everywhere seems at an all-time low. While the popularity of neoliberal ideologies is on the wane, neoliberal policies and programmes remain the norm. The ensuing disagreement about the role of the state has polarised many an electorate.
This state of affairs presents a rich moment for anthropologists to study how the future of the state is envisioned, and how it is enacted in practice. But it also offers us a tantalising opportunity to engage the state ourselves: how might we contribute to better, more democratic, and more just states? And do we dare to theorise what might come next? Does the state have to signal the end of history, the be-all and end-all of our political imagination – or could there yet be something else? What may be gained from a move away from Eurocentric approaches to the state toward critiques formulated from the margins, by indigenous movements, or through the lens of postcolonial political theory?
We invite members of the network, and other anthropologists interested in and concerned about the state, to submit paper proposals that address the future of the state and/or explore possible future states.
30 March 2023, 23:59 Rīga time
Abstract submission deadline
15 April 2023
Information about abstract acceptance
14 July 2023
- Language of the conference: English
- No participation fee for the delegates
Please fill out the abstract submission form
Travelling to and around Rīga
The easiest way to travel to Latvia is by plane. There are direct flights to Rīga from most biggest cities in Europe. Rīga International Airport is located just outside the Latvian capital and getting to the city center by bus or taxi is quick and easy. Bus No. 22 runs to and from the airport every 20 minutes (route schedule); the bus ticket costs EUR 2.00 and may be purchased on the bus.
The other option for travelling form the airport to the city center is taxi. The fares are set by taxi carriers; typically, the fare is comprised of the boarding fee, the distance fee and the travel time fee. You can hire a taxi at the airport in the designated area or by using the mobile app. If you choose taxi at the airport, we recommend the services of BalticTaxi.
When in Rīga
To move around Rīga, you can use public transportation - tram, trolleybus and bus. Timetables, fares and purchase information are available in Latvian and English at www.rigassatiksme.lv.
You may also opt for the code ticket, which allows you to make payments for the trips via smartphone. In order to use the code ticket, you will have to install a mobile application on their smartphones: download the app of your choice.
Please be aware that all tickets must be registered every time you board the tram, the trolleybus or the bus. Passengers without a valid or unregistered ticket are subject to a fine of 15 to 30 euros.
Getting to the conference venue
Rīga Stradiņš University is located at 16 Dzirciema iela in Pārdaugava, on the left bank of the river Daugava. There is efficient public transportation network with routes directly connecting the University area with the city centre and many other neighbourhoods.
|Route||Get on at||Get off at|
|Tram 1||Jugla — Imanta||Any stop on Brīvības iela or Barona iela||Dzirciema iela|
|Tram 5||Mīlgrāvis — Iļģuciems||Grēcinieku iela, 13. janvāra iela, or Nacionālā opera||Dārza iela|
|Trolleybus 9||Stacijas laukums — Iļģuciems||Grēcinieku iela, or 13. janvāra iela||Botāniskais dārzs|
|Trolleybus 25||Brīvības iela — Iļģuciems||Elizabetes iela or Nacionālais teātris||Botāniskais dārzs|
|Bus 37 or 41||Esplanāde — Imanta 5||Nacionālais teātris||Botāniskais dārzs|
We have listed a few hotels based on the location and public transport connection with the venue.
|Hotel||Address in Rīga||Avg. single room price / night (via booking.com)||Public transport|
|Riga Islande Hotel||2 Ķīpsalas iela||~70 EUR||Trolleybus 25 / Bus 37 or 41|
|Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara||1 Krogus iela||~80 EUR||Tram 1 or 5|
|Bridge Hotel||6 Daugavgrīvas iela||~50 EUR||Tram 1 or 5|
|Bellevue Park Hotel Riga||1 Slokas iela||~100 EUR||Tram 1 or 5|
|My Hotel OK & Coliving||12 Slokas iela||~50 EUR||Tram 1 or 5|
|Primo Hotel||62 Nometņu iela||~60 EUR||Trolleybus 9 or 25 / Bus 4, 21, 38, 39 or 46|
The conference is co-organised by Anthropologies of State (AnthroState) network of the European Association of Anthropologists and Rīga Stradiņš University.
- Martijn Koster, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
- Mette-Louise Johansen, VIVE, Aarhus, Denmark
- Keye Tersmette, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
- Klāvs Sedlenieks, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
- Klāvs Sedlenieks, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
- Diāna Kiščenko, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
- Līga Hartpenga, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
- Edīte Pauna, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
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