Submerged Conflicts. Ethnography of the Invisible Resistances in the Quotidian

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Call for Papers
June 8, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Cultural History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology

Submerged Conflicts. Ethnography of the Invisible Resistances in the Quotidian

Convenor: Pietro Saitta (University of Messina)


From June 8 to 11, 2016 will take place in Bergamo (Italy) the 6th Conference of Ethnography and Qualitative Research, organized by the University of Bergamo in collaboration with the journal «Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa» (ERQ), and the Italian publisher Il Mulino.

The present call for papers solicits either ethnographic or qualitative contributions that deal with the theme of invisible resistances in the realms of everyday life, labor and public space, and that show how politics and struggles move to private and quotidian plans, often illegal, which parallel the more conventional forms of collective action. Methodological contributions, based both on primary research accounts and secondary ethnographical and historical data that reflect on the problems of the recognition of resistances and the politics of writing, are also encouraged.

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To submit your proposal, please send an e-mail to: Pietro Saitta (, and, indicating the title of the chosen session in the subject. Moreover, the text should include:

  • the title of your talk and an abstract of maximum 1000 words (.doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf);
  •  your contact details (full name, e-mail, post address and affiliation) and those of your coauthor/s, if any;
  • if you like, a short video talk (2 min. max.). Not necessarily a piece of what your proposed talk would be, but a sort of teaser trailer for it, and a piece of you too (by sending the video, you thereby allow the organizing committee to upload the video at its discretion, in full or cut form, on the Youtube channel of Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa: ).

Abstracts (and video talks) must be submitted in English. The official languages of the conference, however, are Italian, English, and French. For each session, languages will be used depending on the participants composition.

Proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2016.

Acceptance of proposals will be notified by March 8, 2016.

Contributors must register by April 15, 2016 to be included in the program

Standard fee (full time employed scholars): € 100 by April 1, 2016; € 150 after April 1, 2016.

Reduced fee (PhD, unemployed/part-time scholars): € 75 by April 1, 2016; € 100 after April 1, 2016.

(Fees include: yearly subscription to the journal ERQ; buffet lunch on June 10, 2016and coffee breaks).

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Pietro Saitta

University of Messina

Department of Cultural Studies


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