SEMINAR OF EXCELLENCE 1: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF POLITICS – THE NATURE OF LEADERS AND THE CULTURE OF LEGITIMACY - 25–27 APRIL, 2017, SSST
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF POLITICS – THE NATURE OF LEADERS AND THE CULTURE OF LEGITIMACY
25 – 27 APRIL 2017
SARAJEVO SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
(Hrasnička cesta 3A, Ilidža, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Margaret Thatcher Auditorium (P13), 12.00
Application deadline: April 20
SSST and its Department of Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) in collaboration with the University of Salzburg and PoSig are organizing a series of seminar of excellence under the title "The Anthropology of Politics – The Nature of Leaders and the Culture of Legitimacy" as part of the Erasmus+ project.
Broadly understood as the study of humans as “political animals,” political anthropology examines the contextual specificity of political processes, the natural and cultural foundations of power systems and social hierarchies that surround us, and the meanings that we bring to our political practices.
In this seminar, Dr. Mario Wintersteiger (University of Salzburg) and Dr. Jana Jevtić (Sarajevo School of Science and Technology) explore the relation between the human condition and politics by focusing on two of its most crucial aspects – the secret of political leadership and the question of legitimacy of political systems.
First, we ask one of the main questions of political anthropology – can political behaviour be explained in the light of what one might call “human nature”? Is it all about “power and sex,” as some claim?
When it comes to leadership, one is inclined to search for patterns of success and reasons for the rise of political “alpha animals.” In this seminar, we discuss a number of anthropological theories about leaders and about those who follow them.
Next, we focus on the question of political legitimacy. Drawing from a number of ethnographic studies, we examine the idea of “bottom-up resistance” in the age of cyberspace and address its role in corroding legitimacy and power. What are some of the emerging brands of political protest and activism? What “language of contestation” is available to those who seek to challenge both the official or state discourse and the discourse of party politics?
The Seminar will be starting each day at noon and will take place in the Margaret Thatcher Auditorium (P13) on the ground floor.
- How to apply
If you are interested in attending, please send your personal information (name and last name, title/position, institution/organisation) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline: April 20, 2017
- Participation Fee
The seminar is free of charge for current SSST students and employees and for current students from the University of Sarajevo (UNSA).
Other participants are due to pay a participation fee in the amount of 20 KM per day, which is 60 KM in total for all three days, before the application deadline (April 20, 2017).
In this case, please do the required payment before April 20 to the account of the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology based on the followinng information:
Raiffeisen BANK d.d., account number: 1610000076030066, purpose of payment: SEMINAR OF EXCELLENCE
The participation fee includes certificates for participants who successfully complete the seminar by attending all three days.
- About the lecturers:
Dr. Mario Wintersteiger is Senior Scientist at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg. He also teaches for Bowling Green State University’s Academic Year Abroad in Austria and for the American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS) in Salzburg. He was a member of the Austrian Research Association’s Working Group “Politics – Religion – Violence.” His research and teaching focus is on Political Theory and the History of Ideas.
Dr. Jana Jevtić is a social anthropologist based in Sarajevo. She teaches at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST), where her focus is on identity politics, traditions of Islam, and the field of social movement studies, ranging from theory to content. In recent years, she has explored the role of reform movements in the reconfiguration of religious fields and the emergence of new actors and forms of religiosity in Europe.
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