<![CDATA[Valued Difference - News]]>Sun, 12 May 2024 18:28:13 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[Heteromelancolia no Rio de Janeiro]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2022 15:19:46 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/heteromelancolia-no-rio-de-janeiroUm suspiro das mulheres espanholas em relação aos homens cariocas
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Este capítulo aborda etnograficamente o dilema vivido por mulheres espanholas heterossexuais e liberadas que constroem uma relação de solidariedade com grupos queer no Rio de Janeiro mas expressam sentimentos de heteromelancolia. Aparentemente contra sua vontade, elas relatam momentos de tristeza quanto à queerização da população masculina do Rio de Janeiro naquilo que é, para elas, um processo crescente. Em diálogo com os comentários delas sobre esses encontros, registrados entre 2014 e 2020, ofereço percepções etnográficas sobre sua experiência distinta de diferença interseccional e conexão parcial com pessoas queer. Essas relações foram ofuscadas pela heteromelancolia que advém das tensões entre a liberação feminista/queer e o desejo heteronormativo.
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Hetero-melancholia in Rio de Janeiro

A sigh of Spanish women in relation to local men

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This chapter ethnographically engages with the conundrum experienced by straight liberated Spanish women who encounter in solidarity with queer people in Rio de Janeiro but express their feelings of hetero-melancholia. Seemingly against their will, they conveyed moments of sadness in face of the queering of Rio de Janeiro’s male population, to them, an advancing process. Engaging with the commentaries on such encounters, recorded between 2014 and 2020, I offer ethnographic insights into their distinct experience of intersectional difference from, and partial connection with, queer people. These relations were overshadowed by hetero-melancholia, born out of the tensions between feminist/queer liberation and heteronormative desire.

Please get in touch if you would like to read an English version of this paper.
in: Sarah Albiez-Wieck, Silke Hensel, Holger M. Meding and Katharina Schembs (eds.) Género en América Latina: Homenaje a Barbara Potthast, 443-465. Madrid, Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana; Vervuert.
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<![CDATA[Assembling social hierarchies. Newcomers' urban Journeys in Rio de Janeiro]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2022 22:00:00 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/assembling-social-hierarchies-newcomers-urban-journeys-in-rio-de-janeiroIn this paper, I ask whether and how the assembling of social hierarchies in the everyday of urban newcomers can be conceptualised. In my ethnographic work with Senegalese and Spanish in Rio de Janeiro since 2014, I have been interested in the unexpected and multiple stories and materialities of the city as they unfold upon arrival. Assemblage thinking – the meshing together of urban components so that they work well together– has an edge over other approaches to account for a multiplicity of urban worlds in the making. At the same time, assemblages have been critiqued for being overly horizontal, unable to capture inequality and hierarchy. Inequality and hierarchy, however, are constitutive of Rio de Janeiro as is the case for most contemporary urban configurations. In Rio de Janeiro, newcomers continuously evaluate multiple and intersecting differences in countless and often ambiguous ways. Newcomers perceive, question, position themselves in relation to, and re-assemble urban hierarchies in known and new ways. These sensory, reflexive, and material constitutions of valued difference are crucial to the worlds that unfold in an unequal city. I will ground this productive conceptual tension in selected vignettes of the fragmented urban trajectories of newcomers in Rio de Janeiro that compose my emerging ethnography. I invite the seminar participants to joining my quest of how to best comprehend such an assembling of social hierarchies through concepts that may travel to facilitate comparison.
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<![CDATA[Cfp: Panel "Latin America under the Conviviality-Inequality lens" - Deadline 30 November 2021]]>Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:04:07 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/cfp-panel-latin-america-under-the-conviviality-inequality-lens-deadline-30-november-2021I am glad to organize this interdisciplinary panel with Clara Ruvituso, Ramiro Segura and Astrid Ulloa from Mecila! Consider submitting your work:

Interdisciplinary Panel
07.09 Latin America under the Conviviality-Inequality lens: Current scenarios and possible futures of living together at the

Congreso Internacional del Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina (CEISAL)
13-15 June 2022 in Helskinki, Finland

ABSTRACT
This panel invites contributions that discuss the current scenarios and possible futures in Latin America under the lens of Conviviality-Inequality. In the last years, Conviviality-Inequality studies developed a focus on Latin America, initiating productive dialogue with Latin American social thought, otherwise often displaced to the margins of global knowledge circulation, where it dwells together with postcolonial studies, the critiques of anthropocentrism, and further critical theories of the other "souths" and "norths". The panel aims to go beyond established conceptions of coloniality and modernity, globality and locality, or parallel notions that present all too simple binaries, juxtapositions, and closures.
Multiple and intersecting social, political, and material regimes have shaped Latin American territorialities. They have emerged from the confluence and entanglement of colonial and imperialist, as well as modern and developmentalist globalizing forces and their contestations. These regimes shape time-spaces of different scales, from the global to the local, from the event to long durée. The paired concept Conviviality-Inequality captures the co-existence of ever-changing configurations of these multiple processes and their spatializations. While conviviality theoretically encompasses the spectrum from conflict to peace, its conceptual marriage to inequality hones in on the hierarchical, unequal historical condition, in Latin America and beyond. Current debates of zumbification, aquilombar, buen vivir, and ways of rethinking creolization, mestizaje, négritude, imperialism, and ancestral knowledge explore the convivial configurations of the Latin American pasts, presents, and futures. They take the interdependent inequalities and differences into account (among others, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, citizenship, human/more-than-human) as
well as the countless forms of resistance and contestation that have arisen in the region. Attention to such configurations brings onto-epistemological openings to the forefront: spatialities, temporalities, colonialities, and modernities are all constituted in the plural.
Within the rapidly changing global scenario of both global social movements, such as “Vidas negras importam”, “Estallido social”, “Fridays for Future”, and the Covid-19 pandemic, Conviviality-Inequality opens a novel and productive opportunity for analysis given its focus on specific tensions at local and global levels, between inequality and differences, and their contestations. Papers should empirically explore concrete examples of Conviviality-Inequality, making use of the full spectrum of onto-epistemological, material, and symbolic plurality. Beyond the debates addressed so far, some such examples: the re-emergence of State power from urban centers to national borders, from the intimate community to the geopolitical scale; the salience of less-regarded categories of difference, such as age, dis/ability, or legal status in interaction that unfold in the configuration of race, class, and gender; the reconfiguring and diverse contestations in relation to the body, nature, or the non-human; the tensions, inequalities, and opportunities of the digital transformation and social media in knowledge circulation. Based on empirical reflections of the current conjuncture, we would like to discuss what kinds of convivial scenarios and futures become possible and conceivable in Latin America when the pluralities, synergies, tensions, interconnections, and contradictions are fully explored to address both continuities and change.

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<![CDATA[Honoured: Hommage à la Casa de Rui Barbosa]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 09:35:54 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/honoured-hommage-a-la-casa-de-rui-barbosa

A strategic forum for Brazilianists

Result of the VII International Symposium on the history and culture of Brazil "Struggles for freedom in 200 years of an independent Brazil" (Simpósio Internacional de História e Cultura do Brasil: Lutas por liberdade em 200 anos de Brasil independente) has resulted this beautiful open access publications from across the humanities and social sciences.

It reminds us of how important it is to maintain freedom and the creativity of thought to actively engage with the politics and poetics of a complex world such as that which is unfolding in the time-space that is today commonly named "Brasil".

I have contributed with a reflection on aspects of Otherness that derives from current migrations to Brazil. Enjoy the read!
TABLE OF CONTENT OF THE ISSUE OF BRÉSIL(S):
https://doi.org/10.4000/bresils.8557

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<![CDATA[Just published -- Interweaving the fabric of urban infrastructure. Senegalese City-Making in Rio de Janeiro]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 12:54:35 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/just-published-interweaving-the-fabric-of-urban-infrastructure-senegalese-city-making-in-rio-de-janeiroIt's a long journey that comes to an end as an #openaccess article in IJURR (doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12963).

I was fascinated how newcomers make the city according to their tastes, needs, visions, and projects weaving threads together that have not been connected before. I focus on the action of interweaving - or agencer - in which they connect themselves and their collective forms of organization to religious, social, political and material elements of urban space. First and foremost, I thank my interlocutors with whom I learned about the multiple Rios that emerge from complex lives lived in the multiple tensions in place.

The article sheds light onto the process of arrival that is at the basis of my project Valued Difference that I have developed over the last years in Rio de Janeiro, on which you can read here.
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<![CDATA[Aproximar-se às diferenças urbanas valorizadas a partir do imagético]]>Fri, 02 Oct 2020 16:19:46 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/aproximar-se-as-diferencas-urbanas-valorizadas-a-partir-do-imageticoA potencialidade dos registros visuais na etnografia com residentes urbanxs recém-chegadxs
Invited by the Núcleo de Antropologia Visual (NAVISUAL) of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul I'll be presenting some of the visual cues that my interlocutors in Rio de Janeiro use to tell their stories in Rio de Janeiro and my own visual registers that developed over hearing their characterizations of the city and its inhabitants. I'm very much looking forward to the debate!

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<![CDATA[VII International Symposium on the history and Culture of Brazil]]>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 09:31:36 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/vii-international-symposium-on-the-history-and-culture-of-brazilI will be presenting at the 9th roundtable on "Identities and Alterities" of this international symposium that honors the struggles for freedom in 200 years of an independent Brazil. I will discuss some of the current alterities in Brazli that arise from the recent arrival of West Africans and Southern Europeans in the city of Rio de Janeiro. I will discuss notions of Africanness and Europeanness in my interlocutors' narratives and experiences in Rio de Janeiro and how this discussion facilitates an understanding of some of the complexities of historically grown, currently active social hierarchies and racism in the city.
Missed it? Please go and listen to our debate here!
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<![CDATA[Continuously shaping horizontal global collaboration]]>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 22:00:00 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/continuously-shaping-horizontal-global-collaboration
It is a pleasure to announce that over the coming years I will be able to work together with the colleagues from the Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America - Mecila - to inquire into the entanglements of inequality and conviviality in Latin American societies.

The Centre is a collaboration between seven research institutions in four countries and two continents
  • Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales Research (Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences, IdIHCS)
  • El Colegio de México (The College of Mexico, COLMEX)
  • Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning, CEBRAP)
  • Universidade de São Paulo (University of São Paulo, USP)
  • Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Ibero-American Institute, IAI)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (Free University Berlin, FU Berlin), and
  • Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne, UzK)
The last will be my academic home from where I will work with colleagues on the [hi]stories in which forms of living together with difference are entangled diachronically. It allows me to draw my expertise from my previous projects in Senegal, Spain, and Brazil together.
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<![CDATA[Researching with Difference]]>Thu, 21 May 2020 09:26:55 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/researching-with-differenceAs a key part of my research for the book Comparing Conviviality, I reflect on the differences between me and my interlocutors, my privilege and the commonalities we identified and challenges we faced. The relations we forged throughout the research process and beyond materialized at the intersection of race, origin, class, world view and outlook, among others.
Impressions from the presentation and debate of Comparing Conviviality at the Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Estudos Migratórios (NIEM), IPPUR, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, in March 2020.

The sound at the beginning and end are from ZigFest in 2010 in Ziguinchor, Senegal which I discuss in Chapter 4: Staged and sensous.

If ever you do not have access to the book through your institution, please get in touch.
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<![CDATA[The birth of a concept]]>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:07:56 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/april-22nd-2020The book Comparing Conviviality takes the claim to a better knowledge and practice of how to live with difference foreward that Senegalese migrants in Catalonia made. Pursuing such non-hegemonic knowledge during 18-month of multi-sited, ethnographic fieldwork in Casamance, Senegal, and Catalonia, Spain, this quest has led to the formulation of an unstable concept: conviviality.
Impressions from the presentation and debate of Comparing Conviviality at the Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Estudos Migratórios (NIEM), IPPUR, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, in March 2020.

The sound at the beginning and end are from ZigFest in 2010 in Ziguinchor, Senegal which I discuss in Chapter 4: Staged and sensous.

If ever you do not have access to the book through your institution, please get in touch.
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<![CDATA[CfP: Emerging Urban Political Subjectivities: Synergies, Tensions, Contradictions, and Transformations in Pluralizing Cities (Panel 88)]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 22:00:00 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/cfp-emerging-urban-political-subjectivities-synergies-tensions-contradictions-and-transformations-in-pluralizing-cities-panel-88We invite you to submit a proposal to our panel

Application deadline extended: 1st of June 2020

Abstract: Cities are cross-roads where the numerous effects of neoliberal capitalism and (post)modern biopolitics converge with scores of counter-movements challenging them and proposing alternatives. In this context we ask how urban dwellers and traversers who strive for change of the terms of urban life become involved in the political. This panel aims to understand such emerging urban political subjectivities. We invite papers that observe such changes either regarding a specific subset of urban populations (e.g. activists, migrants, believers, students, homeless), specific causes (e.g. mobility, housing, security), or in overall urban governance schemes (e.g. private-public partnerships, participatory processes). The panel is particularly interested in innovative takes on the political that study the entanglements of materialities, people, and acts. We invite critical engagements with the - in our view - problematic conceptual distinctions between the political, the ethical, and the emotional. A key concern of ours is: How do non-hegemonic cosmovisions shape urban political subjectivities and how do their proponents re-define both the content and form of the political. Not only urban assemblages are plural, but also their styles and forms of addressing the political, fluently re-entangling materialities, actors, and acts. This fluidity challenges simple concepts of the political and signals urban becoming in multiplicity. Urban political subjectivities hence may go through rapid changes. Through increased analytical ethnographic attention into such emerging configurations and their synergies, tensions, and contradictions, the panel aims to make a valuable contribution to understanding and shaping more sustainable and resilient urban futures.

Conference: IUAES Congress 2020 Coming of Age on Earth: Legacies and Next Generation Anthropology

When: 07-11 October 2020
Where: Convention Centre, Šibenik, Croatia

Conveners: Tilmann Heil (KU Leuven), Raúl Acosta (LMU Munich)

Guidelines: https://iuaes2020.conventuscredo.hr/abstract-submission-guidelines/
Submission system: https://iuaes2020.conventuscredo.hr/abstract-submission/

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts.
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<![CDATA[Changing the debate on migration]]>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 09:26:48 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/changing-the-debate-on-migrationMy work on migration accross one of the most unequal geographies in the world, the Mediterranean, was driven by the dissatisfaction with how the people were mainly framed: victims, criminals, or undeserving 'bogus' refugees. These debates are often driven by the problem of Europeans to deal with those who are different at their doorstep. My book Comparing Conviviality shifts this debate, engaging with the knowledge of mobile Africans and how they live with difference.
Impressions from the presentation and debate of Comparing Conviviality at the Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Estudos Migratórios (NIEM), IPPUR, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, in March 2020.

The sound at the beginning and end are from ZigFest in 2010 in Ziguinchor, Senegal which I discuss in Chapter 4: Staged and sensous.

If ever you do not have access to the book through your institution, please get in touch.
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<![CDATA[Interweaving the fabric of urban infrastructure. Senegalese City-Making in Rio de Janeiro]]>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:27:16 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/interweaving-the-fabric-of-urban-infrastructurein International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR)
Early View, pdf

Abstract
This article reveals how newcomers weave their own threads into the fabric of urban infrastructure. Entangling their own with other urban assemblages, newcomers generate multi‐layered dynamics situationally in order to render possible the lives to which they aspire. They forge openings where there seemed none before and keep negative potentialities in check. To offer an ethnography of how the Senegalese presence in Rio de Janeiro has grown dynamically between 2014 and 2019, I draw analytical strength from the double meaning of agencement: the action of interweaving varied socio‐material components—agencer—so that they work together well, and the resulting assemblage of social and material components. Two case studies act as a starting point: how Senegalese came to inhabit an urban architectural landmark and how they regularize their residence status. Their transformative power of city‐making is generated both through the mutual intertwining of a dahira, a religious group of Senegalese migrants, and a diasporic Senegalese association and through the ways in which the Senegalese interweave themselves and their institutionalized collective forms with ever more socio‐material components of the urban space. Beyond the better‐known transnational embeddedness of the Senegalese, their complex infrastructuring practices upon arrival become constitutive of new urban realities, moulding the city fabric of which they are becoming part.
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<![CDATA[Post/colonial reconfigurations. The disregarded, renewed arrival of Spaniards in Rio de Janeiro]]>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 22:00:00 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/postcolonial-reconfigurationsin International Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies
accepted

Abstract
Given the renewed arrival of Spanish migrants in Brazil since 2008, I analyse how post/colonial power relations are re/configured and contradictions produced when legal and economic precarity question status hierarchies based on origin, race, and class. Brazil currently hosts the largest number of illegalised Spaniards worldwide. Illegality and precarity contest the favourable effects of nearly unconditional whiteness in Brazil and globally racialised, colonial power hierarchies. Derived from 2.5 years of ethnographic fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro since 2014, my interlocutors’ trajectories show how they struggle with and embrace the urban fabric and its structural post/colonial configuration.


Keywords
Brazil, postcolonial, whiteness, Europeanness, precarity, coloniality, status, hierarchy

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<![CDATA[Discussing Southern knowledge of conviviality in Rio de Janeiro]]>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:37:24 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/discussing-southern-knowledge-of-conviviality-in-rio-de-janeiroNúcleo Interdisciplinar de Estudos Migratórios, IPPUR, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
During the second discussion of my monograph Comparing Conviviality during the first meeting of the Interdisciplinary Group on Migration Studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, I conveyed a long story in a nutshell: how my thinking on conviviality is grounded in representations and practices of neigbhourliness and cohabitation that make it necessary and possible to arrive at a concept of living with difference that frames forms of minimal sociality in unstable, uncertain, and changing urban contexts. This contrasts to Stuart Hall's characterisation of most of our concepts, which social sciences came up with to give us the impression of a stability that in actual fact never existed. Conviviality instead is meant to be a simple tool to speak of such complex and challenging situations and describe how human sociality unfolds in them.
I thank my colleagues from the Research Group and other participants for their interest and appreciation, especially Prof. Miriam da Silveira Santos who kicked off her comments with: 'I have accompanied Tilmann's work for some years now; no I finally understood what he does. He goes back to a key dimension of anthropology: that of comparison.' It resonated with Prof. Joana Bahia observation how I pay attention the fact that our interlocutors in the field - in my case transnational Senegalese from the Casamance region - are the true masters of comparison.
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<![CDATA[APRESENTAÇÃO E DEBATE DO LIVRO EM LANÇAMENTO]]>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 20:25:24 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/apresentacao-e-debate-do-livro-em-lancamento
Três debates do meu livro em lançamento

I: Museu Nacional, Horto Botânico, Quinta da Boa Vista, s/n - São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro
12 de março 2020, 9:30 horas
com os debatedores
Joana Bahia, Professora titular, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
El Hadji Diallo, Jornalista e tradutor independente
Charles P. Gomes, Pesquisador, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa
 
II: Núcleo interdisciplinar de Estudos Migratórios, IPPUR, UFRJ, Rua da Lapa 120 / 204
13 de março 2020, 17:00 horas
com a debatedora
Miriam de Oliveira Santos, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro

III. Centro de Estudos Africanos, Universidade de São Paulo, USP
Sala 08, Avenida Luciano Gualberto 315
16 de março 2020, 15:00 horas
com os debatedores
Alexander Yao Cobbinah, USP
Luciane Scarato, Universidade de Colônia e Mecila/Cebrap


Sumário do livro
Em um mundo onde a diferença é muitas vezes vista como uma ameaça ou desafio, o livro explora como as pessoas realmente vivem em sociedades diversas. Baseado numa etnografia a longo prazo de africanos ocidentais, tanto no Senegal como na Espanha, este livro propõe que a convivialidade é um compromisso com a diferença entre etnias, línguas, religiões e práticas.

Tilmann Heil reúne histórias de longa data, projetos políticos e práticas cotidianas de viver com a diferença. Com foco na vida de bairros em Casamança, Senegal e Catalunha, Espanha - duas regiões igualmente complexas - o livro mostra como os senegaleses negociam e traduzem com habilidade os meandros da diferença e do poder. Nestes mundos africanos e europeus vividos, a convivialidade é sempre temporária e em transformação.

Este livro oferece uma leitura texturizada, realista, porém esperançosa, da diferença, da mudança social, do poder e do respeito.
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<![CDATA[Deromanticising integration. On the importance of convivial disintegration]]>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:08:36 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/deromanticising-integration-on-the-importance-of-convivial-disintegrationin Migration Studies [Open Access]
with Fran Meissner

Abstract
In light of current experiences with migration-driven diversification, is it still conducive to think about the effects of international migration by advocating for immigrant integration? This article argues that there are key problems with European uses of immigrant integration logics that cannot be resolved through redefinitions or reappropriations of the term. Even highly refined notions of immigrant integration misconstrue the role and relevance of differences in diversity dynamics. Immigrant integration further risks concealing and perpetuating power dynamics and (colonial) hierarchies. These continue to shape the social relevance of differences. Analytically thinking about superdiversity directs us to paying more attention to disintegration, a notion that cannot be reduced and measured by way of individual or group performance. To be able to usefully engage with disintegration, we argue that it needs to be divorced from ideas about social fragmentation and social collapse. To do this, we draw on recent developments in the literature on conviviality to emphasise the relational practices, power asymmetries, and materialities that enter into negotiations of difference. Convivial disintegration aptly addresses continuously reconfiguring and uncertain social environments. Our article thus provides a deromanticised and enabling provocation for easing integration anxieties.
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<![CDATA[Conviviality as diasporic knowledge]]>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 23:00:00 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/conviviality-as-diasporic-knowledgein African Diaspora 11 (1-2): 53-70

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​Based on my time with im/mobile West Africans in Senegal and Spain since 2007, I propose conviviality to conceptualise the complexity of my interlocutors’ local and diasporic tactics and views of living with difference. Simple everyday encounters such as greeting and dwelling in urban spaces serve to disentangle their various levels of reflection, habitual expectations and tactical action. They had local to global reference frameworks at their disposal. Not pretending to represent their knowledge, I discuss the inspirations I received from trying to understand what they shared with me non/verbally regarding living with difference. To start from this decentred set of premises challenges established Western/Northern politics of living with difference. Through conviviality, I show a distinct way of engaging multiple and overlapping ways of differentiating and homogenising practices and raise awareness for the importance and feasibility of minimal socialities in diasporic configurations, transnational migrations and the respective local urban contexts.

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<![CDATA[Comparing Conviviality - in print]]>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 23:00:00 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/comparing-conviviality-in-print
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In the evening, neighbours of different ethnic and religious affiliations celebrate a baptism on a public street in Lindiane, Ziguinchor in 2009.
In a world where difference is often seen as a threat or challenge, Comparing Conviviality explores how people actually live in diverse societies. Based on a long-term ethnography of West Africans in both Senegal and Spain, the book proposes that conviviality is a commitment to difference, across ethnicities, languages, religions, and practices.
Heil brings together longstanding histories, political projects, and everyday practices of living with difference. With a focus on neighbourhood life in Casamance, Senegal, and Catalonia, Spain - two equally complex regions - Comparing Conviviality depicts how Senegalese people skillfully negotiate and translate the intricacies of difference and power. In these lived African and European worlds, conviviality is ever temporary and changing. 
This book offers a textured, realist, yet hopeful understanding of difference, social change, power, and respect. It will be invaluable to students and scholars of African, migration, and diversity studies across anthropology, sociology, geography, political sciences, and law.
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<![CDATA[Conviviality on the brink]]>Thu, 16 May 2019 11:14:53 GMThttp://tilmann.me/news/conviviality-on-the-brinkin Mecila Working Paper 14 (full text)

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​Current academic usages of the notion of conviviality often carry a normative connotation in which it is opposed to tension and conflict. Instead, I propose to use conviviality as an analytical term; This everyday living together is characterized by tensions, contradictions, and inconsistencies that complicate abstract theorization and the use of clearly defined concepts whose role is, as Stuart Hall once suggested, to give us a good night’s rest by feigning a stability we long for. If conviviality is, as I suggest, understood as a notion that embraces the inconsistencies, multiplicities, and complexities of new urban ways, I inquire into the emerging relationalities between recently-arrived Senegalese and their social context in Rio de Janeiro under the impact of multiple hierarchical orders, including race, origin, education, and class.
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