Anthropologist Dace Dzenovska on the paradoxes of liberal Europeanness in Latvia

04/04/2018
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Cover of the book "School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia" (Cornell, 2018) by Dace Dzenovska
Cover of the book "School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia" (Cornell, 2018) by Dace Dzenovska
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On 10 April at 18.00, Baltic Research Centre for East Asian Studies (ASIARES) Reading Room (Level M, National Library of Latvia) the Latvian Association of Anthropologists, in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia, cordially invites you to the upcoming public talk and book launch in our Narrating the Human series. Speaker – assoc. prof. Dace Dzenovska, Oxford University. Title – School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia. Event language – Latvian (Q&A in Latvian and English). Free admission.

In this talk, Dace Dzenovska will outline the contours of "actually existing" post-Cold War liberalism on the basis of an ethnography of tolerance promotion in Latvia in the 2000s. She will argue that an ethnographic approach to liberalization and Europeanization projects illuminates a foundational paradox of liberal Europeanness: the simultaneous need for bounding polities and securing borders and the imperative to profess and institutionalize the virtues of openness and inclusion. The lecture will also reflect on the conditions of possibility of what is widely perceived to be a crisis of liberal democracy from a moment in time when it was still confident and from the perspective of a place and people that were thought to have never been liberal.

The talk is based on Dace Dzenovska's new book, School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia, recently published by Cornell University Press (2018).

Dace Dzenovska (PhD in Social Cultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley) is Associate Professor of Anthropology of Migration at the University of Oxford. She specializes in political anthropology and writes about mobility and migration, statehood and sovereignty, as well as the post-socialist liberalization agenda in Latvia.

 

Contact:
Ieva Puzo
Latvian Association of Anthropologists
E-mail: latvian.anthropology@gmail.com