September 19, 2018

Sovereignty in an Unequal World: Anthropological Perspectives

Conveners: Tereza Kuldova

Full Session Schedule & Abstracts

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Slot 3 | Room 3

Ilja Steffelbauer: Turncoats: Reclaiming Sovereignty by Turning One's Back on Civilization

Tereza Kuldova: Loss of Sovereignty and Social Abjection: On the Melancholic Objects of Political Desire

Kate Tudor: Self-Made Men - Economic and Consumer Sovereignty in the Accounts of Serious Fraudsters

Tessa Diphoorn: Corporate Sovereignty: Permissive Authority Claiming and Making in Southern Africa


November 12, 2017

The Extreme Masculinities: International Conference took place at the University of Vienna between the 28th September and 1st October and was organized by Tereza Kuldova, with financial support by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich, and Gender and Agency. The conference brought together exciting and engaging scholars across social sciences to discuss the topic of masculinity through the lens of an analysis of social and economic processes. During the conference, an awards cerem...

September 13, 2017

Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the ESC EuroCrim 2017, 13.09.2017-16.09.2017

Weakness, Strength and the Business of Protection

How (the Discourse of) the Weakening State Contributes to the Growth of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs across Europe

Tereza Kuldova

University of Oslo

University of Vienna

Outlaw motorcycle clubs are often in the same business as the state, namely, protection, something that places them in competition with one another, at least in the eyes of a certain, even if marginal, segment of the population. The intent of this paper is...

August 29, 2017

Paper presented at The 12th Annual International Etnography Symposium, 29.08.2017 - 02.09.2017, Manchester Business School 

Tereza Kuldova

University of Oslo

University of Vienna

An assumption has dominated ethnography at large and feminist anthropology in particular. Namely, that the value of ethnographies by female writers often resides in female researcher’s ability to easily gain access to other women and to somehow intuitively understand other women grounded in their shared womanhood. In other words, in their ability to understand women the way men are...

May 12, 2017

Wageningen, Netherlands

12 May 2017


Research Seminar

The Hauntological Turn: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy

Loss of Sovereignty and Social Abjection: On the Melancholic Objects of Political Desire

Tereza Kuldova

University of Oslo

University of Vienna

We are currently experiencing a profound crisis of political imagination. Neoliberalism has been generating ever increasing amounts of population that feel disillusioned, angry, impoverished, devalued, lonely, insecure, hopeless, forsaken, and at general loss. The tyranny of the markets has resulted bot...

March 29, 2017

Terror on Tour III (conference)

University of Innsbruck

29-31 March 2017


The Sublime Splendour of Intimidation

On the Outlaw Biker Aesthetics of Power

Tereza Kuldova

University of Oslo

University of Vienna

Terror, Edmund Burke argued, is the ‘common stock of everything that is sublime’, capable of producing delight when held at a certain distance. What puzzled Burke was the question of ‘how any species of delight can be derived from a cause so apparently contrary to it’. I suggest that we may look for an ethnographic answer to this question among the supp...

December 7, 2016

Long abstract of a paper to be presented at The West conference, 9th December 2016, University of Jyväskylä, Finland 

For more about the conference click here

‘We are the ultimate American brand1. As we expand across the globe and conquer new territories, we are spreading a unique western culture and lifestyle. Freedom is our core value’2. Those are the words of a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in California. The notorious American outlaws motorcycle clubs, the so called 1-percenters, labelled by law enforcement worldwide as transnational crim...

November 11, 2016

Philanthrocapitalism Across Legal and Illegal Markets

From Indian Business Elites to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation

17.11.2016, Minneapolis, AAA Conference, 10:15-10:30

Following the financial crisis accompanied by the global rise of socio-economic inequality and environmental destruction caused by relentless capitalist exploitation, businesses worldwide suffered from a series of crises of legitimization. In 2008 the Indian press unanimously considered greed as bad and so the millionaires. Yet, by 2011 something has changed and the Indian milliona...

May 9, 2016

Venue: PROFESSORBOLIGEN (NB! Changed venue) - Karl Johans Gate 47, Oslo 

9:00 - 18:00 

13th May 2016

The conference will explore the puzzle of how diverse outlaw groups (that is to say groups which are seen by the greater society as culturally and/or legally deviant and who also both see themselves in this manner and self-proclaim themselves as outsiders in one way or the other) become integrated into society. This is often accomplished in surprising ways, be it through fashion, commodification of subcultural trends, paradoxical exploitation of law, or thr...

December 3, 2015

The Design History Society Symposium
co-organised by CloTHINK and Visual and Material Culture Research Group, Northumbria University.

Transnational Textiles: New Directions
Friday 27 November 2015
9.30am - 5pm; Squires Building, Room 210


Transnational Textile: New Directions examines whether the movement of textiles and fashion across borders removes distinctions and boundaries, or reinforces them.  The close analysis of African, Chinese, European, Indian, Japanese, North American, and Scandinavian examples from the ninetee...

October 9, 2015

Theorizing Opulent Theatrical Fashion-cum-Art Shows in India

On Artistic Nationalism, Neo-feudal Ornamentalism, and Philanthrocapitalism’

7th October 2015

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Modern Oriental Art Conference

Lecture abstract:

Grounded in a long-term ethnographic fieldwork in New Delhi and Lucknow (2008-2012) among elite Indian fashion designers and performance artists, the paper interrogates the rise of opulent and theatrical fashion shows. Such theatrical fashion shows, which can be considered a powerful, ritualistic and affective form of contemporar...

June 18, 2015

Lecture at the conference

Fashion Tales 2015

Milan, 18-20 June 2015

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork in Lucknow and New Delhi (2008, 2010-2011) among craftspeople, fashion designers and their business elite clientele, the paper critically engages with the rise of ethical fashion in India and with the problematic implications of  ‘philanthrocapitalism’. During last five years or so, we have witnessed an unprecendented emergence of philanthrocapitalists, who have been recast as India’s national heroes and saviours, indee...

June 10, 2015

12th June 2015 

University of Oslo

For more details and abstracts click here

8.30am to 9.00am
Registration and refreshments

9.00am to 10.30am
Session one
Welcome to the conference and The Enterprise of Culture: Veronique Pouillard & Tereza Kuldova (University of Oslo & The Enterprise of Culture)

Fashioning property: understandings of intellectual property in fashion and design
Barbara Townley (University of St Andrews and The Enterprise of Culture)

Why post-war American businesses embraced corporate identity design
Carma Gorman (The University of Texas,...

June 10, 2015



190, Avenue de France, 75013 Paris Post/courrier: CS no.71345, 75648 Paris Cedex 13, France

Talk as part of a conference:

Paper abstract 


Tereza Kuldova

FRAGMENTS OF/FOR A DOMESTIC UTOPIA. Ethnographic Notes on How Indian

Royal Descendants Live Together with Servants

Barthes’ utopianesque rather than utopian fragments about living together provide an expansive fantasy of possibilities for the simultaneousness of companionship and solitude, for elimination of conflict by maintaining...

May 31, 2015

Critical Luxury Studies: An interdisciplinary seminar featuring critical approaches to contemporary luxury studies focusing on aesthetic, design-led and media practices

Winchester School of Art

Lecture title: 

Thinking through Luxury (in Anthropology): On the Cultural Politics of Luxury, Inequality and Anti-Work Ethic in India

Tereza Kuldova

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