Who is Going to Fix the Road to Europe?

When protests erupted in Ukraine in late November 2013, I was conducting fieldwork in southern Bessarabia, a rural and isolated region in the southwestern tip of the country. Many of my informants there thought the protesters were naïve. A trader at a small town market just laughed when asked whether he planned to join the […]

Saying “No!”: Negation as Future-Making

On December 6, 2015, Armenians voted on a constitutional referendum proposed by the ruling Republican Party to shift the political system from a presidential to a parliamentary one. Those opposed to the measure argued that the referendum was a strategy to keep current President Serj (‘Serjik’) Sargsyan in power after his two-term presidency runs out […]