Monthly Archives: March 2011

week 9 & 10 (kelly): boundaries, metaphors and methodologies

I want to begin this week with Allaine Cerwonka’s introductory chapter to Nervous Conditions before delving into this week’s theme of biopolitical formations. Primarily, I want to use this reading to address some of the anxieties and tensions I outlined … Continue reading

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week 9: No Posts

No posts next week but we will address this week’s readings (plus the extra Nick Rose reading from History and Theory working group) next week.

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Week 8: Tables Traveling Inwards (Julia)

The anthropologists we read for this week have a very different relationship with the order of things than those that we have been reading up until this point. I felt that these author’s brought us back to the place where … Continue reading

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week 8: back to the basics: reading and writing (kelly)

There are a few things happening in the readings this week that speak directly to the kinds of anxieties that, I think, both Julia and I have been having while reading these ‘foundational’ anthropological texts. One thing in particular that … Continue reading

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week 7: traveling tables and people making machines (kelly)

When thinking about our conversation last week, I cannot help but wonder: where are all the subjects? Dovetailing from Julia’s discussion about intimacy are questions about subjectivity, specifically the kinds of subjects that populate the different stories that we have … Continue reading

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Week 7 (Julia): Colonial Taboos, Neurotic Cyborgs, Temporality and Totemism: time after time.

In reading the excerpts assigned from Freud’s Totem and Taboo I found myself thinking, not only about the emergence of a psychoanalytically informed anthropology, but also about how the role of the anthropologist and the role of the psychoanalyst may … Continue reading

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Week 6: sign language and unconscous kinships (Julia)

I am very sorry about the delay in posting this! It wont happen again… Over the last few weeks, it has been really interesting to read texts that have altered and expanded the objects of anthropological investigation. Hence, we have … Continue reading

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