Monthly Archives: April 2011

week 12 (kelly): knowing differently & seeing new subjects

I want to begin with Kirksey and Helmreich’s piece as it delineates the broad stakes for the rest of the readings: an “anthropology of life” (545) that exceeds human life. They talk about bringing what has been in the background … Continue reading

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WWeek 12 (Julia): Getting a sense of ethnography: gesturing towards a multisensory anthropology

Kirksey and Helmreich’s “The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography” articulates an anthropological turn in which creatures “previously appearing on the margins of anthropology – as part of the landscape, as food for humans, as symbols – have been pressed into the … Continue reading

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Week 11 (Julia): How can performativity appear?

Reading Mahmood’s examination of the complexities of the pious relationship that Egyptian Islamic women have with their bodies and minds in the context of a nonliberal culture deepened and enriched Butler’s analysis of agency, embodiment, performativity and a queered feminist … Continue reading

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week 11: asking nicely: a recasting of agency (kelly)

One thing we have not really discussed in relation to ethnographic study is the question of ‘agency’. In any epistemic field it seems to me that there are always multiple agencies at work; some much harder to apprehend then others. … Continue reading

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Week 9 & 10: Composing Discomfort and Slippage (Julia)

To retrace our steps, just as Kelly did, I would like to return to discuss some key thoughts about last week’s readings as well as to connect them to our present set of texts. To begin, I would like to … Continue reading

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