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Notes: Affective Ecologies

Affective Ecologies I thought I might start off with some questions that might spark some conversations. These are some provocations that I was left with after the talks:   1. Taking from Michelle’s opening provocation: what are our romantic attachments … Continue reading

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week 13: exchanging tables: the finale (kelly)

Generally, finishing the reading course with a whole work as opposed to chapter or article really allowed me to think through a lot of the different methodological, thematic and metaphoric discussions that we have engaged with over the semester. More … Continue reading

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week 13 (peter): An Ethnography of Disaster: Adriana Petryna’s Life Exposed.

On April 26, 1986, Unit Four of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in Ukraine, damaging immunities and the genetic structure of cells, contaminating soils and waterways. (1) From the first sentence of Adriana Petryna’s Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl … Continue reading

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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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