With reference to anthropologist Ina-Maria Greverus’ pioneering analyses of human-environment relations since the 1970s, the article pushes the idea of Heimat further to the more processual concept of Beheimatung. This is especially relevant for an anthropology of the transnational worlds of (post-)migrant societies with their current negotiation of cross-border migration in the present and concerning colonial objects from the past in museums.
(Post)Migrant Productions of Transnational Space
East-West Division in the Post-Soviet North Caucasus
A nuanced reading of the current situation in the North Caucasus reveals two main trends that articulate in confrontation with Russian nationalism. First, in the eastern part of the region, particularly in Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia, a shift from nationalism to Islam has taken place, and the ties between religion and political machine are strong and visible. Second, and by contrast, in the western part of the region, including Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, and North Ossetia, nationalism has increased, and the political elites seldom practice religion publicly.
Lili Di Puppo and Jesko Schmoller
Pathways towards Another Aesthetic in Anthropology
The emergence of modern scientific thought has been characterised by a separation from the realm of art. Among others, German anthropologist Ina-Maria Greverus since the 1970s, in the context of the worldwide critique of the discipline’s formats, pioneered new approaches to articulate anthropological work and findings with and through artistic practices.
Remembering Ina-Maria Greverus
The author reconsiders German scholar Ina-Maria Greverus as a committed feminist supporter of female doctoral students and early career academics. Greverus acted as an innovator especially in the realms of anthropology and aesthetics, and initiated a new international dialogue forum with the Anthropological Journal or European Cultures, which she founded in 1990 together with Christian Giordano.
Markéta Slavková, Enikő Farkas, Daria Voyloshnikova, Máiréad Nic Craith, Aurélie Godet, and Suzana Jovicic
Azra Hromadžić (2015), Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State- Making in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press), 248 pp., $59.95, ISBN 9780812247008.
Alexandra Schwell, Nina Szogs, Małgorzata Kowalska, Michał Buchowski (eds.) (2016), New Ethnographies of Football in Europe: People, Passions, Politics (London: Palgrave Macmillan), 241pp., €72.99, ISBN: 978-1-137-51696-1.
Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl, and Phuc Xuan To (2017), When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia: Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy (Oxford: Berghahn), 250 pp., $120.00/£85.00, ISBN 978-1- 78533-451-1.
Helena Wulff (2017), Rhythms of Writing: An Anthropology of Irish Literature (London: Bloomsbury), 156 pp., £76.50, ISBN 978-1-4742-4413-8.
Anja Unger, director (2016), Carnaval à Villingen: la cinquième saison, produced by ARTE, Le Film à la patte and L’Envol, 52 minutes.
Barbed Wire Fence and Viennese Coffee Houses: A Review of the 2017 Edition of Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival Vienna
From ‘Ethnic Shi’ism’ to Ideological Movement?
Bruno De Cordier
Since the beginning of the Syrian War, ties between Russia and the Shia sphere are primarily examined in terms of geopolitics, while little attention is being paid to the indigenous as well as immigrant Shia populations in Russia itself. Depending on the motives and circumstances that brought and bring various individuals and groups to more actively-professed Ja’fari Shi’ism, these can become the most active champions of its cause, or of social movements inspired by this persuasion. As such, the Shia element in Russia might become more relevant and present than its low-profile minority state suggests.
Is fieldwork as anthropologists do it simply a method among others? This article disagrees, drawing on the concept of “serendipity” as introduced by German scholar Ina-Maria Greverus. Beyond the prescribed way of any method, anthropology’s specificity articulates as “discovery”, in this case: an unexpected discovery of remains of the Soviet past in Estonia, through the author’s family life.
From Flexibility to Protection
Like all the elites of post-Soviet Muslim countries, the political elite and religious officials in Russia have been in the search of a moderate and strictly national Islamic identity, to keep the Muslim population of Russia separate from Arab or Turkish versions of Islam that could be politicised and thus had the potential to undermine the state structure. ‘Tatar traditional Islam’ emerged through this framework.
An Anthropological Meeting Point
On the basis of their shared research and teaching on Sicily since the 1970s, the author contrasts his own Mediterraneanist approach and German scholar Ina-Maria Greverus’ utopian view of the European south as an outstanding experience of an intellectual encounter. Respectful debates of disputatious positions are a rare gift in the academic world of today.