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Circling around the really Real in Iran

Ethnography of Muharram laments among Shi'i volunteer militants in the Middle East

Younes Saramifar

allure of the unarticulated. Second, I describe those ceremonies with regard to the performance that shapes them. Third, I introduce the Lacanian Real to explain the unarticulated through an ethnography of mourning and lamentation. I use the Lacanian Real

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Rematerializing Martyrs and the Missing Soldiers of the Iran-Iraq War

Sana Chavoshian

shoulders shaking. His performance attracted passersby and families who were sitting around the graves nearby. Those who were passing, it seemed, engaged less deeply in the prayer ritual than the women. They stopped for a short while, murmured some words of

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From the Throes of Anguished Mourning

Shi‘i Ritual Lamentation and the Pious Publics of Lebanon

Fouad Gehad Marei

congregants in and out of sensory-affective states of collective lamentation, excitement, and enthusiasm, and ignited their passions regarding present-day and this-worldly concerns of the here-and-now. Meanwhile, the collective performance of devotional

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Witnessing and Testimony as Event

Israeli NGOs, Palestinian Witnesses, and the Undoing of Human Rights Bureaucracy

Omri Grinberg

; rather, the issue is witnessing-to-testimony understood as events. Witnessing/testimony have been studied as events primarily in relation to public performances or media texts (see Chua and Grinberg, this issue). Different witnessing-to-testimony events

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Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff

-made, autonomous person is an illusion—explores the performance of imagined individuality among Cuban market traders, men and women each deploying different techniques of the self, each calling out or hiding the moral and material dependencies that make the

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Digital and Offline

Partial Fields and Knowledge Producers

Narmala Halstead

(at the different online levels). The field site was all the more to be developed through the notion of a festival performance while having its own limits to performative roles of fictions and truths in entering the field. Studying the explicit

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Pierre Déléage

Translator : Translated by Matthew Carey

systematically associated with particular dance steps and musical instruments. Another better-known example is the tule ceremonies of the Wayãpi of French Guyana, which involve the performance of between 10 and 40 named pieces pertaining to particular suites

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“Close to the skin”

Conceptualizing the intimate functioning of the US–Mexico border

Miranda Dahlin

that help shift this perspective from “border as site”—the inactive marker of a geopolitical boundary, the location of a performance—to focus, instead, on the ways that the border and the state violence enacted by such a border (rather than at such a

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Incarnate Politics beyond the Cross and the Sword

Carlota McAllister and Valentina Napolitano

of politics’, which is to say the material thickness of the political stories in which we are enmeshed. A theopolitical analytics proposes to examine the theological sensoria through which performances by the living, the dead, and a host of more

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Elsewhere Affects and the Politics of Engagement across Religious Life-Worlds

Omar Kasmani, Nasima Selim, Hansjörg Dilger, and Dominik Mattes

performances (ibid.: 90). More recent, however, is anthropology's affair with the ‘lived’ dimensions of religion whose investment in the situated nature of religious ideas, practices, and experiences remedies the normativizing force of texts and scripture and