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Monumental Suspension

Art, Infrastructure, and Eduardo Chillida's Unbuilt Monument to Tolerance

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

an unbuilt dam in Thailand that looms large in the life of the villages waiting to be displaced. Land speculation, investment deferrals, extreme anxiety, and enhanced solidarity were some of the effects of the uncertainty and anticipation associated

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Times of Violence

The Shifting Temporalities of Long-Term Ethnographic Engagement with Burundi

Simon Turner

Over the past two decades, I have done ethnographic fieldwork amongst Burundians in Burundi and in exile, exploring the different ways they deal with the violence that the country has witnessed over the decades. In this article I follow my tracks back and forth and in and out of the country, reflecting on the advantages and challenges of long-term engagement. At a conceptual level, I propose that while violence is indeed lodged in a social context, violent events create a momentary temporal rupture, thereby dislodging meaning from its local context of understanding. My methodological contribution is to explore how long-term engagements, revisits, and diachronic comparisons in ethnography may help us understand violence and violent events. I explore how violent events have affected the past, the present, and the future, causing those who experience it to reorient their understanding not only of their pasts but also of their anticipations for the future.

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The Lived Temporalities of Prognosis

Fixing and Unfixing Futures

Dikaios Sakellariou, Nina Nissen, and Narelle Warren

In this article, we explore the ways in which a man with motor neurone disease, Gareth, and his wife and carer, Maggie, enact different temporal orientations, when the expected future, an early death, does not arrive. We attend to the tensions between everyday priorities and uncertain futures to discuss the ways Gareth and Maggie negotiate action to deal with problems that are yet to come, but, despite this, already matter. We argue that prognosis thrusts people towards multiple presents and futures; while the future is fixed in time through prognosis and repaired through present action, it is also unfixed as lived experience unfolds over time. What emerges is a dialogue between multiple futures, pre-determined and uncertain, and practices that aim to repair the future, even if they cannot do so.

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Proximity, Responsibility and Temporality at Resource Frontiers

Corporate-Community Relations in the Colombian Mining Sector

Laura Knöpfel

management’ ( Cross 2016: 113 ). The anticipation of the closure governed the corporate responsibility regime, the programmes, practices and discourses, ‘at almost every scale, as if the future is what matters most’ ( Adams et al. 2009: 248 ). Following the

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Committee as Witness

Ethics Review as a Technology of Collective Attestation

Rachel Douglas-Jones

together vision and knowledge in the making of legitimate decisions. Where do research ethics committees come from? Ethics committee work is an internationally growing form of decision making, a technology of anticipation that grants access to

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Impatient Accumulation, Immediate Consumption

Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya

Peter Lockwood

's analysis of the sociality of the fadas perfectly demonstrates the manifestation of hope as a generalized orientation comprised of conversation, mutual support, and anticipation (ibid.: 487–488). These are men whose desire for state employment has been

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Enacting inclusivity in the preparation of emerging scholars

A response to programme reform in higher education

Saran Stewart, Chayla Haynes, and Kristin Deal

days but with the hope for brighter ones to follow. It is thus a time of anticipation, of living in the paradox of ‘now and not yet’. Of learning to find joy in the realized justices, mercies, and changes that we have witnessed and can look back on to

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Felix Girke

In his poem “Leaving the Field,” published in Antipodes , anthropologist Michael Jackson (1996: 15) evokes the anticipation, unease, and conflicted positionality of the moments just before departure: Snatching at images in my last hours

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‘Everybody's Always Here with Me!’

Pandemic Proximity and the Lockdown Family

Hannah McNeilly and Koreen M. Reece

it off, most of the house was in boxes, in anticipation of a move now indefinitely postponed. But as befits an experienced manager, Helena had a plan. The boxes made space trickier to manage, but she could still manage routines – and time. After

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Stuart Kirsch

which funds will be set aside in anticipation of future claims. But the people living in town were time barred from making retroactive claims. The application of the law is not neutral in its relationship to time, although recent efforts in Ecuador and