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Religion through the Looking Glass

Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond

Katherine Swancutt

home nearby. Concluding Remarks: Through the Looking Glass of Fascination Watching one’s own biography become shaped by the inclinations of fieldwork friends, whose lives we episodically dip in and out of, has its own particular brand of fascination

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Maryon McDonald

There has been a certain dizziness wrought by ‘turns’ in Social Anthropology of late – one of these being the ‘ontological turn’. In the first article of this issue, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro – perhaps the enfant terrible of the ontological turn – sets out what he sees as being at stake in this turn and tries to meet some of the critics head-on. In an article provocatively entitled ‘Who is Afraid of the Ontological Wolf?’, he outlines some of the complexities whilst suggesting to readers that anthropology ‘is always about sticking one’s neck out through the looking glass of ontological difference’. The article originated as the 2014 Annual Marilyn Strathern Lecture and the author acknowledges a debt to Strathern – one of ‘more fat pigs than I could ever hope to assemble.’

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In Vitro Anthropos

New Conception Models for a Recursive Anthropology?

Sarah Franklin

Drawing on fieldwork in U.K. stem cell labs, where early human development is modelled in vitro using cell culture systems, and cultured cell lines are used to make new diagnostic tools, this article explores a new meaning for the phrase 'conception model'. In the London labs where the author has conducted fieldwork since the 1990s are many examples of how human reproductive cells are being used to manufacture and 'road test' new diagnostic tools. This article explores the recursion involved in modelling early development 'in man' (as opposed to mouse, axolotl or sea urchin), and develops anthropological analyses of living human cell systems grown in Petri dishes that are aimed at illuminating the causes of human pathology. It is argued that several different levels of recursive modelling occur via 'in vitro anthropos', and that these cellular models introduce a useful perspective on the debate over 'reflexive' anthropology, and the more recent turn to a 'recursive' anthropology. However, different kinds of difference are at stake in these two projects. Using cell culture modelling practices, and the 'conception model' offered by dish life as an analytic vantage point, the article offers a 'looped' view to illustrate what the 'recursive turn' might look like, or reveal, as an ethnographic project. In contrast to the 'loopy' view of much reflexive anthropology, fieldwork through the looking glass, including the explicit turn to a recursive anthropology, is argued to be both an empirically robust and a conceptually creative practice.

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Afterword

Reversing the world—What austerity does to time and place

Theodoros Rakopoulos

del mundo al revés . Mexico City : Siglo XXI Editores . Trans. Mark Fried as Upside down: A primer for the looking-glass world (New York: Picador, 2001 ). Goddard , Victoria . 2018 . “ Debt, vultures and austerity in Argentina .” In

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For a Synaesthetics of Seeing

Naisargi N. Dave

Rivera calls a type of seeing that is ‘literally – a palpation with the look’ (2015: 76). The touch is between him and the cat. But everyone has touched the cat. References Buck-Morss , S. 2015 . ‘ Aesthetics and Anaesthetics ’. Susan Buck

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Play of Mirrors

An Encounter of Personal Biographies with Europe’s Journey

Marcos Farias Ferreira

that meeting in the following terms: a generation facing itself through the looking glass. It is partly the product of retrospection, but when I look back I see young people deeply interested in the other and capable of relating to the other’s loves

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Making Multitemporality with Houses

Time Trickery, Ethical Practice and Energy Demand in Postcolonial Britain

Roxana Moroşanu

instead of replacing the door with a more energy-efficient product. Research shows that windows, in particular, were a feature that owners of a character house did not want to replace with PVC double-glazed products, valuing the look of the original glass

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Leonidas Sotiropoulos and

Making of Modern Greece . New York : Pella. Herzfeld , Michael . 1987 . Anthropology through the Looking-Glass: Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. Hirschon , Renée . 1989 . Heirs of the Greek

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Theodore Powers and Theodoros Rakopoulos

. Galeano , Eduardo . 1991 . Upside down: A primer for the looking-glass world . London : Picador . Graeber , David . 2011 . Debt: The first 5000 years . Brooklyn, NJ : Melville Press . Ha-Joon , Chang . 2014 . Economics: The user's guide

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Fossilized Futures

Topologies and Topographies of Crisis Experience in Central Greece

Daniel M. Knight

. 2012 . “ Iron in the Soil: Living with Military Waste in Bosnia-Herzegovina .” Anthropology Today 28 ( 1 ): 21 – 23 . Herzfeld , Michael . 1987 . Anthropology Through the Looking-Glass: Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe . Cambridge