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A Generative Theory of Anticipation

Mood, Intuition and Imagination in Architectural Practice

Christopher Stephan

to handle herself when the appointed hour arrives. Anticipation comes in many forms. With the exception of the story of the basement fire these opening vignettes are fictional but correspond to differing accounts of anticipation offered by the

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Ambivalent Anticipations

On Soldierly Becomings in the Desert of the Real

Thomas Randrup Pedersen

The water bags are filled, the helmets buckled up, the rifles loaded. The Guard Hussar platoon is good to go, arms and gear charged with anxious anticipation of the impending possibility: a violent encounter with ‘the Taliban’. The gate opens, the

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Experiencing Anticipation. Anthropological Perspectives

Christopher Stephan and Devin Flaherty

future that anthropologists argue that attention to the future is a definitive preoccupation of our times (e.g. Adams et al. 2009 ). If the future looms larger than ever, there could never be a better time for the anthropological study of anticipation

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Anticipating Relations

Beyond Reciprocity and Obligation in the Ger Districts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Elizabeth Fox

( Pedersen and Højer 2008: 73–74 ). In this article I explore how Mongolians living in the ger district orientate themselves towards an uncertain future through the concept of anticipation . To do so, I examine the role of anticipation in the relational

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Keeping the Future at Bay

Waria, Anticipation and Existential Endings in Bali, Indonesia

Sylvia Tidey

specific attention to these moments of active reassessment of one's stance towards the future brought about by a confrontation with the inevitable ending of things. In so doing, I am employing a Heideggerian (e.g. [1962] 2008) understanding of anticipation

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‘Takin’ It One Day at a Time’

(Not) Anticipating as Moral Project

Devin Flaherty

thinks about how long’ she's going to be taking care of her husband, she presents a stance on her own anticipation. Employing a common local idiom, ‘I takin’ it one day at a time’, she presents herself as committed to and engaged in the practice of not

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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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Sicilian Futures in the Making

Living Species and the Latency of Biological and Environmental Threats

Mara Benadusi

Discourses and practices of anticipation occupy a hypertrophic space in contexts where uncontrolled industrial growth has inflicted grave damage on peoples and territories, even triggering environmental disasters. This article explores the use of nonhuman species as anticipatory devices in a petrochemical terminal in Sicily, focusing on public representations of three species: scavenger bacteria that play a cleansing role and underline citizens’ moral responsibility to secure their best possible futures through bioscience; migrating flamingos that breed under the petrochemical chimneys, raising the possibility of hopefulness by highlighting ecosystem resilience; and fish affected by spina bifida, which reveal human health status in advance, communicating the need to live in preparation for potential diseases. The analysis reveals the highly contentious character of these anticipatory devices and the contested ideas about possible futures they imply, thus shedding light on the ecological frictions that have repercussions locally and globally, in discourse and social practice.

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Subjects of Luck—Contingency, Morality, and the Anticipation of Everyday Life

Giovanni da Col and Caroline Humphrey

This introduction illustrates the modalities in which different societies imagine the tension between the impersonal and individual- ized aspects of fortune and fate. After briefly discussing the role of contingency, fortune, and gambling in the formation of subjectivities, we outline how different societies confront the moral conundrums arising from fortune's unequal distribution in the world. We highlight how luck orientations presentify the future by the deployment of what we name 'technologies of anticipation'. Luck and fortune can be seen as conceptual techniques for short-circuiting temporal subjectivities by creating a crack in time-a space of 'compossibility'-where events deemed to be fatal and inevitable become negotiable. We conclude with a reflection on dice, randomness, and acts of gambling in which not merely subjectivities but the fate or fortune of larger social aggrega- tions-including the cosmos-is deemed at stake.

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Andrew Sanchez

This special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology is entitled ‘Experiencing Anticipation’, guest edited by Devin Flaherty and Christopher Stephan. The collection proceeds from an assumption that although contemporary anthropology is