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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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Suzanne Desan Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France by Leora Auslander

Ivan Jablonka Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France by Rachel G. Fuchs

Seth Armus Future Tense: The Culture of Anticipation in France between the Wars by Roxanne Panchasi

Peter Soppelsa The Heroic City: Paris 1945–1958 by Rosemary Wakeman

William Poulin-Deltour Living in Arcadia: Homosexuality, Politics and Morality in France from the Liberation to AIDS by Julian Jackson

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People, Clouds, and Roots

Between the Unseen, the Seen, and the Unforeseen

Yunita T. Winarto, Sue Walker, and Rhino Ariefiansyah

Various studies reveal the paradox of farmers’ local knowledge. Farmers are equipped with traditional cosmology and detailed empirical knowledge of their agricultural habitats. However, these same knowledge frameworks seem to contribute to entrapping farmers in a mind-set that prevents them from understanding the diverse unintended consequences of changes in their environment. To avoid this, we utilize the learning arena of science field shops (SFSs) to help farmers better understand the relationships at work from the “clouds to the roots and in between”, and to address ongoing changes and vulnerabilities in the environment. This article seeks to explain the changes that occurred to farmers following the learning they acquired from SFSs and its impact on their anticipation and decision making.

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Amy Binning

sense that the volunteers at the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center are living with, alongside, and in anticipation of destructive events in a kind of relative eschatology that resembles Robbins's (2001) description of ‘everyday millenarianism’. We

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Learning the Elsewhere of ‘Inner Space’

The Affective Pedagogy of Post-Secular Sufi Healing in Germany

Nasima Selim

moments where we whispered to each other a range of oppositional feelings that emerged from the Elsewhere of our ‘inner space’: sorrow and hopelessness, as well as the anticipation that something could be done about those ‘excessive emotions’. The

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Brand of Brothers?

The Humboldt Forum and the Myths of Innocence

Jonathan Bach

directly in the German word Unschuld . The second meaning we could call anticipatory, because it asserts the purity of an intention at a particular time in anticipation of its future loss. Innocence here refers to a state of being guileless, uncorrupted

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Stephen F. Szabo

. The weakening of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position and the anticipation that she will leave office during or at the end of this term have made the weakening of Germany’s leadership role in Europe and especially on Russia policy more likely. While

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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

.” Still, their collective memory of 1920s hyperinflation as well as anticipation of a looming retirement wave left them likewise backing austerity. Consequences included commitment to a balanced German federal budget (the so-called “black zero”) by 2015 as

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Transition as Cultural Revitalization

Exploring Social Motives for Environmental Movement Participation

Anna J. Willow

Transition, an international movement that promotes local resilience in anticipation of climate change and fossil fuel scarcity. “We can't sustain this,” Terry declared, “so we can either have this complete breakdown into chaos or we can create communities

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Myra Marx Ferree, Hanno Balz, John Bendix, Meredith Heiser-Duron, Jeffrey Luppes, Stephen Milder, and Randall Newnham

—colonial figures, the progeny of some of the most notable and notorious among them. How representative the views held by these particular interviewees are, however, is questionable. Perhaps in anticipation of this criticism, Schilling notes early on, “The