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Self-Fashioning and Auto-Ethnography

Samuel Baron's Description of Tonqueen (1686)

Anna Winterbottom

Samuel Baron's A Description of the Kingdom of Tonqueen (1686) contains many tropes of the European travel narrative. However, its author was no stranger to the country, but was born to a Vietnamese mother and Dutch father in mid-seventeenth-century Hanoi. Here I discuss how Baron fashioned his identity during his life to attract multiple patrons in the unstable maritime world of Southeast and East Asia. I re-read his Description as an example of “auto-ethnography,” showing how the author shaped his work to achieve certain ends. A comparison with a contemporary Chinese description of northern Vietnam reveals many similarities in tone and approach and helps situate Baron's text within the commercial and diplomatic exchanges of the region.

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Maureen Amimo

The history of travel writing positions the genre as a form that invents and circulates problematic image(s) of Africa. Emerging from this biased background, postcolonial African travel writing offer reimaginations regarding how to think about the continent differently. This article explores how Sihle Khumalo’s Dark Continent My Black Arse, performs this reimagination through counter-travel. I interrogate Khumalo’s appropriation of parody on three sites—naming, landscape, and the body—to counter the prevalent (mis)representation of the continent and propagate alternative ways of imagining Africa in travel writing. This article argues that although parody as counter-travel strategy is a poignant tool for critiquing the negative representation, authorial prejudices allow for slippages that propagate the same set of biases the form intends to critique.

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George Orwell’s Ethnographies of Experience

The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in Paris and London

Michael Amundsen

George Orwell is most widely known as the teller of dystopian tales of oppression. A closer look at his oeuvre reveals a courageous truth seeker who frequently lived and worked with his literary subjects. In his fieldwork he used the methods of classic ethnography including participant observation, semi-structured interviews and field notes. This article argues that Orwell was an ethnographer in his research methods and that both Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier are ethnographic texts with valuable insights into marginal groups in the early to mid-twentieth century in Europe. The writer’s clear-sighted and humane depiction of ‘otherness’ shows his skill as an ethnographer. His personal investment with his subject matter, reflexivity and attention to broader social and political phenomena in his narratives mark Orwell as an autoethnographer.

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'Jewish' Ethnic Options in Germany between Attribution and Choice

Auto-ethnographical Reflections at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Victoria Bishop Kendzia

This article explores the issue of ethnic attributions versus options pertaining to Jewishness in Germany. The methodology is a combination of standard ethnographic fieldwork with Berlin-based high-school students before, during and after visits to the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) and auto-ethnography detailing and analysing my own experiences in and outside of the research sites. My goal is to illustrate particularities of interactions in sites like the JMB by contrasting the way in which Jewishness is handled in and outside of the standardised research situation. Further, the material points to continuities between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. My analysis aims to open up further, productive discussion on this point.

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Tiina Ann Kirss

autoethnography, fraught with reference to letters misdelivered or returned, correspondences interrupted by the sheer pace of change, which is difficult, if not impossible to articulate, share a narrative edge with Francisco Martínez’ recounting of his multiple

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Ward Keeler

of my fellow naked yogis, spiritually unaccomplished, still too invested in attachments to be able to attain true autonomy, which is to say, detachment. Autoethnography and Me I have tried to demonstrate in this article that my idiosyncratic

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Partial Fields and Knowledge Producers

Narmala Halstead

: Routledge . Strathern , Marilyn . 1987 . “ The Limits of Auto-Ethnography .” In Anthropology at Home , ed. Anthony Jackson , 16 – 37 . London : Tavistock . Strathern , Marilyn . 1999 . Property, Substance and Effect: Anthropological Essays on

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Play of Mirrors

An Encounter of Personal Biographies with Europe’s Journey

Marcos Farias Ferreira

. Adams and A. Bochner ( 2010 ), ‘ Autoethnography: An Overview ’, Forum: Qualitative Social Research 12 , no. 1 < >. Havel , V. ( 1995 ), Toward a Civil Society

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The temporality of illegality

Experiences of undocumented Latin American migrants in London

Ana Gutiérrez Garza

. Latino migrants in the Jewish state: Undocumented lives in Israel . Bloomington : Indiana University Press . Khosravi , Shahram . 2007 . “ The ‘illegal’ traveller: An auto-ethnography of borders ”. Social Anthropology 15 ( 3 ): 321 – 334 . Lal

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Perilous Navigation

Knowledge Making with and without Digital Practices during Irregularized Migration to Öresund

Nina Grønlykke Mollerup

. ‘Illegal’ Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders . London : Palgrave Macmillan . 10.1057/9780230281325 Latonero , Mark , and Paula Kift . 2018 . “ On Digital Passages and Borders: Refugees and the New Infrastructure for Movement and Control