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Eschatology, Ethics, and Ēthnos

Ressentiment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity

Jon Bialecki

This is an article about eschatology, ressentiment , and Christian nationalism. It is also about the unfixed nature of the nationalist imagination, the mutability of the ethical form, and the consequences of the various masks that ethics takes. My

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

a religious event or project. Examining emic perspectives on the ethics of kartik in different contexts (from monastic alms collection to community-led projects), I explore when, why, and how it is perceived as good, beneficial, problematic

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Reflecting on Crisis

Ethics of Dis/Engagement in Migration Research

Ioanna Manoussaki-Adamopoulou, Natalie Sedacca, Rachel Benchekroun, Andrew Knight, and Andrea Cortés Saavedra

our reflexive trajectories are useful to other researchers navigating similar situations, as we open up discussion on how to consciously position ourselves inside and outside of the field, in what we term “ethics of dis/engagement.” A/Effects of

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An Ethics of Response

Protestant Christians’ Relation with God and Elsewheres

Ingie Hovland

mission women in Norway thought they were doing. 7 The Protestant women I discuss associated response with obligation and agency, and I refer to this combination as an ‘ethics of response’. I do not think that this ethics of response is limited to this

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Amira Mittermaier

capitalism that dooms people around the globe to a life in precarity. This is, without doubt, a moment of crisis. And at least partially, I imagine, it is this sense of crisis that inspired the organizers of this year's conference—titled “From Ethics to

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Adapting to Crisis

Migration Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aydan Greatrick, Jumana Al-Waeli, Hannah Sender, Susanna Corona Maioli, Jin L. Li, and Ellen Goodwin

circumstances, as well as the policies and priorities of various funders, university departments, and ethics committees. Each of us brings different experiences and forms of knowledge, based, inter alia, on language, race, religion, gender, and sexuality. As PhD

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Sharedness as Belonging

Hospitality, Inclusion, and Equality among the Layene of Senegal

Emily Jenan Riley


This article draws on in-depth ethnographic research with the Layene (People of God), a little-studied Sufi Muslim community based in Dakar, the present-day Senegalese capital. My analysis of everyday and ritual performances serves as a way to understand what it means to be Layene, a community guided by particular (re)interpretations of equality, community ethics, and religious practice and discourse. I focus primarily on how the Layene reinterpret the Wolof concept of teraanga (hospitality/prestation) as constituting a kind of ‘radical sharedness’, which is viewed as the ethical foundation of the Layene faith. My study uses ethnographic research with Layene community members, discourse analysis of written and spoken Layene sermons and sikr (invocations of God), and content from Layene community websites to examine how specific ritual performances bring about religious communion as well as social change.

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The Elsewhere beyond Religious Concerns

Annalisa Butticci and Amira Mittermaier

humbled by the awareness that divinely sent dreams and other signs from the Elsewhere cannot be demanded but only invited. In her article “Dreams from Elsewhere,” Mittermaier (2012) reflects on an ethics of passion that emerges from her interlocutors

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Laura L. Cochrane

: 72) describes the religious pull as well: people were attracted to Bamba's daaras because of Bamba's extraordinary personal merits and “for the ethics-centered doctrine of Islam he advocated.” Sufi orders had been popular in West African

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Speaking in Celestial Signs

The Language of Western Astrology and the (Tenuous) Bonds of Occult Sociality

Omri Elisha

tendencies reflect a radicalized spirit of epistemological individualism, prompting some observers to conclude that portable, customizable technologies of enchantment proliferating under the banner of ‘spirituality’ invariably undermine collectivist ethics