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Between Ordinary Pain and Extraordinary Knowledge

The Seer Vanga in the Everyday Life of Bulgarians during Socialism (1960s-1970s)

Galia Valtchinova

This article focuses on a little-known aspect of everyday life in socialist Bulgaria: the act of consulting a clairvoyant for health issues, thereby dealing with the broader process of medicalisation of healing. It is grounded on files from consultations with the renowned Bulgarian seer, prophetess and healer baba Vanga, which were collected between 1966 and 1974. These highly specifi c historical sources allow me to analyse late twentieth-century ideas and notions of health and disease, of pain and suffering, and thus to access social realities, cultural practices and representations of healing under socialism. By scrutinising the categories used in these records, the article delineates the relationship between the seer-healer, her patients, and the state institutions involved in the regulation of this process.

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Ananta Kumar Giri

element of transformation. Poetics of Development With and Beyond Suffering and toward Creative Subjectivation and Healing Poetry has the potential to express our suffering and joy, but in the modern world, poetry was rightly substituted by prose of

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Sharon A. Kowalsky

toward healing and reconciliation. Schwartz and Takševa conclude that transnational comparisons of wartime rape raise awareness of the treatment of survivors and the need to integrate their narratives into official discourse and memory. As always, this

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Jan Ifversen

healing powers of the body. In its modern use, it instead designates the impossibility of such healing. A crisis emerges when society is incurably ill. Fourth, crisis is also a moment of truth when light is shed on characters and events. The famous

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Public Health in Eastern Europe

Visible Modernization and Elusive Gender Transformation

Evguenia Davidova

population increase and quantification; the other two chapters present two case studies of empirical healers and illustrate how laws were translated into (and contested by) the realities of rural life. While the modernizing impulses from the urban centers

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Between Trauma and Resilience

A Transnational Reading of Women's Life Writing about Wartime Rape in Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Agatha Schwartz and Tatjana Takševa

Cathy Caruth's verdict about the “unspeakability” of trauma. In stark contrast, Kaplan argues that by telling and sharing traumatic memories, a certain “working through” and healing of traumatic memory can happen. Joanna Bourke and Ann Cvetkovich 11

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Lest We Forget (Matter)

Posthumanism, Memory, and Exclusion

Matthew Howard

, and one that is extant only within the minds of individuals. Ultimately, such a difficulty would seem to rest on the difficulty of applying the language of psychoanalysis—of healing, recovery, satiation, and remembering—to the collective, especially

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From Morality to Psychology

Emotion Concepts in Urdu, 1870—1920

Margrit Pernau

(2014): 381–397. 54 For an introduction into Unani medicine in the nineteenth century, see Seema Alavi, Islamic Healing: Loss and Recovery of an Indo-Muslim Medical Tradition, 1600–1900 (Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2007). For the role emotion knowledge

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

bear on public issues. Many digital solutions that are changing the urban fabric, from e-healing to telemedicine, come from the private sector. These have enormous potential across Southeast Asia, where urbanization is happening at a breakneck pace

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The Social Consequences of Brexit for the UK and Europe

Euroscepticism, Populism, Nationalism, and Societal Division

Steve Corbett

Market and denial of free movement of EU citizens. Divisions within the Conservative Party do not appear to be healed, with some moving toward a “hard Brexit” position that will seek a clear break and application to the World Trade Organization for trade