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Pioneering Doktormutter

Remembering Ina-Maria Greverus

Helena Wulff

The author reconsiders German scholar Ina-Maria Greverus as a committed feminist supporter of female doctoral students and early career academics. Greverus acted as an innovator especially in the realms of anthropology and aesthetics, and initiated a new international dialogue forum with the Anthropological Journal or European Cultures, which she founded in 1990 together with Christian Giordano.

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Literary Readings as Performance

On the Career of Contemporary Writers in the New Ireland

Helena Wulff

Drawing on an anthropological study of the social organisation of the world of Irish writers, this article investigates the literary reading as performance which has become central for the career and promotion of contemporary writers. How is the reading - live as well as recorded - constituted, and how is it experienced from the writer's point of view? The data are derived from participant observation and interviews at literary festivals and conferences, writers' retreats, book launches and more informal situations with writers, as well as from fiction and essays by the writers. For this article, I asked some of the writers to write short texts on the reading. It turned out that the frames of the reading as performance reach beyond the reading event, and also that a reading includes elements of risk, such as not attracting a big enough audience or performing badly. Finally, the article considers the changing role of the ethnographer.

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Victoria Rios-Castano, Stefan Handler and Helena Wulff

Cattell, M. and M. Schweitzer (2007) (eds), Women in Anthropology: Autobiographical Narratives and Social History (Oxford: Berg), 256 pp., Pb: £17.99, ISBN-13: 978-1-5987-4083-7.

Marranci, G. (2008), The Anthropology of Islam (Oxford: Berg), 224 pp., Pb.: £17.99, ISBN-13: 978-1-8452-0285-9.

Raykoff, I. and R. Tobin (2007) (eds), A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (Aldershot: Ashgate), xxi+190 pp., Pb: £17.19, ISBN-13: 978-0-7546-5879-5.