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The Uncanniness of Missionary Others

A Discursive Analysis of a Century of Anthropological Writings on Missionary Ethnographers

Travis Warren Cooper

Anthropologists depend on missionary artifacts about indigenous peoples, including published books, travel accounts, novels, journals, reports, among other written forms ( Trouwborst 1990: 41 ). A recent edited volume, Anthropology’s Debt to Missionaries

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Mobility

Geographies, Histories, Sociologies

Peter Merriman, Rhys Jones, Tim Cresswell, Colin Divall, Gijs Mom, Mimi Sheller and John Urry

This article is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on “mobility studies“ which was held as part of a workshop on mobility and community at Aberystwyth University on September 3, 2012. In the article the five panelists reflect upon the recent resurgence of research on mobility in the social sciences and humanities, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary debates, and the ways in which established fields such as transport history, migration studies, and sociology are being reshaped by new research agendas. The panelists discuss the importance of engaging with issues of politics, justice, equality, global capital, secrecy, and representation, and they encourage researchers to focus on non-Western and non-hegemonic mobilities, as well as to produce “useable“ studies which engage policy-makers.

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Pamela H. Smith

A research group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science on “Itineraries of Materials, Recipes, Techniques, and Knowledge in the Early Modern World” held a series of workshops (2014–2015) on the movement of knowledge (materials, techniques, objects) across Eurasia, resulting in an edited volume. Participants articulated a framework of “entangled itineraries,” “material complexes,” and “nodes of convergence” by which historians might follow routes of knowledge-making extending over very long distances and/or great spans of time. The key concepts are (1) “material complex” denoting the constellation of substances, practices, techniques, beliefs, and values that accrete as knowledge around materials; (2) the “relational field,” the social, intellectual, economic, emotional domain formed by a “node of convergence”—often a hub of trade and exchange—within which a material complex crystalizes; and (3) “itineraries,” or the routes taken by materials through which they stabilize and/ or transform.

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Decolonial Approaches to Refugee Migration

Nof Nasser-Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab in Conversation

Nof Nasser-Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab

In this conversation, Nof Nasser Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab—the founders and directors of the Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration (CTDC)—discuss the importance of decolonial approaches to studying refugee migration. In so doing, they draw on their research, consultancy, and advocacy work at CTDC, a London-based intersectional multidisciplinary Feminist Consultancy that focuses in particular on dynamics in Arabic-speaking countries and that has a goal to build communities and movements, through an approach that is both academic and grassroots-centred. CTDC attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice through its innovative-ly transformative programmes, which include mentorship, educational programmes, trainings, and research.

Nof and Nour’s conversation took place in November 2019 and was structured by questions sent to them in advance by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. What follows is a transcript of the conversation edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Mette L. Berg.

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Mette Louise Berg

reviews resonating with the hospitality and hostility theme, edited by Agnieszka Kubal and Gunvor Jónsson. The journal thus includes research articles in addition to shorter pieces in four regular sections: People and Places; Reflections; Creative

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and emerging scholars. Monographs, jointly authored books, and edited volumes will be considered. Authors will work closely with the Editorial Board in the preparation and production of texts that should set the intellectual agenda for future study

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Peter Merriman

rework the concept of kinaesthetics from dance theory and sensory studies, something that Lynne Pearce and I suggested in a recent edited collection on Mobility and the Humanities . 6 Whereas the concept of kinaesthesis refers to “the sense of muscular

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Georgine Clarsen and Gijs Mom

been the case historically, but as generative of modes of thought and practice that have theoretical value in their own right.” 4 The section is edited and introduced by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Jeroen Cuvelier and Katrien Pype (“‘Containers

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Peter Merriman, Georgine Clarsen and Gijs Mom

editors. In an effort to enhance the interdisciplinary scope of our journal, we invited literary scholar Steven Spalding (who edited an earlier special section on “mobility and literature”) to write a concluding comment. The issue opens with two standard

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Gijs Mom

from across the globe. Although it took nearly twice as long as we had planned at the beginning, we now manage and edit a journal that meanwhile has clearly conquered its own position in a rapidly expanding field, of experimenting with reformulations