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In the Footsteps of Walter Benjamin

Michael D. Jackson

In 2003, anthropologist and poet Michael Jackson went to French Catalonia with the intention of crossing the Pyrenees on the anniversary of Walter Benjamin's fateful journey on 25-26 September 1940. Retracing Benjamin's steps over a tortuous terrain of vineyards, stony paths and Mediterranean maquis, Jackson meditates on the life and work of the great twentieth-century philosopher, critical theorist, and essayist, as well as on the ways that events beyond our control or comprehension impact on and shape the course of our individual journeys through life.

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On the Touch-Event

Theopolitical Encounters

Valentina Napolitano

If one googles the word ‘touch-event’, what comes up is a definition of a keyword in the Java programming language—TouchEvent—that governs the interface between a given piece of software and a user's contact with a piece of touch

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The Urban Politics of Mega-Events

Grand Promises Meet Local Resistance

John Lauermann

Sports mega-events have long been promoted as drivers of urban development, based on their potential to generate physical, economic, and social legacies for host cities (see reviews in Andranovich and Burbank 2011 ; Essex and Chalkley 1998

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Witnessing and Testimony as Event

Israeli NGOs, Palestinian Witnesses, and the Undoing of Human Rights Bureaucracy

Omri Grinberg

Introduction: on the way to the event In August 2013, I joined Sa'id, a Palestinian fieldworker from an Israeli human rights (hereinafter, HR) non-governmental organization (NGO) to collect the testimony of two brothers from the Suleiman

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Intimate Events

The Correctness of Affective Transactions in Northeast Brazil

Matan Shapiro

Drawing on ethnographic research in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, this article proposes the concept of the 'intimate event' as a heuristic device in the cross-cultural study of kinship and relatedness. This theoretical construct refers to the retrospective recognition of affective transactions as meaningfully intimate, that recognition being an event which in Maranhão compels ethical reflection. Intimacy can be imagined as an aesthetic of practice that indicates when something simply feels right, and which then frames the correctness of both moral conformity and transgression in affective terms.

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Protest Events, Welfare Generosity, and Welfare State Regimes

A Comparative Analysis of Welfare States and Social Unrest

David Pritchard

relationships between protest events and welfare arrangements. Thus the following question can be posed: Do relatively extensive social citizenship rights and generous welfare systems lead to social stability? It is hypothesized that countries with lower levels

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The Latour event

History, symmetry and diplomacy

Roger Sansi

This paper discusses the use of the concept of ‘event’ in Latour's work, in relation to how the term has been used in philosophy and anthropology. My contention is that ultimately, there is a tension between two strands of Latour's work: one more firmly based on history and the event, and another more focused on symmetry, hybridity and diplomacy.

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Chronology of Italian Political Events, 1999

Chronology of Italian Political Events, 1999

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Chronology of Italian Political Events, 2000

Serenella Sferza

Chronology of Italian Political Events, 2000

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Chronology of Italian Political Events, 2001

Claire M. O'Neill

Chronology of Italian Political Events, 2001