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Patrick Ffrench

Sartre's recollection, in Les Mots, of his first visit to the cinema is a multi-layered and ambivalent text through which Sartre proposes a number of interlocking arguments: concerning the contrast between the 'sacred' space of the theatre and the non-ceremonial space of the cinema, between the theatre as associated with paternal authority, and the cinema as associated with a clandestine bond with the mother. But the text also sets up a quasi-sociological account of the public Sartre encounters in the cinema itself as revealing to him the truth of the social bond, a truth he expresses with the term 'adherence', and which he says he only rediscovered in his experience of being a prisoner in the Stalag in 1940. Rather than the basis of a sociological account of the social bond, which would seem at odds with Sartre's social philosophy, I read this as the expression of a desire for physical proximity. The space of the cinema thus develops a fantasy, and this is in continuity with the role of the cinema in the evolution traced in Les Mots, in which it is described as instigating a withdrawal into imaginary life and an indulgence in daydreaming. Through reference to Christian Metz and to Roland Barthes, whose essay 'En sortant du cinéma' is proposed as a parallel and a response to Sartre, I suggest that the 'true bond' of adherence which Sartre encounters is an unconscious rather than an epistemological truth.

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Proximity, Responsibility and Temporality at Resource Frontiers

Corporate-Community Relations in the Colombian Mining Sector

Laura Knöpfel

responsibility that had originated from the territorial and social proximities around extraction sites. The article is based on nine months of fieldwork carried out within the mining corporation Prodeco in Colombia in 2017 and 2019, supplemented with three

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Material Proximity

Experimenting with Material Strategies in Spatial Exhibition Design

Ane Pilegaard

A museum exhibition allows for close encounters with material objects. However, the distancing effect of the glass surfaces of display cases, as well as twodimensional text and picture panels, often seems to counteract the visitor’s sense of experiencing the three-dimensional material qualities of museum objects. In order to challenge this distancing effect, this article proposes an approach to spatial exhibition design that takes material aspects of both museum objects and exhibition design practices into close consideration. By developing the concept of material proximity, the article investigates the intimate space between museum object and visitor in which the object’s material qualities can be activated and interpreted. Based on an interdisciplinary bridging between different concepts of materiality from museum studies and architecture, the article concretizes the concept of material proximity through empirical analysis of a series of experimental display designs carried out at Medical Museion (the medical museum of the University of Copenhagen).

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Promises of Proximity as Articulated by Changing Moral Elites

Anders Sevelsted

-century Christian Conservatives to twentieth-century leftist social scientists. Both camps emphasized the “proximity” of voluntarism as opposed to the “distance” of public relief, while applying different counterconcepts to link the practice to oppositional visions

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‘Everybody's Always Here with Me!’

Pandemic Proximity and the Lockdown Family

Hannah McNeilly and Koreen M. Reece

two-metre distance between members of different households. But what the catch-phrase misses is a crucial dimension of the lived experience of the pandemic: an unprecedented degree of inescapable proximity within households and the imperatives of

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It was horrible, but we live now

The experience of young German adults in everyday encounters with the Holocaust

Lisa J. Krieg

relation between distance and proximity, framing it in terms of Douglas’s disorder, Freud’s uncanny, and Ahmed’s strangeness ( Ahmed 2000 ; Douglas 1966 ; Freud 1919 ). First, I outline my theoretical understanding of experience, which is mainly based on

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“Going vertical” in times of insecurity

Constructing proximity and distance through a Kenyan gated high-rise

Zoë Goodman

religion within contemporary Kenyan security formations and contributes to the sparse literature examining the place of piety in processes of residential enclosure. Moreover, in pointing to the relations of proximity and distance that the Jaffery Complex

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Shutting Down Sex

COVID-19, Sex and the Transformation of Singledom

Lara McKenzie

touch; restricted access to public spaces; and lockdowns and border controls. Yet despite similarities in responses, governments worldwide took vastly different regulatory approaches to physical proximity, touch and sex, and the degree to which these

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Diplomat, Landlord, Con-artist, Thief

Housing Brokers and the Mediation of Risk in Migrant Moscow

Madeleine Reeves

whom brokerage had become merely a source of income. He , after all, still worked a proper nine-to-five job, and he lived in the same apartment as those to whom he sublet mattress space. It was the very proximity between himself and those he served, he

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‘Coming To Look Alike’

Materializing Affinity in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care

Kathryn E. Goldfarb

, made ties that explicitly span difference. Focusing on the uses of these two terms, I explore the ways in which durable relational ties are embodied through physical similarity and caring proximity but at the same time always embrace or are haunted by