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Capturing Crisis

Solar Power and Humanitarian Energy Markets in Africa

Jamie Cross

glass and smiled, hinting at another realm of business in which the opportunities remained open, ‘in the end people are always happy when they get to talk about their work!’ In this article, I examine the forms and modes of capture that are enacted in

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The Art of Capture

Hidden Jokes and the Reinvention of Animistic Ontologies in Southwest China

Katherine Swancutt

ecological jargon in the first place. Drawing on my fieldwork among the Nuosu of Southwest China, my aim in this article is to show how the ‘art of capture’ underpins the native reinvention of animistic ontologies that shadow our fieldwork efforts at

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Fuelling Capture: Africa's Energy Frontiers

Michael Degani, Brenda Chalfin, and Jamie Cross

alternative energy generation and consumption across the African continent. Taken together, these articles advance an ‘anthropology of capture’, a framing that connects energy to broader debates about distribution, obligation and interdependence in Africa and

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Captured by Texts

Travel Tales of Captivity in Rabbinic Literature

Joshua Levinson

is not difficult to see how the captive boy could be read as a figure for Judaea Capta , who appeared on coins issued by Vespasian to celebrate the capture of Judaea by his son Titus. It depicts the victorious emperor in military dress standing over

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Salvatore Lupo

On 11 April 2006, the arrest of Bernardo Provenzano—the last head of

the Corleonesi clan, which for 30 years has led the notorious Italian

criminal organization, the Sicilian Mafia—was announced. Eighteen

months earlier, on 15 October 2004, the Court of Cassation definitively

acquitted Senator-for-Life and former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti,

thus confirming the preceding sentence by the Court of Appeals in

Palermo. According to this latter judgment, there had been relations

in the past between the Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra, and the

accused. Nonetheless, in public debate and particularly within political

circles, Andreotti came out very well. More generally, the sentence

appeared, or at least was presented, as the final act in the long saga

of trials concerning the links between politics and the Mafia and legal

proceedings against politicians accused of collusion.

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Ruptured pasts and captured futures

Life narratives in postwar Mostar

Monika Palmberger

In situations in which an entire population is affected by war and great political-economic transformations, as was the case in Bosnia and Herzegovina, generational differences exist regarding the extent to which people experience these events as disruptions to their lives. Even in a nationally divided city like Mostar after the 1992-1995 war, generational experiences-of past and present times as well as of future prospects (or the lack thereof)-are crucial for the way people rethink the past and (re)position themselves in the present. In the case of the generation of the "Last Yugoslavs", I argue that the disruption of their life course and the resulting loss of future prospects prevent people from narrating the local past and their lives in a meaningful and coherent way.

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Steven Shaviro

André Bazin and Roland Barthes both theorize a cinematic realism based on the indexical ability of the photographic image (the ability of the image to indicate an original object). How are their arguments affected by the advent of digital, nonindexical cinematic technologies? The article considers how a nonindexical realism might be possible, by looking at three recent films: Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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Before and After Ghostcatching

Animation, Primitivism, and the Choreography of Vitality

Heather Warren-Crow

Catching Ghosts Bill T. Jones, writes digital artist Paul Kaiser (2003) , “danced like a man possessed—possessed in turn by eight or nine distinct selves.” Improvising on the unforgiving concrete floor of a motion-capture studio, Jones

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Sara Van Belle

to make claims on why realist enquiry has been taken up so readily. I set out to capture the dynamics in these methodological streams within the field of current global health research. I argue that realist enquiry has been readily embraced because

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Frida Hastrup and Marianne Elisabeth Lien

what we refer to as welfare frontiers, a concept that is deliberately ambiguous and captures a dual aim. On the one hand, it indicates that configurations of resourcefulness involve practices of exploiting, controlling, and even colonizing land seen