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Voices that Matter?

Methods for Historians Attending to the Voices of the Past

Josephine Hoegaerts

past, because happenings that were purely verbal would rarely if ever be recorded live and thus were unrepeatable until the technology developed with which we have become familiar. Yet despite surges in interest in the history of the body, the senses

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Negotiating Intimacy in the Shadow of War (France, 1914-1920s)

New Perspectives in the Cultural History of World War I

Bruno Cabanes

Over the past twenty years, the cultural and social history of the Great War has undergone a profound revitalization and given rise to new areas of research, such as the history of the body and of violence, the relationships between the front lines and the home front, the “cultures of war,“ and religious feeling. At the heart of this approach is an interest in intimacy, or the private life of soldiers and their relationships with their loved ones, an area that has been explored thanks to a new focus on personal archives: letters, diaries, photographs. Taking wartime France as its example, this article analyzes the contributions of this new history of World War I and assesses its methodological issues. The Great War can thus be seen in its full measure, not only as the first conflict conducted on a global scale, but also as a true anthropological turning point, one that caused tremendous upheaval for those who lived through it: new kinds of violence on the battlefields, new mourning rituals, unfamiliar difficulties in reconnecting with private life in the aftermath of the war.

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Cultural Heritages and Their Transmission

Elizabeth C. Macknight

. Hoegaerts proposes a four-step methodology for researching the sounds of humanity. Her ideas are relevant to researchers in diverse fields including the history of science, cultural history, and the history of the body, as well as scholars working on

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Enwinding Social Theory

Wind and Weather in Zulu Zionist Sensorial Experiences

Rune Flikke

of umoya were sensorially inseparable from the landscape and her body. These experiences were strong enough to transform Thandi and therefore need to be taken seriously in social theory. In this article I have argued that the social history of the

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Incarnate Politics beyond the Cross and the Sword

Carlota McAllister and Valentina Napolitano

long histories of the body, affects, and material religion, and how these histories are lived in the constitution of peoples and commons. An ethnographic angle on these questions engages theology not as a set of propositions but as a matrix of affective

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The Colony as the Mystical Body of Christ

Theopolitical Embodiment in Mexico

Jennifer Scheper Hughes

histories of the body, affects, and material religion” (see the introduction to this special issue). Theopolitics suggests a more phenomenological approach in which religious ideologies and practices are enfleshed, incarnate, and always contingent, subject

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Johanna Gehmacher, Svetla Baloutzova, Orlin Sabev, Nezihe Bilhan, Tsvetelin Stepanov, Evgenia Kalinova, Zorana Antonijevic, Alexandra Ghit, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ana Luleva, Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Courtney Doucette, Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Valentina Mitkova, Vjollca Krasniqi, Pepka Boyadjieva, Marina Hughson, and Rayna Gavrilova

drab and people looked like a gray mass is receding into the past. 1 It would certainly have been more interesting if the author had added to her study on Polish and GDR fashions the context of the history of the body, and if in addition to the