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A True Language of Cinema

Maria Belodubrovskaya

structures contributes to this process. As such, Cutting has brought us the closest we have ever been to conceptualizing the language of cinema. The Language of Cinema The study of cinema's “language” stems from the earliest film theories ( Stam et al

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Language and a Continent in Flux

Twenty-First Century Tensions of Inclusion and Exclusion

Philip McDermott and Sarah McMonagle

where the fluidity of ‘superdiverse’ conditions ( Vertovec 2007 ) and postmodern identities are pitted against more hardened discourses of monocultural belonging rooted in a particular place. Languages provide a prism through which we can understand

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Totalitarian Language

Creating Symbols to Destroy Words

Juan Francisco Fuentes

This article deals with totalitarianism and its language, conceived as both the denial and to some extent the reversal of liberalism and its conceptual framework. Overcoming liberal language meant not only setting up new political terminology, but also replacing words with symbols, ideas with sensations. This is why the standard political lexicon of totalitarianism became hardly more than a slang vocabulary for domestic consumption and, by contrast, under those regimes—mainly Italian fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism—a amboyant universe of images, sounds, and metaphors arose. Many of these images revolved around the human body as a powerful means to represent a charismatic leadership and, at the same time, an organic conception of their national communities. Totalitarian language seems to be a propitious way to explore the “dark side” of conceptual history, constituted by symbols rather than words.

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Common Ground and Missing Links German Volkskunde and Language

Stefan Groth

Language and its relation to culture has been a topic of research in German Volkskunde [folklore studies] from the beginning of the discipline. While dialectological studies, linguistic specificities of local cultures and language in everyday life have been integral parts of Volkskunde for much of the first part of the twentieth century, the discipline saw a shift away from its philological elements towards a social science orientation in post-Second World War developments. During the last decades, the analysis of linguistic dimensions of everyday culture has been on the margin of scholarly activities in Volkskunde. Starting with a historic perspective on the role of language in the beginnings of the discipline, this article discusses the development and decrease of the study of linguistic aspects. It analyses the role of language in contemporary German Volkskunde both in theory and methodology, and offers perspectives on how the discipline could benefit from a renewed focus on linguistic dimensions of everyday culture.

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Linguistic Identities in Post-Conflict Societies

Current Issues and Developments in Northern Ireland

Freya Stancombe-Taylor

Introduction Languages are at the forefront of the current political stalemate in Northern Ireland, a disputed constituent region of the United Kingdom that, at the time of writing, has been without a working regional government for over two

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A Sacrament of Intellectual Self-Gratification

Giorgio Agamben swearing an Oath of his own State of Exception

Albert Doja

current post-modernist condition. In The Sacrament of Language , Agamben's central concerns converged in the ‘sacramental oath of language’ as a verbal utterance of a theological and political purpose. 1 Building on the double entendre of “oath

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Translating Islam into Georgian

The Question of Georgian Muslim Identity in Contemporary Adjara

Ricardo Rivera

Introduction In my contribution to this forum, I demonstrate how language has become a key site in the negotiation and establishment of a specifically ‘Georgian Muslim’ identity in contemporary Adjara through one instance of contested

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Speaking of the Holocaust

From Silence to Knowledge and Back Again

Keith Kahn-Harris

beyond the reach of the Nazis: all were forced to confront it, to understand what happened, to grapple with what it meant to be a Jew and a human being after the genocide. One major component of that generational project involved finding a language in

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Speaking in Celestial Signs

The Language of Western Astrology and the (Tenuous) Bonds of Occult Sociality

Omri Elisha

decidedly non-singular entity, instantiated by forms of affiliation—including professional associations, instructional programs, and, as we will see, distinctive uses and invocations of language—but otherwise diffuse and decentralized. This amorphous quality

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The Anti-Help

Accusations, Mutual Help and the Containment of Ugly Feelings in the Gusii Highlands, Kenya

Teodor Zidaru

proves untenable, ongoing acts of requesting, giving or expecting help descend into what I call the ‘anti-help’. The term picks up on my interlocutors’ concerns with the inherently antagonistic nature of both ordinary language and mutual help; hence my