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Between loss and opportunity

The fate of place after postsocialism

Dace Dzenovska, Volodymyr Artiukh, and Dominic Martin

tourists on bikes who do not come. While waiting for them to come, planners naturalize the emptying of Lielciems as part of change internal to history as progress. Between loss and opportunity When we discuss emptiness in various academic and non

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An Unaccountable Love

Healing and Sacrifice in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Nofit Itzhak

healing of members of a Catholic Charismatic community in Rwanda who suffered acute personal loss during and following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. I draw on two terms central to my interlocutors’ conception of their relationship to God—sacrifice and grace

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Inner Recreation

Trauma, Objects and Collaboration in Second-Generation Visual Arts

Judy Goldhill and Fay Ballard

parental loss. Both artists have been using recovered objects, photographs and letters in their artwork and this collaboration has led to several joint exhibitions including Breathe (Freud Museum, 2018), Travelling Companions (Alison Richard Building

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Finding Liturgy for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

Gwendolen Burton

the inability to become pregnant; it is also the inability to carry pregnancy to term and give birth to a viable baby’ (Gold p. 132). 2 This definition includes pregnancy loss (miscarriage, termination of pregnancy for medical reasons, stillbirth and

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Eleni Philippou


“Epitaphic” features two poems that were written to speak to the poet's interest in commemorating or capturing past moments, events, or persons. “Topographies” is concerned with the interplay between transience and permanence—the passing of time, changing relationships, but also the altering of emotional and physical landscapes. The poem largely speaks to a process of loss and memory, both on a macrocosmic or geographical level, and on a smaller, intimate level. Similarly, “Thanatos” connects with the broad theme of loss, particularly humanity's inability to recognize, appease, or ameliorate the suffering of the animal Other.

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Mobility and Identity in Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss

Vandana Sukheeja and JapPreet Kaur Bhangu

intense or traumatic as it used to be. In fact, mobility across cultures no longer entails the loss of inheritance; rather, it facilitates the gaining of the immigrant experience. Moving between their old cultures on the one hand and newly accepted and

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Too Much of Nothing

Analytic and Sartrean Phenomenological Perspectives

John Graham Wilson

being, as in the case of the imagination and a large number of tiny entities, which for him can meaningfully be objects of judgment (fear, dread, regret, and so on), experiences that are “inhabited by negation.” 26 For ex ample, loss is the intuition

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The potential of intangible loss

Reassembling heritage and reconstructing the social in post‐disaster Japan

Andrew Littlejohn

Attitudes towards cultural heritage have long been characterised by an ‘endangerment sensibility’ concerned with preventing losses. Recently, however, critical heritage scholars have argued that loss can be generative, facilitating the formation of new values and attachments. Their arguments have focused primarily on material heritage, whose risk of damage and disappearance is accelerating due to growing environmental crises. After Japan’s 2011 tsunami, however, heritage scholars there began probing a related question: what happens when supposedly ‘intangible’ heritage is damaged? Taking this question as a starting point, I ask how recent applications of assemblage theory in studies of heritage can shed light on destruction's role in forming and reforming places and peoples. Drawing on fieldwork in Japan’s disaster regions, I argue that disassembly is a form of damage rendering both the things mediating heritage and its reciprocal mediation of social life matters of concern. I suggest that the potential of loss lies in how heritage can be made to translate other interests during its reassembly. By contrast, attempts to perpetuate pre‐existing relations can render the social more rather than less precarious, depending on the context.

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Freedom and loss in a human landscape

Multinational oil exploitation and the survival of reindeer herding in north-eastern Sakhalin, the Russian Far East

Emma Wilson

Sakhalin's multinational offshore oil and gas projects signify hope for the region's economic regeneration. They also pose an environmental threat to the livelihoods of local natural resource-users, including Sakhalin's few remaining reindeer herders. For the herders over the past century, industrial development, particularly in relation to the domestic onshore oil and gas industry, has been associated with environmental degradation and loss of pastures, family cohesion, language and culture. The herders contrast the physical and mental freedom they enjoy living on the land to the constraint of village life. Their survival strategies are based on a certain freedom from authority and the formal law. Their desire for freedom is also manifested in a reluctance to engage with outsiders who could have a significant influence on their future. This paper explores the survival strategies of reindeer herding households and enterprises and the ways that they engage with outsiders such as state officials, NGOs and oil companies. The offshore oil and gas projects could result in further loss of important pastures and pollution of water sources, while project benefits may not reach some of Sakhalin's communities that are more isolated. However, the projects have catalysed global interest in the fate of Sakhalin's native peoples, oil company consultations have enabled herders to voice their concerns about the projects, and oil company-sponsored programmes may provide opportunities for the revival of herding and the reinforcement of native identity. This article considers some of the tensions between economic independence and security, between the democratic right to participate in planning processes and the desire to be free from state regulation, authority and outside intervention.

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Accounting for Loss in Fish Stocks

A Word on Life as Biological Asset

Jennifer E. Telesca

offers a genealogy of an axiomatic, stubborn referent that owes its development to extractive capitalism. By tracing the microdynamics of a word over time, the reader may discern the unfolding of loss in marine life over the past centuries ( Bolster 2012