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Haptic Mediations

Intergenerational Kinship in the Time of COVID-19

Bob Simpson

revolution in the switch from physical interactions to ones that are mediated by information and communication technologies (ICTs). For example, a common refrain throughout the crisis has been ‘thank goodness for … FaceTime, WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype, Zoom

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Performing Arts Curation as a Means of Advocating for Change in Cultural Policy

Ana Letunić

. The Implications and Challenges of Curating as a Mediating Cultural-Political Practice While most of the contributors to Frakcija 55, now published more than eleven years ago, emphasized power relations within the artworld, they were less concerned

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Grace Is Incommensurability in Commensuration

The Semantics of Bwan among Three Generations of Wa and Lahu Prophets

Hans Steinmüller

uses by several generations of prophets in the Wa hills thus show that grace cannot be understood as a timeless concept mediating values (as suggested by Pitt-Rivers 1992 ). That is so not only because values changed but also because grace as

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The Agency of the Periphery

Changes in Local Comics through Flows of Francophone Bandes dessinées to Sweden, 1950–2020

Ylva Lindberg

important mediating instances, including publishing houses, bookshops, schools, libraries, and press reviews. 2 However, the European manga boom that took place around 2005 and the strategic promotion of Swedish female author/illustrators have contributed

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Physically Distant – Socially Intimate

Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Marion Hamm

mediated micro-interactions enacted in three homes in Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom. This resulted in an analytical framework detailing three layers of social intimacy: spatial/corporeal materiality, biography and mediation. Anthropologists and

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(Not) Made by the human hand

Media consciousness and immediacy in the cultural production of the real

Mattijs Van De Port

Taking its examples from the realm of popular religion and popular culture, this essay shows how sensations of im‐mediacy are sought and produced in a great number of fantasy scripts. Some of these scripts seek to undo media‐awareness: concealing or denying the involvement of the human hand they produce the sensation that one's imaginations are not human fabrications at all, but immanent to the world. Other scripts, however, flauntingly reveal the mediation process and the workings of the human hand in it. Yet on closer inspection, these latter scripts oftentimes throw into relief the moment where – all the awareness of the medium notwithstanding – the mediation process is transcended. The cases discussed help the author to ponder the place of the medium in what he calls ‘the cultural production of the really real’.

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David Picard

Drawing on ethnographic research in the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, the article explores how tour guides transform the banalities of local everyday life into deeply moving tourist stories, and by that means position themselves as social characters within a wider tourism cosmology. At times they become actual extensions of the projected magical qualities of the destinations, at times enlightened mediators of a post-traditional condition in which a common global humanity melts into a perpetual movement of creolisation.

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What Competition Does: An Anthropological Theory

Leo Hopkinson and Teodor Zidaru

prescriptions, it emerges as a site and practice of mediating between different spheres of value and divergent social orders (see Gershon 2019 ). This collection attends ethnographically to the ways competition allows people to compare, evaluate, switch between

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Museum Mediators in Europe

Connecting Learning in a Field of Experience

Alice Semedo

Learning networks do not arise from nothing. They are born out of personal connections, exchanged conversations, constructed spaces, and shared visions. Other broader contexts (e.g., the theoretical contexts or funding policies available within a globalized economy) are also part of this landscape. The Museum Mediators in Europe course is one of such learning networks that came to be in 2013 with the aim of representing institutional and professional needs of mediation professionals in the European countries involved in this project: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Estonia. The project argues that a clearly defined set of best practices in museum education is called for and that leadership/mentoring programs for museum mediators should be utilized to foster professional learning communities within museums.

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Mediation and immediacy

Sensational forms, semiotic ideologies and the question of the medium

Birgit Meyer

Taking as a starting point the paradox that immediacy is not prior to, but rather a product of mediation, this article argues that the negotiation of newly available media technologies is key to the transformation of religion. Invoked to authorise sensations of spiritual powers as immediate and real, media are prone to ‘disappear’ or become ‘hyper‐apparent’ in the act of mediation. I argue that a view of media as intrinsic to religion requires a fundamental critique of approaches of both religion and media that posit an opposition between media and immediacy.