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Envisaging Eternity

Salian Women’s Religious Patronage

Nina Verbanaz

performance of roles traditional to medieval queens: founding cathedrals, establishing monasteries, and making donations. They also participated in some innovative forms of church patronage, such as ensuring the return of church property acquired through

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Practising in the Field

A Narrative of Public Health Research

Lindsay Sprague

The following is a narrative of a medical researcher and her experiences in the field. Una Lynch, a resident of Northern Ireland and currently a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Queen’s University Belfast, has engaged in extensive public health research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Though historically, as anthropologists, we have valued the contributions fieldwork has offered to our understanding of culture, personality, lifestyles and behaviours, we seldom encounter fieldwork within other facets of academia. How is ethnography used, therefore, within other disciplines? What contributions has ethnography brought to knowledge outside the borders of anthropology?

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Cailleachs, Keens and Queens

Reconfiguring Gender and Nationality in the poetry of Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Eavan Boland

Helen Kidd

In Irish writing the house is a familiar metaphor for nation, psyche, and community. Haunted with unquiet ghosts, it is frequently depicted as symptom of colonial repression and control, invoking the Famine, dispossession, dislocation, partition; the list, as with all colonial abuses, goes on and on. Freud usefully makes the connection between the uncanny (unheimlich) and the homely (heimlich)2 indicating the secondary meaning of heimlich as covered, concealed. Once the silences and (long) sufferings of colonisation are out in the open, gender issues, and the institution of home supported by these, which also rests on naturalised cover-ups – these continue to unsettle the discourses of home, nation and history.

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Review of An Academic Skating on Thin Ice

Elizabeth Tonkin

Peter Worsley (2008), An Academic Skating on Thin Ice (Oxford & New York: Berghahn), 296 pp., Hb: $39.95/£22.00, ISBN-13: 978-1-8454-5370-1.

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Speaking in Celestial Signs

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

Omri Elisha

. Portions of this research were funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the PSC-CUNY Research Award Program, and a Research Enhancement Grant from Queens College, CUNY. References Albanese , Catherine L . 2008 . A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A

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The Poetics of Morality: The Notion of Value in the Early Sartre

Konstanze Baron

‘C’est dans la connaissance des conditions authentiques de notre vie qu’il nous faut puiser la force de vivre et des raisons d’agir’ states Simone de Beauvoir at the outset of her plea for an existentialist ethics in Pour une morale de l’ambiguïté. Surely, very few philosophers would disagree with her. A correct understanding of the ‘human condition’ has always been held indispensable to the formulation of any moral philosophy, and it seems all the more necessary in the context of an existentialist theory which, in denying the existence of a common human nature, places all the emphasis on the self-made aspect of human life.

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Ballroom: culture and costume in competitive dance by Marion, Jonathan S.


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Borders and Emotions

Maruška Svašek

The paper argues that the emotional aspects of identity construction at international borders, and the ways in which different feelings and sentiments affect border people’s perceptions and actions, have in the main remained an underexplored field of research. The analyses focus on the Bohemian-Bavarian frontier zone, and shows that the inhabitants’ perceptions of those on the other side have been strongly affected by memories of the horrors of the Second World War and the post-war Sudeten German expulsion. Emotional displays and discourses of emotions have been actively used in the negation of social reality in the first post-Cold War decade. Introducing an analytical distinction between ‘evoked’, ‘remembered’, and ‘re-experienced’ emotions, the paper outlines how emotionally complex memories can become a political force, weakening or strengthening both national and transnational identities.

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Trnka, Susann and Catherine Trundle (eds.) 2017. Competing responsibilities: the ethics and politics of contemporary life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 272 pp. Hb.: US$94.95. ISBN‐13: 978‐0822363606.

Fiona Murphy

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Anti-social security

The changing contours of the hegemonic field in the twenty-first-century United States

Jeff Maskovsky

Gavin Smith's (2014) Intellectuals and (Counter-) Politics is a tour de force. It calls for anthropology to attend more carefully to the history of moves by the dominant capitalist blocs to enhance the conditions for their own reproduction and to the ways in which different subordinated and subaltern groups respond to these moves. This is, of course, a well-established line of inquiry. Yet, in Intellectuals, Smith breathes new life into an intellectual project that has been sidelined in recent years, as other preoccupations take hold in the discipline of anthropology and beyond. Smith rethinks what is meant by realist history, arming a new generation of insurgent scholars, readers, and activists, inside and outside the academy with a new set of intellectual priorities. The book thus exemplifies the best kind of politicized writing in anthropology and in other disciplines.