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The Pardoner’s Passing and How It Matters

Gender, Relics and Speech Acts

Alex da Costa

’. Anxieties about the capacity for outward appearance or declaration to depart from underlying reality cluster around the figure of the Pardoner, relics and oaths. ‘Chaucer’, the narrator, invites the reader to suspect that the Pardoner’s clothes conceal an

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Eternity and Print

How Medieval Ideas of Time Influenced the Development of Mechanical Reproduction of Texts and Images

Bennett Gilbert

affected parts of the medieval understanding of the material representation of the divine is that of the veneration of relics. 43 Bodily and contact relics lie among time past, time present, and eternity. Broadly, a relic is sacred by virtue of the

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Imitations of Buddhist Statecraft

The Patronage of Lao Buddhism and the Reconstruction of Relic Shrines and Temples in Colonial French Indochina

Patrice Ladwig

taught in monasteries were to be changed, monks were to receive passports, and a ‘scientific’ study of Buddhism was supposed to be advanced. The Power of Buddhist Relics: The Renovation of the That Luang Throughout the history of Buddhism, Buddhist kings

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Frans Ciappara

On 16 October 1609 a group of relics, including a piece of the true cross that the Spaniard Fra Juan Benegas had brought from Rome to Malta, was translated from Valletta to Rabat in a national procession. Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt (1601

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Obligations to Objects

Tangled Histories and Changing Contexts of the Burnett River Rock Engravings

Brit Asmussen, Lester Michael Hill, Sean Ulm, and Chantal Knowles

directed Frederick to the director of Queensland’s Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs (DAIA) who was the authority responsible for the archaeological site under the Aboriginal Relics Preservation Act 1967 (QLD). Gibson wrote on Frederick’s behalf

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Michał Buchowski

Western representations of the Other are criticized by anthropologists, but similar hegemonic classifications are present in the relationships between anthropologists who are living in the West and working on the (post-socialist) East, and those working and living in the (post-communist) East. In a hierarchical order of scholars and knowledge, post-socialist anthropologists are often perceived as relics of the communist past: folklorists, theoretically backward empiricists, and nationalists. These images replicate Cold War stereotypes, ignore long-lasting paradigm shifts as well as actual practices triggered by the transnationalization of scholarship. Post-socialist academics either approve of such hegemony or contest this pecking order of wisdom, and their reactions range from isolationism to uncritical attempts at “nesting intellectual backwardness“ in the local context (an effect that trickles down and reinforces hierarchies). Deterred communication harms anthropological studies on post-socialism, the prominence of which can hardly be compared to that of post-colonial studies.

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Malini Sur

bicycle use from thirty-eight city roads in 2008 to more than a hundred in 2015. Are Kolkata’s postcolonial bicycles relics of a past to be hastily discarded, or are they viable if complicated vehicles in India’s burgeoning cities? What happens when new

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Lionel Blue

obvious than the still small voice. God is being buried under the relics we peddle – bottles of Jordan water, plastic bags of real Holy Land earth, and now a wall! The memories and symbols of the Jewish past were not meant for this. The Israel problem

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Reinventing Anthropological Topics

Soheila Shahshahani

hands of individuals to which researchers, particularly local researchers, do not necessarily have access. This article juxtaposes the problem of science and nation building with the problem of possession of archaeological relics. Azim Malikov shares

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Between Dreams and Traces

Memory, Temporality, and the Production of Sainthood in Lesbos

Séverine Rey

and monks whose tombs or relics had been found. Only some of them were identified as individuals who could not be declared saints during Ottoman rule: “There certainly was hazy information about other Saints of Lesbos [than the few already known] who