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Recursivity and the Self-Reflexive Cosmos

Tricksters in Cuban and Brazilian Spirit Mediumship Practices

Diana Espírito Santo

of the dividends of their awareness for human experience. Recursivity here is thus deeply related to self-reflexivity or self-awareness: it is because the cosmos is aware of itself as cosmos (in its constitution) that it is able to describe, produce

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The Medium Is the Message

Olivier Schrauwen’s Arsène Schrauwen beyond Expectations of Autobiography, Colonial History and the Graphic Novel

Benoît Crucifix and Gert Meesters

delivers an ironically strange, at times even absurd and playfully self-reflexive narrative. Beyond this apparent weirdness, Arsène Schrauwen is an exotic adventure that taps into the Belgian colonial imaginary to reflect on cultural differences

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Questions from the Field

Anthropological Self-reflexivity through the Eyes of Study Participants

Sangmi Lee

Although there is nothing new about how anthropologists can be the observed instead of simply being the observer and that they can also be interviewed while interviewing, no one has studied the kinds of questions they receive from the people that they study and interact with in the field. Questions that research participants ask the anthropologists during fieldwork provide a critical way to reflect upon historical and persistent issues related to field-work, such as positionality, self-reflexivity and methodology. Based on fourteen months of multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork among two Hmong communities in Laos and the United States, this article examines some of the questions I received from the people in my study and suggests that anthropologists need to pay more critical attention to these questions as a source of self-reflexivity and positionality in the process of ethnographic writing.

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A Kingdom for a Mirth

Shakespeare's ‘Fatal Cleopatra’ and the Worm's Turn

Roger Stritmatter and Shelly Maycock

woman and the goddess of the moon and the snake, one with knowledge of both the apple and the asp. Fortune, self-reflexivity, and the ‘worm’ in 5.2 As Robert Ornstein explains: The last scene of Antony and Cleopatra would be less difficult

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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo


During the lockdown, I started perceiving cash as a potentially infected entity, carrying the virus on its surface. This article explores the trajectories and implications of this modified perspective on money by merging different levels of analysis. The attempt to grasp both the social and material significance of this ‘object’ will resound in personal anecdotes from my house. The self-ethnographic approach accounts also for the intimate feelings and the new gaze on money produced within me; the enthusiasm for imagining an economy driven by different rules; nostalgia for the activities I used to pay for; anxieties caused by this unprecedented health crisis; and my curiosity to observe how relationships with people and things have changed. The need to share experiences as a political statement and the desire to put fears and hopes into words guide my work.

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Bodies with Objects in Space through Screens

Casual Virtuality and the Self-Mediation of Laura Paolini's Constraining Aesthetics

Jakub Zdebik

, or more precisely, a counterpoint installation to the Make Your Bed performance, seems like a sober tracing of the performance. It is a riff on the very meaning of performance with a self-reflexive meta-commentary on the business of the previous

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Ilan Manouach

potential’. 9 Conceptual Comics mobilise the historical legacy of conceptual art in its capacity for institutional critique, self-reflexivity, the constitution of alternative forms of skilling/deskilling, and the prioritisation of context over content, to a

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‘Coming To Look Alike’

Materializing Affinity in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care

Kathryn E. Goldfarb

and fostering are not easily recognized as kinship. I suggest that material resemblance is taken up as a pragmatic semiotics ( Silverstein 1993 ; Stasch 2009) through which people self-reflexively interpret the signs that count as relatedness

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Beyond the Edges of the Screen

Longing for the Physical ‘Spaces Between’

Alyssa Grossman and Selena Kimball

meeting (Parsons School of Design), 2020. Photo by Selena Kimball. But this closeness, this blurredness, is what we wish to examine more carefully here. We present this text as a shared, self-reflexive conversation from the perspective of a visual

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‘I'm Not that Kind of Doctor’

On Being In-Between in a Global Health Intervention

Erica Nelson

the role of anthropologist as social critic? Did I conduct my fieldwork in a way that was fully cognisant of what Benedetta Rossi calls ‘the complex issues of self-reflexivity, positionality and power?’ ( Rossi 2004 ). In truth, I struggled to