For Mongols, fortune is not just acquired or lost accidentally. Rituals are held to create an upsurge of fortune, to beckon, absorb, contain, and act upon it. This article focuses on two kinds of fortune-sülde (potency) and hiimori (vitality)-and the ritualized means to restore these qualities that otherwise become depleted of their own accord. It is argued that these ideas of fortune are ways of linking subjects to cosmological forces 'out there'. The paradox is that, by binding fortune into their bodies in an attempt to garner invincibility, bravery, and energy, people resonate to pulses that glide among, and fly beyond, their other constitutive physical bodily elements. Such occasions when sülde and hiimori are in play call into being a certain kind of person who seems to be rendered, at least for a moment, at one with the void.
An Impersonal Subjectivity
Caroline Humphrey and Hürelbaatar Ujeed
Wind and Weather in Zulu Zionist Sensorial Experiences
In this article, I place wind and weather at the center of a long healing process. The case study revolves around Thandi, who was one of my main informants and a good friend during three years of fieldwork in a Zulu Zionist congregation. 1 I first
Children’s Literature in Communist Romania
This article provides insight into the practically uncharted territory of children’s literature published during the Communist regime in Romania, with a special emphasis on boys’ roles and masculinity in the context of major themes and obsessions. Its purpose is to reveal both the nonideological side of this literature and the extent to which it might have exerted a decisive influence on education. The conclusion is that the power of nonideological seduction was greater than that of indoctrination.
Separating Heads and Bodies in Eastern Europe
What remains of the Soviet identity for those who grew up in an empire that started in the Baltic sea and ended in Kamchatka? What kind of post-Soviet cultural combos have been produced afterwards? Was it bizarre to listen to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana while being targeted with nuclear missiles from the West? In a retrospective way and engaging with the collective memory of his home country, Estonia, the author reflects on different narratives of Europeanisation, shame and peripherality and the way local people embodied them.
The Tradition of Republicanism and the Agrarian Question in Brazil
Heloisa Maria Murgel Starling
The article traces the reception of different strands of Republicanism in Brazil. French republicanism inspired authors such as Euclides da Cunha in his realization that a true Brazilian republic would only be achieved with the inclusion of its vast interior and its destitute population. But the reception of republicanism in Brazil also drew from Anglo-Saxon sources, which resulted also in an emphasis on the political nature of the community. American republicanism, with its conception of territorial expansion, land possession, and active economic participation added a further dimension to Brazilian republicanism. In particular, Teofilo Otoni's attempt to create a political community in the Mucury Valley was modeled after the ideals of American republicanism. Even if the Brazilian republicanism that emerged from the reception of these strands failed to impose its agenda over the political mainstream, it provided a unifying ideology for the opposition throughout the Second Empire and the First Republic, and still constitutes a source of inspiration for political reform and criticism.
An Atypical Case of Anti–Wind Farm Contention
This article explores a case of wind-farm siting contention situated around the picturesque village of Marden in the county of Kent, (the garden of) England. Though analysis of wind energy siting conflict is not new (e.g., Gipe 1995: 118–142 ), the
Moving a Container Ship through Darkness
involvement as economic beings—providing for families and communities. Over time, I felt a need to focus on the embodied experience of seafarers dealing with their environment of wind, weather, and ocean; the lengthy time onboard cargo ships; and the absence
Paul McLoughlin, John Levett and Rosie Garner
Anywhere on the 65 Global Distress PAUL McLOUGHLIN
Stylus The Wind Farm JOHN LEVETT
What He Says Is Things I'd Like to Say Al’s Garden Nurses’ Station ROSIE GARNER
Tim Huntley, Alistair Rolls and David Drake
Helen Tattam, Time in the Philosophy of Gabriel Marcel Review by Tim Huntley
Rosemary Lloyd and Jean Fornasiero (eds.), Magnificent Obsessions: Honouring the Lives of Hazel Rowley Review by Alistair Rolls
Emmanuel Barot (dir.), Sartre et le Marxisme Richard Wolin, The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution and the Legacy of the 1960s Léo Lévy, A la vie Review by David Drake
Publications, Films and Conferences
Jean-Pierre Digard, Soraya Tremayne, Taiba Sadeq, Soheila Shahshahani and Mary Elaine Hegland
Jacquesson, Svetlana (2010), Pastoréalismes: Anthropologie historique des processus d’intégration chez les Kirghiz du Tian Shan intérieur (Wiesbaden: Reichert/ « Nomaden und Sesshafte », Band 14). xii + 281 pp., bibliography, index. ISBN 978-3895007699.
Newcomb, Rachel (2009), Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Urban Life in Morocco (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press). 234 pp., bibliography, index. ISBN 978-0812241242.
Abul, Shaker (2011), The Winds Are Fair, Same as Our Intention, 22 minutes.
Saadi, Shilan (2011), An Alley Behind Our House, 12 minutes.
Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) Conference, 4–8 January 2012, Hyderabad, India
International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) Conference, 1–5 August 2012, Istanbul, Turkey