Common Grounds

Life and Ethnography on the Möbius Strip

in Ethnologia Europaea
Ruxandra Ana Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

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This snapshot is a reflection on the nature of mobile ethnographic research where the ethnographer herself is a (hyper)mobile subject, with multiple, at times conflicted, belongings. It explores the role of wavering intimacies in establishing new relationships in the field especially during the early stages of new research, as it emerges from the legacies of previously conducted fieldwork. By introducing the metaphor of the Möbius strip, this snapshot reconsiders the meanings of home and field, and argues for the continuity between fieldwork life and other lives, with the line between them increasingly blurred. The ethnographic material for this piece is the result of research conducted for the past two years among Cuban dancers in Italy and Germany. 

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