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For an anthropology of living and becoming 
Gaetano Sabato (University of Palermo, Italy)
Stefano Montes (University of Palermo l)
Alessandro Lutri (University of Catania)
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Stefano Montes (University of Palermo l)
Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

We consider living and becoming in connection to analyze ordinary and extraordinary events overtly including anthropologists’ perspectives. This is based on the idea that living can be seen as ethnographic research and ethnography as its translation. The role of the individual is emphasized.

Long Abstract:

In this panel we consider the human (and not-human) living and becoming in relationship with time and the environment. We consider papers from anthropologists who analyze ordinary and extraordinary events related to living by overtly including themselves and their perspectives in the analysis. Can we think of living as ethnographic research and, at the same time, ethnography as a translation of living? We intend to answer this question by considering living and ethnographic research as mutually connected (Taussig 2004; Pina Cabral 2013). We also think of living in relationship with becoming. One of our references is Deleuze since he subverts monologic definitions of living and becoming by focusing on the value of indiscipline. Placing emphasis on living and becoming also means giving value to the role of the individual within a culture. Some references, centered on the individual, are Rapport 2003; Biehl 2005; Heiss 2015; Piette 2017. By putting forward the notion of existence – wherever the anthropologist is located (Jackson 2005; Jackson, Piette 2015) – helps to reassemble in new ways the familiar and the exotic, the subjective and the objective, the ordinary and the extraordinary, and the multispecies, redefining them in the play produced by the becoming and the process (Pina Cabral 2010; Stewart 2007; Thrift 2007). We invite speakers to send proposals that consider fragments of their own and others’ lives analyzed with an anthropological gaze – ethnographies and auto-ethnographies – aimed at reflecting on the meaning of living and anthropology in a transformative perspective.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -