Filed under book | Tags: · anthropocene, assemblage, being, capital, difference, ethnology, geology, geontopower, governance, indigenous peoples, liberalism, life, ontology, power
“In Geontologies Elizabeth A. Povinelli continues her project of mapping the current conditions of late liberalism by offering a bold retheorization of power. Finding Foucauldian biopolitics unable to adequately reveal contemporary mechanisms of power and governance, Povinelli describes a mode of power she calls geontopower, which operates through the regulation of the distinction between Life and Nonlife and the figures of the Desert, the Animist, and the Virus. Geontologies examines this formation of power from the perspective of Indigenous Australian maneuvers against the settler state. And it probes how our contemporary critical languages—anthropogenic climate change, plasticity, new materialism, antinormativity—often unwittingly transform their struggles against geontopower into a deeper entwinement within it. A woman who became a river, a snakelike entity who spawns the fog, plesiosaurus fossils and vast networks of rock weirs: in asking how these different forms of existence refuse incorporation into the vocabularies of Western theory Povinelli provides a revelatory new way to understand a form of power long self-evident in certain regimes of settler late liberalism but now becoming visible much further beyond.”
Publisher Duke University Press, 2016
ISBN 9780822362111, 0822362112
Anselm Franke, Sabine Folie (eds.): Animismus: Moderne hinter den Spiegeln / Animism: Modernity through the Looking Glass (2011) [DE/EN]
Filed under catalogue | Tags: · animism, art, colonialism, conceptual art, ethnology, modernity, psychoanalysis
“Animism. Modernity through the Looking Glass takes its cue from the ethnological concept of animism that emerged in the nineteenth century in the context of colonialism in search of a “primal” religion. The term was applied to cultures that view nature and objects as having a soul and a life of their own. This concept borrowed from ethnology also plays a key role in psychoanalysis, where it denotes a mental state in which the inner and outer worlds are not distinct from each other.
The catalogue brings together artworks, documents, and artifacts to create an essayistic visual space that points to the need for a decolonialization and revision of this traditional understanding of animism. The show juxtaposes historical materials such as early attempts to animate technologically reproduced images with contemporary works addressing the line between life and non-life.”
With essays by Sabine Folie, Anselm Franke, Isabelle Stengers, and conversation with Elisabeth von Samsonow by Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio Lazzarato.
Publisher Generali Foundation, Vienna, and Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2011
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Filed under book | Tags: · anthropology, culture, ethnology, ideology, politics
In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.
Publisher Basic Books, New York, 1973
ISBN 0465097197, 9780465097197
via Sorin Danut
The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (English, 1973)
A interpretação das culturas (Brazilian Portuguese, 1989/2008, via Rodrigo)
Interpretace kultur: Vybrané eseje (Czech, trans. Hana Červinková, Václav Hubinger and Hedvika Humlíčková, 2000)
La interpretación de las culturas (Spanish, trans. Alberto L. Bixio, 2003)
Интерпретация культур (Russian, trans. О.В. Барсукова, A.A. Борзунов, Г.М. Дашевский, Е.M. Лазарева and В.Г. Николаев, 2004)