Jarrett Zigon: Ecstatic Relationality and Dying-With: Politics, Ethics, Community

For those interested Professor Jarrett Zigon will be giving a talk at the Center for Subjectivity Research at the South Campus (Karen Blixen Plads 8, Lecture room 15A.0.13) on the 1st of June from 13:15-15:00. See the below description for more information.



Ecstatic Relationality and Dying-With: Politics, Ethics, Community

CFS Lecture by Jarrett Zigon, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Virginia, USA.


This talk explores the politics and ethics of ecstatic relationality. In doing so, it considers perhaps the central experience of drug users around the globe who participate in anti-drug war political activity, that is, the experience of dying-with. This experience is not only a key motivation for becoming politically active. But it also initiates an awareness of the essential openness and relationality of being, an intertwining of existence, that through their political activity has given way to a community of whoever arrives.

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“No Place for Grief”

Wednesday the 23rd of May, 16-18 in Ethnographic Exploratory (4.1.12), CSS Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K
Building 4, 1st floor, room 12

16.00-16.05 Welcome from Antropologforeningen
16.05-16.35 Presentation of the book “No Place for Grief: Martyrs, Prisoners and Mourning in Contemporary Palestine” by Lotte Buch Segal, Associate Professor at Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
16.35-17.00 Discussion of the book by discussant Thomas Brudholm, Associate Professor at ToRS, University of Copenhagen
17.00-17.20 Break
17.20-18.00 Open floor for discussion

We will serve snacks, wine and beer. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you!


More info about the book:
Westerners ‘know’ Palestine through images of war and people in immediate distress. Yet this focus has as its consequence that other, less spectacular stories of daily distress are rarely told. Those seldom noticed are the women behind the men who engage in armed resistance against the military occupation: wives of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention and the widows of the martyrs. In Palestine, being related to a detainee serving a sentence for participation in the resistance activities against Israel is a source of pride. Consequently, the wives of detainees are expected to sustain these relationships through steadfast endurance, no matter the effects upon the marriage or family. Often people, media, and academic studies address the dramatic violence and direct affliction of the Palestinians. Lotte Buch Segal takes a different approach, and offers a glimpse of the lives, and the contradictory emotions, of the families of both detainees and martyrs through an in-depth ethnographic investigation.

No Place for Grief asks us to think about what it means to grieve when that which is grieved does not lend itself to a language of loss and mourning. What does it mean to “endure” when ordinary life is engulfed by the emotional labor required to withstand the pressures placed on Palestinian families by sustained imprisonment and bereavement? Despite an elaborate repertoire of narrative styles, laments, poetry, and performance of bodily gestures through which mourning can be articulated, including the mourning tied to a political cause, Buch Segal contends that these forms of expression are inadequate to the sorrow endured by detainees’ wives. No Place for Grief reveals a new language that describes the entanglement of absence and intimacy, endurance and everyday life, and advances an understanding of loss, mourning, and grief in contemporary Palestine.

Lotte Buch Segal teaches anthropology at the University of Copenhagen.

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Visual Happy Hour: Jennifer Deger

Date: 3rd of May, 2018, from 17.15 to 19.15.

Location: Ethnographic Exploratory, Center for Sundhed og Samfund (4.1.12) Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København


The Anthropologists’ Association is very happy to invite you to a new take on our popular event format in collaboration with Antrofilm: The Visual Happy Hour!

Miyarrka Media is a arts collective based in the community of Gapuwiyak in Australia’s Norther Territory. They have made a number of award winning films and internationally exhibitions installations and have just completed their first book, Phone & Spear: a Yuta Anthropology. Jennifer Deger is an anthropologist, filmmaker and founding member of Miyarrka Media.

Jennifer will be screening two works by Miyarrka Media: Ringtone (2014) and Christmas Birrimbirr (Christmas Spirit) (2011). This will be followed by a discussion together with student group Antrofilm.

As always, we will serve snacks, wine and beer. We look forward to seeing you!

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Thematic Happy Hour: Beyond Cultural Racism

Thursday the 12th of April from 16-18
Ethnographic Exploratory, room 4.1.12, CSS
Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 4, 1. floor, room 12, 1353 København K

Thematic Happy hour

16.00-16.05 Welcome from Antropologforeningen
16.05-16.35 Presentation by Anna Bredström, Senior Lecturer at Linköping University
16.35-17.05 Discussion by Cecelia Walsh-Russo, Guest lecturer at Department of Sociology, UCPH
17.05-17.20 Break
17.20-18.00 Open floor for discussion
We will serve snacks, wine and beer. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you!


Senior Lecturer Anna Bredström

The paper analyses sexual educational material in Sweden that aspires to a ‘norm critical’ agenda, i.e. which explicitly seeks to challenge norms regarding gender, sexuality, able- bodyness, race and ethnicity. Our analysis is interested in the ways the material attempts to move beyond racialised notions of immutable cultural differences. We argue that while the material avoids reproducing stereotypes, it fails to develop an alternative way of conceptualising culture and its importance for sexuality. It also falls prey to a liberal discourse in its attempt to bridge differences by aspiring to universal rights. A more fruitful alternative, we suggest, would be to turn to a transversal politics so as to develop a sex education that can accommodate conflicting values, yet treat culture in a non-essentialist way.

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Monografisk Happy Hour med Rane Willerslev

Data: Monday the 9th of April, 3pm-5pm

Location: 35.3.12, CSS

Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K
building 35, 3. floor, room 12 – entrance from Gammeltoftsgade


15.00-15.05 Welcome from Antropologforeningen’s deputy chairwoman Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen

15.05-16.05 Presentation of the book “Soul Hunters” by Rane Willerslev, Ph.D. and Director of the National Museum of Denmark, in discussion with Inger Sjørslev, Lecturer at Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

16.05-16.20 Break

16.20-17.00 Open floor for discussion


We will serve snacks, wine and beer. We look forward to seeing you!

This event is only for members! Sign up at the door!