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Ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory
Jeremy C.A. Smith

132 6 Pacific imaginaries: ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory It is remarkable that the Pacific is almost entirely absent from contemporary civilisational analysis, especially given its evident importance to anthropology, to archaeology and to Durkheim and Mauss –​two formative thinkers in the paradigm. But new world contexts more generally are still marginal to civilisational analysis. The lacuna relates to the strengths and limitations of the three images of civilisations discussed in Chapters 2 and 3. American and Pacific new worlds were

in Debating civilisations
Sidi NDiaye

This article describes the brutalisation of the bodies of Tutsi and Jewish victims in 1994 and during the Second World War, respectively, and contrasts the procedures adopted by killers to understand what these deadly practices say about the imaginaries at work in Rwanda and Poland. Dealing with the infernalisation of the body, which eventually becomes a form of physical control, this comparative work examines the development of groups and communities of killers in their particular social and historical context. Different sources are used, such as academic works, reports from victims organisations and non-governmental organisations, books, testimonies and film documentaries.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Sharon Weinblum

: how have exclusionary policies been justified in the Israeli political discourse? To which other elements have the mobility of asylum seekers and the policies in place been connected in political discourse and with what effects? How has the imaginary of the border, detention, and deportation played out in the discourse surrounding the issue of asylum seekers? By its approach, this contribution is in

in Security/ Mobility
Megan Daigle, Sarah Martin, and Henri Myrttinen

) 1 and the provision of security in ‘the field’, though these have been mainly geared towards international staff rather than locally hired personnel. As we explore below, the dominant approach to risk and security is premised on an imaginary of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding work that goes back to its early years. This imaginary posits the work as performed mainly by white, able-bodied, heterosexual, male staff from the Global North who enter conflict- or

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Black Queer Feminism and the Sexual Politics of Another Country
Matty Hemming

This essay explores Black queer feminist readings of the sexual politics of James Baldwin’s Another Country. Recent work at the intersection of queer of color critique and Black feminism allows us to newly appreciate Baldwin’s prescient theorization of the workings of racialized and gendered power within the erotic. Previous interpretations of Another Country have focused on what is perceived as a liberal idealization of white gay male intimacy. I argue that this approach requires a selective reading of the novel that occludes its more complex portrayal of a web of racially fraught, power-stricken, and often violent sexual relationships. When we de-prioritize white gay male eroticism and pursue analyses of a broader range of erotic scenes, a different vision of Baldwin’s sexual imaginary emerges. I argue that far from idealizing, Another Country presents sex within a racist, homophobic, and sexist world to be a messy terrain of pleasure, pain, and political urgency. An unsettling vision, to be sure, but one that, if we as readers are to seek more equitable erotic imaginaries, must be reckoned with.

James Baldwin Review
Bert Ingelaere

language by knowing syntax, grammar, etc.), on the other hand it also means that one is familiar with the use of language, thus that one masters the codes of communicating ( Rukebesha, 1985 ; Nkusi, 1987 ; Ntampaka, 1999 ). A second and probably more important element in these Rwandan ethics of communication was (and still is) the concept of ubwenge. Ubwenge can be considered an essential form in the local social imaginary that defines – in a tacit fashion – how things go on between people and the expectations one has of the other. Ubwenge is a complex notion

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Róisín Read

imaginary of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding work’ carried out by ‘white, able-bodied, heterosexual, male staff from the Global North’ (page 4) that no longer reflect the realities of the way this work is done, if it ever did. They note, reinforcing the points made by Riley, that for many the threat comes from within the sector itself, something security training fails to take account of. They call for more inclusive representation in the humanitarian security sector to ‘help to

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Resilience and the Language of Compassion
Diego I. Meza

, and political aspects of reality’ ( d’Albergo and Moini, 2017 : 387). I am not claiming that resilience as discourse and practice is the immediate cause of the mishaps of the psychosocial assistance programmes for the displaced people; I assume that this concept plays an important role in the construction of the reality in which they live. Resilience is only an edge that contributes to the configuration of emotions and ‘imaginaries’ ( Sum and Jessop, 2013 : 166). The speeches of President Santos inviting the victims to turn the page, and some of the testimonies of

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José Luís Fiori

lessons that transcend the time and place of its creation and even transcend its original religious function. This is certainly the case with the Judeo-Christian version of the myth of Babel. 3 Set in an imaginary context, it describes a universal ‘syndrome’ of the struggle for power. It is suggestive for those who seek to explain recent changes in international relations and in the security strategy of the US. According to the myth of the Tower of Babel, humanity, after the Great Flood, was united and spoke just one language and had just one

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Jeffrey Flynn

health and international collaboration in light of the rights of developing countries (226). The imagery shifted accordingly. The breadth and chronology of this collection helps us see that humanitarian photography has a history. Seeing the breaks and continuities in that history helps us understand how humanitarian imaginary is sustained or transformed over time in part because it supports the aims of different organisations or journalistic outlets as they

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