TAUSSIG ON MIMESIS

THE PROBLEM: MIMESIS UNLEASHED

At this point the problem can be fairly stated (with some wonder, mind you) as to why these figures, so crucial to curing and thus to Cuna society, should be carved in the form of “European types.” In short: why are they Other, and why are they the Colonial Other? This […]

WHY MAKE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PLAYS?

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PLAYS: engaging, entertaining, funny and harrowing

When performed, auto/biographical plays become what Elin Diamond has called “the site in which concealed or dissimulated conventions might be investigated”. In Jill Dolan’s phrase, they often “revealperformativity”, and by doing so they examine a number of intertwined contemporary questions about identity, subjectivity, truth, and memory. At their […]

SOME PEOPLE KNOW: EPISTEMOLOGY & EXPERIENCE

Some People

(for Eoin)

by Rita Ann Higgins

Some people know what it’s like,

To be called a cunt in front of their children

to be short for the rent

to be short for the light

to be short for school books

to wait in Community Welfare waiting-rooms full of smoke

to wait two years […]

AUTOETHNOGRAPHY, DECONSTRUCTION AND UNSTABLE ETHNOGRAPHERS

EXCHANGING TRANSPARENCY FOR TRANSCENDENCY IN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?

“We argue that in an attempt to engage the crises of representation by transgressively blurring genres and writing against the disembodied voice of objectivism, autoethnographers run the risk of simply replacing one privileged centre with another, making similarly narrow claims to truth, authority, and authenticity as objectivism: autoethnography has […]

ART ENVY

ETHNOGRAPHER-ARTISTS: be careful what we wish for…

“The longing for art, like the longing for love, is a malady that blinds us and makes us forget the things we already know, obscuring reality.”

Pamuk, Orphan (2009) MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, p. 302

DISCIPLINARITY, INTERDISCIPLINARITY AND METHODOLOGY

DISCIPLINES, INTERDISCIPLINES AND METHODOLOGY

“The crucial issue for Friedman remains the question of methodology in interdisciplinary work, or, rather, the lack of methodology in women’s studies. Friedman argues that interdisciplinarity is “most successful when it emerges out of a firm grasp of the knowledge bases and methodologies of at least one of the […]

PERFORMING THE INNOCUOUSNESS OF THE ORDINARY

THE INNOCUOUSNESS OF THE ORDINARY

In single person monologues the actor is often standing relatively still; there is little by way of sweeping physicality, in that the composition of the visual image is relatively static, especially when working with unaltered physical scenographic environments, apart from lighting. The activity of performance is one of delivery and […]

SENSUOUS BODIES AND THE QUEST FOR CERTAINTY

DESCARTES, RUMI, ETHNOGRAPHY, AND PAUL STOLLER

Seeking to avoid the epistemological and political pitfalls of Cartesianism, a growing number of scholars have used the notion of the body–and embodiment–to criticize both Eurocentric and phallocentric predispositions in scholarly thought. As a result the sensuous body has recently emerged as a new site of analysis…(xiii)

Much […]

PUTTING YOUR BODY ON THE LINE

CAN YOU DO ETHNOGRAPHY WITHOUT PUTTING YOUR BODY ON THE LINE?

If ethnography is about anything it is about putting your body on the line. It is about being in a particular space for a particular period of time. You can’t always change your address and live in the space…but you must embrace the […]

CRUIKSHANK, LIFE LIVED LIKE A STORY

AFFINITY WITHOUT IDENTITY? RESPECTING LIMITATIONS

It is becoming clearer that all autobiography is shaped by narrative convention. Much of the literature addressing this issue comes from studies of women’s life stories because they so regularly diverge from the critical ideal of “good autobiography.” Jelinek observes that classic male autobiographies tend to be modeled on a […]