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CUSAS Talk: Dr Guilherme Orlandini Heurich (UCL)

When Oct 26, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Edmund Leach Room Department of Social Anthropology Free School Lane, Cambridge
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Dr Guilherme Orlandini Heurich (UCL): The meaning of broken words: Amerindian songs and the poetics of war in South America

 

Ritual singing in the Araweté's "danced songs" (oporahẽ me'e) is a performance entrenched as much in poetic rhythm as it is in warfare. The songs describe a war victim's post-mortem voyage and the danced performance creates an opaque or broken speech in which syllables are not separated as they normally are in the Araweté language. The broken words of songs and the broken lives of warfare merge in to each other as different yet similar disruptive devices that affect what it means to be human. Translating the poetics of conflict and war thus calls for an analysis that weaves the "inimical" rhythm of broken speech in to the text itself.

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