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Department of Social Anthropology

Reverberations publication

Reverberations: Violence Across Time and Space

Edited by Yael Navaro, Zerrin Özlem Biner, Alice von Bieberstein, and Seda Altugù

An international conference was held in Istanbul, in March 2015, as a component of the project “Living with Remnants: Politics, Materiality and Subjectivity in the Aftermath of Past Atrocities in Turkey” (2012-2016), funded by the European Research Council, and addressing concepts and methodologies developed by Professor Navaro and her research team. Some of the papers presented at this conference, including the co-authored introduction and single-authored articles by the book’s editorial team, have now been published as the book Reverberations. The book’s description reads as follows:

“The turn to the nonhuman in the humanities and social sciences has arguably been mobilized through a washing away of political violence, its histories, and its traces. Reverberations aims to redress this problem by methodologically and conceptually placing political violence and nonhuman entities side by side. The volume generates a new framework for the study of political violence and its protracted aftermath by attending, through innovative ethnographic and historical studies, to its distribution, extension, and endurance across time, space, materialities, and otherworldly dimensions, as well as its embodiment in subjectivities, discourses, and imaginations. Collectively, in the study of political violence, the contributions focus on human agencies and experiences in engagement with nonhuman entities such as objects, land, fields, houses, buildings, treasures, trees, spirits, saints, and prophets. In a variety of contexts, the scholars herein ask the crucial question: What can be learned about political violence by analyzing it in the terrain of relationality between human beings and nonhuman entities?  How are things such as objects, spaces, natural phenomena, or spiritual beings entwined in histories of political violence? And vice versa—how are histories of political violence implicated in nonhuman things?”

A hybrid book launch will be held in March 2022, in person in Cambridge and on zoom. Details for the book launch will be publicised well in advance for attendance or registration. All the contributors to the volume as well as commentators will be present at the launch.


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