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Loss of Date

I saw in the street, death,
in the midst of the ordinary day.
The Police arrived, the firefighters arrived, the first-aide arrived.
The curious mob ran away from the scene
For fear of the Police
For fear of death
For fear of testimony in the Courtyard.

Décoloniser l’histoire occidentale

Pourquoi l’anthropologie historique s’appelle-t-elle l’« anthropologie historique » ?
Pourquoi Jacques Le Goff, au moment de forger l’expression, a-t-il préféré la référence anthropologique à celles d’ethnologie ou d’ethno-histoire?
Des éléments de contexte (luttes de libération nationale, contestation de l’année 1968) sont largement intervenus.
A travers le cas particulier de l’anthropologie historique médiévale, nous verrons comment s’est opérée la décolonisation intellectuelle des sciences humaines françaises.

“Flip, Flop, Fly” – The Fabulization of the Death-Camp in the Age of Extermination

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Thoughts-giving on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an American holiday. It is the American holiday, the national holiday of American-ness. It is the holiday that marks belonging to the Corpus Americani. It is, moreover, unique to the United State of America.
Notably, Thanksgiving is a National holiday, one in which a transfer takes place: from the public arena to the private sphere. For the main ritual the celebratory meal of roasted turkey is done not in the public space, but in the warm embrace of family, in the Home. It is celebrated mainly in the familial circle, around the family table. One’s belonging to the body of the Nation, to the political body, is manifested in the a-political body of the Family. The imagined national genealogy is transferred into the biological genealogy of the Family.
What is the nature of this transference? For the holiday table is not the Table of the Lord, but merely the Table of the Nation. The body of the sovereign is passed into the familial body.
But how is this passage from one to another effected ? How does the holiday transfer from the Public to the Private? From the Nation to the Family? From narrative to practice? From myth to ritual and vice versa?
In other words: how does the Corpus Americani transubstantiate, became flesh and blood?