Conférence de Marilyn Strathern au Musée du quai Branly

Marilyn Strathern, dont nous avons traduit et discuté un texte dans le hors-série 2014, donne une conférence le jeudi 2 juin à Paris, au Musée du quai Branly.

Carlo Severi (EHESS) and Giovanni da Col (SOAS)

Relations of imagination: playing a few tricks

Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge)

Discussion by Anne Christine Taylor (CNRS) and Giovanni da Col (SOAS)

Jeudi 2 juin 2016
Salle de cours 2, 17.00-19.30
Musée du quai Branly


Trading on what can and cannot be seen, there are occasions when people in Melanesia set themselves certain enigmas about what they know. Visibility as such does not solve the issue of knowledge: things may be hidden twice over, both in what is deliberately hidden from sight and in the ambiguous nature of what is brought into sight. Insofar as they make revelation and concealment and / or seeing and doubting what one sees central to their enactment of life, as they do in ceremony and ritual, are they in effect staging the participants’ state of being as an imaginative exercise? With reference to the lectures published as Learning to see in Melanesia (Hau 2013), the question becomes part of a commentary on the staging of anthropological exposition. In particular we might reflect on the way the concept of ‘relations’, in being brought to mind, is bound up with how action is carried forward. That is true both of this exposition, and of the staged performances it describes.



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