Vitalism, Sacrifice and Utopia in Stromboli
Vitalism, Sacrifice, and Utopia. A Workshop on the Human Impetus
Ginostra, Stromboli, Italy, 18-19 June 2016
Convenors: Bjørn Bertelsen, Giovanni da Col, Ruy Blanes
Among the many turns haunting anthropology, in recent years the return of life has not left the discipline unscathed. There is a new kind of vitalism and animism in the air, inhabiting the cultural and social sphere and remaining well beyond the analytic scope of commodity fetishism. This workshop aims neo-vitalist ideologies are embedded in contemporary utopian configurations. We find this vitalism in egalitarian ideologies, religious expectations, sacrificial logics, bodily practices, terrorist acts, and protests: products of vitalist economy immanent in a reality that is constantly being shaped rather than transcendent from it. This in turn means seeing what we are used to calling “utopias” as, above all, the effects of the pursuit of forms of vitalist value which may achieved through private or public forms of sacrifice or activities such as gambling, high-risk financial trading, self- immolations or other forms of seemingly reckless investment where what is invested is not just money or property but one’s life. Our goal with this workshop is to engage in an anthropology that can account on contemporary neo-vitalist and sacrificial “modes of productions”, discuss the conceptual and analytic possibilities and limitations of such an approach and study the generative, transformational, creative ground of today’s utopian formations.
Giovanni da Col
Time and Tide: the measure of vitality in the Outer Hebrides
Remarks on the reunification of art and life
Sacrifice and Vitality in China
A lesser human? A paradox of Anthropocene vitalism
Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
Ritual Terroir (Note: Not ‘Ritual Terror!): The Generation of Site-Specific Vitality
“Spiritual Warfare” on Multi-religious Terrain: Competing Political Cosmologies in Postwar Sri Lanka
The optimistic utopia: sacrifice and expectations of political transformation in the Angolan Revolutionary Movement
Ruy Llera Blanes
Vocation and sacrifice in political activism: past utopias, present love
Pacifists Utopias: life and death in a Second World War ambulance unit
Utopia and Dystopia.
Event sponsored by the University of Bergen, EASA Networks and HAU: Journal of Ethnograpic Theory.