Revisiting Time and the Other (Fabian 1983)
Stephanie Koerner (Liverpool University )
Paper short abstract:
This presentation illustrates the relevance to this session’s concerns of “temporalising devises” that “deny the coevalness” of cultural differences (Fabian 1983), with examples from the history of circumstances summarised by the expression ‘iconoclash’ (Latour and Weibel 2002).
Paper long abstract:
"What has happened that has made images the focus of so much passion?....To the point where being an iconoclast seems the highest virtue, the highest piety, in intellectual circles? (Latour, Iconoclash. 2002: 14)." Until rather recently, few anthropologists and archaeologists are likely to have been receptive to suggestions that answers to these questions might relate very directly to problems Fabian (1983) summarised as the "denial of the coevalness of the West and the Rest." The situation may be changing. Especially researchers working in situations where controversies over the relative value to expanding tourism industries of 'lived cultural heritage' are embedded in deepening inequalities with regards to exposure to techno-science risk, unsustainable development and political conflict, are becoming interested in the deeper historical backgrounds of conditions under which it is possible for some to deny the coevalness of diverse historical trajectories. In this presentation, I illustrate with examples from the history of circumstances summarised by the expression 'iconoclash' (Latour and Weibel 2002) something of relevance to this session's concerns of inquiries into historical backgrounds of "temporalising devises" that "deny the coevalness" of cultural differences (Fabian 1983).
Imagineering the past: the (mis)uses of anthropology and archaeology in tourism