P144
Back to the future: discursive practices on identity, remembrance and resistance in late-modern anthropology

Convenors:
Maria Grajdian (Nagasaki University)
Location:
201 A
Start time:
18 May, 2014 at 10:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel deals with the dialectic interplay between identity, remembrance and resistance in constructing collective awareness of geographic-historical belonging in Hong Kong, Japan, Chile and Colombia, based on empirical data of cultural artifacts and their theoretical analysis.

Long abstract:

The presentations included in this panel pursue the analysis of cultural artifacts such as the entertainment industry and its influence on the emotional construction of childhood in hindsight, animation and its translation into reality, arpilleras and their increasingly global diffusion and implementation, Colombian local narrations and songs related to isolation and self-actualization. Focusing on empirical data collected in the field - China, Japan, Chile and Colombia - combined with theoretical elements which highlight the universality of human desires and efforts in times of turmoil and distraught, the presentations foreground the necessity of remembrance and resistance in the process of identity construction - individual or collective. The dialectical interplay between identity as the continuous delimitation of the self from the other, remembrance and resistance - viewed as the inner power to overpass childhood nostalgias and reflect maturely upon one's role in the world respectively as the ability to cope with regimes of denial and to recreate reality via artistic means - becomes thus a progressive tool in establishing new foundations in the practice of integration and inter-human communication. Furthermore, the anthropological discourse appears as a dynamic play (in Wittgenstein's and Lyotard's conceptualization: the differentiation between substantiality and simulation within the intricacies of language) possessing the capacity to guide the researcher in his/her quotidian endeavor to discover worlds of love and beauty beyond the superficiality of war, consumerism and discrimination.