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Guest Talk Tyler Zoanni:

The Work of Appearances

08.05.2023 at 18:15 

Prof. Dr. Tyler Zoanni (University of Bremen):

The Work of Appearances: Disability, Visibility, and Christianity in Uganda

Drawing on fieldwork on disability and Christianity in Uganda, the talk considers relations between the visible—what appears—and the political. Taking a disabled women’s wish to be photographed as a point of departure, the talk traces her theory of the image and its basis in a prevailing social aesthetics in central Uganda. The paper considers the political work of appearances in two Christian charities, with a particular focus on ritual and social media. The paper further demonstrates that what are framed as radical claims about assembly, presence, and the sensible within a North Atlantic philosophical tradition are merely commonsensical in a place like Uganda. Without assuming appearance is inherently redemptive, the paper ultimately argues for the existential and political stakes of appearing in a world which is apparently common.

When?     Monday, May 8, 18:15
Where?    Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
                Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 Munich
                Room L155

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