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Recurrences

Fetish, Magic, and the Gift

Apr 28-29, 2016
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Concepts such as fetish, magic, and the gift have often been attributed to ‘kinship communities’, and taken to be ‘out of place’ if not ‘overcome’ in modernity. But is Hegel’s notion of the magic fetish in Africa so different from Marx’s and Freud’s descriptions of the crucial role of fetishes in modern societies? Freeing ourselves from evolutionist and structuralist conceptions allows us to take the fetish not merely as the object of an irrational and arbitrary choice of people in primitive cultures but a potentially universal mechanism of deception, fantasy or desire. Art and art history likewise attest to the continuing legacy of terms originally devised for the description of other, non-Western cultures and has most recently focused not only on fetishism and magic but the materiality and mediality of their objects. We are all fetishists; and if we tend to see the fetish through the optics of fixation, it is precisely because of its unsettling nature and composite fabrication; its capacity to produce and/or reproduce originary acts and events and to destabilize the boundaries between faith and law, icons and idols, object and referent, the natural and the artificial.

With
Joshua Barker
Filipa César
Maria José de Abreu
Preciosa de Joya
Iracema Dulley
Wyatt MacGaffey
Ursula Helg
Rosalind C. Morris
Roger Sansi-Roca
James T. Siegel
Bruno Sotto Mayor


Keynote by James T. Siegel
Reading matter by Filipa César

Programme


Thursday, 28 April 2016  

Workshop: Reflecting the Recurrences of Fetish, Magic, and the Gift
With James Siegel, Rosalind Morris, and Joshua Barker

14:00
14:15
15:45
16:30 –
18:00

Introduction
Part 1
Coffee break
Part 2

19:30

Keynote: James T. Siegel. Gift, Fetish, Magic

The evening event is open to the public. However, the workshop – due to a limited number of seats - required prior registration and is now fully booked

Friday, 29 April 2016

9:30
10:00

Morning coffee
Introduction

10:20
11:00

Ursula Helg. Kongo n’kisi, Opacity and the Crisis of Modernity
Wyatt MacGaffey. Epistemological Reclassification of Kongo n’kisi

11:40

Coffee break

12:00

Bruno Sotto Mayor. Translating the /nkishi shi/ Sculpture in the Post-War (Angola/DRCongo)

12:40

Lunch break

14:00

Roger Sansi-Roca. The Recursivity of the Gift in Art and Anthropology

14:40

Coffee break

15:00
15:40

Preciosa de Joya. Writing Their Bible: Reflections on a Filipino Millenarian Movement
Maria José de Abreu. The Referent in Person: Fetish, Magic, Gift

16:20

Coffee break

17:00
17:40

Iracema Dulley. The Fetish in Translation
Rosalind Morris. The Fetish of Gold Returns

18:20

Coffee break

19:00

Filipa César. Reading Matter: A Grin Without Marker


Organized by Maria José de Abreu, Preciosa de Joya, and Ursula Helg

In cooperation with DFG-Research Unit 1703 “Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art. Comparative Perspectives on Historical Contexts and Current Constellations”, Freie Universität Berlin

Flyer (PDF 125kB)
Programme (PDF 830kB)

Time: 28-29 April 2016
Venue: ICI Berlin


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