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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie


Wann 09.05.2017 von 18:00 bis 20:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo Raum 311
After Death: Event, Narrative, Feeling


Michael Lambek (
University of Toronto & fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg)


The paper describes a mortuary ceremony in Mayotte (Comoro Archipelago, Western Indian Ocean) following the deaths of two of my key informants. It reflects on acts of commemoration and the formal and informal ways deaths of people close to us are remembered and their effects on the living. It will illustrate one mode of conducting fieldwork and the relations that develop between the anthropologist and his/her subjects as well as reflect on the ambivalence of relationships of kinship.


Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology and Canada Research Chair at
the University of Toronto Scarborough. He has carried out research on the
island of Mayotte in the Archipel des Comores since 1975; in northwest Madagascar since the 1990's; and briefly in Switzerland between 2003-2010. Among his books are Human Spirits (Cambridge 1981); Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte (Toronto 1993); The Weight of the Past (Palgrave 2002) and The Ethical Condition (Chicago 2015) as well as 9 edited books on topics including religion, irony, memory, and ethical life. Michael has also taught at the London School of Economics. He is currently the interim editor of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.