Engaged Anthropology in and beyond SwitzerlandVol. 27 (2022)
TSANTSA's special issue "Engaged Anthropology in and beyond Switzerland" aims to shed light on and recognize the full potential of engaged anthropology and its place in academia and beyond. It argues for an inclusive approach to be both theoretically enriching and methodologically grounded in diverse practices and forms. The introduction addresses common confusions and obstacles distracting engaged anthropology from its core premises and potentials. As the Interface Commission of the Swiss Anthropological Association (SEG), we seek to deepen the conversation about how engagement bolsters the discipline to stay relevant and robust, and embark on new paths of theoretical reflection. By "repositioning" engaged anthropology at the heart of contemporary anthropology, we seek to overcome unproductive dichotomies on engagements and practices by embracing critical reflexivity in the process of knowledge production and social action.
Guest editors: Peter Larsen, Doris Bacalzo, Mò Bleeker, Patrick Naef, Eda Elif Tibet, Leïla Baracchini, Susie Riva
Dis/connection Matters: Natural, Synthetic, DigitalVol. 26 (2021)
The world is experiencing new relations between natural, synthetic, and digital substances. Rather than considering these as materially distinct or ontologically separate, this special issue of TSANTSA interrogates how they are interlocked in socio-material processes of mediation, transmutation, and valuation. By conceptualizing the specificity of their separateness, the special issue makes possible the comparison and commensuration of their relationship, and to move beyond their essential qualities. What are the boundaries, leakages, or dis/connections between human and digital, natural and artificial, the organic and synthetic matters? Based on ethnographic research in laboratories, gold refineries, bio-tech microbial seeds and digitally-produced natural sounds, human-machine apps and cellular agriculture, each contribution theorizes the mediation, transmutation, and valuation of natural synthetics, the humanness of artificial intelligence, or the materiality of digital elements.
Guest editors: Filipe Calvão, Matthieu Bolay, and Lindsay Bell
Penal Institutions and Their Hybridizations "in Action"Vol. 25 (2020)
The TSANTSA special issue 25/2020 Penal Institutions and Their Hybridizations "in Action" discusses the relationship between the penal state and the welfare state, between punishment, rehabilitation, and risk management, and between prison and non-custodial sentences. The contributions examine how these seemingly distinct areas empirically come together to constitute a “sociopenal continuum”. The contributions examine three forms of hybridization. The first form is apparent when two institutions pursuing distinct missions are called upon to collaborate in order to deal with the same public; the second emerges when two paradigms for intervention compete with each other within the same institutional framework; and the third can be observed in the trajectories of the publics of criminal justice institutions, marked by a diverse range of measures for intervention (whether social, judicial, or therapeutic).
Guest editors: Géraldine Bugnon, Arnaud Frauenfelder, Armelle Weil
Decolonial Processes in Swiss Academia and Cultural Institutions: Empirical and Theoretical ApproachesVol. 24 (2019)
This issue discusses aspects of decolonial processes and their relevance with regard to Swiss cultural institutions and higher education by presenting key concepts of decolonial thinking such as coloniality, modernity and de-linking. Boaventura de Sousa Santos’s suggestions for decolonising Western universities are juxtaposed with actual decolonial processes taking place in different academic, (art) education and museum settings in Switzerland and abroad, and their political dimensions are scrutinised.
Guest editors: Fiona Siegenthaler, Marie-laure Allain Bonilla
Vital and visceral in intensity, the affect has emerged as a research object in the social sciences in the last decade to the point of triggering an "affective turn" (Clough et al. 2007). The aim of this Special Issue is to explore the interest in developing this theme in anthropology and the potential of ethnographic research on affect or, more precisely as we suggest, affects.
Guest editors: Carine Plancke, Valerio Simoni
Uncertain FuturesVol. 22 (2017)
Ce nouveau numéro de Tsantsa éclaire les liens entre incertitude et futur. Il présente et articule six contributions qui analysent comment le futur, en tant que représentation sociale du temps et de temporalités, est mobilisé face à l’incertitude. Les six articles ethnographiques se penchent sur une diversité de situations d’incertitude, en Ouganda, au Gabon, au Sierra Leone, en Allemagne, et en Suisse. Les cas empiriques portent sur des problèmes du domaine médical, sur l’incertitude en matière ressources naturelles, sur des situations de liberté individuelle restreinte ou encore des conditions économiques précaires.
Éditrices invitées: Valeria Hänsch, Lena Kroeker, Silke Oldenburg
Espace public, cohabitation et marginalités: Quelles nouvelles réalités et quels enjeux pour les villes contemporaines ?Vol. 21 (2016)
This special issue reflects on the different articulations between public space and marginalized populations, taking into account the imperatives of competition and visibility that affect contemporary cities, in Switzerland and across the world. Space has always been a controversial issue in urban life. Given its scarcity, space quickly becomes an issue of contention and competition in what regards to its possession, but also a symbolic issue in matters of neighbourhood control, access to public space and political domination. This special issue aims at understanding in what ways regulation of public space are influenced by, and influence in their turn the representations of otherness and of marginalized populations.
Guest editors: Monika Litscher, Giada de Coulon, Annamaria Colombo
Anthropology and the Ontological TurnVol. 20 (2015)
Le dossier thématique de TSANTSA 20 est consacré au "tournant ontologique". Alors que le débat fait rage autour des différentes approches désormais subsumées sous cette appellation, opposant des chercheurs français, britanniques, danois, brésiliens et américains, il nous a semblé important qu’une revue européenne fasse un état apaisé de ce débat. Le "tournant ontologique" est une nouvelle façon de poser le problème qui est au cœur de l’anthropologie moderne.
Éditrices et éditeur invité·e·s: Frédéric Keck, Ursula Regehr, Saskia Walentowitz