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ABGESAGT: [2016/11/24] ISA International Guest Lecture: Heidi Fjeld - Human - Nonhuman Relations in Tibetan Extended Sociality: Connectedness through Separation

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Heidi Fjeld (Oslo, Norway): "Human - Nonhuman Relations in Tibetan Extended Sociality: Connectedness through Separation"

Thursday, 24. November 2016, 4pm

ÖAW, Institut für Sozialanthropologie
A-1030 Wien, Apostelgasse 23

 

This paper discusses how human relations with animals, demons, deities, and other corporeal or non-corporeal beings and forces, are shaped in Central Tibet. In a world perceived as a state of continuity, the shifting shape of this continuity-based extended sociality is predicated by the ontological principle that efficacious action, fertility, growth and health require separations that help contain the flow of vital forces. Inspired by Howell’s analyses of ‘the principle of separation’ (1989), the paper illuminates first, how ritual practices in and around houses are based on ontological principles of connection and separation, and are crucial in the enactment and mediation of these relations. Second, it shows how these principles inform understandings of illness based in human - nonhuman relationality. Exploring endurance and elasticity of cosmological elements, the paper shows that ritual practices create boundaries between the realms of humans and nonhumans, which are constitutive of Tibetan ontologically inclusive sociality.