How may silence be a transformative religious experience? Drawing on long-term fieldwork among Australian Quakers, Jenny Norris-Green (Deakin University) examines the dynamics of silent worship.... continue reading.
Ellina Mourtazina (University of Lausanne) examines the ways in which people experience silence in a meditation retreat center in northern India. She shows how in this setting silence is a relational, as well as an internal and intentional way of perceiving one’s lifeworld.... continue reading.
Harshadha Balasubramanian (independent scholar) analyzes how theatre audio describers carefully maintain or break silences for visually-impaired audiences, and reflects on doing fieldwork as a visually-impaired anthropologist.... continue reading.
Drawing on extensive research among indigenous Kanak communities in New Caledonia, Nathanaëlle Soler (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) asks how to write about unspoken gender-based violence. One way to do this, she concludes, is by studying the distribution of power and speech that erases the voice of women from public and private spheres while at the same time exploring their silent forms of resistance.... continue reading.