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Waiting for Elijah

Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape

Safet HadžiMuhamedović

324 pages, 26 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-856-4 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2018)

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“Safet HadžiMuhamedović’s work makes a very significant contribution to the field of phenomenological, anthropological and historical research on Bosnia and Hercegovina in general, and to the discipline of Affective Landscape in particular… This work had me enthralled at times, and I couldn’t put it down.” · Robert Hudson, University of Derby

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Waiting for Elijah is an intimate portrait of time-reckoning, syncretism and proximity in one of the world’s most polarized landscapes, the Bosnian Field of Gacko. Centred on the shared harvest feast of Elijah’s Day, the once eagerly awaited pinnacle of the annual cycle, the book shows how the fractured postwar landscape beckoned the return of communal life that entails such waiting. This seemingly paradoxical situation – waiting to wait – becomes a starting point for a broader discussion on the complexity of time set between cosmology, nationalism and embodied memories of proximity.

Safet HadžiMuhamedović currently teaches anthropology at the University of Bristol. He has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia, Palestine and the Basque Country since 2009 and has been recipient of a number of prestigious research awards. He has previously taught at Goldsmiths and SOAS, University of London, and Goethe University Frankfurt, and has written on sacral landscapes, historicity and political agency of 'nonhuman' beings, and ontological approaches to the question of home.

Subject: General Anthropology Religion Refugee & Migration Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART I: TIME AND ITS DISCONTENTS

Chapter 1. Schizochronotopia or Elijah’s Pitfall
Chapter 2. Time and Home
Chapter 3. Time and In-Other
Chapter 4. Time and Epic Residues

PART II: THE MANY FACES OF ELIJAH

Prelude: A River of Many Names
Chapter 5. The Georgics: An Extended Poetry of the Land

Conclusion: Waiting for Elijah

Bibliography
Index

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