For an Anthropology of Liberation How does one watch and how does one write across existential borderlands?

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Alessandro Corso


In his “Existential Manifesto” anthropologist Albert Piette defines "autography" as “a journal of existence,” a “text by oneself on oneself, written as continuously as possible, without any link to a specific field site, in the form of a journal and fragments, to understand not social facts, but one human being,” toward a manner of pursuing anthropology grounded in “hyperlucidity and hypersensitivity.” In this article, arguing for a further "liberating turn" in anthropology, I take Albert Piette’s intervention as an invitation, exploring our anthropological potential for engaging with forms of expression (alternative languages, concepts, and forms of writing) which anthropologists tend to keep for themselves (as private, self-referenced, ego-centered, devoid of purpose in the context of the anthropological analysis).

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Alessandro Corso

Alessandro Corso is an anthropologist, an expert in borderlands, migration studies, the state of emergency and border death at the Euro-African frontiers. He is a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Chr. Michelsen Institute and the University of Columbia, Research Associate at the University of Witwatersrand and former Research Associate at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.