• Mediating disjunctures of time: Ancestral chronotopes in ritual and media practices

    Author(s):
    Patrick Eisenlohr (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Anthropology
    Subject(s):
    Cultural anthropology, Hinduism, India, Islam, Ritual studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    media, Time and temporality, language ideologies, Mauritius
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M67Z33
    Abstract:
    In this article, I approach regimes of time as a medial question, examining the interplay of different temporalities in ritual and media practices among Hindus in Mauritius and Twelver Shi’ite Muslims in Mumbai. These interactions consist of fluctuations between modernist linear modes of time and suspensions of the distinctions of past, present, and future as the performative outcome of certain ritual practices. Drawing on a broad notion of media and mediality, I trace the links between shifting states in the func- tioning of media and the oscillation between the different notions of temporality examined. Analyzing their interconnectedness in ancestral politics and religious mobilizations, I show how media practices provide ways to navigate the heterochronies that characterize such politics and activism. [Keywords: Media, time, temporality, Shi’ism, Hindu pilgrimage, Hindi]
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