Christian Abrahamsson: "Topois/Graphein”

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng3-2028; Campus Gotland through video
  • Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
  • Contact person: Ella Johansson, Owe Ronström
  • Seminarium

The Research Seminar in Ethnology

(NB, 10:00)

Christian Abrahamsson, Social Geographer, presents from his PhD dissertation Topois/Graphein. Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought


Abstract
In Topoi/Graphein Christian Abrahamsson maps the paradoxical limit of the in-between to reveal that to be human is to know how to live with the difference between the known and the unknown. Using filmic case studies, including Code Inconnu, Lord of the Flies, and Apocalypse Now, and focusing on key concerns developed in the works of the philosophers Deleuze, Olsson, and Wittgenstein, Abrahamsson starts within the notion of fixed spatiality, in which human thought and action are anchored in the given of identity. He then moves through a social world in which spatiotemporal transformations are neither fixed nor taken for granted. Finally he edges into the pure temporality that lies beyond the maps of fixed points and social relations.

Each chapter is organized into two subjects: topoi, or excerpts from the films, and graphein, the author’s interpretation of presented theories to mirror the displacements, transpositions, juxtapositions, fluctuations, and transformations between delimited categories. A landmark work in the study of human geography, Abrahamsson’s book proposes that academic and intellectual attention should focus on the spatialization between meaning and its materialization in everyday life.