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Fabian, Johannes

Overview
Works: 122 works in 358 publications in 6 languages and 12,702 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Art  Classification 
Roles: Author, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Editor, Creator, wst
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Most widely held works by Johannes Fabian
Out of our minds : reason and madness in the exploration of Central Africa : the Ad. E. Jensen lectures at the Frobenius Institut, University of Frankfurt by Johannes Fabian( )

21 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explorers and ethnographers in Africa during the period of colonial expansion are usually assumed to have been guided by rational aims such as the desire for scientific knowledge, fame, or financial gain. This book, the culmination of many years of research on nineteenth-century exploration in Central Africa, provides a new view of those early European explorers and their encounters with Africans
Language and colonial power : the appropriation of Swahili in the former Belgian Congo, 1880-1938 by Johannes Fabian( )

32 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Remembering the present : painting and popular history in Zaire by Johannes Fabian( )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 1,799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book combines ethnography with the study of art to present a fascinating new vision of African history. It contains the paintings of a single artist depicting Zaire's history, along with a series of ethnographic essays discussing local history, its complex relationship to forms of self-expression and self-understanding, and the aesthetics of contemporary urban African and Third World societies. As a collaboration between ethnographer and painter, this innovative study challenges text-oriented approaches to understanding history and argues instead for an event- and experience-oriented model, ultimately adding a fresh perspective to the discourse on the relationship between modernity and tradition. During the 1970s, Johannes Fabian encouraged Tshibumba Kanda Matulu to paint the history of Zaire. The artist delivered the work in batches, together with an oral narrative. Fabian recorded these statements along with his own question-and-answer sessions with the painter. The first part of the book is the complete series of 100 paintings, with excerpts from the artist's narrative and the artist-anthropologist dialogues. Part Two consists of Fabian's essays about this and other popular painting in Zaire. The essays discuss such topics as performance, orality, history, colonization, and popular art
History from below : the Vocabulary of Elisabethville by André Yav : texts, translation, and interpretive essay by Johannes Fabian( )

17 editions published in 1990 in English and Swahili and held by 1,565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johannes Fabian with assistance from Kalundi Mango (Administrator, National Museum of Zaire) and with linguistic notes by Walter Schicho (University of Vienna). An extraordinary linguistic and sociopolitical document, this is a history of colonization written by the colonized, about the colonized, and for the colonized. The original text, a history of what is now Lubumbashi in the Shaba region of Zaire, is reproduced in exact facsimile in Part 1. The period covered is from the beginning of Belgian colonization to 1965. The text was commissioned by an association of former domestic servants and
Time and the other : how anthropology makes its object by Johannes Fabian( Book )

37 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johannes Fabian takes an historical look at anthropology to demonstrate the emergence, transformation, and differentiation of uses of Time. Anthropological theory, from its beginnings in philosophy and linguistics, has provided Western thought and politics with deep-rooted images and convictions amounting to a kind of political cosmology. The anthropologists are 'here and now, ' the objects of their discourse are 'there and then, ' and the existence of the 'other'-- the 'savage', 'the 'primitive, ' the 'underdeveloped' world -- in the same time as ours is regularly denied. While written for the anthropologist, Time and the Other applies equally well to the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, and history
Moments of freedom : anthropology and popular culture by Johannes Fabian( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropology with an attitude : critical essays by Johannes Fabian( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of today's most distinguished and provocative anthropologists. Johannes Fabian is widely known outside of his discipline because his work so often overcomes traditional scholarly boundaries to bring fresh insight to central topics in philosophy, history, and cultural studies. The first part of the book addresses questions of current critical concern. The second part extends the work of critique into the past by examining the beginning of modern ethnography in the exploration of Central Africa during the late nineteenth century: the justification of a scientific attitude and the collecting of ethnographic objects. A final essay examines how the Congolese have returned the 'imperial gaze' of Belgium by the work of critical memory in popular history. The ten chapters are framed by two meditations on the relevance of theory and the irrelevance of the millennium
Jamaa; a charismatic movement in Katanga by Johannes Fabian( Book )

7 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethnography as commentary : writing from the virtual archive by Johannes Fabian( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Internet allows ethnographers to deposit the textual materials on which they base their writing in virtual archives. Electronically archived fieldwork documents can be accessed at any time by the writer, his or her readers, and the people studied. Johannes Fabian, a leading theorist of anthropological practice, argues that virtual archives have the potential to shift the emphasis in ethnographic writing from the monograph to commentary. In this insightful study, he returns to the recording of a conversation he had with a ritual healer in the Congolese town of Lubumbashi more than three decades ago. Fabian's transcript and translation of the exchange have been deposited on a website (Language and Popular Culture in Africa), and in Ethnography as Commentary he provides a model of writing in the presence of a virtual archive. In his commentary, Fabian reconstructs his meeting with the healer Kahenga Mukonkwa Michel, in which the two discussed the ritual that Kahenga performed to protect Fabian's home from burglary. Fabian reflects on the expectations and terminology that shape his description of Kahenga's ritual and meditates on how ethnographic texts are made, considering the settings, the participants, the technologies, and the linguistic medium that influence the transcription and translation of a recording and thus fashion ethnographic knowledge
Power and performance : ethnographic explorations through proverbial wisdom and theater in Shaba, Zaire by Johannes Fabian( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1985 the distinguished anthropologist, Johannes Fabian, while engaged in fieldwork in the Shaba province of Zaire, first encountered this saying. Its implications -- for the charismatic religious movements Fabian was examining, for the highly charged political atmosphere of Zaire, and for the cultures of the Luba peoples -- continued to intrigue him, though its meaning remained elusive. On a later visit, he mentioned the saying to a company of popular actors, and triggered an ethnographic brainstorm. Power and Performance examines traditional proverbs about power as it illustrates how the performance of Le pouvoir se mange entier was created, rehearsed, and performed by the Troupe Theatrale Mufwankolo. The play deals with the issue of power through a series of conflicts between villagers and their chief. Both rehearsal and performance versions of the text of this drama are included, in Swahili and in English translation
Memory against culture : arguments and reminders by Johannes Fabian( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Memory against Culture, the renowned anthropologist Johannes Fabian assesses the contemporary practice of anthropology and its emerging shape as a global discipline. In twelve essays ranging from theoretical reflections to re-examinations of past ethnographic work, Fabian addresses central theoretical debates within the discipline and throughout the social sciences - about language and time, history and memory, and ethnography and recognition. Together the essays illuminate Fabian's pluralist vision of an anthropology that always makes the other present by opening itself to conversational and transnational practices, refusing epistemological claims that privilege any one voice, language, or point of view. Fabian returns to his landmark book Time and the Other to consider how the role of the other in anthropological inquiry has been transformed over the past two decades. He explores the place of linguistics in contemporary language-centered anthropology, and he ponders how studies of material culture imbue objects with "otherness." Meditating on the place of memory and forgetting in ethnography, he draws from his own ethnographic work in the Congo to ask why Africa, the site of so much early anthropological study, continues to be forgotten in the wake of colonization. Arguing for the importance of remembering Africa, Fabian focuses on the relationship between thought and memory in the Swahili language. In so doing, he suggests new methods for investigating memory practices across cultures. Turning to the practice of ethnography, he examines the role of the Internet and the place of field notes and other memoranda in ethnographic writing. At once wide-ranging and incisive, Memory against Culture is a significant reflection on the state of the field by one of its most thoughtful and engaged practitioners."--Publisher's description
Time and the work of anthropology : critical essays, 1971-1991 by Johannes Fabian( Book )

28 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of the dialogical approach, the autobiographical perspective and the central role of text-interpretation are all seen as characteristics of post-modern ethnography, arising from the daily chores of field research. The breakthrough into time and history, away from the timeless theorizing of structuralism and functionalism, is seen as inevitable when anthropology is forced to think about its own epistemology. Another current concern is taken up with reflections on the politics of representing the other. In the later essays, he opposes post-modern fashions and re-asserts the need
Talk about prayer : an ethnographic commentary by Johannes Fabian( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talk about Prayer is an experiment in writing ethnography, a commentary on a conversation with Mama Regine Tshitanda, the leader of a Charismatic prayer group (groupe de prire) in Lubumbashi (Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and members of her family in 1986. Fabian's research on expressions and practices of popular culture, including popular religion, was conducted during two visits to Katanga in 1985 and 1986. He discusses controversial issues in the study of the Global Charismatic Movement as seen at the time and gives a detailed account of the circumstances and events that led to the recorded meeting and how the ethnographic document on which this book is based was made. Central to the book is the authors understanding of anthropology of religion, in that research should be based on communicative ethnography, an approach that involves confrontation between researchers and interlocutors as well between their views of the world. Talk about Prayer is one such argument for keeping open the debate on a critical stance toward religion
Im Tropenfieber : Wissenschaft und Wahn in der Erforschung Zentralafrikas ; [Jensen-Gedächtnis-Vorlesungen am Frobenius-Institut] by Johannes Fabian( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in German and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language on the road : notes on Swahili in two nineteenth century travelogues by Johannes Fabian( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and German and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With reference to 'A l'assaut des pays nègres' (Paris, 1884) and 'La vie en Afrique' by Jérôme Becker (Paris, 1887)
Taxonomy and ideology : on the boundaries of concept- classification by Johannes Fabian( Book )

6 editions published in 1975 in English and Dutch and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophie Bantoue : Placide Tempels et son oeuvre vus dans une perspective historique by Johannes Fabian( Book )

2 editions published in 1970 in French and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il tempo e gli altri : la politica del tempo in antropologia by Johannes Fabian( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Italian and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jamaa : a charismat. movement in Katanga by Johannes Fabian( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language on the road : notes on Swahili in 2 19th century travelogues by Johannes Fabian( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Out of our minds : reason and madness in the exploration of Central Africa : the Ad. E. Jensen lectures at the Frobenius Institut, University of Frankfurt
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Language and colonial power : the appropriation of Swahili in the former Belgian Congo, 1880-1938Remembering the present : painting and popular history in ZaireTime and the other : how anthropology makes its objectMoments of freedom : anthropology and popular cultureAnthropology with an attitude : critical essaysEthnography as commentary : writing from the virtual archivePower and performance : ethnographic explorations through proverbial wisdom and theater in Shaba, ZaireMemory against culture : arguments and reminders
Alternative Names
Johannes Fabian anthropologist

Johannes Fabian Nederlands antropoloog

Johannes Fabian US-amerikanischer Anthropologe

Languages
English (214)

German (7)

French (6)

Swahili (1)

Italian (1)

Dutch (1)