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David Rieff

more importantly the disorientation, one encounters these days in the publications of groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International is an emblem of this. 4 This does not mean that coping with these changes will be easy or morally clear-cut for humanitarians. It is hardly surprising that when its medical facilities and hospitals in Syria were targeted and in many cases destroyed by Russian and Syrian government bombardment, MSF was at a loss as to how to respond, despite its brilliance in publicity. 5 An exception to this general

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Nicholas Atkin

work, it was their responsibility to report next at the local Employment or Labour Exchange. Explaining that there was a ‘present need for skilled and unskilled agricultural workers, forestry workers and workers in saw mills’, hardly the type of job to be found in London where most refugees were located, a warning ensued that refugees could not take on a job without a permit from the Labour Exchange and notification to the Ministry of Labour. All of this, even if explained in French, must have been terribly confusing to a refugee already disorientated by the

in The forgotten French
Joe Gerlach

2 Nodes, ways and relations Joe Gerlach Here, now Maps, mappings, cartographies; (dis)orientations for the everyday, obdurate disciplinary motifs of and for geography, maligned and admired in variable measure. Cartography; a science and set of practices once pertaining to sovereign power alone, yet now increasingly diffuse in its geographic reach and performance. Nonetheless, whether rendered through hegemonic, quotidian or hybrid assemblages, mapping remains resolutely (geo)political at a range of disparate registers; statist to somatic. Elsewhere, I have used

in Time for mapping
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Digital photography and cartography in Wolfgang Weileder’s Atlas
Rachel Wells

, from the open field that gave its everyday fullness to the real space of the verges of our activities and, as a result, causes disorientation in being-there. The teleobjective proximity of transmission tools thereby considerably alters our grasp of the surrounding environment in which each of us physically evolves. (Virilio, 2010: 80–81) Our horizon line – both temporal and spatial as figured in Weileder’s crossed Seascapes – is distorted by the ubiquitous screens which allow us to zoom in and out of virtual versions of real-times and spaces. So it is, claims

in Time for mapping
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Syrian displacement and care in contemporary Beirut
Ella Parry- Davies

, such as those authored by the theorist-practitioner Richard Schechner, have also visualised the field’s liminal constitution through exceptionalist metaphors of mobility; for example, by comparing performance studies to a sidewinder rattlesnake characterised by indirection, disorientation and dissimulation ‘as it sidewinds its way across the deserts of academia’ (Schechner, 1998 : 358). 8 These metaphors imagine performance as evincing exceptional change through movement and social rupture. Correspondingly, stillness and social interdependence come to be

in Performing care
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Mark Garnett and Philip Lynch

balance. But there was always a suspicion that the trend would tail off as soon as the party left office. It can be argued, though, that since their landslide defeat in the May 1997 general election, the Conservatives have been more interesting even than they were in the late 1980s, when it seemed that their hold on power was unshakeable. Suddenly that ruthless, relentless election-winning machine looked terribly vulnerable, and an organisation that thrives on the exercise of power seemed disorientated. The 1997 election produced the Conservatives’ heaviest defeat of

in The Conservatives in Crisis
Zaira Lofranco

Sarajevo, while Lukavica remained part of the newly established city of Serb Sarajevo, which was renamed Eastern Sarajevo in 2005.1 Although the recent history of both neighbourhoods has been officially presented as a demographic mass movement across rapidly shifting borders based on a process of ‘ethnic cleansing’, inhabitants themselves point out that displacement did not end up in a reassuring ethnic ‘realignment’. Rather, they described how they experienced a cultural disorientation caused by the disruption of the historically specific socio-cultural (space

in Migrating borders and moving times
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

: Money Never Sleeps and Savages also asked moral questions, but locating their respective targets –​the failure to grasp any legal oversight facility with regards to financial institutions, and the disorientated, apolitical lifestyle of certain sections of American society –​appeared trickier. The absence of real polemic in these films is something that Stone himself has admitted to, and it was one of the reasons he threw himself more steadfastly into documentary work during the 2000s. The move into documentary reflected a further authorial change. The distinctive editing

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
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Identities in crisis in the early novels of Marie Darrieussecq
Shirley Jordan

’s grasp of water, particularly in its destructive capacity, is Durassian and this eerily somnolent off-season resort is perhaps the most strange and terrifying of all her frontier places. This becomes clear from the novel’s opening Identities in crisis in Darrieussecq’s early novels  sentence – a powerfully anthropomorphic evocation of the Atlantic as seen for the first time by a disorientated little girl: ‘C’est une bouche à demi ouverte, qui respire, mais les yeux, le nez, le menton ne sont plus là. C’est une bouche plus grande que toutes les bouches imaginables

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
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Jenny Edkins

up Vesey to the Memorial EDKINS 9781526119032 PRINT.indd 119 22/02/2019 08:34 120 change and the politics of certainty Preview Site on the corner with Church Street – where people are directed to go to purchase their visitor passes. It was early in the morning, so not crowded. I looked inside briefly, then walked along Church and down Liberty to the corner with Greenfield Street that overlooks the memorial plaza: the place I had stood on my first visit earlier in the week, disorientated and disturbed as I had been then. I could see people already circulating

in Change and the politics of certainty