Today he is no more: Magic, intervention, and global war in Uganda
2013 (English)In: Virtual war and magical death: Technologies and imaginaries for terror and killing / [ed] Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström, Durham: Duke University Press , 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
In this article, I revisit a few months of intensive fieldwork conducted in late 2005. This fieldwork spell was part of a much longer engagement with war-torn Acholiland in northern Uganda starting in 1997 and still ongoing. But back in 2005, I could follow closely the unfolding of local news as the International Criminal Court (ICC) unsealed its arrest warrants for the leaders of the globally infamous Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement (LRA). From this horizon, I discuss the intersection of media reporting, international interventions, and violent insurgency/counterinsurgency warfare in Uganda and beyond. In sketching an ethnography that trails violent death, I will not just focus on any instrumental goal of violent acts but more on what such acts do. I thus sketch how perpetrators, victims, and witnesses of violence alike “are directed toward the ever-shifting horizons of their existence” (Kapferer), and also how such existential horizons may implode in vital conjunctures that are not only highly violent but also magical.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Durham: Duke University Press , 2013.
Research subject Cultural Anthropology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-204945OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-204945DiVA: diva2:640268