Staged and Sensuous

  • Tilmann HeilEmail author
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


The staged and sensuous interplay in religious celebrations and cultural events as difference abounds. Staged recognition of difference is in stark contrast to my interlocutors’ tactical blurring of boundaries as well as sensuous ways of accessing difference. I address the heteroglossia of voices and actions at festivities in open spaces, such as Tabaski, Semana Santa, and cultural events, to see how conviviality unfolds, both in line with political intentions and beyond them. Strategic state action is juxtaposed to people’s tactical approaches as they have an unequal say over the encompassing power geometry. Fragile convivial space emerges both from the staging of conviviality and from the sensuous experiences of participants. Successful past negotiations curtail the events’ immanent risk of derailment and become hallmarks for future interactions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.National Museum (PPGAS), Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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