EX002 Reading "Introduction: Partial Truths" by James Clifford

In this episode I read James Clifford’s introduction from the famous essay collection Writing culture: the poetics and politics of ethnography  edited by James Clifford. In itself the chapter might be one of the most important texts of the so called “writing culture debate”.

I originally read this text for the seminar “Writing culture – recording culture” I taught in spring of 2019 at the university of Bern.

(As a comment: I know, this is not very well read, yet it was my first attempt using this approach for working with seminar texts of my own seminars. In this context I find it worth documenting. Maybe I will add another attempt of reading this text at a later point in time. So far I find it refreshingly irritating and healthily humbling to hear this result. At least it reveals the aspect of reading out loud as interpretation as seen from the perspective of annoyance and imperfection.)


Clifford, James. 1986. Introduction: Partial Truths. In: Writing culture: the poetics and politics of ethnography ; a School of American Research Advanced Seminar, ed. by James Clifford, 1–26. Berkeley, Calif. [u.a.: Univ. of California Press.

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