It is our pleasure to announce that the annual
Prize for a Remarkable Published Paper in 2021 was awarded to Samuele Poletti for the paper titled:
The Good, the Dead and the Other: Chronicles of a Nepali Phantasmicide.
The paper was published in ETHOS.
The paper was selected by the ENPA convenors, who concluded:
This is a wonderful paper that critically engages with the notion of psychological transference, offering an analytical alternative that draws from the local understanding of personhood in Sinja, Nepal. It focuses on a fascinating narrative of phantasmicide, committed by an interlocutor, Laxmi, in his childhood, as an example of an experience that lives across people, intersubjectively. From rich ethnography, Poletti develops a sophisticated argument that has broader implications for anthropology of experience, which has had the individual subject at its centre. Poletti moves away from Individual-I, towards intersubjective-I, that emerges and reattaches to particular situations and relationships.