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About this Web Site

On this opening page, entitled Fathers & Regimes, we have arranged six icons: the six heads, of the six leaders, or "Fathers", as we are calling them so as to blur the line between formal portrait and mugshot. Each Father/Leader represents an entire political regime and its end -- what we are calling "Death of the Father."

If your browser is javascript enabled, moving your cursor over each image reveals another shadowy image concealed beneath it, which is intended to suggest a tombstone or statuary. The red text identifies the Father and his regime. Clicking on a Father's image will take you to his page.

Each Father's page consists of short texts and 4-6 images marking three areas of focus: Form of Authority, Death & Transition, and Consequences. In the next few weeks we'll be adding links like this one where you can read more about how we put the particular page together.

Clicking on any small image will link you to a larger version of the image with a caption, associated sound, and some text about the sound and image chosen. Activate the sound by clicking on the ear icon. Sound files can take a seemingly long time to load, but they are worth the wait and are a crucial element of experiencing the site.

Our intent is that the text make up only a portion of this site. We urge you to spend time studying the images and listening to the sounds selected to represent the regime. The interlinked media (image, sound, text) have been thoughtfully chosen to suggest a way to experience of the site -- what we are calling an exercise in intermediality.

This site suggests a beginning for studying regime ends, and we have by no means attempted to make it complete in and of itself, even as we widen its scope. We urge you to visit other web sites, acquaint yourself with relevant films, music, and visual art, and read other texts, including our forthcoming book. Watch for our video, which, like our book, is entitled Death of the Father: An Anthropology of the Ends of Political Authority.

Finally, our discussion forum on this web site (coming soon!) provides a place to record your impressions of the material, pose questions to our team and other visitors to the site, and comment on the remarks of others. Please do not hesitate to start a new discussion thread or pick up on one already underway!

JB & LF


(c) 1999 John Borneman & Linda Fisher, All Rights Reserved


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