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Research in Progress: Marcello Francioni
Thursday 05 March 2020, 04:00pm - 06:00pm
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Thursday 5 March 2020, 4.00pm

Not myself tonight, Insincerity and learning at a Japanese-style Gay Bar in Tokyo

Marcello Francioni, SOAS 

Free, but booking advised: 


This paper investigates the researcher’s experience as a foreigner miseko (gay bar help) attempting to embody the work ethics of a successful service provider, namely, learning not to be too much of oneself. Taking inspiration from the definition of sincerity given by Lionel Trilling (1972), from Michel Foucault’s (2005[1982]) analysis of spirituality in the ancient Greek and Latin world and Pierre Bourdieu’s dyad of illusio/collusio (Durand, 2014), the concept of insincerity is presented, along with its implications for the business of service.

About Research in Progress:
"Research in Progress" is a special seminar series of presentations by PhD candidates, Post-Docs and Early Career researchers. Its aim is to share work, get feedback in a supportive environment, and build new networks that cut across universities, sub-disciplines and hierarchies.  Seminars are chaired by peers on a rotational basis and take the form of the presentation of a piece of written work followed by lots of discussion and refreshments. Seminars are free and everyone is welcome, although booking is advised. 

Early career anthropologists from all sub-disciplines are encouraged to present their work. Please contact Gemma Aellah, RAI Research Officer on for more information about the series. Please include a title, abstract of max 250 words and a suggested date. Presenters need to be Fellows or Student Fellows of the RAI, but attendance is open to all.

Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom