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A Conversation on Precarity and Exhaustion

General Programming

dateApril 22, 2015 timeWednesday, 12:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
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Presented as a special event within the spring talk theme of "Exhaustion," Fellow Brian Goldstone organizes a talk with speakers Anne Allison, Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of Women's Studies, Duke University, and Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University.

This event will take the form of a conversation between two leading anthropologists whose work engages ​exhausted and ​exhausting​ arrangements of contemporary existence. Povinelli and Allison will reflect on how worlds are ​inhabited, ​made precarious​,​ and pushed to endure ​in the interstices​ of ​late liberal life​. Their conversation will also explore the ways in which a​ distinctively​ ethnographic mode attunes us to the textures and temporalities of th​e​se precarious worlds, and the forms of knowledge and critique – ​and perhaps possibilities for a radical otherwise – ​to which such a mode might give rise.

  • Organizer Brian Goldstone Franklin Humanities Institute Duke University
  • Elizabeth Povinelli Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology Columbia University
  • Anne Allison Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology; Professor of Women's Studies Duke University
  • Moderator Zoë Wool Lecturer in Anthropology Columbia University