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October 2016

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Comparative Media Conference

Comparative Media Conference

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am
Related Lectures, Workshops and Colloquia

 

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The Comparative Media Initiative seeks to broaden our understanding of media by critically examining how the same technologies work in radically different ways across the globe, juxtaposing media practices in Africa, Latin America, and Asia as well as in Western centers.  At the same time, we do not study one medium in isolation but focus on the interaction between emerging, dominant, and residual media which always exist side by side.  Both modes of comparison aim to decenter dominant modes of media historiography by highlighting the reciprocal exchange between aesthetic forms and technological innovations as they take place in specific contexts that range from state socialism to advanced commodity cultures to Islamic theocracies.  

In order to pursue this comparative approach to the theory and history of media the conference assembles scholars from literary studies, art history, anthropology, architecture, film, music, and other related fields.

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10/01/2016 - 10:00am
 
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Boas Lecture by Sophia Roosth, Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University.

Boas Lecture by Sophia Roosth, Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:10pm
963 Schermerhorn Extension. Reception follows in the Robert F. Murphy/Morton H. Fried Department of Anthropology Lounge Room 465 Schermerhorn Extension
Franz Boas Seminars

Talk title: "Stromatolite Safari: Fossil-Hunting and Coeval Estrangement in Montana"

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10/12/2016 - 4:10pm
 
 
South Seminar: Chris Krupa in conversation with Partha Chatterjee

South Seminar: Chris Krupa in conversation with Partha Chatterjee

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 6:30pm
457 Schermerhorn Ext.
South Seminar

Talk title: Fields of Dreams: Some More Secrets of Primitive Accumulation (in the South) Christopher Krupa (Toronto) in conversation with Partha Chatterjee (Columbia)  

This talk builds on Marx’s claim that capitalist expansion unfolds upon a secret, with dissimulation confounding efforts to trace its origins, and mythical “nursery tales” substituting for brutal history. Through a study of highland Ecuador’s new cut-flower sector, built on the ashes of its centuries-old hacienda system, and the problem of accounting for its emergence, this talk returns to the ironies and nuances in Marx’s analysis of primitive accumulation to consider the ways we might pose ‘the arising of capital’ as an object of ethnographic inquiry today, particularly in the Global South. I follow two leads here: first, an exploration of the intersections between the reterritorialization of intensive commodity manufacture and the expansion of global finance; and, second, the forms of postcolonial knowledge informing neoliberal transition narratives and the plantation labor systems they endorse.

 

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Boas Lacture by Michael Taussig, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Boas Lacture by Michael Taussig, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 4:10pm
963 Schermerhorn Extension. Reception follows in the Robert F. Murphy/Morton H. Fried Department of Anthropology Lounge Room 465 Schermerhorn Extension
Franz Boas Seminars

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Campus Memorial for Elaine Combs-Schilling

Campus Memorial for Elaine Combs-Schilling

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 1:00pm
St. Paul's Chapel on the Columbia U. campus (entrance 116th and Amsterdam)

The Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender are saddened by the untimely death of their colleague Elaine Combs-Schilling (1949 - 2016).  Please join us for a campus memorial to celebrate her life and work at St. Paul's Chapel on Columbia campus, Friday October 28th at 1pm.
A reception will follow at Deutsches Haus, 420 W 116th Street.
 

 

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