• Elizabeth A. Povinelli

    Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology
    960 Schermerhorn Extension, Mail Code: 5523, United States
    +1 212 854 1467



    My writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities. This potential theory has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with Indigenous colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and four films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.





    Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism. Duke University Press, 2016

    Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism. Duke University Press, 2011

    The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality. A Public Planet Book. Duke University Press, 2006.

    The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism. Duke University Press, 2002.

    Labor's Lot: The Power, History and Culture of Aboriginal Action. The University of Chicago Press, 1994. 


    Selected Recent Essays:

    An Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli: Geontopower, Biopolitics and the Anthropocene (with Matthew Coleman and Kathryn Yusoff). Theory, Culture & Society 2017:1-17.

    The Ends of Humans: Anthropocene, Autonomism, Antagonism and the Illusions of our Epoch. South Atlantic Quarterly 116.2 (April 2017): 293-310.

    What Do White People Want? e-flux conversations http://conversations.e-flux.com/t/elizabeth-a-povinelli-what-do-white-people-want-interest-desire-and-affect-in-late-liberalism/5845, 2017

    `As if in a perpetual chain…’ The Gift & the Soul in a Mexican Diamond. The Proposal, edited by Jill Magid. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016.

    The World is Flat and Other Weird Speculations. Object-Oriented Feminisms. Edited by Katherine Behar, University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 2017.

    The Rhetorics of Recognition in Geontopower. Special Issue “The Rhetorical Contours of Recognition”. Philosophy and Rhetoric 48.4(2016) 428-442.

    Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$. Corruption/Supercommunity, e-flux contribution to the Venice Biennale, http://supercommunity.e-flux.com/texts/windjarrameru-the-stealing-c-nts/May 21, 2016, Day 12.



    Wutharr, The Saltwater, 2016 (28:27). Conceived and Realized by the Karrabing Film Collective; Directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli. Premiere: Sydney Biennale. Winner 2015 European Visible Award. 

    Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$, 2015 (35:34). Conceived and Realized by the Karrabing Film Collective; Directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli. Premier: Melbourne Film Festival

    When the Dogs Talked, 2014 (33:53). Conceived and Realized by the Karrabing Film Collective; Directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli, co-directed Liza Johnson. Premiere: Gertrude Contemporary. Winner 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival Cinema Nova Award for Best Short Fiction Film.



Elizabeth A. Povinelli Website

    Karrabing Indigenous Corporation