Sarah Muir

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 4:10pm
Sheldon Scheps Memorial Library, Room 457, Schemerhorn Extension
Scheps Memorial Lectures and Workshops

"The Currency of Failure: Money and Middle-Class Critique in Post-Crisis Buenos Aires"

Professor Sarah Muir is a sociocultural anthropologist who studies the lived experience of political-economic processes, with particular attention to economic crises. Through fieldwork in Argentina and the United States, her research examines everyday practices of investment, evaluation, and critique. She is currently completing a book entitled Argentine Afterword: Critique and Class in Post-Crisis Buenos Aires, which explores how middle-class identity became grounded in a particular way of apprehending the nation’s 2001/2 financial crisis. She is also at work on a project called “Corrupted Futures: Pension Politics and Financial Ethics in Buenos Aires and New York City," which looks at debates over the relationship between financial markets, state regulations, and pension plans.

Note: The pre-circulated paper is also available from Sonia Ahsan at sa2320@columbia.edu

Reception will follow in the Robert F. Murphy-Morton H. Fried Anthropology Lounge, Room 465 Schermerhorn Extension.