"Do Muslim Women Still Need Saving?: How Lila Abu-Lughod Interprets Today's Political Reality"

Professor Lila Abu-Lughod interviewed for Columbia Journal on February 5, 2024.  Read the interview here.

Maria José de Abreu’s article “Does Bolsonaro Have a Point? (Or Does He Have a Semicolon?),” appeared in the last quarter’s issue of Grey Room. 


Maria José de Abreu will give a lecture at John Hopkins University on March 26, 2024. The forthcoming talk will examine Portugal’s coastal state in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, analyze its maritime politics with respect to claims submitted to the UN for an outer continental-shelf and theorize ethnographically-informed spaces of tension. 

Congratulations to Chazelle Rhoden who was awarded the Center for Science and Society's Co-Production of Climate Knowledge Grant for her project Ewe: A Digital Archive on Afro-Brazilian Forest-Based Ritual Praxes.

Led by Reginaldo de Oliveira, Rafael Mota, and Lucas Cidreira (coordinators at the Ilé Axé Torrun Gunan temple) and Chazelle Rhoden, the project will:

  • create a digital archive documenting the ecological relations between urban forest ecosystems and practitioners of the Candomblé religion in Brazil
  • study the connection between forests, ritual, religion, and climate
  • fund will also support native tree planting and nursery maintenance

For more information on the grant, please visit the Center for Science and Society.

Congratulations to Professor Brian Boyd of having won this years’s Division of Social Science Award for Excellence and Commitment to Teaching.

Claudio Lomnitz gave a set of lectures at Carnegie-Mellon University's Humanities Center on January 25 and January 26, 2024. The lecture titled “Political Theology in a Cartel Training Camp” is a part of his current work on the political theology of organized crime in Mexico, and the seminar “Interpretation of the ‘Torn Social Fabric’” comes from his forthcoming book “Sovereignty and Extortion: A New State Form in Mexico” (Duke University Press, 2024).


The reception for ISERP's Start-Up Center Grant "The Social Study of Disappearance Lab," will start July 1, 2024.

Claudio Lomnitz’s upcoming book “Sovereignty and Extortion: A New State Form in Mexico” from Duke University Press is set to be published in August 2024. Claudio Lomnitz 'examines the Mexican State…uncovering a reality that challenges the familiar narratives of "a war on drugs" or a "failed state."' Click here to read more.

Claudio Lomnitz published his sixth book "Para una teología política del crimen organizado" on October 6, 2023.  This latest work is compiled of essays based on a series of seven lectures he presented at El Colegio Nacional titled “Nuevo Estado, nuevas soberanías.”

Claudio Lomnitz will give a set of lectures on February 6th and February 7th at El Colegio Nacional in Mexico City. 


Professor Lila Abu-Lughod interviewed for Columbia Journal on February 5, 2024.  Read the interview here.

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