Ruth Benedict Lectures - FALL 2022

In 2017, the Department inaugurated the Ruth Benedict Lecture Series. Named after one of the founders of American anthropology and the Columbia Department of Anthropology, the series is inspired by Benedict’s passionate engagement with the critical political, aesthetic, and theoretical problems of the twentieth century but places them in the global conditions of the twenty-first. Contributors to the series have critically explored contemporary critical thought in politics and aesthetics, emphasizing one side or another of the couplet, and situated in one or another locality and region. But the scope of the work is capaciously theoretical and determinately international with special emphasis on settler colonial, postcolonial, and capital regimes. We imagine these lectures and associated books as crisp interventions in the discipline, but also statements whose reckoning cuts across the critical humanistic and social sciences. Previous lectures and the associated books may be accessed here.

Flier for the 5th Annual Ruth Benedict Lectures presented by the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University.
5th Annual Ruth Benedict Lecture
Professor Hazel V. Carby, HonFLSW, FRSA, The Charles C. and Dorthea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies, Yale University

"Art and Political Ecology"

Monday, October 3, 2022: Art and Political Ecology: Extraction

Tuesday, October 4, 2022: Art and Political Ecology: Exposure

Wednesday, October 5, 2022: Art and Political Ecology: Earth

All lectures will be held from 4-6pm in the East Gallery, Maison Française. 

Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and Honorary Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.  She is Centennial Professor at LSE’s International Inequalities Institute for 2022-23 and was the Roth Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Dartmouth College, 2021-2022.

Her most recent book, Imperial Intimacies, A Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019) was selected as one of the “Books of the Year for 2019,” by the Times Literary Supplement and was awarded the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, in 2020.

#1 of “Top Ten Books About Aftermath of Empire,” Madeline Bunting, The Guardian July 14 2021.

Author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (1999); Race Men (1998); Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (1987); Hazel Carby is also a co-author of The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain (1982).

Recent Honors:

DeVane Medal, Yale Phi Beta Kappa, 2021.

Elected Honorary Fellow Learned Society of Wales, 2021.

Finalist for the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, ASA, 2020.

Highly Commended for the PEN Hessell -Tiltman Prize, 2020.

Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters awarded from Wesleyan University, 2019.

Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentor Award, Caribbean Philosophical Association, 2019.

Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American Literature, MLA , 2016


Recent Articles:

“Foreword,” Charlotte Williams, Sugar and Slate, Library of Wales, 2022.

Imperial Intimacies – further thoughts,” Small Axe, 64, March 2021: 198-203.

“Between Black and White,” London Review of Books, 43, 2, January 2021

“Black Futurities: Shapeshifting Beyond the Limits of the Human” Invisible Culture, 31, November 2020

“The National Archives,” Invisible Culture, 31, November 2020

“Peine forte et dure: Punishment by Pressing,” London Review of Books 30 July 2020: 10.

“Safe? At Home? Feminist Review, 06 July 2020

"A war half won,” The Guardian (Weekend) 16 November 2019, pp. 62-63