Past Event

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

November 12, 2014
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
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Sheldon Scheps Memorial Library, Room 457, Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University

Lecture delivered by Professor Sarah Muir as part of the Scheps Memorial Lectures and Workshops Series.

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 2001/2002 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.