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Mauss' Nightmare: The Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and the Non-Social Contract

Mauss' Nightmare: The Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and the Non-Social Contract
170 St. George Street, JHB room 1040
Time: Feb 29th, 2:00 pm End: Feb 29th, 4:00 pm
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A master class for faculty members of the University of Toronto

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to present the JHI Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2015-2016 on Things that Matter

Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Mauss' Nightmare: The Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and the Non-Social Contract

A Master Class for Faculty Members of the University of Toronto

Marcel Mauss' grand work on The Gift anticipated a progressive world in which the reciprocity of the gift could find new life in the liberal era of the legal social contract. The current era of financialization, which began in the 1970's, has revealed that the contract itself can be commodified as a vehicle of predatory risk-taking, thus making it an anti-social force. This class explores how this nightmare could emerge from Mauss' dream.

Arjun Appadurai is the Paulette Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. Professor Appadurai was born and educated in Bombay. He graduated from St. Xavier’s High School and took his Intermediate Arts degree from Elphinstone College before coming to the United States. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1967, and his M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from The Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His scholarly books include The Social Life of Things (ed., Cambridge, 1988), Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Duke 2006) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minnesota 1996; Oxford India 1997). His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Appadurai’s latest books are The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (Verso, 2013) and Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

This event is open only to members of the research faculty at the University of Toronto. Space is extremely limited. Participants MUST register, and will be prompted in the registration process to provide a brief (250 word) statement about their own work and their interest in this class. Registrations will open on Monday 1 February at 9:00 a.m. and a waitlist will be available when the spaces are filled.  If you have registered and will not be able to attend, please contact the JHI as soon as possible to allow another faculty member to take your place.

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Professor Appadurai will also be presenting a public lecture and a master class for undergraduates during his visit.  For information, please click on the links.


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