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The Magic of Things (NOT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

The Magic of Things (NOT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)
Innis Town Hall, Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue
Time: Mar 1st, 7:00 pm End: Mar 1st, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Religion, Study of (FAS), Philosophy (FAS), Humanities, Ethnography, Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Archaeology, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS)
Public Lecture by JHI Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Arjun Appadurai, NYU

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to present the Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2015-2016 on the theme of Things that Matter:

Arjun Appadurai, New York University

The Magic of Things

NOTE: THIS LECTURE WILL TAKE PLACE.  IT HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

Ever since Marcel Mauss, we have known that things carry magical properties which add a mysterious element to our social lives. This magical element is the basis for many forms of fetish, for the peculiar hunger that leads to material excess, for the appeal of austerity and asceticism in many religious traditions and for the role of things in memory, mimesis and ritual of every type. This lecture seeks to identify the conditions that endow things with an aura which transcends utility.

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 free and open to all. The doors will open at 6:30 pm.  For further information, and for all accessibility requests, please contact Associate Director Kim Yates at the Jackman Humanities Institute at (416) 946-0313 or jhi.associate@utoronto.ca.

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Appadurai flyer

 


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