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A master class for undergraduates, taught by Arjun Appadurai, NYU

Jackman Humanities Institute Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2015-2016 on the annual theme of Things that Matter:

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

A Master Class for Undergraduate Students at the University of Toronto


Failure reveals a different side of human aspirations, limitations and measures than does success. In this sense, success and failure, epistemologically speaking, are not two sides of one coin. This is especially true because failure is not an objective material fact, which can yield to global standards and criteria. Failure is always a judgment, pronounced by those whom a particular period, culture or profession authorizes to declare failure. Thus failure is always a matter of perspective and of power. Given this this contextual variability, failure is inevitably subject to the lens of media and mediation, and is always the subject of debate and interpretation.  Failure is interesting not so much because it teaches us more about success but because it is a lens into the shifting criteria which different groups and institutions bring to bear on what they value most, in their lives, their projects and their societies.

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 two-hour class offers a rare opportunity to think and talk about the topic on everyone's mind, with a scholar whose work has redefined multiple fields. This class does not come with credit, but it may change everything.

Registration is strictly capped and a waitlist will be available when the available places are taken.  If you register and cannot attend, please contact the JHI immediately at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca to release your seat for another student.

To register for FAILURE, please click here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/failure-tickets-20926532823

We welcome students who are registered in any undergraduate program at any of the University of Toronto's three campuses.  Transportation assistance for students from UT-Scarborough will be available. Refreshments will be provided.

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