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A Humanity Yet to Come

A Humanity Yet to Come
170 St. George Street, Room 100
Time: May 1st, 3:00 pm End: May 1st, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), South Asian, Humanities, East Asian Studies (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS)
Lecture by Anand Pandian, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to present a special lecture and workshop

Anand Pandian, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

A Humanity Yet to Come

This is no doubt a uniquely difficult to time to take up the human as a mode of being and a locus of inquiry. And yet humanity remains a horizon of moral aspiration, an impetus to conceive and pursue a common life in profoundly expansive terms. This talk explores how anthropology engages the human as a field of transformative potential, drawing from a work-in-progress on questions of method in the discipline. I try to think between an emerging posthumanism in the field and its literary and philosophical heritage, exploring the exercise of anthropological imagination among writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Ursula K. Le Guin. Anthropology, I argue, is an enterprise both deeply empirical and highly speculative, an endeavor to conceive a humanity yet to come.

Anand Pandian teaches anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His recent books include Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation (Duke, 2015) and Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India (Indiana, 2014). A new book co-edited with Stuart McLean, called Crumpled Paper Boat: Experiments in Ethnographic Writing, will be published by Duke University Press later this spring.

This lecture is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, or to request an accommodation for accessibility, please contact the Jackman Humanities Institute at (416) 9946-0313.

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Anand Pandian


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