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November
2010
  • Lecture Series
Universität Wien, Kleiner Festsaal 1010 Wien, Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1

Eric Wolf Lecture: Jean und John L. Comaroff: History and the People beyond Europe: A Counter-evolutionary Story?

ERIC WOLF LECTURE: Universität Wien, Kleiner Festsaal 1010 Wien, Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1

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21
November
2011
  • Lecture Series
Vyjayanthi V. Rao

7. Eric Wolf Lecture – Slum as Theory: A Speculative World History

The rise of mega-cities across both the developed and the developingworld coincides with the dominance of speculative, finance capital as the principlemode of capital accumulation. Yet there is a distinction between the mega-cities of thedeveloped world and those of the developing world. The difference hinges on thetheorization of the “slum” as the material artifact and articulator of relations of power,political force, economic processes, and contemporary engagements with nature.In both cases, the slum becomes shorthand for working through histories of speculationor the different ways in which abstract, digital capital flows are shaping contemporarycities’ landscapes and cultures.

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28
Oktober
2013
  • Lecture Series
ÖAW, Festsaal, Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien
Margaret Lock

8. Eric Wolf Lecture: Margaret Lock: Reassessing Embodiment in the Era of the Epigenome

The theory of inheritance of acquired characteristics postulated by Jean-Baptist Lamarck early in the 19th century is undergoing a surprising revival, albeit in modified form.

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10
November
2014
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11
November
2014
  • Lecture Series
ÖAW, Festsaal, Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien

9. ERIC WOLF LECTURE: ULF HANNERZ: WRITING FUTURES: AN ANTHROPOLOGIST’S VIEW OF GLOBAL SCENARIOS

Toward the end of the twentieth century, the Cold War ended and “globalization” became a key word in public discourse. The new configuration allowed people to ask, with relief or anxiety, what might happen next. A small but lively intellectual industry rose to the challenge, creating scenarios for a born-again world. As the world turned, new worlds could be imagined, assumes Ulf Hannerz.  

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09
November
2015
  • Lecture Series
Universität Wien, Sky-Lounge, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien
Gavin Smith

10th ERIC WOLF LECTURE: Gavin Smith: ELUSIVE RELATIONS: DISTANT, INTIMATE, AND HOSTILE

Changes in the dominant form of capitalism have implicated the shape of the state and supra-state. As a result crucial economic and political relations have to be rethought and methods found for that task. The lecture takes up this challenge for the reformulation of ethnography.

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17
Oktober
2016
  • Lecture Series
ÖAW GROSSER FESTSAAL, IGNAZ-SEIPEL-PLATZ 2, 1010 WIEN
Anna L. Tsing

11TH ERIC WOLF LECTURE: ANNA L. TSING: OTHERS WITHOUT HISTORY: ORGANISMS AS AGILITY-SHIFTING ACTORS IN THE TRAJECTORY OF CAPITAL

Is history-making only the domain of human beings? For the American cultural anthropologist Anna L. Tsing, plants, fungi, and bacteria are also agents of historical change. Proceeding from the economics of colonial plantations and in light of the consequences of contemporary capitalism for the environment, Tsing argues in her Eric Wolf Lecture that we must foreground pests and pathogens, e.g., in our consideration of how history is made.

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