Lecture 'The Metamorphic Sublime'

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni
When
25-04-2019 from 17:00 to 19:00
Where
Campus Boekentoren, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Centre for Anthropological Research on Affect and Materiality (CARAM), Department of Languages and Cultures
Contact
koen.stroeken@ugent.be
Website
https://research.flw.ugent.be/nl/caram
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Lecture by Michael Taussig (Columbia University)

In the Age of Trump, the dark surrealism of ecological devastation, the re-enchantment of nature as the negative sacred, Facebook, state surveillance, and the cunning of what Deleuze and Guattari called “the war machine,” reality has evolved into metamorphic sublimity. In the words of science fiction writer, William Burroughs, “Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.” All of which calls for a counter-shamanic practice aligned with a Green New Deal that I refer to as the Mastery of Non-Mastery.

Michael Taussig is an anthropologist known for his provocative ethnographic studies and unconventional style as an academic. He was born in Australia and later studied medicine at the University of Sydney. He earned a PhD in anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is currently a professor of anthropology at Columbia University in New York and at The European Graduate School / EGS in Switzerland.