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Upcoming lecture: Anthropology in the Age of Securitization

27 November, 2008

One of the main themes of this blog is the application of anthropological methods and insights to matters of concern to the wider world.  An upcoming lecture by Prof John Gledhill at Latrobe University is directed at this very issue by focusing on a specific anthropological contribution about “securitization”.  Sounds interesting.  I won’t be able to make it to Melbourne myself, but if any readers can attend maybe they could post a summary or comments below.  Details of the lecture follow.


La Trobe University
School of Social Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology Programs

Annual Joel S. Kahn Lecture

Professor John Gledhill

Anthropology in the Age of Securitization

The title of this lecture plays on two possible meanings of the word “securitization”, as a phenomenon at the heart of the current crisis in the global financial system, and as a discursive framework that redefines a vast range of areas of research in which anthropologists are engaged as questions of national and international security. My aim is to consider how far anthropology is equipped to make a significant contribution to critical public debate on these issues by virtue of its potential to transcend North Atlantic perspectives.

John Gledhill is Max Gluckman Professor of Social Anthropology and Co-Director of the Centre for Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester, a member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, co-managing editor of Critique of Anthropology, and Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (2005-2009). He has carried out fieldwork in Mexico and Brazil. His publications include the books Casi Nada: Agrarian Reform in the Homeland of Cardenismo (also published in Spanish), Neoliberalism, Transnationalization and Rural Poverty, Power and Its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics (also published in Spanish, Greek and Chinese) and Cultura y Desafío en Ostula: Cuatro Siglos de Autonomía Indígena en la Costa-Sierra Nahua de Michoacán.

5 December 2008 from 5.30 to 6.30 pm
Martin Building Lecture Theatre
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus

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