SlowTV carries lecture by Ghassan Hage
The Monthly’s online TV channel, SlowTV, is carrying the first annual Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology. Ghassan Hage presenting his talk, ‘Anthropology and the passion of the political.’ As SlowTV describes:
Ghassan Hage is an internationally acclaimed thinker, both as an academic and an arresting public intellectual. In this Inaugural Distinguished Lecture for the Australian Anthropological Society, he looks at the function of anthropology today. He asks, what is the discipline’s potential to help us understand, and be, ‘other than what we are’? Ghassan Hage has held many prestigious visiting professorships including at Harvard University, L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the University of Copenhagen and the American University of Beirut. He is now based at the University of Melbourne. State Library of NSW, December 2009.
Ghassan is charming, and the audio on the TV presentation is better than it was for those of us stuck outside the lecture hall at the State Library of New South Wales. Hage argues that anthropology cannot simply shed its history of studying small-scale, ‘primitive’ societies, that even contemporary anthropology must remain in dialogue with and in touch with these deep traditions in the field.
You can also find an ‘Up Close’ podcast by Prof. Hage available for download here, and earlier lectures on SlowTV by Prof. Hage, Key Thinkers: Ghassan Hage on Pierre Bourdieu and On Gaza and narcissistic victimhood.