Public Lecture, "Corpse Magic for Vengeance and its Curious Demise"
College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology
Department of Philosophy & Religion
Department of English
Department of Sustainable Development
"Corpse Magic for Vengeance and its Curious Demise"
Dr. Michael T. Taussig
Class of 1993 Professor of Anthropology
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Bryce and Izoria Gordon Gathering Hall, Room 124B
Reich College of Education
This talk concerns instances in early ethnography recording the magic of using the corpse to kill the killer, and relates that to police shootings in the USA as well as the new scholarly field of "killology."
Michael T. Taussig, Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, is a world-renowned scholar whose prolific scholarship has pushed the boundaries of anthropological theory and ethnographic practice for nearly four decades. Taussig’s writings playfully examine the compartmentalization of art and science, as to critically challenge conventions of representation in anthropology. His work travels widely across the intellectual and cultural terrain of modernity, wedding the Frankfurt School with Surrealism and new materialism, to produce highly original works on, but not limited to: the devil and commodity fetishism; colonial violence and shamanic healing; state terror and writing against terror; the magic of the state; the diary as ethnographic form; drawing and fieldwork notebooks; ecological meltdown and the bodily unconscious; and most recently, two multimedia theatrical works titled The Sun and Sea Theatre, on the sun and sea, the human and animal, and re-enchantment of the world during end-of-the-world times.
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