Overheating closing conference
What do you do when a global cooperation pollutes your hometown, while the owners live on a different continent? Who can you complain to when your job is moved to China?
The research project Overheating has studied local consequences of globalization. The closing conference will be on June 1.
There will also be an exhibition with pictures from the field work done by Overheatings researchers.
About the key note speakers
Tania Murray Li teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy and Culture of Asia.
At the conference, she will hold the lecture: After the Teleology of Development: Questions for Empirical Analysis
Is the world as a whole overheating? Or is it heating in some places, and cooling or stagnant in others? In this lecture I will argue that we are in stage of profoundly uneven development, in which the comforting teleology that assumes the world is headed in one direction (from country to city, from farm to factory, from tradition to modernity, and from improvised livelihoods into "standard" high productivity jobs) cannot be sustained. Although the development industry still holds out the promise that everyone in the global south will eventually head down the transition path, and politicians in the global north assure people that after austerity or recession everything will return to "normal," scholars must be more frank in acknowledging that divergence is permanent, and set about exploring its contours. Key questions concern the kinds of work that people do in the absence of "jobs;" the diverse ways they access livelihood resources; the kinds of social membership that become meaningful when the promises of citizenship ring hollow; and the new kinds of politics that emerge as people organize in different ways to make demands.
Jean Comaroff is a Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology
Oppenheimer Research Fellow at Harvard University.
At the conference she will hold the lecture: Feeling the heat: Crime and the Metaphysics of Global Disorder.
She will also attend SAIs department seminar on Wednesday May 31. The event is open to all.
Her research, primarily conducted in southern Africa, has centered on processes of social and cultural transformation – the making and unmaking of colonial society, the nature of the postcolony, the late modern world viewed from the Global South. Her writing has covered a range of topics, from religion, medicine and body politics to state formation, crime, democracy and difference.