Anand Pandian: "A Possible Anthropology: Methods for Uneasy Times"

The Departmental Seminar Series features Anand Pandian, Professor of Anthropology at John Hopkins University. 

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In a time of intense uncertainty, social strife, and ecological upheaval, what does it take to envision the world as it yet may be? The field of anthropology, this book argues, has resources essential for this critical and imaginative task. Anthropology is no stranger to injustice and exploitation. Still, its methods can reveal unseen dimensions of the world at hand and radical experience as the seed of a humanity yet to come. 

A Possible Anthropology is an ethnography of anthropologists at work: canonical figures like Bronislaw Malinowski and Claude Lévi-Strauss, ethnographic storytellers like Zora Neale Hurston and Ursula K. Le Guin, contemporary scholars like Jane Guyer and Michael Jackson, and artists and indigenous activists inspired by the field. In their company, the book explores the moral and political horizons of anthropological inquiry, the creative and transformative potential of an experimental practice.


Anand Pandian is professor and department chair of anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His recent books include A Possible Anthropology (2019), Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation (2015), and the co-edited volumes Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon (2020) and Crumpled Paper Boat: Experiments in Ethnographic Writing (2017)

Published Jan. 18, 2021 9:47 AM - Last modified Feb. 5, 2021 9:37 AM