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Life/NonLife: a forum

This Somatosphere forum features essays written in the wake of a debate held at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The debate was organized around the following motion: “Lacking empirical traction and heuristic power, the distinction between life and nonlife is one that anthropology needs to discard.” We hope you enjoy the contributions.

Life/NonLife Revived
Ann H. Kelly
Kings College London
Alex Nading
Brown University

Life After Chemistry or A Carbon Anthropology
Jamie Cross
University of Edinburgh

What Animates? Imaginations of the Lifelike
Petra Tjitske Kalshoven
University of Manchester

The Point of Death II
Edward Simpson
SOAS University of London

Life/Nonlife: A Response
Elizabeth A. Povinelli
Columbia University


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