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Syllabus: Nature/Culture Now!

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Nature Culture Now!, an upper division anthropology lecture course at the University of Michigan, traces the trajectory of nature/culture debates in American anthropology through modules on race, sex, and health and disease. The course is co-taught by a biological anthropologist, and myself, a cultural/medical anthropologist. The impetus for Nature/Culture Now! came from a formative experience I had as an undergraduate …

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Conference Report: ‘Comment penser l’anthropocène?’ at Collège de France, Paris

November 5 & 6, 2015 – Conference Program and Videos

The two-day conference ‘Comment penser l’anthropocène?’ (‘How to think the Anthropocene?’) at the Collège de France in Paris brought together numerous scholars from natural and political sciences, from philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history and law. It was chaired by Catherine Larrère and Philippe Descola with the support of the patronage committee …

Books

Élisabeth de Fontenay’s Without Offending Humans

Without Offending Humans - Cover

Without Offending Humans: A Critique of Animal Rights

by Élisabeth de Fontenay (trans. William Bishop)

University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 168 pages.

 

In the opening paragraph of Without Offending Humans, Élisabeth de Fontenay describes the first time she saw her mentor Jacques Derrida speak at the Collège de philosophie:

I reacted, all things being relative, as Malebranche did

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Duana Fullwiley’s The Enculturated Gene

k9613-1The Enculturated Gene:
Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa

by Duana Fullwiley

Princeton University Press, 2011. 368 pp.

 

What is the role of cultural analysis in confronting genetic phenomena? Over the past few decades, cultural anthropologists have striven to contest or hold at bay genetic explanations for race, gender, and sexuality. Their analytical approach was …

In the Journals

Naturecultures: Science, Affect and the Non-human — A special section of Theory, Culture & Society

Theory, Culture & Society’s annual review issue of 2013 had a fascinating special section edited by Joanna Latimer and Mara Miele and entitled, “Naturecultures: Science, Affect and the Non-human.”

The article abstracts are as follows:

Natureculture’s? Science, Affect and the Non-human
Joanna Latimer and Mara Miele

Rather than focus on effects, the isolatable and measureable outcomes of events and interventions,

Books

Philippe Descola’s Beyond Nature and Culture

Beyond Nature and Culture

By Philippe Descola
Translated by Janet Lloyd
Foreword by Marshall Sahlins

University of Chicago Press, 2013
488 pages, US$ 65.00 (hardcover)

 

Philippe Descola’s Beyond Nature & Culture is not a modest book.  Having first appeared French in 2005, it systematizes some of the ideas previously set out in Descola’s ethnographic work among the Achuar …