Events

Presenters:

Jean and John Comaroff

Event Date(s):
October 23, 2012 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
| 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location:
Massachusetts Room, Mullins Center
Description:

Rarely has the “Global South” been seen as a source of theory and explanation for world historical events. Yet, as many nation-states of the northern hemisphere experience increasing fiscal meltdown, state privatization, corruption, ethnic conflict, and other crises, it seems as though the “Global North” is evolving southward, so to speak, in both positive and problematic ways. In tracing this pattern the lecture asks how we might understand the world through theory developed in the south, presenting a new twist to the evolutionary pathways long assumed by social scientists.

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Presenters:

Jean and John Comaroff

Event Date(s):
October 25, 2012 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
| 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location:
Campus Center, Room 101
Description:

This talk examines the problematic relation of law, citizenship, and sovereignty in contemporary African polities, especially in post-apartheid South Africa. Many African postcolonies are haunted by the waning efficacy of enforcement, the ambiguity of authority, the incapability of the state in recognizing its subjects. The lecture focuses on the "metaphysics of disorder" that seems to be conjured in its wake.

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