Archive for March, 2010


Didier Fassin: The humanitarian politics of testimony

The witness has become a key figure of our time, whether as the survivor testifying to what he has lived through or as the third party telling what he has seen or heard. Publicly bearing witness of suffering and injustice is precisely what departs the…

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

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Michael Taussig: The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America

“in the sugar-cane plantations of the Cauca Valley and in the tin mines of highland Bolivia it is clear that the devil is intrinsic to the process of the proletarization of the peasant and to the commoditization of the peasant’s world. (…) The neophy…

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Pierre Clastres: Society Against the State

“Hence, it’s the political break that is decisive, and not the economic transformation. The true revolution in man’s history is not the Neolithic, since it may very well leave the previously existing social organization intact; it is the political …

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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RA Open Seminars : The Paradoxes of Aid #02: on Haiti

guest speaker: Peter Hallward Wednesday, 24 March, 17pm @ Goldsmith’s Research Architecture Studio, RHB 312 (main building, second floor). From donor State agencies, to WorldBank developmental programmes, to humanitarian relief and NGO-led sustainable enterprises, aid has become a global industry, effectively generating a body of discourse which counts on an international network of knowledge, institutions […]

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010