Culture, Power, Boundaries

  • Founded 1972
  • Seminar Number 531

The Culture, Power, Boundaries Seminar is a forum for work and work-in-progress that strives for a critical analysis of contemporary power relations at local and global scales and how such power relations affect the analysis, reproduction, and transformation of inequality and its cultural expressions. The seminar began forty years ago with a focus on immigration and developed into a broad forum for critical social science. While the majority of seminar members are anthropologists, and presentations tend to focus on case studies, the seminar continues to welcome, as both guests and speakers, other social scientists interested in investigating the power dimension of cultural formations and the cultural aspects of inequality.

Professor Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb

Professor Patricia Antoniello

Rosemarie Barbalace

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/09/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Teacher, Torturer, Executioner: Comrade Duch's Trial, Transitional Justice, and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Alexander Hinton, Rutgers University-Newark

10/30/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
No Exit: Mayan Women’s Entanglements with Violence, Impunity and Asylum
Linda Green, University of Arizona

12/11/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Real Debts and Legal Fictions: Reconfiguring the Power of Law in Contemporary Egypt
Christine Hegel-Cantarella, Western Connecticut State University

02/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Last Revolution: Rethinking Peru’s Shining Path
Orin Starn, Duke University

03/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Multispecies Infrastructures of Zoonosis
Genese Sodikoff, Rutgers University-Newark

04/09/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
“Les maudits T-A-*-*-*-L-S!”: Racial Slurs, Comedy, and the Pragmatics of Hate/Free Speech in Diverse Francophone Publics
Sonia N. Das, New York University