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Humans, Materiality and the Future of Shared Agency 

Arjun Appadurai   

New York University (NYU), USA

In this lecture, I plan to address the gap between the emerging anthropological literature on "relational ontology (Descola, Viveiros de Castro, Bird-David) and the literature on "new materialisms" (jane Bennet, Diana Coole, Karen Barad) both of which explore the links between human and new-human agency, with Bruno Latour as a major link figure. I will suggest my ways in which anthropological perspectives can enrich the dialogue between theories of materiality and mediation.

June 08, 2015