Clifford Geertz Commemorative Lecture - Lost and Found

Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 4:30 pm

Title: "Lost and Found"

This lecture concerns the way that lost objects swell in our imagination to take on a life of their own and destabilize reality, begging for alternative forms of writing (and lecturing), especially the making of lists.

Clifford Geertz was an American anthropologist who is remembered mostly for his strong support for and influence on the practice of symbolic anthropology, and who was considered "for three decades...the single most influential cultural anthropologist in the United States."[1] He served until his death as professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.


1. Geertz, Clifford, Shweder, R. A., & Good, B. (2005). Clifford Geertz by his colleagues. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.