When Worlds Meet: A Conversation in Contact Zones

Clifford Geertz Commemorative Lecture
Apr 4, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description

Marisol de la Cadena's field sites are cattle ranches and veterinary schools in Colombia. There she engages practices and relations between people, cows, and ‘things’ in general. Thinking at divergent bio/geo interfaces, de la Cadena is interested in capturing “the stuff” that makes life and death in conditions of dramatic ecological and political change as the country endures extreme droughts and floods and wants to transition between the violence of war to a condition of peace that might not be without violence. 

In conversation with Anthropology Global South Visiting Scholar Munira Khayyat, Princeton University

Clifford Geertz

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.

When the Department of Anthropology was officially created in 1971, it quickly became known as a hot spot for its vibrant ethnographic approach to interpretive anthropology, in neighborly dialogue with the work of Clifford Geertz, who founded the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Following his passing in 2006, the Department created an annual honoring Clifford Geertz’s influential intellectual legacy as an on-going horizon of engagement and debate both within anthropology and at its interdisciplinary verges. 

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Clifford Geertz Lecture