Join Peter N. Miller for a conversation with Arjun Appadurai, who will be joining BGC as Max Weber Global Professor in fall 2021. They will discuss the Social Life of Things thirty years later, what Appadurai is working on now, and intellectual life in Berlin.
Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He is currently Senior Professor of Anthropology and Globalization at The Hertie School (Berlin). He also serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. He will join the Bard Graduate Center faculty as Max Weber Global Professor in the fall of 2021. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Duke 2006), Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (Minnesota 1996; Oxford India 1997), The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (Verso 2013), and Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (Chicago 2016). His most recent book, co-authored with Neta Alexander, is Failure (Polity Press 2019). He has held numerous fellowships and scholarships and has received several scholarly honors, including residential fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto (California) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and an Individual Research Fellowship from the Open Society Institute (New York). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.