Anthropologist To Discuss ‘Emergencies’ at Whitney Humanities Center

Carolyn R. Nordstrom, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the final lecture in the Fall 2008 Franke series, “Mental Geography: Mapping, Cognition, Appropriation, Inscription.”

Her talk, titled “emergent(cies)…,” is on December 3 at 5 p.m. in Room 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Nordstrom’s areas of interest are the anthropology of war and peace, illegal economies and power, gender, globalization and culture theory. She has conducted fieldwork in war zones worldwide, with long-term interests in Southern Africa and South Asia.

Nordstrom has written more than five dozen scholarly articles, and her academic books include “Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World” (2007), “Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the 21st Century” (2004),” A Different Kind of War Story” (1997), “Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Stories of Violence and Survival” (1995), and “The Paths to Domination, Resistance, and Terror” (1992). She has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, as well as numerous other grants, including from the U.S. Institute for Peace.

The Franke Lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and present important topics in the humanities to a wide and general audience. The Fall 2008 series explores the range of disciplines that account for the interaction of human cultures with their environments through dwelling, mapping, appropriation, and inscription, and are organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar taught by Haun Saussy, the Bird White Housum Professor of Comparative Literature.

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