Elizabeth Povinelli is the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Her first two books, Labor’s Lot: The Power, History and Culture of Aboriginal Action (1994) and The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism (2002), examine the governance of the otherwise in late liberal settler colonies from the perspective of the politics of recognition. Her last two books, Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism(2011) and The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Geneology, and Carnality (2006), examined the same from the perspective of intimacy, embodiment, and narrative form. Her ethnographic analysis is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory.
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“The Age of X: The Governance of Differences & Markets in Geontopower”
What is the proper name of the age we are in but cannot see so sunk are we within it? The Anthropocene? The Capitalocene? The Europecene? The Plantacocene? What forms of life and nonlife, humans and nonhumans; territories and regions; desires, dramas, and fears are animated by each and every way we phrase the currents of this “moment”? What falls inside our political and ethical concerns, what fall out? This paper engages these questions by examining the geontological governance of difference and markets in late liberalism.