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Theorizing the Contemporary

Like “Hot Spots,” this is a new online forum. Hot Spots engages anthropologists (and those beyond) in the immediacy of current events from inside the moment. “Theorizing the Contemporary,” by contrast, features attempts to engage the contemporary through theoretical critique, analytical innovation, paradigm-making or breaking. We aim for interventions that smartly, creatively, radically engage the contemporary moment through theory (including challenges to what constitutes “theory” in the first place). This first Theorizing the Contemporary forum features five commentaries on a recent book by Jean and John Comaroff, Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa, along with a response by the authors. We are open to suggestions of all types and ask that proposals be made to us directly (aaa@duke.edu, cpiot@duke.edu).

Finance (April 2012)

The Human is More Than Human: Culture@Large Session from the 2011 AAA Meeting (March 2012)

A Forum on THEORY FROM THE SOUTH: HOW EURO-AMERICA IS EVOLVING TOWARD AFRICA, by Jean and John Comaroff (February 2012)