Lecture I’m Attending

Purity, Danger & Violence: Torn Religions in Contemporary World

Georgetown Univ, Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
Michael Fischer, Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies, M.I.T.

Monday, December 3, 2007, 2:00-3:30pm, Gervase Conference Room

He has done anthropological fieldwork in the Caribbean (Jamaica), the Middle East (Iran), South Asia (India), and the U.S. on social change and religion (Protestants and Afro-Carribean religions in Jamaica; Zoroastrians, Shi’ites, Baha’is, Jews in Iran; Jains and Parsis in India); on bazaars, merchants, craftsmen, and agriculture in Iran, Jamaica, India, and Antwerp; on revolutionary processes in Iran; on cinema in Poland, India, and Iran; on communities of scientists, engineers, and physicians in India and the U.S. He teaches courses on social theory, ethnography, anthropology and film, social and ethical issues in the biosciences and biotechnologies, law and ethics on the electronic frontier. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Rice before coming to MIT. He’s been a Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil, a CIES Fellow in India, and a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian.

He is the author of Zoroastrian Iran Between Myth and Praxis (PhD 1973); Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution (1980), Anthropology as Cultural Critique (with George Marcus, 1986, 2nd edition 1999), Debating Muslims (with Mehdi Abedi, 1990), the award-winning Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice (2003), and Mute Dreams, Blind Owls, and Dispersed Knowledges: Persian Poesis in the Transnational Circuitry (2004). He is famed for his interpretive history of anthropology: “Culture and Cultural Analysis as Experimental Systems” Cultural Anthropology 2007 22(1): 1-65.
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs Lecture Series 2007-2008

Co-Sponsored with the Anthropology Program, Georgetown University

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