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Join Philippe Descola, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Collège de France, Paris for an Obert C. Tanner Lecture series on Cosmopolities: Before, Behind and Beyond the State. This three-day lecture series will cover the topics of:

Lecture I: Cosmopolities 1 – A Political Anthropology Beyond the Human

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

The rooting of the descriptive tools of the social sciences in Enlightenment philosophy has blinded us to the fact that what are loosely called ‘societies’ are in fact, for extra-moderns, assemblages that, unlike ours, contain and associate much more than just humans. We could call these assemblages cosmopolities in that they bring under the same regime of cosmic sociability a vast set of components that the ontology of the Moderns has tended to dissociate.

Lecture II: Cosmopolities 2 – Forms Forms of Assemblage

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Drawing comparatively on ethnographic and historical materials, this lecture will seek to define certain characteristics of the assemblages that extra-modern cosmopolities produce. 

Seminar and Discussion with the Commentators

Friday, April 21 2023

Please be advised that these events are only being offered in person at the Toll Room, Alumni House, on the UC Berkeley Campus. These events will follow evolving public health guidelines

All three events will also be recorded and posted on the Tanner Lectures website for later viewing. 

For more information about this lecture, please visit the Tanner Lectures website.

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April 20, 2023
4:10pm - 6:15pm




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Alumni House, Toll Room
Berkeley, 94704 United States + Google Map


Alumni House, Toll Room
Berkeley, 94704 United States + Google Map