Special Event | January 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room
Anna L. Tsing, UCSC
Debates about the meaning and role of history in anthropology have characterized the discipline since its inception. This lecture revisits some of these debates to consider how anthropologists might better incorporate the contingent and transformative abilities of other species into our stories of what happened. Can history make room for multiple ontologies? To show how articulations across varied human and non-human agendas forge unexpected paths, this talk considers how the infamous weed plant water hyacinth has tracked and haunted colonial and neocolonial water engineering across the world.