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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction

Colloquium | October 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

Ivan Ascher, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Department of Geography

As financial markets continue to expand and refashion the world in their own image, the wealth of capitalist societies no longer presents itself as it did to Karl Marx in the nineteenth century, as a “monstrous collection of commodities.” Increasingly, it presents itself as a monstrous collection of financial securities instead, and the critique of political economy must proceed accordingly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Deforestation and Cattle Culture in the Brazilian Amazon

Colloquium | October 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

Jeffrey Hoelle, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

Department of Geography

The opening of the Brazilian Amazon to colonization in the 1970s brought cattle, land conflict, and widespread deforestation. In the remote state of Acre, Brazil, rubber tappers fought against migrant ranchers to preserve the forest they relied on, and in the process, these "forest guardians" showed the world that it was possible to unite forest livelihoods and environmental preservation....   More >

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Hole: An Ethnographic Descent into Mexico City's Anexos

Colloquium | October 21 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

Angela Garcia, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

Department of Geography

In the past decade, informal addiction treatment centers called anexos (annexes) have proliferated throughout Mexico. Administered and used by low-income communities, these centers utilize forcible internment and physical violence as a mode of treatment.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015