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Anthropology Colloquium: Andrea Ballestero, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rice University

When: Monday, March 9, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: 1810 Hinman Avenue, 104, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Nancy Hickey   847.467.1507

Group: Anthropology Colloquia and Events

Anthropology Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings


“A Future History of Water, or, How to Wonder about Technolegal Devices?” 

How do people commit to intervening in the future while acknowledging its unruliness? Is there a form of participation in the project of shaping the social that is not caught up in either despair or the injunction to wish for the better? I propose the humble techno-legal device as a lively space where people are constantly negotiating the form of the sociomaterial worlds they want to enact. In this talk, I focus specifically on the work of Costa Rican regulators and statisticians who use the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to dissolve the subjects of rights and uphold the objects of subjects as a way to live up to their humanitarian obligation to promote the human right to water. As a familiar device of dubious political promise, the CPI allows us to wonder about how people bring into existence the differences they want to see in their worlds. 

Co-sponsored by Science in Human Culture
Co-sponsored by Latin American and Caribbeant Studies Program
Co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

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