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Anthropology and October 1917: Centennial Reflections

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Anthropologists have hardly engaged in commemorations of the Russian Revolution. My talk looks at the new publications that are coming out around the centenary of the revolution and asks what anthropologists can gain from a more active interest in the centennial. In particular, I will suggest that the current celebration within anthropology of Marcel Mauss calls for a complementary engagement with the Marxian or less Marxian intellectual fermentations surrounding the Russian revolution.

Don Kalb is Distinguished Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen and until recently professor of sociology and social anthropology at Central European University; he is also a senior researcher at Utrecht University and a distinguished visiting professor at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, where he leads the ‘Financialization Project’ (with Chris Hann). In 2017 he started the project ‘Frontiers of Value’ at the University of Bergen, Norway.
His books include Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850-1950 (Duke University Press), 1997; The Ends of Globalization. Bringing Society back in, (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), 2000; Globalization and Development: Key Issues and Debates (Kluwer Academic Publishers), 2004; Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History beyond the Cultural Turn (Berghahn), 2005; Headlines of Nation, Subtexts of Class: Working Class Populism and the Return of the Repressed in Neoliberal Europe, (Berghahn) 2011; Anthropologies of Class (Cambridge U.P), 2015. He is Founding Editor of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology and of FocaalBlog