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Prof. Nurit Bird-David (Haifa):
"The Connected Society: Lessons from Gatherer-Hunter Cultures to the Digital Age"


Thema und Programm 2020


Über die Ad.E.Jensen-Gedächtnisvorlesung



Thema 2020

The Connected Society: Lessons from Gatherer-Hunter Cultures to the Digital Age

In what ways can scholarship about gatherer-hunter cultures shed light on our understanding of sociality in the Digital Age? The 2020 Jensen lectures explore this question from a theoretical perspective that employs the comparative power of gatherer-hunter cases while regarding scale/ability as key to the insights they offer to contemporary life. The series examines how gatherer-hunters connect among and beyond themselves; how they perform and imagine communal affiliations; how they figure "society" into their more-than-human heterogeneous world. Drawing on their perspective, we reflect on our emergent culture of connectedness, its euphoric visions of a connective world marked by sharing and trust among strangers, and dystopic fears of loss of privacy and agency in the global digital ecosystem. We ask, can gatherer-hunters be considered the original networked society?


22. Juni 2020
Sociality, Scalability and Gatherer-Hunter Scholarship

29. Juni 2020
Relational Society and Environment

06. Juli 2020
Intimate Public Spaces

13. Juli 2020
Lessons to the Digitally-Networked Society



Begleitend zur Vorlesungsreihe findet eine zwei-tägige Masterclass mit Prof. Nurit Bird-David für fortgeschrittene Master-Studierende, Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden statt:

"Indigenous Insights on Nature and Society"
9. bis 10. Juli 2020, Frankfurt am Main

The masterclass will begin as a seminar on scholarship addressing ontological configurations of Nature and Society, primarily works by Tim Ingold, Phillip Descola, Viveiros de Castro, Marilyn Strathern, Marshall Sahlins and Nurit Bird-David. We will focus especially on the comparative use of indigenous ethnographic material for developing theoretical perspectives and understandings of Western positions and options, and we will ask what this comparative-ontological approach can contribute to discussions of our currently changing environment and society. On the second day, participants will present their own ethnographic materials and theoretical questions, and we will discuss how their work might benefit from such a comparative approach. 



Über die Ad.E.Jensen-Gedächtnisvorlesung

Das Frobenius-Institut lädt im jährlichen Turnus renommierte Wissenschaftler aus dem Ausland zu einsemestrigen Gastvorlesungen ein. Die Vorlesungsreihe ist dem Andenken an Adolf Ellegard Jensen (1899–1965) gewidmet, der 1946 zum Leiter des Frobenius-Instituts, zum Direktor des Völkerkundemuseums und zum ersten Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Kultur- und Völkerkunde an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität ernannt wurde. Die Themen der Vorlesungen sollen sich im Umkreis der von Jensen inaugurierten Forschungen zu Mythus und Kult bewegen, doch ist den Gastwissenschaftlern das jeweilige Thema freigestellt. Die Vorlesungsreihe wird aus Mitteln der Hahn-Hissink'schen Frobenius-Stiftung und der Frobenius-Gesellschaft e.V. finanziert.

Live-Mitschnitte der vergangenen Vorlesungen finden Sie auf dem YouTube-Kanal des Frobenius-Instituts youtube


Folgende Ad. E. Jensen-Gedächtnisvorlesungen haben bisher stattgefunden:

2019: "A genealogy of method: anthropology's ancestors and the meaning of culture", Prof. Sondra Hausner (Oxford)

2018: "Values, Social Theory, and the Anthropological Study of the Good", Prof. Joel Robbins (Cambridge)

2017: "On the pursuit of wealth and happiness: Some lessons from Central India", Prof. Chris Gregory (Canberra)

2016: "Repatriating Anthropology - Ethics and empirics in some lessons from Native America", Prof. Justin B. Richland (Chicago)

2015: "Cultures and Translation", Prof. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (New York)

2014: "Fieldwork in Philosophy: Refiguring Social Inquiry's Conceptual Ground", Prof. Ann Laura Stoler (New York)

2013: "From Artifact to Primitive Art", Prof. Nancy Lutkehaus (Los Angeles)

2012: "Is Religion a Special Form of the Social?", Prof. Maurice Bloch (London)

2011:  "The Anthropology of Encounter - From 'First Contact' to the Everyday", Prof. Francesca Merlan (Canberra)

2010: "Kult und Kunst - Ästhetik des ethnographischen Archivs", Prof. Dr. Fritz W. Kramer (Berlin)
Publikation: "Kunst im Ritual. Ethnographische Erkundungen zur Ästhetik", Reimer-Verlag, Berlin 2014

2009: "Lessons in the Anthropology of Nature", Prof. Dr. Philippe Descola (Paris)

2008: Ringvorlesung "The end of anthropology?": Adam Kuper (London), Ulf Hannerz (Stockholm), Signe Howell (Oslo), Maurice Godelier (Paris), Antonio Palmisano (Triest), John Comaroff (Chicago), Vincent Crapanzano (New York), Patricia Spyer (Leiden) und Mark Münzel (Marburg)
Publikation: "The End of Anthropology?", edited by Holger Jebens and Karl-Heinz Kohl, Sean Kingston Publishing, 2011

2007: "A Quest for Understanding: Eastern Indonesia in Historical and Comparative Perspective", Prof. Dr. James J. Fox (Australian National University)

2006: "The Making of Colonialism in Equatorial Africa", Prof. Dr. Robert Harms (Yale)

2005: "Amazons: Women Warriors of Dahomey in and out Africa", Prof. Dr. Suzanne Preston Blier (Harvard)

2004: "Colour of the Sacred", Prof. Dr. Michael Taussig (New York)
Publikation: "What Colour is the Sacred?", University of Chicago Press, 2009

2003: "Social Anthropology: only a Western science?", Prof. Dr. Maurice Godelier (Paris)

2001: "Violence, Social Order and the Spectral State. Policing The South African Postcolony", Prof. Dr. Jean Comaroff, Prof. Dr. John Comaroff (Chicago)

2000: "Emotion: Experience and Expression - A Cross-Cultural View", Prof. Dr. Unni Wikan (Oslo)

1999: "The Anthropology of Imagination" Prof. Dr. Vincent Crapanzano (New York)
Publikation: "Imaginative Horizons. An Essay in Literary-Philosophical Anthropology", University of Chicago Press, 2003

1998: "The Crisis of Presence: Death and Alterity in Amerindian Amazon" Prof. Dr. Tullio Maranhão (St. Paul)

1997/98: "Out of our Minds. Science, Ecstasis and the Ethnography of Africa" Prof. Dr. Johannes Fabian (Amsterdam)
Publikation: "Out of Our Minds. Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa", University of California Press, 2000