Upcoming Events

Wed. Sept 30, 2015, 3:40-5 p.m.

Herding Species: Biosecurity and the American Factory Farm

Alex Blanchette’s current book project examines the making of the modern industrial pig from pre-life to post-death. This talk traces how hog diseases are breaching barns in a region that manufactures 7,000,000 animals per year, requiring corporations to industrialize the conduct of humans outside of work in order to maintain this concentration of porcine life. It is based on 26 months of ethnographic research around the workplaces of one of the world’s largest “factory” farms.

Blanchette is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, and a Ciriacy-Wantrup Visiting Fellow in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley.

Wed. October 7, 2015, 3:40-5 p.m.

Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction

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.

Ivan Ascher, Ph.D. specializes in modern political and social theory. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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