Professor Elizabeth A. Povinelli

Ph.D. (Cultural Anthropology), B.A. (Philosophy)

University Fellow

Beth's writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities. This potential theory has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with Indigenous colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and three films with the Karrabing Film Collective.

Povinelli's work has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. This critical task is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities within settler liberalisms.

Her first two books examined the governance of the otherwise in late liberal settler colonies from the perspective of the politics of recognition. In particular, they focused on impasses within liberal systems of law and value as they meet local Australian indigenous worlds, and the effect of these impasses on the development of legal and public culture in Australia.

Her second two books, examine formations of liberal governance from the perspective of intimacy, embodiment, and narrative form. Her second book, The Cunning of Recognition, was short-listed for the W.E.H, Stanner Book Prize and received Best Book of the Year from Book Forum.

Povinelli has also explored these questions in the short film, Karrabing, Low Tide Turning, selected for the 2012 Berlinale International Film Festival, Shorts Competition. Karrabing was co-directed with Liza Johnson and written with the Karrabing Indigenous Corporation.

Povinelli is the recipient of numerous fellowships and invited faculty residencies, including the German Transatlantic Program Prize and Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin for Fall 2011, Wyse Visiting Professor of Social Anthropology at Cambridge for Spring 2012, Hallsworth Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Manchester University for Spring 2013.

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Publications & Resources

Books

Povinelli, E. A. (2011). Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism. Duke University Press.

Povinelli, E. A. (2006). The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality. A Public Planet Book. Duke University Press.

Povinelli, E. A. (2002). The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism. Duke University Press.

Povinelli, E. A. (1994). Labor's Lot: The Power, History and Culture of Aboriginal Action. The University of Chicago Press.

Journal Articles

Povinelli, E.A. (2015). The Rhetorics of Recognition in Geontopower. Philosophy & Rhetoric [Special Issue: The Rhetorical Contours of Recognition], 48(4), 428-442.

Povinello, E.A., & Chauncey, G. (1999) Thinking Sexuality Transnationally: An Introduction, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 5(4): 439-449.

For essays and current projects, see her website elizabethpovinelli.com

Essays

`As if in a perpetual chain…’ The Gift & the Soul in a Mexican Diamond. The Proposal. Edited by Jill Magid. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016.

The World is Flat and Other Weird Speculations. Object-Oriented Feminisms. Edited by Katherine Behar. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 2017.

Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$. Corruption/Supercommunity, e-flux contribution to the Venice Biennale, http://supercommunity.e-flux.com/texts/windjarrameru-the-stealing-c-nts/May 21, 2016, Day 12.

Transgender Creeks & the Three Figures of Late Liberalism. Special Issue: Queer Theory without Normativity. Edited by Robyn Weigman and Elizabeth Wilson. differences 26.1, 168-187. 2015.

Films

Wutharr, The Saltwater, 2016 (28:27). Conceived and Realized by the Karrabing Film Collective; Directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli. Premiere: Sydney Biennale. Winner 2015 European Visible Award. 

Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$, 2015 (35:34). Conceived and Realized by the Karrabing Film Collective; Directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli. Premier: Melbourne Film Festival

When the Dogs Talked, 2014 (33:53). Conceived and Realized by the Karrabing Film Collective; Directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli, co-directed Liza Johnson. Premiere: Gertrude Contemporary. Winner 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival Cinema Nova Award for Best Short Fiction Film.

Professor Elizabeth Povinelli

Contacts

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E: ep2122@columbia.edu

Columbia University
New York, USA