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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Professor Elizabeth Povinelli

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Columbia University
New York, USA