Arjun Appadurai – Solids and Liquids: Notes on the Materialities of Terror


Arjun Appadurai serves as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School in New York City, where he also holds a Distinguished Professorship as the John Dewey Professor in the Social Sciences. Appadurai was born and educated in Bombay. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1967, and his M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of Chicago.

During his academic career, he has held professorial chairs at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006, Duke University Press) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (1996, University of Minnesota Press; 1997, Oxford University Press, Delhi). His previous scholarly publications have covered such topics as religion, cuisine, agriculture and mass culture in India.

A reception following the Arjun Appadurai lecture will be held at, and is sponsored by, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.

Arjun Appadurai’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Affect Research Group (UBC and SFU);
the India and South Asian Research Group; the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness; the Museum of Anthropology; the Department of Anthropology; and the Department of Theatre, Creative Writing and Film, UBC.

Organized by Manuel Pina and William Wood, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, The University of British Columbia.