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A War on People: Dying-With and the Relational Ethics and Politics of Community

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

This talk, given by Jarrett Zigon, explores the politics and ethics of ecstatic relationality.  In doing so, it considers perhaps the central experience of drug users around the globe who participate in anti-drug war political activity, that is, the experience of dying-with.  

This experience is not only a key motivation for becoming politically active.  But it also initiates an awareness of the essential openness and relationality of being, an intertwining of existence, that through their political activity has given way to a community of whoever arrives.   

Presented by the Anthropology Department at the New School for Social Research

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The New School for Social Research, Department of Anthropology



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Jarrett Zigon is the William and Linda Porterfield Chair of Bioethics and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia, where he is also the Director of the Bioethics Program and the Founding Director of the Center for Data Ethics and Justice.  His interests include the anthropology of ethics; the intertwining of humans, worlds and situations; political activity and theory; the intersection of anthropology and philosophy; the drug war; artificial intelligence and ethics.  These interests are taken up from the perspective of an anthropology strongly influenced by post-Heideggerian continental philosophy and critical theory, the theoretical articulation of which he names critical hermeneutics.  His two most recent books are  A War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community, and Disappointment: Toward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding.

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