Upcoming Conference: Cosmologies of the Collective, Notre Dame, April 12-14th




SCHEDULE Cosmologies of the Collective


SUNDAY, April 12

Speakers                                    McKenna Hall // Room 210 – Room 213     

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM                  Panel 1: Collective Action & the State

Chair Christopher Ball

Anthropology, University of Notre Dame


El Sapo Speaks: Police Informers, State Voice and Latino Labor Migrants in Israel
Alejandro Paz

Anthropology, University of Toronto


Finding the Future in Deliberative Process: A Pragmatist Critique of the Dual-Process Model
Ann Mische

Sociology, University of Notre Dame


Democracy, Naked and Rambling

Jessica Greenberg

Anthropology, University of Illinois




4:00 PM – 4:30 PM                 COFFEE BREAK


4:30 PM – 5:20PM

The Lure of Absolutes
Keynote Address by Andreas Glaeser

Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago


5:20 PM – 5:30 PM                  Response by Lyn Spillman

Sociology, University of Notre Dame


5:30 PM – 6:00 PM                  Discussion


6:00 PM                                   RECEPTION


MONDAY, April 13

Speakers                                    McKenna Hall // Room 210 – Room 213

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM                  COFFEE


8:30 AM – 10:30 AM                Panel 2: Semiotic Cosmologies

Chair, Alejandro Paz, Anthropology, University of Toronto


Structure as Habituating Processes of Self, Social Life, and Cosmos
Eugene Halton

Sociology, University of Notre Dame


Dialogue as Habit-making in Peirce’s Cosmology

Myrdene Anderson

Anthropology & Linguistics, Purdue University

Donna West

Spanish & Linguistics, SUNY Cortland


Social Facticity, Psychological Reality, & Communitarian Realism: Collectives in Three Cosmologies
Christopher Ball

Anthropology, University of Notre Dame




10:30 AM – 11:30 AM              COFFEE BREAK


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Risking Together
Keynote Address by Benjamin Lee

Professor of Anthropology & Philosophy, The New School for Social Research


12:20 PM – 12:30 PM              Response by Agustin Fuentes

Anthropology, University of Notre Dame


12:30 PM – 1:00 PM                Discussion


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM                  LUNCHEON

Speakers                                   McKenna Hall // Room 210 – Room 213


2:30 PM – 4:30 PM                  Panel 3: Political Structures and Knowledge

Chair Rahul Oka

Anthropology, University of Notre Dame


Technologies of the Collective: Democracy and Kinship in the Age of Deep Mediatization

Francis Cody

Anthropology, University of Toronto


Pharmocracy (or, Corporations, their Collectives, and Representative Politics in Global Biomedicine)

Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Anthropology, University of Chicago


Political Cosmology

Andrew Pendakis

English & Literature, Brock University




4:30 PM – 5:30 PM                  COFFEE BREAK


5:30 PM – 6:20 PM

Metapragmatics Without a Net

Keynote Address by Elizabeth Povinelli
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology & Gender Studies, Columbia University


6:20 PM – 6:30 PM                  Response by Michael Silverstein

Anthropology, Linguistics, & Psychology,

University of Chicago


6:30 PM – 7:00 PM                  Discussion


7:00 PM                                   DINNER



TUESDAY, April 14

Speakers                                    McKenna Hall // Room 210 – Room 213


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM                  COFFEE


8:30 AM – 10:30 AM                Panel 4: Dialoging with Structuralism: Closure and Openness of Systematicity

Chair Susan Blum

Anthropology, University of Notre Dame


Job Searching in a Network of Stoppages
Ilana Gershon

Communication & Culture, Indiana University


From the Floating Signifier to the Remnant: Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Role in Giorgio Agamben’s Work
Victor Li

Comparative Literature, University of Toronto


Cosmic Realism
Kate Marshall

English, University of Notre Dame




10:30 AM – 11:00 AM              COFFEE BREAK


11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

The Impersonal is the Political: Aesthetic Autonomy and Political Economy
Keynote Address by Walter Benn Michaels
Professor of English, University of Illinois at Chicago


11:50 AM – 12:00 PM              Response by Sandra Gustafson

English & American Studies, University of Notre Dame


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM               Discussion & Final Roundtable