This talk presents selections from a work-in- progress, a short book of three essays on questions of method in anthropology. These essays attend closely to the thought, writing, and working practice of early figures such as Bronislaw Malinowski and Zora Neale Hurston, a handful of prominent contemporary anthropologists, and a number of activists, artists, and novelists indebted to anthropological imagination. The essays examine the nature of empirical reality for anthropology, the discipline’s reliance on a method of experience, and the ethical and political stakes of pursuing a humanity yet to come.

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