This talk, which also launches the speaker’s just-released Subversive Archaism, addresses the question of why some of the most traditionalizing local societies run afoul of national governments (themselves often deeply implicated in the management of heritage and tradition). The speaker, drawing on decades of fieldwork in two communities – one in upland Crete, the other in urban Bangkok – will show how these communities are drawn into conflict with state authorities, whose bureaucratic ethnonationalism they challenge by invoking spectral polities that pre-date the state and offer alternative visions of social life. Books will be available for sale on February 24th, at a separate event featuring a screening by the author, “Food for Thought: Filming Restaurant Practices."


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