Failure, Design and the Globalization of Risk

st antonys lecture


Rethinking the Contemporary: The World since the Cold War Seminar

Professor Arjun Appadurai (New York University)


Thursday 13 October (1st week), in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College

All welcome

In his lecture, Professor Appadurai, the eminent anthropologist and writer on globalization and modernity, develops his recent work on the culture of modern finance and related technologies of big data and asymmetric speculation. He will explore the implications of an emerging technological world in which failure and convenience have become the hallmarks of new tools, applications and devices. What does this development mean for such ideas as fashion, innovation and sovereignty?

He will also be leading a seminar on the general topic of failure in the TORCH seminar room, top floor, Oxford Humanities Research Centre, Woodstock Road, on Friday 14 October at 10 am.

Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Duke 2006) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (Minnesota 1996; Oxford India 1997). His latest book is Banking on Words. The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (Chicago, 2015)


Rethinking the Contemporary: The World since the Cold War

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