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Keynote Lecture by Akhil Gupta

Jul 28, 2014

The public keynote lecture of this year’s Summer School was given by Prof. Akhil Gupta from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on the topic “The Future in Ruins: Thoughts on the Temporality of Infrastructure”. It took place on Monday, July 28, from 5 to 7 pm at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Prof. Akhil Gupta is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his Ph.D. degree in engineering-economic systems at Stanford University in 1988. His research interests include ethnography of information technology, space and place, history of anthropology, and applied anthropology. He was Visiting Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris in 2009 and at Danish Research School of Anthropology and Ethnography in 2008. Furthermore, he was an awardee of the American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship in 2009.

The keynote lecture was organised in context of the Summer School “Politics of Near Futures: Possibilities, Prophecies, Prognoses”. It took place on July 28 at 5 pm in room 212 of the Karl Jaspers Centre. The Summer School 2014 is coordinated by four Junior Research Group Leaders of the Cluster. Dr. Daniel Münster is group leader of research group C15 "Agrarian Alternatives". Dr. Katja Rakow leads research group B21 on "Transcultural Dynamics on Pentecostalism". Dr. Sophie Roche coordinates the research group C16 “Demographic Turn”. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen is responsible for research group A16 "Transcultural Justice".


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