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Public lecture: A Brief History of Flight from the State

IRI THESys invites to James Scott's public lecture on "A Brief History of Flight from the State". The event will take place on 15 June 2017, 17.15, at HU's main building. It is part of the lecture series "Studium Oecologicum" of the student-driven Sustainability Office.

A Brief History of Flight from the State

Thurs, 15 June 2017, 17.15
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal

“Zomia,” the designation invented by Willem van Schendel for that portion of upland Southeast Asia that has, until recently, evaded incorporation into nation states and empires, could be, metaphorically, extended to other areas of the world that have become zones of state evasion. James Scott's talk explores some of those zones in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Though Zomia is mountainous, wetlands, swamps, marshes, deltas and even city slums have also served historically as refugia for state-fleeing populations. The principles of geography, subsistence practices, mobility, and social structure that abet both state avoidance and state-prevention are examined.

James Scott from the Yale University is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is Co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. Among many others, James Scott is author of The Art of Not Being Governed. An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia.

The event is a cooperation between the student-driven Sustainability Office and IRI THESys. Find out more about the THESys Lecture Series and the Studium Oecologicum.

Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, main building, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal