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FESA Seminar with Daromir Rudnyckyj

Capitalism as Problem-Space: Reconsidering Ethnographic Analysis of Economies at Large

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In recent years anthropologists have increasingly conducted fieldwork in economic spaces that would have seemed foreign to our predecessors of a generation ago. Nonetheless there has been little systematic reflection as to what methods are adequate to a focus on markets, capitalism, globalization, and economies at large.

For the most part today's economic anthropology seems framed by classical anthropological concepts. However, these concepts and approaches are perhaps poorly suited to enabling ethnographic work in economic spaces today.

Based on strategies developed for conducting fieldwork in Southeast Asia at sites of both industrial production and financial innovation and dialogue with other disciplinary innovations, this lecture outlines a methodological framework for conducting fieldwork in economic anthropology.


Daromir Rudnyckyj is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria.  His research addresses globalization, capitalism, religion, finance, development, Islam, and the techno-politics of money.  He is the author of Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance (Chicago, 2019) and Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization, and the Afterlife of Development (Cornell, 2010), which was awarded the Sharon Stephens Prize by the American Ethnological Society.  He is also the co-editor Religion and the Morality of the Market (Cambridge, 2017). 


The seminars will take place in the seminar room on the third floor, Frederiks gate 2. Entrance via southern backdoor on Kristian IVs gate - please ring the doorbell for third floor

Published May 16, 2019 12:45 PM - Last modified Mar. 27, 2020 2:05 PM