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FESA/SENKU Seminar med Michael Lambek

On Sorcery: The Ethical Life of a Concept

Portrait of Michael Lambek

Copyright: University of Toronto

The question of sorcery is less whether it is rational or 'real' than how people live with the concept.

The paper draws from my mistakes in attempting to resolve a conflict over sorcery accusations among a group of siblings in Mayotte (Western Indian Ocean) in order to illuminate ethical dimensions of living with sorcery and also of studying it.

I present a picture of the vulnerabilities and insights that life with sorcery can offer.


Michael Lambek holds a Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Ethical Life at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, where he is also Department Chair and a Professor of Anthropology. He conducts ethnographic research in Switzerland, as well as long-term fieldwork in the Indian Ocean islands of Mayotte and Madagascar. He has carried out research and written on spirit possession, Islam, the anthropology of knowledge, therapeutic practice, memory, and historicity, among other topics. He is currently interested in the intersection of anthropology with philosophy and especially in articulating the moral basis of action. Trained at the University of Michigan, Michael Lambek has served as President of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2000.


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

Publisert 28. nov. 2017 10:57 - Sist endret 28. nov. 2017 11:00