Friday, March 30, 2018 12:00 PM
The Maxwell Citizenship Initiative, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs present:
The Brown Bag Sessions
Beautiful Citizens: The Return of Ancient
Philosophies of the Good Life in a Fractured Age
This talk gives an overview of work in
progress on a book project charting some modern manifestations in cultural,
intellectual, and public life of a return of ancient Greco-Roman philosophies
of the art of living and suggests some of its implications for new ways of
approaching the demands of civic life today. Critiques of the fraying of
community and the self-centered individualism of the late-20th therapeutic
culture and “ecstatic capitalism” call for a move beyond rights alone to
responsibilities. Yet civic life suffers when we give up on aiming even higher.
Even the good (as in virtuous) life requires something more.
Professor, Anthropology and O'Hanley Scholar
Will Not Give Up Una!” Hydraulic
Citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In June 2015, thousands of people in Bihać,
a small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina got together— mostly digitally but also
directly—to object to the city’s recent decision to give a concession to a
joint Russian and Bosnian Energy Company to build a dam on the city’s river Una.
Armed with political agency that emerged from human and non-human forces and
relations, the 2015 protest led to a politically and socially significant
outcome—the city’s government reversed its decision to grant the concession.
This was the first and only reversal of a city government’s decision, on any
matter, in its postwar history. Building on ethnographic observations and
interview data about the moment when the political rule stumbled, this talk
examines how love and care for the river become central to the new political
imaginings and terrains of political struggle in the Balkans and beyond.
Lunch will be provided.For more information contact Havva Karakas-keles, firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on accessibility, or to request accommodation, please contact Marc Albert 315-443-9248.
Sponsored by the The Maxwell Citizenship Initiative and the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs