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LACS Event. Utopian Imaginaries: Engaging with the Fernando Coronil Reader

Panel Discussion

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In The Fernando Coronil Reader (Duke University Press 2019) Venezuelan anthropologist Fernando Coronil challenges us to rethink our approaches to key contemporary epistemological, political, and ethical questions. Consisting of work written between 1991 and 2011, this posthumously published collection includes Coronil's landmark essays “Beyond Occidentalism” and “The Future in Question” as well as two chapters from his unfinished book manuscript, "Crude Matters." Taken together, the essays highlight his deep concern with the Global South, Latin American state formation, theories of nature, empire, and postcolonialism, and anthrohistory as an intellectual and ethical approach. Presenting a cross section of Coronil's oeuvre, this volume cements his legacy as one of the most innovative critical social thinkers of his generation.

Fernando Coronil served as faculty in history and anthropology at the University of Michigan from 1988 to 2008. During his time at the University of Michigan, Professor Coronil served terms as director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Department of Histoy, and the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History.

This event brings together editors of The Fernando Coronil Reader as well as scholars from the University of Michigan whose work has engaged deeply with Coronil’s work. A panel discussion about the development of the reader and its influence on past, present, and future scholarship will be followed by an open Q&A session with the audience. Refreshments will be served.

Invited panelists:
Julie Skurski, CUNY Graduate Center
Edward Murphy, Michigan State University
Javier Sanjinés, University of Michigan
Gavin Arnall, University of Michigan
Geoff Eley, University of Michigan
Peggy Somers, University of Michigan

Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
History Department
Department of Anthropology
Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History
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