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March 21 – 25, 2021

Oikography: Home and Housing in Ethnography and Critical Theory

Co-chaired by João Biehl, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, and Federico Neiburg, Professor of Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

This seminar foregrounds the house as a site of empirical analysis and theoretical exploration, drawing from a range of ethnographic contexts. Taking the oikos as at once a built structure, a collection of relations and affects, and a node in neighborhoods and larger political, economic, and bio-chemical systems, participants move across scales to ask how people’s lives and worlds are made and remade in relation to the house and housing configurations.

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