UPenn Anthropology Spring 2016 Lecture Series: "Extinction"

The Spring Anthropology colloquium series will explore the concept of extinction as it is being understood, witnessed, and debated in the early 21st century. What kind of deliberations and actions are made on the basis of something—a way of life, a language, or a body of evidence—that is said to be disappearing?  Answers to the question of extinction often exceed theoretical frames, making extinction, near-extinction, and the ‘hour’ of extinction, for that matter, not at all transparent phenomena. An anthropological ‘four-field’ approach will help navigate this boundary object and the complex empirical realities it entails.

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