Video of a recent talk at Berkeley, on “The Human Computer in the Stone Age.” This is from the histories of prehistory project—on weapons and tools and how, according to thinkers from the mid-century, they determined the human. It’s a bit tough as a video as this time i delivered a written paper; but the images and some moments are fun so I’m reposting it here. Huge thanks to David Bates, first of all, for the invitation, and also Abigail De Kosnik, Nicolas de Monchaux, Nasser Zakariya and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann and at BCNM Laurie Macfee , Lara Wolfe, Tara Shi, and their colleagues.
Times Higher Ed "Book of the Week"!! With a wonderful review by Dr.Linda Maynard
Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 69/70
edited with Maria Stavrinaki
With essays by Nasser Zakariya, Maria Stavrinaki, Christophe Bouton, Catherine Perret, Sophia Roosth, François Bon, Jeremy Lin, Juan José Lahuerta, Michael Kunichika, Jacob Krell, Larisa Dryansky, Niels Henriksen, Rémi Labrusse, Pamela M. Lee, Jonathan Hay, and Finbarr Barry Flood.
Editorial (with M.S.): https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/699155
my piece: “Polyschematic prehistory at the dusk of colonialism: Internationalism, racism, and science in Henri Breuil and Jan Smuts” here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/701218
Todd Meyers and I have a brief article in the December issue of The Lancet (Vol 392, December 15, 2018) — an overview of the medical humanities angle of our The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe. Their site is here!
now out! a history (that i co-wrote with Todd Meyers) of the emergence of theories of homeostasis and bodily fragility out of the bodily injuries of World War I. It begins with prewar neurology, physiology, and psychiatry, looks at brain injuries, bodily shock, and case histories, turns to the theorists of bodily integrity after the war, and concludes with the consequences of this idea for concepts of the individual, of pain, of crisis, and of catastrophe; for psychiatry and psychoanalysis; for theories of international politics, anthropology, cybernetics, and, well, witchcraft; and for the long history of the welfare state.
Jamie Phillips and I had fun writing an essay on a vicious and forgotten structuralist showdown between Dumézil and Trubetskoi. Some of this is about how Dumézil wove fascism into mythology (and vice versa); some about the fantasy of a geographic origin of language; and some about Trubetskoi's participation in the construction of “Eurasianism” as an ideology (which has played a role in Russia's European politics over the past decade plus). Anyway, Jamie is not on social media, so I’m posting it. & here's the first page, for the fun insults...
Michael Behrent: https://youtu.be/SK5LC8ihba4
Todd Shepard: https://youtu.be/cbTLx3uv1EA
response (mostly to Behrent): https://youtu.be/uOlpFmvyobU
Special issue of RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 69–70 Spring/Autumn 2018, co-edited with Maria Stavrinaki.
Maria Stavrinaki and Stefanos Geroulanos – Editorial
Nasser Zakariya - Scenes before Grey Antiquity
Maria Stavrinaki - “We Escape Ourselves”: The Invention and Interiorization of the Age of the Earth in the Nineteenth Century
Christophe Bouton - Dealing with Deep Time: The Issue of Ancestrality from Kant to Hegel
Catherine Perret - Garder la main: For a Paleontology of Gesture
Sophia Roosth - Turning to Stone: Fossil Hunting and Coeval Estrangement in Montana
François Bon - The Division and Discord of Prehistoric Chronologies
Jeremy K. Lin - Interpreting the “Documents of Language”: Linguistic Reconstruction as an Approach to Prehistoric Culture
Juan José Lahuerta - Signs of Prehistory in the Artistic Economy of L’Esprit Nouveau
Michael Kunichika - The Cave Paintings of Kapova: Toward a Socialist Map of Prehistory
Stefanos Geroulanos - Polyschematic Prehistory and its Salience for Political Myth: Internationalism and Racism between the Abbé Breuil and Jan Smuts
Jacob Krell - Genealogies of Technology and Prehistory in France: The “Atomic Age”
Larisa Dryansky - Paleocybernetics: Technology and the Prehistoric Imaginary in American Art of the 1960s and 1970s
Niels Henriksen - Prehistoric Techniques for Modern Painting: Asger Jorn’s Archaeological Picture Books
Rémi Labrusse - The End of the Neolithic?
Pamela M. Lee - Digital
Forthcoming in a few months—until which time, here are two gorgeous older covers of this amazing journal. It's really been a privilege to edit a special issue.
I had a very fun discussion for the JHI Podcast with Sarah Dunstan, ARC Postdoctoral Fellow with the International History Laureate at the University of Sydney, and co-editor of the JHI Blog) about Transparency in Postwar France. Sarah set up the discussion brilliantly--her questions were really conducive to the type of conceptual history I'm advocating for in the book. The JHI podcast of our conversation is here.