The Department of Anthropology's 2022-2023 Colloquium Series presents Professor Munira Khayyat in the Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology (SEA) at the American University in Cairo.
What worlds take root in war? This talk takes us to the southern border of Lebanon where resistant ecologies thrive amid perennial gusts of war. In frontline villages, armed invasions, indiscriminate bombings, and scattered landmines have become the conditions within which everyday life is waged. Here, multi-species partnerships such as tobacco-farming and goat-herding carry life through seasons of destruction. Neither green-tinged utopia nor total devastation, these survival collectives make life possible within an insistently deadly region. Sourcing an anthropology of war from where it is lived decolonizes distant theories of war and brings to light creative practices forged in the midst of ongoing devastation. War is a place where life must go on.
* This talk is sponsored by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Department of Anthropology.