Michael E. Marmura Lectures in Arabic Studies 2023-24: Austerity, Coloniality, and the Semi-Civilized

When and Where

Monday, November 13, 2023 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Julia Elyachar, Associate Professor, Princeton University


The Michael E. Marmura Lectures in Arabic Studies 2023-24 presents "Austerity, Coloniality, and the Semi-Civilized" on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 3 PM (Eastern Time: US and Canada).

Professor Julia Elyachar will be speaking about coloniality as a condition of indebtedness and non-sovereign futures in which the status of “semi-civilized” has increasing relevance.

Julia Elyachar is Associate Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for International and Regional Studies. She is co-editor of Cultural Anthropology and member of the editorial collective of Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and Middle Eastern Studies. Elyachar was previously Associate Professor of Anthropology and Economics at UC Irvine, and director of the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies. Among her books are On the Semi-Civilized: Channels of Mobility and Finance in Cairo and Beyond (forthcoming); the co-edited Thinking Infrastructures (2019); and forthcoming Turkish and Arabic translations of her award-winning book, Markets of Dispossession: NGOs, Economic Development, and the State in Cairo (2005). She is the author of numerous articles published in, among others, Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Comparative Studies in Society and History.


*This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

* See the event poster: PDF icon2023.24.3.marmura_elyachar.pdf