Convened by Samia Henni, Albert Hirschman Chair 2021/22, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix Marseille University (IMERA)


12 January 2022

6-8 p.m. CET

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Stefano Harney, Professor of Transversal Aesthetics, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne

Shalini Randeria, President/Rector, Central European University, Vienna; Senior Visiting Fellow, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva



Stefano Harney is Professor of Transversal Aesthetics at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. He is concerned with forms of art and study that elude established social structures while critically questioning the individual and the institution. An interdisciplinary scholar, his research spans (the intersections of) social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as the fields of business and management. In addition to numerous articles and essays, Harney has authored three monographs: A-Z of Business: a convivial guide (Durham: Duke University Press; to be delivered in December 2019); State Work: Public Administration and Mass Intellectuality (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002), which not only “develops an innovative theory of the labor of government workers in North America” but also offers a “cultural study of the state”; and Nationalism and Identity: Culture and the Imagination in a Caribbean Diaspora (London and Mona, Jamaica: Zed Books and the University of the West Indies Press, 1996), which “examines the changes and influences on the sense of nationalism and peoplehood caused by migration and the ethnicization of migrant communities in the metropoles.” Harney has also cooperated with Fred Moten on a number of publications: Together, they wrote the books All Incomplete (New York and Wivenhor: Minor Compositions/ Autonomedia; in preparation), Black Study (with Robin Kelly et al; Living Commons Press, in preparation) and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (New York and Wivenhoe: Autonomedia/Minor Compositions, 2013).




Shalini Randeria is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She is the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna. She is Visiting Professor at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB). She was Chair of the SH-2 Panel of the ERC grants; a Member of the Senate of the German Research Council (DFG), President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities. Some of her recent publications include the edited volumes Border Crossings: Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt, Zurich (2016); Anthropology, Now and Next: Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity, (2015); Politics of the Urban Poor (2014); Critical Mobilities ( 2013); Vom Imperialismus zum Empire: Nicht-westliche Perspektiven auf Globalisierung, Frankfurt/M. (2009);Worlds on the Move: Globalisation, Migration and Cultural Security (2004); Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Frankfurt/M. (2002) and Unraveling Ties: From Social Cohesion to New Practices of Connectedness, Frankfurt/M. (2002).