26, Laura McLean

No Liebniz 2.0

Knowledge of and for the world is there for the making, but as boundaries of subjectivity are continuously renegotiated, it is important to pay attention to what frames the production of knowledge, and for whom it is produced. So, mindful […]

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26, Laura McLean

A personal view of what it is to be studied

This post continues from Present-Tense Anthropology™ In a recent lecture, ‘Anthropology at the Time of the Anthropocene’, Bruno Latour argued for what might be considered a real Present-Tense Anthropology™, one that responds to the reassembling of humanity in the wake of […]

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26, Laura McLean

Present-Tense Anthropology™

‘Forget family, or ethnic and religious groupings: corporations have supplanted all these as the primary structure of the modern tribe. My use of the word tribe here isn’t fanciful; it’s modern that’s the dubious term. The logic underlying the corporation […]

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26, Laura McLean

Strike!

Three names this week, three self-chosen names representing four people and multiple subjectivities. Our proper names identify us; make us knowable, socially and legally. Our forename, chosen by our parents, identifies us as an individual, usually signifying our gender. Our […]

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26, Laura McLean

Rights of Nature

Last week I ventured for the second time in a month to Nottingham Contemporary, where ‘Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas’ is currently showing. Curated by TJ Demos with director Alex Farquharson and Irene Aristizábal, the exhibition […]

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26, Laura McLean

The Government Machine

‘An un-numbered, un-recorded, and un-measured nation presents a spectacle somewhat akin to that of a museum containing a vast number of valuable specimens, no catalogue of which has been constructed and no systematic tabulation attempted.’[1] During the First World War […]

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