The Pharmakon of Democracy: The Global Flow of Political Cures and Poisons
Arjun Appadurai

1 April 2022, 2 pm (CET)

Arjun Appadurai is Emeritus Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. Professor Appadurai was born and educated in Bombay. He graduated from St. Xavier’s High School and took his Intermediate Arts degree from Elphinstone College before coming to the United States. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1967, and his M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from The Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. During his academic career, he has also held professorial chairs at New York University, Yale University, The New School, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, and has held visiting appointments at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Delhi, the University of Michigan, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Iowa, Columbia University and New York University. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Duke 2006) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (Minnesota 1996; Oxford India 1997). His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Appadurai’s latest book, co-authored with Neta Alexander, is Failure (Polity, 2019).

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