By Anthony Stavrianakis, Monday, September 15, 2014 - 08:27

"A turn"

Given a veritable tradition of experimentation in collaboration in American anthropology (of which no doubt there are other national variants) it is noteworthy how collaboration has re-emerged as an object and practice for anthropology. Looking back on the recent past of anthropology and with his efforts in post-war collective social scientific projects in...

By Anthony Stavrianakis, Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 03:55

“… the Victorians found in [the term] ‘earnest’ something that ‘serious’ lacked… Sincerity … But if the word ‘serious’ could be exiled to a sort of linguistic Purgatory, the objective ‘seriousness’ of modern life–reliability, respect for facts, professionalism, punctuality –remained of course as demanding as ever, and it’s here that ‘earnest’ realized its little semantic miracle:...

By Joshua.Craze, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 16:56

You can listen to Professor Rabinow talk on Robert Pogue Harrison's Entitled Opinion's Podcast, here:

By lyle, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 01:50

ADVISORY: This text is not about sexual relations. This text is about what is typically referred to these days, with glowing encouragement and good favor, as "networking." If we take human social relations as themselves merely neutral in worth, probably a universal fact of human existence, but only as much as for the apes or the ants, then the virtue of these relations is a moral and...

By Anthony Stavrianakis, Monday, May 12, 2014 - 07:19



By admin, Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 08:44

Minor Vices: Disparagement
Paul Rabinow

Many of the minor vices (and virtues) can be found in the para-zones adjacent to legal domains (themselves frequently with permeable and contestable boundaries). For example the laws on libel or defamation are drawn and enforced quite differently in the United States or England or France. These differences, among other things, create a...

By admin, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 08:41

Vanity, Prevarication and Negligence in Assisted Suicide.
Anthony Stavrianakis

In Switzerland, since 1982, several organizations have been created which facilitate persons with certain illnesses to end their lives by means of a lethal dose of a short-acting barbiturate, sodium pentobarbital. This drug is accessible only on prescription through the agreement of a doctor. The...

By admin, Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 08:31

Forgetting morality at the sight of profit
Lyle Fearnley

A dissertation on government compensation provided to poultry breeders for poultry culled during avian influenza outbreaks, by Mei Fuchun of China Agriculture Research Institute, provides a good example of a typical move in contemporary China where accusation of vice is displaced or even inverted by sociological...

By Anthony Stavrianakis, Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 03:44

For quite some time, here at ARC, a conversation has been growing around “minor vices.” It began for a few of us with experience during fieldwork in synthetic biology, and soon became a theme that we could talk about among a larger group, which we noted was increasingly relevant to many domains, not least the university as an institution, scientific practice, as well as other domains in which...

By Paul Rabinow, Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:05

New #1 Paul Rabinow wrote 0 sec ago

Lyle's lucid and insightful post opens up an important field of discussion and thought.
It would be important for several people to pursue this synthesis and to expand to discuss to other venues.

One question that arises for me: why now? There would seem to be at least two dimensions to this (no doubt there are...

By lyle, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 20:31

Apparently, there was a big hoopla in Chicago at the AAAs (I wasn’t there). “Ontology”, “the ontological turn”, “multiple ontologies” . . . . what’s this all about? A member of Anthony’s lab in France, Gildas Salmon, has written a helpful historical guide to the “ontological movement” (and showed the beginnings of a possible critique). He situates the ontological turn as a reaction to what...

By Joshua.Craze, Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 13:40

Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Todd Meyers interviews Paul Rabinow on the logic of anthropological inquiry. The interview is available below, or here:


By admin, Monday, March 17, 2014 - 20:25

Our Own impersonal demons: moving through the anthropology of the contemporary

Kevin Karpiak

Reading Demands I’m reminded of an exchange I had many...

By admin, Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 20:25

Other voices, other rooms

Todd Meyers [1]


A week after the publication of Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms, the noted (and sometimes derided) reviewer for The New York Times, Orville Prescott,...

By lyle, Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 20:25

Is China a risk society?

Recently, following various environmental disasters, but in particular after the epidemic disease outbreaks and public food safety scandals of the last decade, some anthropologists and sociologists have begun to argue that "risk society has come to China." During my fieldwork, risk was certainly a common topic of conversation among food experts and...

By admin, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 23:30

CBC's "The Current" aired a feature on DYIBio and synthetic biology, for which they interviewed Gaymon Bennett:
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By admin, Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 13:07

"Philosophy Talk" Live at the Marsh San Francisco June 30

"The Dark Side of Science" with Paul Rabinow.

"Science aims tell us something about nearly everything, from the atoms in our cells to the motions of the stars. It assumes that knowledge is good for its own sake, and therefore takes as its sole purpose the acquisition of knowledge. But shouldn’t knowledge serve practical...

By admin, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 06:26

Figure/Ground interview with Paul Rabinow

Figure/Ground is an interdisciplinary research website investigating central problems across the university environment today through a myriad of approaches in the fields of technology and media studies, on the one hand, and the arts and humanities on...

By Anthony Stavrianakis, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 15:07


By Paul Rabinow, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 06:33

Power and Enlightenment: Micro-practices
One of the basic tactics of those in dominant positions of power is delay. It is a tactic insofar as once it is questioned there is always available the corresponding, and conversation stopping, answer, ‘I was (and am) very busy.’ This self-justificatory response tacitly denies that there is any strategy involved in not answering. Such a response...