Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Haifa (Israel)
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:June 2022
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Connectivity. Insights from Hunter-Gatherer Cultures«
For centuries, scientiﬁc and popular fascination with human sociality has looked to hunter-gatherer cultures for perspective. The approaches have changed over time in response to contemporary concerns and conceptual resources that affect not only what we learn from these cultures, but also what we learn about them. In recent decades, the study of hunter-gatherer cultures has still been dominated by industrial society's concerns and life experiences, and by the story we have constructed of modern society.
In the lecture series, the Ad.E. Jensen Memorial Lecture 2022, I broach the idea that digitally-based sociality presents new issues and conceptual resources related to connectivity, providing a fresh perspective on hunter-gatherer cultures and on our own changing times.
Research partner:Nurit Bird-David follows the invitation of Roland Hardenberg, Professor of Ethnology and Director of the Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. During her stay at the Forschungskolleg, she will give the Ad.E. Jensen Memorial Lecture 2022 at Goethe University.
Scholarly profile of Nurit Bird-David Nurit Bird-David is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Haifa. She specializes in research on contemporary hunting and gathering people and is best known for her ethnographic fieldwork on the Nayaka in South India. Her book Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World was published in 2017 by University of California Press. Recently, Bird-David has become interested in cultures of home in the neoliberal and digital age and the relation between digitally-enabled huge scales of connectivity and unfolding cultures of home life and intimate groups.
Please find more information about Nurit Bird-David here.
Main areas of research:Cultural worlds of contemporary hunting and gathering people; indigenous nanoscale societies; cultures of home in the neoliberal and digital age
- »A Peer-to-Peer Connected Cosmos: Beyond Egalitarian/Hierarchical hunter-gatherer societies«, in: L'Homme 236, 3 (2020), p. 77-106.
- »Dis/working with diagrams: How genealogies and maps obscure nanoscale worlds (a hunter-gatherer case)«, in: Social Analysis 63, 4 (2019), p. 43-62.
- »Where have all the kin gone: On hunter-gatherers’ sharing, kinship and scale«, in: In Towards a Broader View of Hunter Gatherer Sharing, ed. by Noa Lavi und David E. Friesem, Cambridge 2019, p. 15-24.
- »Kinship and scale: On paradoxes in hunter-gatherer studies and how to overcome them«, in: Hunter Gatherer Research 4 (2019), p. 177-192.
- (with Matan Shapiro) »Domesticating spaces of security in Israel«, in: Spaces of Security: Ethnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance, and Control, ed. by Setha Low and Mark Maguire, New York: NYU Press 2019, p. 163-184.
- »Size matters! The scalability of modern hunter-gatherer animism«, in: Quaternary International 464 (2018), p. 305-314.
- »Before nation: Scale-blind Anthropology and foragers’ worlds of Relatives«, in: Current Anthropology 58, 2 (2017), p. 209-226.
- Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Foraging World. California University Press 2017.
- »Modern biases, hunter-gatherers' children: A relational perspective«, in: The Archaeological Study of Childhood: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an Archaeological Enigma, hg. von Güner Coşkunsu, SUNY Press 2015.
- »The property of sharing: Western analytical notions, Nayaka contexts« in: Property and Equality. Vol 1: Ritualization, Sharing, Egalitarianism, hg. von T. Widlok und T. Wolde, Oxford: Bergham 2005, p. 201-216.
- » ›Animism‹ revisited: Personhood, environment and relational epistemology, in: Current Anthropology 40, S1 (1999), p. 67-91.
- »Beyond ›the original affluent society‹: A culturalist reformulation«, in: Current Anthropology 33, 1 (1992), p. 25-47.
- »The giving environment: Another perspective on the economic system of gatherer-hunters«, in: Current Anthropology 3, 2 (1990), p. 189-196.