Matthew Engelke - "How to Think Like an Anthropologist" - Danny Postel

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Matthew Engelke

"Informing and perhaps occasionally startling readers who aren't themselves anthropologists--is a profoundly important goal. Engelke achieves his goal with crystal-clear writing, and occasional humor, too."Barbara J. King, NPR

Matthew Engelke discusses How To Think Like an Anthropologist.A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: What is anthropology? What can it tell us about the world? Why, in short, does it matter? For well over a century, cultural anthropologists have circled the globe, from Papua New Guinea to suburban England and from China to California, uncovering surprising facts and insights about how humans organize their lives and articulate their values. In the process, anthropology has done more than any other discipline to reveal what culture means--and why it matters. By weaving together examples and theories from around the world, Matthew Engelke provides a lively, accessible, and at times irreverent introduction to anthropology, covering a wide range of classic and contemporary approaches, subjects, and practitioners.

About the author: Matthew Engelke is an anthropologist at Columbia University, where he directs the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. Prior to that, he was professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He is also editor of Prickly Paradigm Press. He is the author of A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church and God’s Agents: Biblical Publicity in Contemporary England, and he edited The Objects of Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to the Production of Knowledge.

About the interlocutor: Danny Postel is Assistant Director of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Reading “Legitimation Crisis” in Tehran (2006) and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (2011), The Syria Dilemma (2013), and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (2017).


Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637