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Prof. Michael T. Taussig from Columbia University Addresses State Fetishism

July 2, 2013
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The Birzeit University Department of Sociology and Anthropology organized a round table seminar entitled “State Fetishism,” which addressed the notion of the state as a "fetishised object" in modern political and sociological thought.

During the seminar, the guest Professor of anthropology at Columbia University, Michael T. Taussig gave a lecture based on his fieldwork research in several South American countries, and his book "The Nervous System" in 1992.

The Sociology and Anthropology Department faculty member Ala Alazzeh commented on the relationship between the lecture’s topic and the settler-colonial context in Palestine.

Publications by Michael T. Taussig
Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University

1980. The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America.
1987. Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing.
1992. The Nervous System.
1993. Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses.
1997. The Magic of the State.
1999. Defacement.
2003. Law in a Lawless Land.
2004. My Cocaine Museum.
2006. Walter Benjamin’s Grave (University of Chicago Press)
2009. What Color is the Sacred? University of Chicago Press, March, 2009

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