Conference: "Cosmologies of the Collective"


Location: Notre Dame Conference Center / McKenna Hall

The Department of Anthropology presents an upcoming interdisciplinary conference, April 12-14, 2015. “Cosmologies of the Collective” is part of a series of meetings investigating teleologies of structuralism over the last century and into the future.

The “Cosmologies of the Collective” conference will focus inquiry on the dialectic between individual and collective experience and action. It will explore fundamental ideas of personhood and collectivism, of purpose and chance in human history and development against the backdrop of structuralist accounts of change, and changes in post-structuralism.

Invited keynote speakers for the event are Walter Benn Michaels, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University; Andreas Glaeser, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago; and Benjamin Lee, professor of anthropology and philosophy at The New School of Social Research. Panel discussions will also feature scholars representing social theory, anthropology, and literature.

Notre Dame faculty and students are encouraged to attend and participate in the conversation.

More information, including a schedule of events is available at