2022 Anthony Forge Lecture - Geontologies & Four Axioms of Existence, Where to Begin?

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

This lecture asks how anthropology should ground its research agenda in the context of crumbling boundaries between Life and Nonlife and human and the more-than-human worlds, between global climate crisis and distributed climate toxicity, and between Indigenous refusals of western modes of sovereignty and the rise of White Nativism. Drawing on nearly four decades of work with my Belyuen/Karrabing colleagues, this lecture uses the simple question of where to begin thought in order to suggest the positionality of an anthropological otherwise.


Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology & Gender Studies, Columbia University