Middle East Studies

Anthropology, Economy, and Anti-Colonialism

Anthropology, Economy, and Anti-Colonialism

Wednesday, June 23 –
Thursday, June 24, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event, Closed Workshop

This workshop will bring together emerging scholars whose work examines intersections of contemporary economy and colonialism. It aims to bring economic anthropology and history, as well as older traditions of inquiry about the relationship between colonization and capitalism, into conversation with emerging critical discussions of decolonization. The workshop will revolve around three basic questions. First, how might we think about decolonization with the tools of critical political economy, economic anthropology, and similar traditions of humanistic inquiry into the “economic”? Second, what historical resources are valuable for understanding economy and coloniality in the present, and what uses can be found for the longer lineages of anticolonial and postcolonial political and economic thought, and their signature concepts? And third, how might we translate theory and critique into teachable moments in the classroom?

Virtual Event


Amiel Bize, University of Bayreuth/Cornell University 

Cameron Hu, Konrad Lorenz Institute 

Paul Kohlbry, Brown University 

Shozab Raza, University of Toronto 

China Sajadian, CUNY