"Generators, Electricity and the Infrastructural Life of Cities"
with Professor Brian Larkin
October 27, 2016 · 12-1PM
Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411
The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. Open to Columbia affiliates only. No registration is required. Light lunch will be available.
Brian Larkin is a is the Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars at Barnard College, and an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College. Professor Larkin sits on the board of the Society for Cultural Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. He is the author of Signal and Noise: Media Infrastructure and Urban Culture in Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2008) and, with Lila Abu-Lughod and Faye Ginsburg, co-editor of Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain (University of California Press, 2000). He sits on the board of the Society for Cultural Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.
Professor Larkin’s research focuses on the ethnography and history of media in Nigeria. Most broadly, he examines the introduction of media technologies into Nigeria – cinema, radio, digital media – and the religious, social and cultural changes they bring about.