Paul Rabinow “Contemporary Inquiry: Ecologies of Assemblages” (2014)

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Date: May 30, 2014

Location: Stanford University Humanities Center

Talk Title: Paul Rabinow “Contemporary Inquiry: Ecologies of Assemblages”

Abstract: How should one conduct inquiry—today—into problems of broad scope and historical depth? How should one give form to participant-observation into problem spaces in which the specific site must be understood to be connected with multiple other sites and formations? In sum, how should one conduct contemporary inquiry?

In this keynote address, Paul Rabinow will argue that traditional modes of comparison have assumed that the parameters of comparison are known and/or stable. It follows that given that inquiry is focused on specific cases or examples. However, whilst terms such as culture or society or politics or history have functioned as the stable comparison units in the past (and continue to do so in much of the social sciences today), their status has come under sustained scrutiny in recent decades.

The challenge, then…

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