Elizabeth A. Povinelli, professor

My writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by settler colonial theory, pragmatism and critical theory. This potential theory of the otherwise has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with my Indigenous Karrabing colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and six films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.

Michael Watts, professor emeritus

At the centre of my research and teaching interests is a longstanding engagement with the political economy of development and in particular energy and agro-food sectors in Africa. My own training at University College, London and at the University of Michigan was firmly grounded in Anthropology, Development theory, Ecology and Sociology, initially with a focus on the understanding the vulnerability of peasant communities in semi-arid Africa and the dynamics of subsistence and famine crises. My doctoral research was based on long-term field research in northern Nigeria and generated a lifelong concern with questions of food security, rural differentiation and the agrarian question. While at Berkeley I have tried to deepen my understanding of the intersections between political economy, culture and forms of power. Over the last decade I have devoted most of my time to the oil and gas sector and to the impact of oil in the Gulf of Guinea, especially in the Niger delta region of Nigeria.


Nandini Sundar, professor

Nandini Sundar is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. Her current interests relate to citizenship and politics in South Asia, the sociology of law, and inequality. Her recent publications include, The Burning Forest: India’s War in Bastar (Juggernaut Press, 2016); an edited volume, The Scheduled Tribes and their India (OUP, 2016), and Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty, Development, (Sage, 2014, co-edited with Aparna Sundar). She was awarded the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Social Anthropology (2010), and the Ester Boserup Prize for Development Research (2016). Her public writings are available at http://nandinisundar.blogspot.com.