Reconsidering American Power

Reconsidering American Power

In the STSS Workshop's 2008 conference on Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, participants analyzed and interrogated new relations among American power, geopolitics, military interventions and anthropological practice. This year, we want to broa...

Summary

In the STSS Workshop's 2008 conference on Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, participants analyzed and interrogated new relations among American power, geopolitics, military interventions and anthropological practice. This year, we want to broaden the issues to the future of American power and the social sciences generally. Our conference, "Reconsidering American Power" asks a difficult, timely question: In the face of two ongoing hot wars and after a potentially transformative election, what now? The papers that constitute the conference unite a concern for specific practices of knowledge production with the questions that adumbrate contemporary political and ethical/moral horizons of possibility.