Sawyer Seminar Series: Geontologies: Indigenous Transmedia in the Anthropocene

On November 19, 2012 at UC Davis, this seminar featured Elizabeth Povinelli and Mary Pratt as part of the Sawyer Seminar Series.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on developing a critical theory of late liberalism grounded in theories of the translations, transfiguration and the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities within settler liberalisms. She is the author of The Cunning of Recognition (Duke, 2002) and Economies of Abandonment. Social belonging and Endurance in late Liberalism (Duke, 2011).

Mary Louise Pratt is Silver Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where she teaches Latin American literature and cultural theory. She holds degrees in comparative literature and linguistics from the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois, and Stanford University. She has published extensively on the subjects of Latin American women's writing; travel literature and imperialism; language and militarization; and modernity and neoliberalism. She is the author of the groundbreaking book Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (Routledge, 1992).

The Sawyer Seminars at UC Davis, Indigenous Cosmopolitis: Dialogues about the Reconstitution of Worlds, convenes an interdisciplinary, international group of scholars to discuss the innovative possibilities at the crossroads of indigenous social movements and studies of science and technology. For more information about the series, visit