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Emerging Subjects Public Lecture, Television Interview, and Podcast

Hedwig AWaters19 May 2019

Сайн байцгаана уу, хүндэт уншигчдаа (Greetings, dear readers),

A little news on the media front. Our project is slowly reaching its administrative end—although, never fear, more will be heard from us in the coming months in our open access books and blog posts. As such, Rebecca Empson and Bumochir Dulam recently met in Mongolia for concluding talks with our advisory board (which will be discussed in a coming blog post) and select public appearances.

First, they gave a public lecture at the National University of Mongolia (see images) on some preliminary results of our research project.

Second, Rebecca and Bumochir gave a television interview with Jargalsaikhan Defacto on the Defacto show. It can be found in English with Mongolian subtitles here.

Third, Rebecca and Bumochir gave a podcast interview with the ‘Rain in the Room’ podcast hosted by the Department of Literature and Fine Arts at the National University of Mongolia. This interview focuses on the ethnographic concept of ‘temporary possession’ as developed in the recent Cultural Anthropology series. This podcast can be found in English and Mongolian here.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts. And please don’t hesitate to contact us directly or below if you have any comments or questions.

Publication of Series on ‘Temporary Possession’

Hedwig AWaters11 April 2019

More exciting news from members of the Emerging Subjects team!

In combination with a workshop at UCL in July 2018, Professor Rebecca Empson and Dr Lauren Bonilla recently edited and published an open-access Theorizing the Contemporary series for Cultural Anthropology on the concept of ‘Temporary Possession’. The July workshop examined the Roman property concept of usufruct—i.e. the legal category of having temporary use access to something without outright ownership—and its (re)emergent significance within contemporary economies. Combining diverse, thought-provoking contributions from the participants in this workshop—on e.g. the sharing economy (e.g. Uber and AirBnB), online data, gleaning (the historical practice of gathering ‘rests’ from harvested fields), cryptocurrency, privatised water infrastructure, urban space and more—this series proposes that modes of contingent or temporary possession are increasing in significance and usage within a global economy marked by debt, intangible property, digital currencies and financialisation.

Online, and freely accessible, here.

Image by Rebecca Empson