Elizabeth Povinelli

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Elizabeth Povinelli
Born3 February 1962 Edit this on Wikidata (age 59)
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2018)
  • Berlin Prize (2011) Edit this on Wikidata
Websitehttp://www.elizabethpovinelli.com Edit this on Wikidata

Elizabeth A. Povinelli FAHA is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture.[1] She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1991.[2] She is the author of books and essays of critical theory as well as a former editor of the academic journal Public Culture.

Academic work and publications[edit]

Povinelli's work has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an "anthropology of the otherwise".[definition needed][3] This critical task is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent critique and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities within settler liberalisms.[definition needed] Her first two books examined the governance of the otherwise in late liberal settler colonies from the perspective of the politics of recognition. In particular, they focused on impasses within liberal systems of law and value as they meet local Australian indigenous worlds, and the effect of these impasses on the development of legal and public culture in Australia. Her second two books, The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality and Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism, examine formations of the Late Liberal Anthropocene from the perspective of intimacy, embodiment, and narrative form.[4]

She was the recipient of the German Transatlantic Program Prize and Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin for Fall 2011. In 2018 she was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.[5]


Povinelli is one of the founding members of the Karrabing Film Collective.[6] They have made films including Karrabing, Low Tide Turning, which were selected for the 2012 Berlinale International Film Festival, Shorts Competition,[7]When the Dogs Talked, and Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$ which premiered at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.[8] Povinelli and the Karrabing Indigenous Corporation received the MIFF 2015 Cinema Nova Award for Best Short Fiction Film for When the Dogs Talked. [9] The Karrabing Film Collective[6] received the 2015 Visible Award.[10] Povinelli also appeared in the documentary film Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006), directed by Paul Festa, about the French composer Olivier Messiaen's organ work.[11]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • "Horizons and Frontiers, Late Liberal Territoriality, and Toxic Habitats", e-flux, Journal #90, April 2018.
  • "Mother Earth: Public Sphere, Biosphere, Colonial Sphere", e-flux, Journal #92, June 2018.
  • Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism, Duke University Press. Duke University Press, 2016.
  • Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism. Duke University Press. Duke University Press, 2011.
  • "Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli by Kim Turcot DiFruscia, Alterites Femmes, 7.1: 88-98.
  • "Digital Futures." Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, 3.2.2009.
  • The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality. A Public Planet Book. Duke University Press, 2006.
  • "Technologies of Public Form: Circulation, Transfiguration, Recognition." In Technologies of Public Persuasion, Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar and Elizabeth A. Povinelli, eds. 15(3): 385-397, 2003.
  • The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.
  • "Radical Worlds: The Anthropology of Incommensurability and Inconceivability." Annual Review of Anthropology. Volume 30: 319-34, 2001.
  • Labor's Lot: The Power, History and Culture of Aboriginal Action. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1994.


  1. ^ Social Science Research Council Author Page
  2. ^ "Yale Dissertation". Yale University. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. ^ "The journal e-flux". Archived from the original on 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  4. ^ Haus der Kulteren der Welt, The Anthropocene Project
  5. ^ "Fellows". Australian Academy of the Humanities. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  6. ^ a b Karrabing, Keeping Country Live!
  7. ^ Berlinale Film Festival 2012
  8. ^ Melbourne International Film Festival 2015
  9. ^ MIFF 2015 Shorts Awards
  10. ^ 2015 Visible Award
  11. ^ Internet Movie Database

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