Jean Comaroff
ifk Gast des Direktors

Duration of fellowship
01. October 2010 bis 20. December 2010

Ethnicity, Inc.: The Commodification of Culture and the Incorporation of Identity



Jean Comaroff is the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. She is also Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town. Her research has focused on the making and unmaking of colonialism in southern Africa, medicine and body politics, religion and state transformation, crime and the “metaphysics” of disorder.


with John L. Comaroff, Theory from the South: Or How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa, Boulder, CO 2010; with John L. Comaroff, Ethnicity, Inc., Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning, London 2009; with John L. Comaroff, Beyond the Politics of Bare Life: AIDS and the Global Order, 2007; with John L. Comaroff (eds.), Law and Disorder in the Postcolony, Chicago, London 2006; with John L. Comaroff, Criminal Obsessions, After Foucault: Postcoloniality, Policing, and the Metaphysics of Disorder, Chicago 2004; with John L. Comaroff (eds.), Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism, Durham, NC/London, 2000.