What would an anthropology of uncertainty look like?
Do we need a 'philosophy' of failure (now, perhaps more than ever) in contrast to the triumphalist philosophies the world over?
The brilliant anthropologist Naveeda Khan (Johns Hopkins University) and Hasan Azad, PhD, discuss.
Naveeda Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral and postdoctoral project was on Islam, state and the everyday in Pakistan. She is the editor of Beyond Crisis: Re-Evaluating Pakistan (2010). She is the author of Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan (2012), which won the American Institute of Pakistan Studies Book Prize (2013). Her research and writing on Pakistan was funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Hayes, Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Columbia University Lindt Fellowship, United States Institute of Peace and the American Philosophical Society. Her work on this topic has been published in Social Text, Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Studies in Society and History among other journals and books.
Khan is completing a second project on river life and climate change in Bangladesh across the scales of the self/unconscious, the domestic, the national and the global. This project will culminate in three manuscripts collectively titled As Is/As If: Conundrums of Living with Climate Change. The manuscripts are individually titled, Climate Governance at the End of the World, River Life and a Philosophy of Nature and Householding on a Warming Earth. The research and writing for this project was funded by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the American Philosophical Society. Funding for new training in support of this work, specifically, introduction to climate science and policy, hydrology, geo-fluvial morphology, ecology, GIS and network analysis and German nature philosophy was provided by the Andrew Mellon New Directions Fellowship and the Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Grant. Her work has been published in Environment and Planning D, Anthropologica, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Theory and Event, Hau, The Yale Yearbook in Comparative Literature among other journals and books.