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Rosalind Morris
Rosalind Morris
Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
The World Underground
The World Underground
What can you learn from reading an accounts book from a South African gold mine in 1906? Between the lines and in the double columns of a ‘Cash Book’, it is possible to discern the half-told tales of Chinese migrant laborers and convict workers, Black miners and European bosses, Indian engineers, Zulu insurrections and colonial wars, the first telephone calls, costs of flower seeds and forage for carriage horses, the story of technological discovery and capitalism’s growth, not to mention the accidents that swallowed the lives of men underground. Part detective story, part archival history, part anthropological reverie, Professor Morris' lecture will explore the vast webs that linked South Africa to other parts of Africa, China, the United States, and Australia in an early moment of the globalizing economy. The lecture will also feature the visual work of artist William Kentridge.
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Bio
Rosalind Morris is a member of the executive board of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She has taught at Cornell University and the University of Witwatersrand, and has lectured widely, both in the United States and internationally. Morris has recently performed lengthy research in the gold mines of South Africa, and has collaborated with renowned artist William Kentridge.