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Kali Rubaii, Anthropology, Perdue University College of Liberal Arts

  • When: March 2, 2022
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Dr. Rubaii is a cultural anthropologist who studies the materiality of structural violence, especially ecological arrangements between living and nonliving things. Her most recent project explores the ecological impacts of less-than-lethal counterinsurgency in Iraq. Her book project, Counterinsurgency: The Ecology of Coercion, examines how displaced Anbari farmers in Iraq survive war-made landscapes designed to preclude possibilities for organized resistance. Working through five modes of coercion (preemption, divide-and-conquer, suspense, abstraction, and counter-resurgence), this ethnography follows militarized relations among humans, ghosts, plants, animals and molecular agents. Her next ethnographic project approaches the corporate-military enterprise of cement production in post-invasion Iraq, and how the cement industry enforces global regimes of race, class, and extraction.

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