The Anthropology Society in Lebanon (ASIL) is delighted to invite you to engage with Prof. Ghassan Hage who will speak to on June 14, 2016, at 6 pm on the subject of lenticularity.
Abstract: "On Lenticularity": The ‘ontological turn’ in Anthropology has involved a conception of social life as a space of multiple realities. This idea presupposes that there isn’t a single mode of relating to the world and that there are as many worlds as there are modes of relationality. In this paper based on ethnographic material on diasporic culture and the culture of colonialism I want to argue about the analytical significance of thinking with multiple as opposed to mono-reality. Against an unreflexively assumed mono-realism that social and cultural analysis takes as a default position, I want to argue that social subjects are always faced with a multi-ontological world, with what Lucien Levy-Bruhl calls 'l'enchevêtrement des réalités’, the entanglement of realities. Most importantly, however, I want to argue that these realities are lenticular: the significance of this is to make ambivalence, hesitation, oscillation which are seen as belonging to the domain of subjectivity, properties of reality itself.
ASIL Logistics: The meeting will be held in T-Marbouta's library (on the second floor), Tuesday, June 14, from 6-7:30 pm. In return for providing a pleasant meeting space, T-Marbouta asks that each guest purchase at least one beverage. Please buy your beverage directly from the bar upon arrival. It would help if you arrive a bit before 6 so all of that can be taken care of before our meeting begins.
ASIL’s Project: ASIL is a working group devoted to informal, practical discussion of anthropology as relevant to practitioners and students. All are welcome to invite people to any meeting, but please keep in mind that they should be comfortable contributing to the atmosphere of an experimental group project. Please contact Kirstin Scheid (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any suggestions for future meetings.