Anand Pandian will be speaking from a new project in public writing he have been pursuing over the last few years, anchored in fieldwork in conservative circles in the contemporary United States. The project has sought to make sense of the widespread appeal of the border wall idea that catapulted a business tycoon into the White House. What he have learned and seek to show, as an ethnographer, is that such ideas appeal because they build on ordinary walls and boundaries already at work in everyday American life.

 

Anand Pandian is Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His books include, most recently, A Possible Anthropology: Methods for Uneasy Times (2019), and the co-edited volume Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon (2020).