Commemorative Event for the Late Fernando Coronil

There will be a commemorative event and reception for respected anthropologist Fernando Coronil at the CUNY Graduate Center on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 5:30pm. The event will be held in The Elebash Recital Hall at CUNY Graduate Center (First Floor), 365 5th Avenue at 34th Street in New York.

Venezuelan scholar Fernando Coronil was a specialist in Latin American society and politics. After working for many years at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, he was appointed Presidential Professor of Anthropology at The Graduate Center-CUNY. His work demonstrated that political economy, historical geography, state forms, and political discourses cannot be studied in isolation from one another.

He was the author of The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela (University of Chicago Press, 1997). With Julie Skurski, he recently coedited States of Violence (2006). From 2004 to 2005 he was a fellow of the David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies at Harvard. In 2004 he guest-edited a special issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review, entitled “Can the Subaltern See?: Photography as History.” At the time of his death, his writing projects included a book on Hugo Chávez and the U.S.-supported coup attempt against him in 2002, entitled Crude Matters, and a collection of essays, Beyond Occidentalism: Towards a Critical Academy.

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