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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Hugh Raffles


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 411, 63 Fifth Avenue.

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Hugh Raffles

All Life is Here

Hugh Raffles is Professor of Anthropology and Liberal Studies at The New School and Director of the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought.

He is currently working on the final book of a three-part ethnographic and literary exploration of connections among people, animals, and things. The project began with In Amazonia: A Natural History  (Princeton, 2002), a study of anthropogenic landscape change in the Amazon estuary, continued with Insectopedia (Pantheon, 2010), a New York Times Notable Book that takes up the question of animal life, and will conclude with Still Life, an extended meditation on stone.

Hugh Raffles has published  extensively in both academic and more popular venues, including Granta, Best American Essays, the New York Times, and Cabinet. His work, which is widely translated and has been reviewed in outlets that range from People magazine to Bookslut, National Public Radio, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and New Scientist, has received many prizes, most notably a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award and the 2012 Ludwik Fleck Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Recently, he has been involved in a series of collaborations with artists and art institutions, including Tino Seghal, Agency, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Lab, and the photographer Tim Edgar.


Earlier Event: February 6
Peter Hall
Later Event: March 6
Reggie Wilson