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.