Discussion: Shannon Lee Dawdy and Jill Magid


For a series of public programs, artist Jill Magid has invited scholars from three different fields — anthropology, political theory, and art history—to share their perspective on her exhibition Tender: Balance and join her in conversation about her work and theirs.

In this video, Magid speaks with anthropologist and archeologist Shannon Lee Dawdy, Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College at the University of Chicago. A past MacArthur Fellow, Dawdy works across methods and time periods to question how landscapes and material objects mediate human relationships, whether in the wake of disasters or within historical ecologies of capitalism, and how shared cultural experiences affect our perceptions of time. Her latest research has focused on rapidly changing death practices in the U.S.

Organized in partnership with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT).