About Me

Eben Kirksey studies the political dimensions of imagination as well as the interplay of natural and cultural history.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. 2008 UC Santa Cruz
M.Phil. 2003 University of Oxford
B.A. 2000 New College of Florida

Princeton University hosted Dr. Kirksey as the 2015-2016 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor and he is currently an Executive Program Committee Member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). He is currently Convener of Environmental Humanities and Co-Convener of the Masters in Environmental Management at UNSW Sydney. Eben Kirksey has published two books with Duke University Press—Freedom in Entangled Worlds (2012) and Emergent Ecologies (2015)—as well as one edited collection: The Multispecies Salon (2014).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cosmos/Bios/Polis Panel at the AAA meetings

Cosmos/Bios/Polis
Thursday, November 17, 2011: 10Panel at the American Anthropological Association

This panel explored the challenges of building common worlds—with former enemies who might become allies, with technological networks, with other species—while remaining open to surprises from the unknown. If the promise of a perpetual peace from Kantian citizens of the cosmos no longer rings true, then what are the prospects of Isabelle Stengers' cosmopolitical proposal? 

 
Cosmopolitics presences “the question of possible nonhierarchical modes of coexistence among the ensemble of inventions of non-equivalence, among the diverging values and obligations through which the entangled existences that compose it are affirmed.” Giving resonance to the unknown cosmos beyond our fragile constructions, this panel will reckon with how common cosmopolitical worlds are created when many players work together, tooth and nail. Thinking within the constraints imposed by the unknown, we will bring cosmos together with bios, the biographical life that concerns the polis. Appreciating the foolishness of human exceptionalism, this panel will follow Donna Haraway to explore contact zones where the outcome, where who is in the world, is at stake. Working to get past the thanatological drift in contemporary biopolitical thought, speakers will probe the attractions and limitations of the search for an affirmative biopolitics. Being polite, or political in common worlds, where multiple species meet, may require discomforting intra-actions with newly recognized subaltern subjects.

Select Publications

Select Publications




KIRKSEY, S. E. (2017) "Lively Multispecies Communities, Deadly Racial Assemblages, and the Promise of Justice" South Atlantic Quarterly 116(1): 195-206.


KIRKSEY, S. E. (2015) "Species: A Praxiographic Study" Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21, 758-780.


KIRKSEY, S. E. (2014) The Multispecies Salon, Duke University Press: Durham.


KIRKSEY, S. E. (2013) “Interspecies Love” in Lanjouw and Corbey (eds) The Politics of Species (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 164-77.


KIRKSEY, S. E., N. Shapiro, M. Brodine (2013) "Hope in Blasted Landscapes" Social Science Information, 52 (2): 228-256.


KIRKSEY, S. E. 2013 “A Messianic Multiple: West Papua, July 1998” in Bryan Turner (ed.) War and Peace: Essays on Religion and Violence (Anthem Press), pp. 37-59.


KIRKSEY, S. E. 2012 "Living with Parasites in Palo Verde National Park" Environmental Humanities, 1: 23-55.


KIRKSEY, S. E. 2012 "Thneeds Reseeds: Figures of Biocultural Hope in the Anthropocene" in G. Martin, D. Mincyte, and U. M√ľnster (eds.) Why Do We Value Diversity? Rachel Carson Perspectives vol 9: 89-94.


KIRKSEY, S. E. 2012 Freedom in Entangled Worlds, Duke University Press: Durham.


KIRKSEY, S. E. & S. HELMREICH. 2010 "The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography", Cultural Anthropology, 25 (4): 545-576. Full Special Issue (48.8 MB)

In the News

In September 2010 Eben testified before the U.S. Congress about massacres in West Papua.


He joined Indonesian investigative reporter Andreas Harsono in 2008 to publish "Criminal Collaborations", a peer-reviewed article about Indonesian military involvement in the murder of two Americans. This research started a lively discussion in the Indonesian media and sparked a series of media articles in publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! invited Eben to discuss this research on her news show.