The Knot of Ecological Time: An Outlet, an Election, and an Irrigation Office

By Maira Hayat, Stanford University § In 2015, local elections were held in Pakistan, ten years after the previous ones in 2005 during General Pervez Musharraf’s military rule. Local government elections have long been associated in Pakistan with military rule. For instance, attempts at “controlled democracy” such as General Ayub Khan’s, ushered in by the […]

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Matter beyond Bounds: Time, Jurisdiction, and Environment

By Hannah Eisler Burnett and Sonia Grant, University of Chicago § This sub-series emerged from a double session at the 2018 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA, in which we explored relationships and environments that seem to thwart attempts by the state and other formations of power to intervene, control, or […]

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The Time Travelers: Ambiguous Returns

By Elaine Gan, New York University §  H. G. Wells’ 1895 novel introduced us to a modernist conception of a time machine, a humanmade device that renders time as place, a mode of transport that shuttles back and forth along a fourth dimension that sequences past, present, and future. Wells’ lone time traveler, a man […]

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