On Friday 27 January 2011, at 6.00pm, Michael Taussig will deliver a public lecture entitled “Excelente Zona Social” to which all are welcome and no booking is necessary. This lecture will take place in the Lower Ground 02 lecture theatre of the New Academic Building at Goldsmiths. Details of how to get to Goldsmiths can be found here.
“I began doing fieldwork in 1969, I have returned every year” says Mick Taussig. His writing has spanned a wide range of issues including the commercialisation of peasant agriculture, the popular manifestations of the working of commodity fetishism, the impact of colonialism (historical and contemporary) on “shamanism” and folk healing and the making, talking and writing of terror.
His most recent book, I Swear I Saw This (University of Chicago Press, 2011) records reflections on the fieldwork notebooks he kept through forty years of travels in Colombia. Taussig considers the fieldwork notebook as a type of modernist literature and the place where writers and other creators first work out the imaginative logic of discovery.