PUBLIC LECTURE: "Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide: Public Lecture by Prof. Philippe Descola" [10 November 2017]

Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide: Public Lecture by Prof. Philippe Descola

Date: November 10 th 2017
Time 13.00-16.00 PM
Venue : Saranitet Conference Room, 2nd floor, Main Auditorium, Chulalongkorn University

This event is co-organized by the Collège de France, the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University, the Siamese Association of Sociologists and Anthropologists, (SASA), the French Embassy of Thailand

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The Institut de Recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine  (IRASEC) and Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University are glad to welcome you to a public lecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok by Philippe DESCOLA, Professor at Collège de France, Chair in Anthropology of Nature


Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide
Notions such as ‘nature’ or ‘culture’ are the product of a particular historical process and express the specific distribution of ontological properties to beings in the world that the Moderns have devised. Other civilizations have adopted other systems of distribution, resulting in ontologies and principles of association between humans and non humans that differ widely from the one which emerged in Europe a few centuries ago. The challenge for the social sciences is to acknowledge this diversity, while retaining the ambition to explain it in non Eurocentric terms.


- Dr. Yukti MUKDAWIJITRA (Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University)
- Thanes WONGYANNAWA (Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University)