Ethnographies of the State
Recently, I was asked to present a “meet the author” talk to some students at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology. My presentation was part of the seminar ‘Desiring the State? Ethnographies on State and Society in SEA’.
Unfortunately, the internet connection was extremely bad. I sounded like a robot for minutes on end. However, a lot of the recording is clear. If you would like to be a fly on the wall for this event, you can tune in to a recording of the talk here:
In this talk, I made three points about ethnographic fieldwork, namely:
o Feel the doubt, fear and awkwardness, and do it anyway.
o Study the state to better see its limits.
o Ethnography can break spells.