Taylor Nelms

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Introduction: Speculative Anthropologies

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Introduction: Speculative Anthropologies

Anthropology is suspended in teleologies we ourselves have spun. Our versions of life now are inescapably inflected by how we think life is going to be. —Sam... More

Invisible City: A Speculative Guide

Theorizing the Contemporary

Invisible City: A Speculative Guide

Deep inside the town there open up, so to speak, double streets, doppelgänger streets, mendacious and delusive streets. —Bruno Schulz In Italo Calvino’s Invis... More

Speculative Anthropologies

Theorizing the Contemporary

Speculative Anthropologies

At the intersection of speculative fiction and anthropology, we find a sense of epistemological humility about the kind of worlds we could or should inhabit. ... More

Give and Take, Part One: Demonetization’s Pragmatics and Politics

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Give and Take, Part One: Demonetization’s Pragmatics and Politics

Why are we surprised by demonetization? After all, governments have often reasserted their power over national currencies by withdrawing from circulation or red... More

Give and Take, Part Two: Demonetization and the Pedigrees of Money

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Give and Take, Part Two: Demonetization and the Pedigrees of Money

Questions about money go back to the very beginning of the modern Indian state. Demonetization brought them again to the surface. In an interview with The India... More