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James C. Scott: "Barbarians and the Evasion of History”


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James C. Scott, one of the best known academic authors in the world, will give a free public lecture hosted by Dirty History, the University of Georgia’s Interdisciplinary Workshop in Agriculture, Environment, and Capitalism; the Willson Center; the department of history; and the Spalding Chair in History.

The Sterling Professor of Political Science, professor of anthropology, and director of the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University, Scott is the author of multiple books, including Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (1985), Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (1998), and Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (2017).

Weapons of the Weak “is a kind of Bible” for those who study resistance, according to The New York Times, which called Scott “the last of a breed of wide-angled 20th-century social theorists… to marry the insights of social science to the broad sweep of history, even as he cautions against putting too much faith in theory.”

Scott is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded resident fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and is a past president of the Association for Asian Studies.