Laura Nader has authored over 300 book and articles in a storied career that includes becoming the first tenured woman in Anthropology at the University of California.
There will be three opportunities to hear her speak at Yale on March 25:
11:30 Book talk, Culture and Dignity: Dialogues Between the Middle East and the West. (Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center)
2:15 Screening of her film, Losing Knowledge: 50 Years of Change in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall)
4:00 Keynote Presentation: “Energy and Human Frailty” (Anthropology, Room 105, 10 Sachem Street)
The first woman to get tenure at Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology in 1960, Laura Nader pioneered the modern ethnography of law and energy. She has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Lebanon, and the United States, and published 12 books and over 350 articles on topics such as law, energy, education, and gender. Widely acclaimed for her 1969 publication “Up the Anthropologist: Perspectives Gained from Studying Up,” her books include The Disputing Process
(1978), No Access to Law (1980), Energy Choices in a Democratic Society (1980), Harmony Ideology (1990), Naked Science (1996), Essays in Controlling Processes (1994, 1996, 2005), The Life of the Law (2000), Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal (2008), The Energy Reader (2010), and, most recently, Culture and Dignity: Dialogues between the Middle East and West (2013). Her work reflects a theoretical perspective that crosses disciplinary boundaries.