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  • Abou Farman

    Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Departmental Faculty Advisor, Anthropology


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    Abou Farman


    Abou Farman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Professor Farman is interested in secularization processes, especially in relation to post-humanism, technology and aesthetics. His previous ethnographic research focused on transhumanist projects in the US attempting to achieve immortality through cryonics, mind uploading and biogerentology.

    He is now working alongside the Shipibo Conibo Xetebo organizations on projects of indigenous autonomy in the Peruvian Amazon. 

    His latest book, On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience (University of Minnesota Press) was published in April 2020. His first book was Clerks of the Passage, an extended essay on movement and migration. He is founder of  Art Space Sanctuary and founder/president of the Shipibo Conibo Center, NY.

    He has taught Anthropology at Bard College, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College and Princeton. As part of the artist duo caraballo-farman he has exhibited internationally, including at corrupt institutions such as the Tate Modern (UK), and MoMA/PS1 (USA), and received several grants and awards, including Guggenheim and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships. 

    Degrees Held

    PhD 2012, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    Recent Publications

    "Health Beyond the Carbon Barrier: Convergence, Immortality, and Transhuman Health," Medicine Anthropology Theory, 6(3): 161–185.

    "Terminality," Social Text, vol. 31, iss. 2, pp. 93-118 (2017).

    "Informatic Selves," Gergely Mohacsi, ed., Ecologies of Care: Innovations Through Technologies, Collectives and the Senses, (Osaka University Press, 2014).

    "Speculative Matter: Secular Bodies, Minds and Persons," Cultural Anthropology, (2013).

    "Re-enchantment Cosmologies; Mastery and Obsolescence in an Intelligent Universe," Anthropological Quarterly, (2012).

    Research Interests

    Religion & Secularism, Science & Technology, Death & Dying, Aesthetics & Expressive Culture, Indigenous Autonomy.

    Awards And Honors

    Guggenheim Fellowship
    New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

    Current Courses

    Independent Study
    GANT 6990, Fall 2022

    Technologies of Mind & Spirit
    GANT 6154, Fall 2022

    Past Courses

    First Year Seminar
    LNGC 1400, Fall 2021

    Ind Senior Project
    LANT 4990, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    GANT 6990, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

    PhD Proseminar II
    GANT 7006, Fall 2021

    The Death Seminar
    GANT 6217, Spring 2022

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