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Certainty, ideological clarity, and technoscientific method are often associated, at least popularly, with the sources of sovereign or imperial power. Research on the years of imperial occupation of the island of Guahan in the western Pacific and, in particular, recent moves by the Pentagon to take further control of island resources reveals instead the role of ignorance or a variety of ignorances in producing the workings of power.
Guest lecturer: Catherine Lutz, Brown University
Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of International Studies; Professor of Anthropology