1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Socio-cultural

Tidey

I am a cultural anthropologist with an interest in the ethics of care in family intimacies amid particular socio–political notions of the good life.

Zigon

My interests include the anthropology of moralities and ethics; the intertwining of humans, worlds and situations; political activity and theory; the intersection of anthropology and philosophy; the drug war; artificial intelligence and ethics; and data ethics. These interests are taken up from the perspective of an anthropology strongly influenced by post-Heideggerian continental philosophy and critical theory, the theoretical articulation of which I name critical hermeneutics.

Qu

My research interests focus on Chinese popular religion, specifically practices of divination. I am interested in understanding the heterogeneous ways Chinese interpret misfortunes, manage everyday uncertainties, a fundamental realm of human existence, and orient themselves in relation to predictions towards a seemingly definite future. I intend to investigate how the interactions between religious specialists, customers, and non-human actors offer the potentialities of thinking of an alternative goodness in a world inflicted by uncertainty, precarity and suffering.

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