Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, is an anthropologist and a sociologist who has conducted fieldwork in Senegal, Ecuador, South Africa, and France. Trained as a physician in internal medicine and public health, he dedicated his early research to medical anthropology, illuminating important dimensions of the AIDS epidemic, mortality disparities, and global health. He later developed the field of critical moral anthropology, which explores the historical, social, and political signification of moral forms involved in everyday judgment and action as well as in the making of international relations with humanitarianism. His current work is on punishment, asylum, inequality, and the politics of life, and he is developing a reflection on the public presence of the social sciences.
Didier Fassin is James D.
Professor in the School of Social Science at the
Institute for Advanced
Study. An anthropologist and sociologist,
he was trained as a physician in
internal medicine and...
Didier Fassin, James D.
Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, and Bernard E. Harcourt, Visiting
Professor (2016–17) in the School, have edited A Time for
Critique (Columbia University Press, 2019).
On November 22, five days into the gilets jaunes
protests, with some 2,000 roads and roundabouts barricaded across
the country and 280,000 demonstrators having taken to the streets
in the major cities, Emmanuel Macron welcomed journalists from
Angelus Novus was painted by Paul Klee in 1920 using an
oil transfer technique he had invented. It was purchased the
following year by Walter Benjamin, who had it hung in the
successive places where he lived and found in it an inspiration
The five versions of the same volume presented here in French,
English, German, Italian, and Spanish, could serve as a pretext for
a reflection on the work of translation—not only of words, but also
of ideas, contexts, and images.
"Life is a term, none more familiar. And one almost would take
it for an affront, to be asked what he meant by it," writes John
Locke. But he immediately adds: "And yet, if it comes in question,
whether a plant, that lies ready formed in the seed...