In Theory Book Discussion: David Scott, Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice 03/04/2015
David Scott is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and editor of the journal Small Axe. He is the author of many books and essays, including Formations of Ritual: Colonial and Anthropological Discourses on the Sinhala Yaktovil, Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality, and Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment. Lily Saint is Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan. Her research explores the nexus of ethics and cultural practice in the Global South. She is currently writing a book, Acts of Culture: Ethics and Genre in South Africa, which considers how black practices of reading and spectatorship in twentieth century South Africa contributed to the formation of ethical relation during a period largely characterized by ethical crisis.