A possibly interesting talk on “Second Life” today at UM

There is a talk taking place at UM today, on the virtual body in Second Life. My guess, on reading the announcement, is that it is intended primarily for professors and graduate students and not for undergraduates, since these colloquium seres tend to be aimed at professors and graduate students. At the same time, I’m sure they won’t turn away any undergraduate student who shows up.
In any event, it is interesting to know that anthropologists are thinking about such things as Second Life!
The announcement is below.
The Colloquium Series in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology and the
Program in Science, Technology, and Society welcome

Tom Boellstorff

Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Editor-in-Chief, American Anthropologist

Placing the Virtual Body: Avatar, Chora, Cypherg

Monday, March 21

4 PM

411 West Hall

Virtual worlds are places of online culture in which persons appear as “avatars.” How might these socialities transform understandings of the body, online but also offline? Bringing together ethnographic research in the virtual world SecondLife, anthropological work on embodiment, and insights ranging from phenomenology to Greek philosophy, I work toward a theory of the virtual body. Emphasizing that avatars are not merely representations of bodies but forms of embodiment, my framework is centered on the constitutive emplacement of a body within a world.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. bhattach
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 00:54:25

    An audio recording of a version of this talk seems to be available here (though I haven’t listened to it):



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