“Ethnography, Devotion, and the Ethics of Wonder”


In this talk Professor Pandian will broach the ethics of wonder and devotion to the world in ethnographic practice, and ground these reflections in fieldwork with visual effects technicians in India responsible for creating the effects of divine and supernatural deeds in cinema.


Anand Pandian is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His books include Crooked Stalks: Cultivating Virtue in South India, Ethical Life in South Asia (edited with Daud Ali), Ayya’s Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India (with M. P. Mariappan), and the forthcoming Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation