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An informal conversation with Prof. Hannah Appel about Navigating Scholarship and Activism
Professor Hannah Appel will be joining us for a Brown Bag session on June 1st to discuss her role as one of the founding members of the Debt Collective, sharing insight into the organizing strategy and theory of change behind debtor’s unions. She’ll also take questions about navigating an academic career while maintaining a commitment to activism.
The format for the session will be informal and driven by student questions. If you’d like to submit a question or a particular theme in advance, please fill out this form. Appel will provide some background for the Debt Collective’s organizing work and how her scholarship and activism have evolved. She’s recommended that participants read this piece about the Debt Collective in the Boston Review.
Hannah Appel’s research and teaching interests are guided by the economic imagination.
Her first book, The Licit Life of Capitalism, is both an account of a specific capitalist project—U.S. oil companies working off the shores of Equatorial Guinea—and a theorization of more general forms and processes that facilitate diverse capitalist projects around the world.
Appel has also worked extensively with ongoing Occupy Wall Street projects including Strike Debt and the Debt Collective. These projects work to reimagine finance, capitalism, and economic possibilities for our time, and they demand that the tools of critical theory and the anthropology of finance be tested and sharpened in dynamic public praxis.