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Sept. 20, 2004

Visiting Scholar To Speak On Globalization Sept. 27 At UI

James Scott, the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale University, will speak on "Globalization: The Search for a 'Universal Gear'" Monday, Sept. 27, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 1505, Seamans Center.

Scott is visiting the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor sponsored by the political science and anthropology departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and by UI International Programs.

At Yale, Scott has a joint appointment in political science and anthropology, reflecting his groundbreaking work at the intersection of these disciplines. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism.

Each of his books has exerted a powerful impact on the study of politics in developing countries. They include "The Moral Economy of Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia," "Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance," "Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts" and "Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed." His work has required social scientists to acknowledge that those with the least political power, such as peasants ruled by an authoritarian regime, are nonetheless politically aware and do act to advance their values in those ways that are available to them.

Scott is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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