The Author's Forum Presents "Heritage, Culture and Politics in the Postcolony: A Conversation with Daniel Herwitz and Adam Ashforth," with U-M Professors Ashforth and Herwitz discussing Herwitz's new book.
Bringing the eye of a philosopher, the pen of an essayist, and the experience of a public intellectual to the study of heritage, Daniel Herwitz demonstrates how destabilizing, ambivalent, and potentially dangerous heritage is as a producer of contemporary social, aesthetic, and political realities. He captures its embodiment of the struggle to seize culture and society at moments of profound social change.
Daniel Herwitz is Frederick G L Huetwell Professor, Professor of History of Art, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Professor of Art and Design at U-M and holds an honorary position at the University of Cape Town.
Adam Ashforth is Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at U-M and has published extensively on state formation and the political implications of spiritual insecurity in everyday life in South Africa.
The Author's Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, and Ann Arbor Book Festival. Additional support for this event is provided by the U-M Philosophy Department.