The Unintended Consequences of Care

Miriam Ticktin
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 5:30pm

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


This talk will trace the often unintended consequences of humanitarian care, moving from my work with undocumented immigrants in France and focusing on HIV/AIDS, to comparative work in the United States and beyond.


Miriam Ticktin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the New School, who received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Stanford University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France (after an MA in English Literature from Oxford as Rhodes Scholar.) Her research has focused in the broadest sense on what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity. Her most recent book, Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France, takes undocumented immigrants as the subject of extensive ethnographic research. Her newest project looks at emerging political and scientific technologies mobilized in the name of suffering--expanding humanitarianism to ecological and planetary levels--and how these help to redraw the boundaries between humans and non-humans, and new forms of political inclusion and exclusion. Her website is here: