PhD Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2012
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religion and secularism, death, science and technology, aesthetics, United States
Abou Farman is an anthropologist and artist interested in secularization processes, especially in relation to technology and aesthetics. His ethnographic research has focused on technoscientific projects in the US attempting to achieve physical immortality. He is working on a book, Secular Immortal, examining three such ‘immortalist’ strategies: cryonics, biogerontology and artificial intelligence. His first book was Clerks of the Passage, an extended essay on movement and immigration. He has taught Anthropology at Bard College, SUNY Purchase and Hunter College. As part of the artist duo caraballo-farman he has exhibited internationally, including at the Tate Modern, London, and PS1, NY, and received several grants and awards, including Guggenheim and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships.
2013. Speculative Matter: Secular Bodies, Minds and Persons. Cultural Anthropology. Nov.
2012. Re-Enchantment Cosmologies: Mastery and Obsolescence in an Intelligent Universe. In Battaglia, D., Valentine, D. and Olson, V., eds. Special Issue, Extreme: Humans at Home in the Cosmos. Anthropological Quarterly, 85(4): 1069-1088.
2012. Clerks of The Passage: An Essay in Movement. Montreal: Linda Leith Publishing, Inc.