University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Jarrett Zigon & Aynne Kokas)

November 2, 2018

Mellon Fellows Symposium

November 2

Wilson 142





Jarrett Zigon, William & Linda Porterfield Chair in Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Anthropology

"A War on People: Dying-with and the Relational Ethics and Politics of Community"



Aynne Kokas, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies

"The New Cybersovereigns: Power, Control, and Data Between China and the United States"


12.30-1.00pm - Lunch


Jarrett Zigon's interests include the anthropology of moralities and ethics; the intertwining of humans, worlds and situations; political activity and theory; the intersection of anthropology and philosophy; the drug war; artificial intelligence and ethics; and data ethics. These interests are taken up from the perspective of an anthropology strongly influenced by post-Heideggerian continental philosophy and critical theory, the theoretical articulation of which he names critical hermeneutics.


Aynne Kokas is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ work focuses on the intersections between Chinese and US media and technology industries. Her book, Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press 2017), examines the cultural, political and economic implications of US media investment in China as it becomes the world’s largest film market. Hollywood Made in China has been profiled or cited publications in seven languages and forty-two countries. Kokas’ research on China’s media industry has also appeared or is forthcoming in publications including PLOS OneGlobal Media and CommunicationThe Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Communication, and In Media Res

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Wilson Hall 142
10:30 am