Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Abou Farman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Professor Farman is 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, Hunter College and Princeton. 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.
PhD 2012, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"Terminality," Social Text, vol. 31, iss. 2, pp. 93-118 (2017).
"Informatic Selves," Gergely Mohacsi, ed., Ecologies of Care: Innovations Through Technologies, Collectives and the Senses, (Osaka University Press, 2014).
"Speculative Matter: Secular Bodies, Minds and Persons," Cultural Anthropology, (2013).
"Re-enchantment Cosmologies; Mastery and Obsolescence in an Intelligent Universe," Anthropological Quarterly, (2012).
Religion & Secularism, Science & Technology, Death & Dying, American Culture, Aesthetics & Expressive Culture.
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
Critical Found.of Soc Theory
First Year Seminar
Independent Study (Spring 2020)
Terminality (Spring 2020)
The Death Seminar (Spring 2020)