Lowell Lecture

James C. Scott: “In Praise of Floods: The Study of Rivers and Civilization.”

Date & Time

March 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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James C. Scott

Presenting Organization

Boston College




Lauren Wilwerding (lauren.wilwerding@bc.edu, 617-552-2203)

James Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. He is currently teaching Agrarian Studies and Rebellion, Resistance and Repression. Recent publications include Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, And Meaningful Work and Play (2012) and Against the Grain: A Deep History of the First Agrarian States (2017). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Recently, he has been working on hill-valley relations in Mainland Southeast Asia, particularly Burma.