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Veena Das

Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology and adjunct professor of humanities at the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature at the Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007), Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty (2015), and Four Lectures on Ethics (coauthored, 2015). She has also edited or coedited several books on social suffering, living and dying in the contemporary world, and the relation between philosophy and anthropology. Das is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Scientists from Developing Societies, and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago, University of Edinburgh, University of Bern, and from Durham University. In 2015, she received the Nessim Habib Prize from the University of Geneva.

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