Page-Barbour Lectures

2022 Page-Barbour Lectures — Didier Fassin

“Crisis: Elements of a Critique”

March 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2022


Didier Fassin

(Photo credit: Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)


Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris


Didier Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. An anthropologist and a sociologist, he has conducted field studies in Senegal, Ecuador, South Africa and France. Trained as a physician in internal medicine and public health, he dedicated his early research to medical anthropology, illuminating important issues about the AIDS epidemic, social inequalities in health and the changing landscape of global health. He later conducted research in political and moral anthropology, analyzing the reformulation of injustice and violence as suffering and trauma, and the expansion of an international humanitarian government. His critical engagement with philosophical approaches to punishment was the topic of his Tanner Lectures on Human Values at the University of California, Berkeley.

On March 29–31, 2022, Professor Fassin delivered the 2022 Page-Barbour Lectures on the topic, "Crisis: Elements of a Critique."