Rosalind Morris focuses her fieldwork in two main areas: South
Africa and mainland Southeast Asia, especially Thailand. Her earlier scholarship
focused on the history of modernity in Southeast Asia and the place of the mass
media in its development, particularly in the encounter between old and new
forms of mediation. More recently, she has been writing an ethnography of South
Africa’s mining communities. Traversing these fields of inquiry, her work
addresses questions of the relationships between value and violence; aesethetics
and the political; the sexualization of power and desire; and the history of
anthropological thought and social theory. In her formally wide-ranging
writings on all of these issues, she attends specifically to the problem of
language, and the matter of representation.
Rosalind Morris has served as a Director of the Institute for
Research on Women and Gender, an Associate Director of the Institute for
Comparative Literature and Society, and is the former co-editor of CONNECT:
art, politics, theory, culture. She is
also the founding editor of ‘The Africa List,’ for Seagull Books.
1995. “ALL MADE UP: ‘ALL MADE UP: Performance Theory and the New
Anthropology of Sex and Gender.’ Annual Review of Anthropology
2000. In the Place of Origins: Modernity and its Mediums in
Northern Thailand (Durham: Duke University Press).
2004. ‘Intimacy and Corruption in Thailand’s Age of Transparency,’ in Off
Stage, On Display: Intimacy and Ethnography in the Age of Public Culture, edited
by Andrew Shryock. Stanford: Stanford University, pp.225-43.
2005. ‘Fetishism: Overview’. In New Dictionary of the History of Ideas,
edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz, Vol II, Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons,
2006 ‘The Mute and the Unspeakable: Political Subjectivity,
Violent Crime, and ‘the Sexual Thing’ in a South African Mining Community,’ for
Law and Disorder in the Postcolony, edited by Jean and John Comaroff.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp.57-101.
2007 ‘Imperial Pastoral: The politics and aesthetics of
translation in British Malaya,’ in Representations, Special Issue on
‘Transpacific Modernisms,’ edited by Colleen Lye, Volume 99 (Summer): 159-93.
2007 ‘Legacies of Derrida:
Anthropology,’ Annual Review
of Anthropology, Volume 36:355-89.
2007 ‘The War Drive: Image Files Corrupted,’ Social Text,
Special Issue on War, edited by Patrick Deer. 91:103-42.
2008 ‘Giving up Ghosts.’ Positions, Spring 2008, pp.209-37.
2008 ‘The Miner’s Ear,’ Transition 98 (2008): 96-115
2008 ‘Rush/Panic/Rush: Speculations on the Value of Life and Death
in South Africa’s Age of Epidemic,’ Public Culture. 20:2 (2008):199-231.
2008 ‘Witchcraft,’ Social Text 95 (2008):113-33.
2009. Photographies East: The Camera and its Histories in East
and Southeast Asia. Rosalind C. Morris (Ed.) Durham: Duke University Press.
2010. Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea. Ed. Rosalind C. Morris (Ed.). New York: Columbia University Press.
Forthcoming. Wars I have (not) Seen. Kolkata, New York and London: Seagul Books.