Webb Keane

Webb Keane is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at University of Michigan, where he is associated with both the Social-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology subfields. His first book, Signs of Recognition: Powers and Hazards of Representation in an Indonesian Society, is based on two years of fieldwork on the island of Sumba in Indonesia. His most recent book, Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter, concerns the impact of Protestantism from colonial mission to postcolonial church. He is also co-editor of The Handbook of Material Culture and an occasional contributor to the Immanent Frame and Material World blogs. Professor Keane has received fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. At present he is involved in two major projects. The first is a book about morality, ethics, and virtue as special, even constitutive, problems for social science. The second centers on religious piety, language, and media in Indonesia.

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