The Channel: A Podcast from the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
Subversive Archaism with Michael Herzfeld
Michael Herzfeld is the Ernest E. Monrad Research Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. He also holds academic appointments at Leiden University, Shanghai International Studies University, the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, and the University of Melbourne. Herzfeld has authored numerous books and articles on a wide array of ethnographic, geographical, and theoretical topics. His latest book, Subversive Archaism, explores the politics of culture and national heritage through a comparative analysis of two sites: (1) Zoniana in Crete, Greece, and (2) Pom Mahakan in Bangkok, Thailand. In the following discussion, Herzfeld describes subversive archaism and some related concepts to explore their utility for contemporary cultural theory.