dr. J. (Jarrett) Zigon


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programmagroep: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • OZ Achterburgwal  185
    1012 DK  Amsterdam
  • J.Zigon@uva.nl

Jarrett Zigon (Ph.D. 2006, CUNY Graduate Center) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.  He has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and a visiting scholar at Columbia University.

 

He was born in the United States but has lived in various parts of Europe since 2006.  He has conducted extensive field research in Russia, where he has spent a total of three years since 1995.  He has also done short-term research in the Netherlands, New York City, and Hawaii.  Jarrett Zigon received his PhD in Anthropology from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2006, and his MA in Liberal Arts (with a focus on moral and political philosophy) from St. Johns College in 1998.   

 

His research interests include morality, subjectivity, social ontology, and political possibilities for being otherwise. These interests are taken up from the perspective of an anthropology strongly influenced by post-Heideggerian phenomenology and critical theory. He has completed two research projects in Russia: one on the relationship between experiential life-trajectories and moral conceptions, and a second on Russian Orthodox Church drug rehabilitation programs as spaces for moral training.  He is currently engaged in two long-term research projects: one on the political moralism of the human rights industry, and another on political activism by people who use drugs.  These two projects are funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant and The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).   

 

Jarrett Zigon has published three books: Morality: An Anthropological Perspective (2008, Berg), Making the New Post-Soviet Person: Narratives of Moral Experience in Contemporary Moscow (2010, Brill), and HIV is God’s Blessing: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia (2011, University of California Press).  His articles can be found in American Ethnologist, Anthropological Theory, Ethnos, and Ethos among other journals. 

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Publications


Books

2008   Morality: An Anthropological Perspective . (Berg Publishers).

2010   Making the New Post-Soviet Person: Narratives of Moral Experience in Contemporary Moscow . (Brill Publishing).

2011  HIV is God's Blessing: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia . (University of California Press)  

Edited Volumes

2011  Multiple Moralities and Religion in Contemporary Russia . (Berghahn Press).

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2008  "Moral Responses to an HIV/AIDS Epidemic: A Comparison of Russian Orthodox Church, Secular NGO and Russian Government Discourse and Practice," in Health Capital and Sustainable Economic Development , Patricia Cholewka, ed., (CRC Press).

2008   "The Russian Orthodox Church and Harm Reduction," Effective and Conclusive Narcology in the Epoch of HIV , Media Press.

2008   "Aleksandra Vladimirovna: Moral Narratives of a Russian Orthodox Woman," in Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, Mark Steinberg and Catherine Wanner, eds., (Woodrow Wilson Center Press).

2009   "Life-History and Personal Experience: the moral conceptions of a Muscovite man," in The Anthropology of Moralities , Monica Heinz, ed., (Berghahn Press).

2011   "Multiple Moralities: discourses, practices, and breakdowns in post-Soviet Russia," in Multiple Moralities and Religion in Contemporary Russia , Jarrett Zigon, ed., (Berghahn Press).

Articles

2007   "Moral Breakdown and the Ethical Demand: A Theoretical Framework for an Anthropology of Moralities," in Anthropological Theory, vol.7, no.2 .

2009  "Developing the Moral Person: The Concepts of Human, Godmanhood, and Feelings in some Russian Articulations of Morality," in Anthropology of Consciousness, vol. 20, no. 1.

2009   "'Morality and Personal Experience: the moral conceptions of a Muscovite man," in Ethos, vol. 37, no. 1.

2009   "Morality Within a Range of Possibilities: A Dialogue with Joel Robbins," in Ethnos, vol. 74, no. 2.

2009   "Phenomenological Anthropology and Morality," in Ethnos, vol. 74, no. 2.

2009   "Morality and HIV/AIDS: A Comparison of Russian Orthodox Church and Secular NGO Approaches," in Religion, State & Society, no. 3 .

2009   "Hope Dies Last: two aspects of hope in contemporary Moscow," in Anthropological Theory, vol. 9, no. 3.

2010   "'Spreading Grace' in post-Soviet Russia," in Anthropology Today, vol. 26, no. 1.

2010   "Moral and Ethical Assemblages: a response to Fassin and Stoczkowski," in Anthropological Theory, vol. 10, no. 1.

2010   "A Disease of Frozen Feelings: Ethically working on emotional worlds in a Russian Orthodox Church drug rehabilitation program," in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, vol. 24, no.
2011   "Working on the Self in Russian Orthodox Church Drug Rehabilitation: A Moral and Ethical Assemblage," in Ethos, vol. 39, no. 1.

2013

  • J. Zigon (2013). On Love: remaking moral subjectivity in post-rehabilitation Russia. American Ethnologist, 40(1).
  • J. Zigon (2013). Human Rights as Moral Progress? A Critique. Cultural Anthropology, 28(4).
  • J. Zigon (2013). Rights, Responsibility, and Health Services: Human Rights as an Idiomatic Language of Power. In Health Rights in Global Context. Routledge.

2012

  • J. Zigon (2012). Narrative. In D. Fassin (Ed.), Companion to Moral Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.

2011

  • J. Zigon (2011). A moral and ethical assemblage in Russian Orthodox drug rehabilitation. Ethos, 39(1), 30-50.
  • J. Zigon (2011). Multiple moralities: discourses, practices, and breakdowns in post-Soviet Russia. In J. Zigon (Ed.), Multiple moralities and religions in post-Soviet Russia (pp. 3-15). New York: Berghahn.
  • J. Zigon (2011). "HIV is God's blessing" : rehabilitating morality in neoliberal Russia. Berkeley [etc.]: University of California Press.

2010

2009

2013

  • J. Zigon (2013). From the politics of the subject to a politics of a situation. In American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.

2011

  • J. Zigon (2011). On Love: remaking moral subjectivity in post-rehabilitation St. Petersburg. In American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.

2013

  • J. Zigon (2013). [Review of the book The Republic of Therapy]. Current Anthropology.

2012

  • J. Zigon (2012). [Review of the book An anthropology of ethics]. Anthropos, 107(1), 248-249.

Prijs

  • J. Zigon (2012). ERC starting grant. Recognition.
  • J. Zigon (2011). Vidi grant - NWO. Recognition.

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • J. Zigon (period: 2012 till 2012). Member Position at : Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • J. Zigon (2012). Discussant for panel “Breaking Down In/dividualism". American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: San Francisco (2012, November 16).
  • J. Zigon (2012). Participant in workshop “Values, Virtues, Norms: Anthropological and Philosophical Perspectives”. “Values, Virtues, Norms: Anthropological and Philosophical Perspectives”: University of Köln (2012, September 21 - 2012, September 22).
  • J. Zigon & S.H. Mahmood (2012). “Human Rights and Sovereign Power,” session co-organizer. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: San Francisco (2012, November 16).
  • J. Zigon & J. Throop (2011). “Rethinking Moral Experience,” workshop co-organizer. The Society for Psychological Anthropology conference: Santa Monica, CA (2011, April 1).
  • J. Zigon (2011). Discussant for panel “Shifting Accountabilities, Enduring Responsibilities”. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: (2011, November 20).

Spreker

  • J. Zigon (2013, April 24). Voice, the Fantasized Subject, and the Political Moralism of Human Rights. UCLA, Department of Anthropology.
  • J. Zigon (2013, November 8). From the Politics of the Subject to a Politics of a Situation: Notes on an Ontology of Contemporary Political Possibilities. University of Hawaii, Department of Philosophy.
  • J. Zigon (2013, September 30). Attunement, Fidelity, Dwelling: A Critique of Metaphysical Humanism. University of Cambridge, Alterity, Intersubjectivity, Ethics: Exploring Theoretical Directions for the Study of Ethics and Morality.
  • J. Zigon (2013, April 22). Moral Progress Again: Harm Reduction and the Repetition of the State in Human Rights Practices. University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute.
  • J. Zigon (2011, October 20). “An Anthropology of Moralities: Going Beyond Good and Evil”. Princeton, NJ, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
  • J. Zigon & S.H. Mahmood (2012, November 16). “Human Rights as a Concept of Power”. San Francisco, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
  • J. Zigon (2012, February 11). "Moralities, Ethics, and Temporalities". Los Angeles, Timing and Temporality: Perspectives from Language, Interaction, and Culture. Workshop at Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture, UCLA.
  • J. Zigon (2012, February 13). “An Ethics of Love”. Los Angeles, Department of Anthropology, UCLA.
  • J. Zigon (2012, November 16). Human Rights as a Concept of Power. unknown, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
  • J. Zigon (2011, February 17). “Human Rights as a Disciplinary Regime of Power”. London, Conference on the History of Health and Human Rights, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • J. Zigon (2011, February 28). Disciplining Responsibility and a Normal Life in a Russian Orthodox Church Rehab Center. unknown, Department of Anthropology, Leiden University.
  • J. Zigon (2011, April 1). “Rethinking Moral Experience through Narrative and Charitable Understanding”. Santa Monica, CA, The Society for Psychological Anthropology conference.
  • J. Zigon (2011, April 4). HIV is God’s Blessing: Heroin, Responsibility, and the Russian Orthodox Church. unknown, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.
  • J. Zigon (2011, March 28). Human Rights, Agency, and the Disciplining of a Global Moral Discourse. unknown, Department of Anthropology, UCLA.

Boekredactie

  • J. Zigon (Ed.). (2011). Multiple moralities and religions in post-Soviet Russia. New York: Berghahn.
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