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Debbora Battaglia

DEBBORA BATTAGLIA is Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College. Her primary interests are in personhood and the politics of world-making – currently, at intersections of extraterrestrial science, technology, and socioaesthetics. Her publications include E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces (Duke UP), Rhetorics of Self-Making, ed. (University of California Press), and On the Bones of the Serpent: Person, Memory, and Mortality in a Melanesian Society (University of Chicago Press), as well as a special issue, a monograph, and numerous articles – most recently,  “Cosmos as Commons: An Activation of Cosmic Diplomacy”. In progress is a book to be titled Seriously at Home in “Zero Gravity”. Awards include fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities and The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.