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Lucia Michelutti, Professor of Anthropology, UCL Department of Anthropology, delivers her Inaugural Lecture: The Social Life of Extortion

About the lecture

Extortion had come to occupy a quintessential position in the global imaginary of mafia-type-criminal organizations. Yet it is also increasingly present beyond clandestine criminal networks and is becoming a normalised profitable source of livelihood and governance and a key visible social relation in many parts of the world. Timely, the lecture sets up extortion as an object of anthropological inquiry and shows the empirical and analytical potentials of such approach for challenging conventional understandings of ‘organized crime’ and theorisations of intimidation, control and consent.

About the speaker

Lucia Michelutti was trained in Anthropology at the LSE, worked at University of Oxford (SIAS) for three years before joining UCL in 2012. Her research focuses on popular politics and religion, charisma, bossism, violence and economic crime in South Asia (North India) and Latin America (Venezuela). She is the convenor of the research network 'Democratic Cultures' and of the new MSc Politics, Violence and Crime. She is the author of The Vernacularisation of Democracy (2008) and co-authored of Mafia Raj (2018) and Wild East (2019).




Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

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