Drawing from her work as part of the Karrabing Film Collective, Elizabeth A. Povinelli’s essay “In Some Places the Not-Yet Has Long Been Already” (which first appeared in Toward the Not Yet: Art as Public Practice, published by BAK and MIT Press, 2021) contrasts the temporal orientation of late settler liberalism—which is troubled by the coming catastrophes of climate collapse—with the ancestral catastrophes of coloniality and enslavement, which are both past and present. These ancestral catastrophes, she writes, “keep arriving out of the ground that colonialism and racism tilled, rather than emerging over the horizon of liberal progress.”
anthropologist and filmmaker
Elizabeth A. Povinelli is an anthropologist and filmmaker. She is a professor of anthropology at Columbia University, New York; corresponding fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; Canberra; and one of the founding members of Karrabing Film Collective. Povinelli’s writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that supports an anthropology of the otherwise. Recent publications include The Inheritance (2021); and Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (2016). Her work Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award (2017). Povinelli lives and works in New York.