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Nasser Zakariya – Questions on “Anthroperiphery”

November 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  |  Virtual and In Person


Taking recent discussions of “Copernican Forecasting” as a point of departure, this talk will look to historical and probabilistic arguments representing science in terms of ongoing demonstrations of the increasingly marginal position of humanity. A sketch of some of the genealogies of these arguments and their representations suggest how ill-fitting they might be when set against varying historical conceptions of centrality, probability, and forecasting.


Nasser Zakariya’s doctorate is in history of science, with a secondary field in Film and Visual Studies. His research interests concern science and narrative, as well as varied topics in the history and philosophy of science. He has taught and held research fellowships at a number of institutions, including the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and New York University Tandon School of Engineering (formerly Polytechnic Institute of NYU).

The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. We gather at 12:00 PM, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM.

For Fall 2021, the colloquium will take a hybrid format. Attendees have the option to attend in person in Humanities 210 or to watch the presentation on zoom. Those who attend in person must adhere to the campus mask mandate for all indoor activities and must complete UCSC’s symptom-check form before coming to campus. In person attendees are asked to please arrive at 12pm so that the event coordinators can verify the symptom check has been completed. To attend remotely via zoom, please RSVP in advance, and you will receive a zoom link on the morning of the colloquium. In most cases, speakers will appear remotely so that they will not have to present wearing a mask. To RSVP for the full Fall colloquium series, please use this form. If you have any questions about the colloquium, please contact Piper Milton (

Staff assistance is provided by The Humanities Institute. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East and North Africa.


November 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm