Michael M.J. Fischer

Professor Michael M.J. Fischer is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School; and a Principal Investigator in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) International Design Center. He was the inaugural Ngee Ann Kongsi Visiting Professor at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore (NUS). Professor Fischer is the author of “Ethnography for Aging Societies: Dignity, Cultural Genres, and Singapore’s Imagined Futures”, American Ethnologist (April 2015) and articles on Singapore’s life science initiative (Biopolis). He has also authored three books on Iran, and three on social theory including Anthropology as Cultural Critique (with George Marcus, 1996), Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice (2003), and Anthropological Futures (2009). In the arts, he has authored pieces with psychiatrist- print-maker Eric Avery, painter Parviz Yashar, and most recently a catalogue essay with artists Entang Wiharso and Sally Smart.