Arjun Appadurai is a social-cultural anthropologist. He is Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. In 2016/17 he is Visiting Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University Berlin. Appadurai has published a number of seminal books within the field of globalization studies, such as Modernity at Large (1996) and Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006). In The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (2013) he undertakes an analytic diagnosis of the current global condition and calls for an “ethics of possibility,” of hope, aspiration, and desire. Most recently, in Banking on Words. The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (2015) he offers an unconventional approach to the economic collapse of 2008.