Veena Das is Krieger Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Her research covers a range of fields: how ethnography generates concepts; how we might treat philosophical and literary traditions from India and other regions as generative of theoretical and practical understanding of the world; how to render the texture and contours of everyday life; and the way everyday and the event are joined together in the making of the normal and the critical. Das is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academy of Scientists from Developing Countries and is the recipient of several Honorary Doctorates. Her most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007), Affliction: Health, Disease Poverty (2015), Four Lectures in Ethics (2015, co-authored), Living and Dying in the Contemporary World (co-edited with Clara Han). Her forthcoming book is entitled, Textures of the Ordinary: Anthropological Essays: Wittgensteinian Traces.