Anna L. Tsing

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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (1952) is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Niels Bohr Professor in the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University in Denmark. She is the author of In the Realm of the Diamond Queen (1993), Friction (2005) and The Mushroom at the End of the World (2015).

Tsing received her B.A. from Yale University and completed her masters and Ph.D. at Stanford University. She has contributed, and written several articles and books on a broad range of anthropological subjects and in 2010, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2013, Tsing won a Niels Bohr Professorship at Aarhus University in Denmark for her contribution to interdisciplinary work in the fields of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts. She is currently developing a transdisciplinary program for exploring the Anthropocene. Tsing is director of the AURA project at Aarhus University.



  • editor, with F. Ginsburg, Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture, Beacon Press, 1992.
  • In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-of-the-Way Place, Princeton University Press, 1993, xvi+334 pp.
    • Di bawah bayang-bayang Ratu Intan: proses marjinalisasi pada masyarakat terasing, intro. Meutia Farida Swasono, trans. Achmad Fedyani Saifuddin, Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia, 1998, xxvi+522 pp. (Indonesian)
  • editor, with P. Greenough, Nature in the Global South: Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia, Duke University Press, 2003.
  • editor, with B. van Eekelen, J. González, and B. Stötzer, Shock and Awe: War on Words, New Pacific Press, 2004.
  • editor, with J.P. Brosius and C. Zerner, Communities and Conservation, AltaMira Press 2005.
  • Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Princeton University Press, 2005, xiv+321 pp.
    • Friction: délires et faux-semblants de la globalité, trans. Philippe Pignarre and Isabelle Stengers, pref. Nastassja Martin, Paris: La Découverte, 2020, 457 pp. (French)
  • The Mushroom at the End of the World: on the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, Princeton University Press, 2015, xii+331 pp. [1]
    • Le champignon de la fin du monde: sur la possibilité de vivre dans les ruines du capitalisme, trans. Philippe Pignarre, pref. Isabelle Stengers, Paris: La Découverte, 2017, 415 pp. (French)
    • Der Pilz am Ende der Welt Über das Leben in den Ruinen des Kapitalismus, trans. Dirk Höfer, Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2018, 445 pp. (German)
    • Mo ri song rong: zi ben zhu yi fei xu shi jie zhong de sheng huo ke neng [末日松茸 : 資本主義廢墟世界中的生活可能], trans. Mengxuan Xie, Xin bei shi: Ba qi wen hua chu ban: Yuan zu wen hua fa xing, 2018, 367 pp. (Chinese)
    • Matsutake: fukakutina jidai o ikiru sube, [マツタケ: 不確定な時代を生きる術], trans. Jun Akamine, Tokyo: Misuzu shobō, 2019, xiv+441+xxiv pp. (Japanese)
    • Il fungo alla fine del mondo: la possibilità di vivere nelle rovine del capitalismo, trans. Gabriella Tonoli, Rovereto: Keller, 2021, 414 pp. [2] (Italian)
    • La seta del fin del mundo: sobre la posibilidad de vida en las ruinas capitalistas, trans. Francisco J. Ramos Mena, Madrid: Capitán Swing, 2021, 389 pp. [3] (Spanish)

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