Arjun Appadurai is an anthropologist and 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 a 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), Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006), and The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (2013). Most recently, he published Banking on Words. The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (2015), offering an unconventional approach to the economic collapse of 2008.