venue: Gran Salon, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta.
He argued against a left politics based on Eurocentric theoretical foundations. Anthropology invites us to look at the world from the perspectives of other places and other histories, and for Paul it was a moral and political imperative to engage with the people we study beyond the horizons of our fieldwork and academic writing. His engagement with West Africans as migrants as well as in their homelands sets an example relevant to many other regions. So does his focus on alternative social and moral logics in economic life at a moment when the principal legacy of colonialism, imperialism and capitalist globalization seems to be dispossession without limits, multiplying expressions of violence, social and political polarization, and ecological catastrophe. We still need his ideas to think about specific issues, such as the impact of new financial technologies in the global South, and to support struggles to build alternative futures that are also practical.