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At home in Durban, September 2013, first interview

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:23:14 +0000

In September 2103, Alice Sala and Gregoire Mayor, from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and on behalf of the multimedia French-language journal came to South Africa to film a conference organized by the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria. Afterwards they joined Keith Hart in Durban for three filmed interviews of which… Read More »

Notes on the counter-revolution

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:26:08 +0000

I came across these anecdotal scribbles recently. They were written in the context of September 11th, the War on Terror and the invasion of Iraq while I was teaching in the US. I was led by various encounters to reflect on whether American society was descending into fascism. The style is partly historical generalization and… Read More »

Opening Anthropology: An Interview with Keith Hart

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:59:50 +0000

Summary A three-part interview with Keith Hart by Ryan Anderson on Savage Minds Blog Part 1 The Open Access (OA) movement is one of resistance to the privatization of any commons. But its current focus is shaped by the tension between wanting an intellectual commons and accepting, for career purposes, academic preoccupation with private ownership… Read More »

Dreaming about World War Three

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 01:41:14 +0000

Talkin’ World War III Blues Bob Dylan One time ago a crazy dream came to me I dreamt I was walkin’ into World War Three I went to the doctor the very next day To see what kinda words he could say He said it was a bad dream I wouldn’t worry ’bout it none,… Read More »

Rivers is Our Forgotten Founding Father

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:07:03 +0000

The true history of British social anthropology’s origins, seen through the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres strait (CAETS) [1] Three centuries of anthropology. Between evolution and ethnography. The CAETS’ protagonists (minus Rivers). The CAETS and functionalist ethnography. Rivers was the founder of British social anthropology. Rivers between anthropology and psychology. Why did we organize a conference to… Read More »

What anthropologists really do

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 03:22:56 +0000

Summary: The new anthropologist is a self-appointed people’s representative in the double sense of writing them up and acting as their advocate. And anthropology is a sort of democratic politics, informed by long-term, empty-headed exposure to strangers wherever they live and shaped by the main public issues of the day. This populism is hostile to… Read More »

Free trade and protection: not alternatives, but always complementary

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:13:47 +0000

Sir James Steuart was a Jacobite exile who brought the term ‘political economy’ from Continental Europe to Britain. Almost a decade before The Wealth of Nations he published Principles of Political Economy in 1767. For advocating a free Scottish home market with initial protection from foreign predators, including England (this was 50 years after the Union!),… Read More »

The Immortal Memory: John Bryden’s Burns Supper Speech, Stockholm 2017

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:42:42 +0000

My old friend’s speech for January 28th this year. “Burns is one of the reasons I am proud to be a Scot, a socialist, a nationalist, and an internationalist. Burns was all of these things, but much more.” Burns supper Gamle Stan, Stockholm, Saturday 28th January 2017 The Selkirk Grace “Some hae meat and canna… Read More »

Six Poems

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:52:34 +0000

A selection 1982-1999 Various places Refuge (Paresseux nerveux) A short history of knowledge Ishmael at the masthead (View from a balcony, Jamaica) One glad look Nuclear reaction i can smell the world burning « Tout enfant, j’ai senti dans mon cœur deux sentiments contradictoires, l’horreur de la vie et l’extase de la vie. C’est bien le… Read More »

Exchange with Alex Foti on nettime

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:11:49 +0000

Alex Foti to nettime, 17 December 2016 Dear Vahid, for the very little it’s worth i’ve been campaigning to save Aleppo since the siege and furiously since the assad-putin-iran atrocities escalated. i agree about the complicity by omission of the left, which finds a depressing parallel with most of the left muddling truth about ethnic… Read More »