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No, These Are Not the Best Cultural Anthropology Dissertations

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:06:13 +0000

Since 2009, the blog AnthropologyWorks has created an annual list of the “Best Cultural Anthropology Dissertations.” Being included on this list seems as if it might be a grand honor, but is it? Unfortunately, the answer is no, not really. Here is why: the process for choosing the “best” dissertations is problematic. It consists of … Continue reading No, These Are Not the Best Cultural Anthropology Dissertations



Teach America Great Again

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:39:06 +0000

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the #teachingthedisaster series.By Rucha Ambikar The day after Trump won the election, I went into my class as usual. I was setting up the smart podium, when a student in the first row turned back to another student to chat. I couldn’t overhear everything that went on … Continue reading Teach America Great Again



Patriarchy & The Ineptitude of Fathers

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:52:25 +0000

The physicist Wolfgang Pauli famously derided those with whom he disagreed using the insult, “you’re not even wrong.” This stinging reprimand was meant to imply that a proposed idea was so illogical that it didn’t even enter into the spectrum of falsehood. An idea that is “not even wrong” does not qualify as information, simply … Continue reading Patriarchy & The Ineptitude of Fathers



The Stories We Tell about Resettlement: Refugees, Asylum and the #MuslimBan

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:05:11 +0000

By: Nadia El-Shaarawi As a volunteer legal advocate working with refugees who were seeking resettlement, I learned to ask detailed questions about persecution. These were the kind of questions you would never ask in polite conversation: Who kidnapped your best friend? Were they wearing uniforms? What did those uniforms look like? Where did they hit … Continue reading The Stories We Tell about Resettlement: Refugees, Asylum and the #MuslimBan



Around the Web Digest: February 5

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:38:24 +0000

As I continue dealing with the crushing weight of anxiety on my journey to graduate school and the fetid assault on human dignity we call contemporary U.S. politics, I return with readings for the week. For any grad students who struggle with sleep trying to finish their dissertation, just think of getting on the list of best … Continue reading Around the Web Digest: February 5



Gareth Dale on Karl Polanyi

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:40:24 +0000

Karl Polanyi (1886-1964) is difficult to summarize. A patriotic citizen of his native Hungary, he spoke German at home and identified with German intellectual culture. He was a Jew who converted to Christianity, as well as an Anglophile who was deeply impressed by the spiritual intensity of Russian culture. He witnessed Europe’s fin-de-siecle nervousness and survived … Continue reading Gareth Dale on Karl Polanyi



Vulnerable Knowledge: DataRefuge and the Protection of Public Research

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:45:57 +0000

Judith Butler has written that “resistance is the mobilization of vulnerability,” arguing that precariousness animates action. This suggests that rather than a state of docile subjugation, vulnerability is a source of empowerment. A particularly revealing example of this relationship between power and vulnerability is evidenced in the current status of federal climate science data. This data … Continue reading Vulnerable Knowledge: DataRefuge and the Protection of Public Research



SocArXiv launched

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:49:07 +0000

Michael Oman-Reagan just reminded me about an important open access project that’s been in the works for a while now: SocArXiv (thanks @OmanReagan!). I believe @socarxiv has the potential to change the social sciences so much I just found and followed the whole steering committee #OnHere. https://t.co/Jbm4He0m12 — Michael Oman-Reagan (@OmanReagan) February 9, 2017 I … Continue reading SocArXiv launched



Call for Reader Letters: Trump & Anthropology (DEADLINE 2/20/17)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:30:44 +0000

In December we published our first installment of our new Reader Letters series. This time around, we’d like to hear what you, our readers, have to say about the new US President, Donald J. Trump. What will Trump’s America mean for the country, and for US anthropology? As anthropologists, how can we approach the social, … Continue reading Call for Reader Letters: Trump & Anthropology (DEADLINE 2/20/17)



Education, Experience & Output: Sharing Neoliberalized Space

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 02:03:28 +0000

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest urban university system in the country and ranks alongside the California and New York State systems for total enrollment. Until 1976, CUNY was entirely tuition-free. While remaining significantly cheaper than other private universities in New York, CUNY has increasingly pursued a neoliberal business model reflective … Continue reading Education, Experience & Output: Sharing Neoliberalized Space



Refugees, Immigrants, and Trump’s Executive Order: Six Anthropologists Speak Out

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:26:11 +0000

By: Catherine Besteman, Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Carole McGranahan, Nomi Stone, and Marnie Thomson   The Racist Gift of Immigration and Citizenship Bans, Again Catherine Besteman How can we understand Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entry of immigrants from Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Iran and Iraq, as well as all refugees? … Continue reading Refugees, Immigrants, and Trump’s Executive Order: Six Anthropologists Speak Out



Hypothetical Archaeology: Knowledge Production in the Era of Alternative Facts

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 01:29:37 +0000

In the summer of 2015, in collaboration with a diverse collective of artists and ecologists known as Chance Ecologies, I was invited to help perform an excavation of a street in Hunters Point, Queens. The peculiar aspect of this excavation was not that its existence was dubious, plenty of archaeological excavations fail to uncover the … Continue reading Hypothetical Archaeology: Knowledge Production in the Era of Alternative Facts



The Anthropology of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:59:15 +0000

Ever since the pioneering work of Mary Douglas on risk back in 1992, anthropologists have understood that there is a difference between what is actually dangerous and what people think is dangerous. Scientists can measure the probability of you being struck by a bolt of lightning or getting hit by a car. But our fears … Continue reading The Anthropology of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration



Hannah Arendt and Martin Luther King Jr.: The Next #AnthReadIn on February 17, 2017

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:44:56 +0000

By: JC Salyer and Paige West On January 20, over one thousand anthropologists came together to read Michel Foucault’s lecture eleven in “Society Must Be Defended.” What began as a simple blog post became a global showing of scholarly solidarity and transnational anthropological community building in the wake of the disastrous presidential election in the … Continue reading Hannah Arendt and Martin Luther King Jr.: The Next #AnthReadIn on February 17, 2017



Welcome Zoe Todd to our Core Blogging Team!

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:55:06 +0000

On behalf of the entire core blogging team of this soon-to-be-renamed blog, I am delighted to announce that Zoe S. Todd will be joining us as our newest member! Zoe Todd—“Academic, Writer, Indigenous Feminist, Métis Advocate”–is assistant professor of anthropology at Carleton University. Her research is on colonial and legal relationships between indigenous peoples and … Continue reading Welcome Zoe Todd to our Core Blogging Team!