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“To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life”: Build Bomb–Explore Space(s)–Save World! (Part 2)

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:48:24 +0000

This two-part post is a collaborative authorship between Taylor R. Genovese and Martin Pfeiffer, a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. For more on Martin’s work see his blog Deus Ex Atomica and his personal Twitter account @NuclearAnthro. In Part 1, we analyzed nuclear weapon and defense industry advertisements from 1950-1964 … Continue reading “To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life”: Build Bomb–Explore Space(s)–Save World! (Part 2)



Do we even need to define ethnographic film?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:09:13 +0000

Before this year I never felt the need to come up with a clear definition for what counts as an “ethnographic film.” Constructing better pigeonholes only seems to be of use to the gatekeepers who get to decide which films count and which do not. I still think that’s true, but this year I became … Continue reading Do we even need to define ethnographic film?



Surfing vs. the commodification of everything

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:27:29 +0000

Do you ever think about the first time a concept really stuck for you? Not the first time you heard of the concept, but rather the first time it resonated and had meaning. I think about this all the time. We are inundated with a flood of ideas and words all the time, but what … Continue reading Surfing vs. the commodification of everything



“To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life”: Build Bomb–Explore Space(s)–Save World! (Part 1)

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:00:31 +0000

This two-part post is a collaborative authorship between Taylor R. Genovese and Martin Pfeiffer, a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. For more on Martin’s work see his blog Deus Ex Atomica and his personal Twitter account @NuclearAnthro. Introduction Beginning in 1966, millions of people around the world (including the authors) … Continue reading “To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life”: Build Bomb–Explore Space(s)–Save World! (Part 1)



The duodenum is a noble, noble organ and I am totally, totally willing to own that name.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:59:14 +0000

anthroduodenum /anTHrəˈd(y)o͞oəˈdēnəm/ or /anTHrōˈd(y)o͞oəˈdēnəm/ n 1. an anthropology blog dedicated to breaking down the most important issue facing our discipline. 2. the hard, under-appreciated, but vitally necessary work that gives anthropology energy. 3. an organ which digests contemporary trends and ideas into an easily readable form. 4. a site dedicated to taking all of the acid and bile … Continue reading The duodenum is a noble, noble organ and I am totally, totally willing to own that name.



What happened on 12 July: A lot.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:55:41 +0000

July 12 was a historic day for net neutrality, with 1.6 million comments sent to the FCC and over 3 million phone calls made to congress. Anthropologists did a great job stepping up as well. I don’t want to go on for too long, since I don’t want to burn anyone out on a fight … Continue reading What happened on 12 July: A lot.



Shitting in Space: Engagements with Cosmic Taboo

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:50:45 +0000

Last December, I was asked an interesting question on Twitter: “How much poop is on the moon?” After a quick, panicky, existential reevaluation centered on whether my mountain of student loan debt was justified by having the ability to answer questions centered on feces, I began to do some research. Interestingly, the precise answer was … Continue reading Shitting in Space: Engagements with Cosmic Taboo



Today is the day: Help take back the net

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:09:31 +0000

It’s July 12th, the day of an Internet-wide day of action. As you can tell from the banner on our landing page, Savage Minds/Anthrodendum is protesting against threats to net neutrality. We are not alone, Cultural Anthropology and other sites are participating as well. And so can you! Read my piece at the cultural anthropology website … Continue reading Today is the day: Help take back the net



Our New Name: Anthrodendum

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:03:45 +0000

anthrodendum /anTHrəˈdendəm/ or /anTHrōˈdendəm/ n 1. anthropological annotations of a community’s practices, expectations, experiences, and relationships. 2. an additional text, directing the reader to that which is alongside or parenthetical. 3. that which possesses the power to add or change conditions or contexts, as well as acknowledging the responsibility to do this ethically, and with consideration of … Continue reading Our New Name: Anthrodendum



Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight (Part 2)

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:00:57 +0000

In Part 1, I wrote a gonzo ethnography about my experience at a rocket launch in Florida. For Part 2, I will be utilizing historical records, museum didactic text, and astronaut testimony to illustrate that magical and ritualistic practice is heavily engaged with in spaceflight operations. One may speculate that with the extreme emphasis on … Continue reading Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight (Part 2)



Hacker and Drone Training as Ethnographic Fieldwork

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:33:40 +0000

Recently, I enrolled in two multi-day training workshops in the United Kingdom with the pretense of gathering ethnographic data about emergent cultures of practice surrounding new technologies. The first was an ethical hacking workshop in Manchester–where we learned how to “ethically” use malware to examine, test, and ultimately penetrate and control computer servers. The second … Continue reading Hacker and Drone Training as Ethnographic Fieldwork



Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight (Part 1)

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 17:59:55 +0000

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Taylor R. Genovese. Field Notes – September 8, 2016 (Cape Canaveral, Florida): I see the light and smoke first. The radiant fuel pours out of the rocket’s engines and the glow is absolutely blinding—like the brilliant ball of light at the end of a welding tool. I have to squint … Continue reading Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight (Part 1)



Decolonization is political action, not an act of historical circumstance.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:40:54 +0000

As an archaeologist who is invested in the project of decolonization, I admit to being wary of its overuse within anthropological discourse to such a degree that it is depoliticized. Decolonization must remain a political project. As Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang succinctly reminded us in the first issue of the journal Decolonization: Indigeneity, … Continue reading Decolonization is political action, not an act of historical circumstance.



TAL + SM: The Stories Bones Tell

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:54:33 +0000

This Anthro Life – Savage Minds Crossover Series, part 4 by Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins This Anthro Life has teamed up with Savage Minds to bring you a special 5-part podcast and blog crossover series. While thinking together as two anthropological productions that exist for multiple kinds of audiences and publics, we became inspired … Continue reading TAL + SM: The Stories Bones Tell



Updated History of Anthropology timeline — now with ‘homepage’!

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:16:57 +0000

I (actually, Kerim, who is hosting it) updated my history of anthropology timeline. I’ve also added a homepage for the timeline on my personal website. This page explains how the timeline is set up, what all the tags are, how arcs and individuals are organized, how it is color-coded etc. I’ve also added a tag to … Continue reading Updated History of Anthropology timeline — now with ‘homepage’!