See what C&A has brewing at the AAA meeting this year
I put the pen to the paper and I went off
I’m dropping knowledge and wisdom like a mad head dog
Step into the function ’cause I’m representing
Lyrics on the brain and they sit fermenting
–B(y)eastie Boys, ‘Dope Little Song’
Forget Latour. Descola is passé. Hell, forget about the whole “Ontological Turn” all together. We’re writing to tell you about the newest, cutting-edge, soon-to-be-hipsterized trend in anthropological thought and praxis: The Fementological Turn (a.k.a., “Multi-Yeasties Ethnography”).
As much as we’re fascinated by scholarly debates concerning the nature (and culture) of being and worlding, look at what’s happening around us—things are bubbling madly! What we need is a robust fermentology. Just take a sec to reflect on all its delicious polysemanticity:
verb 1. (of a substance) undergo fermentation
2. incite or stir up (trouble or disorder)
noun 1. agitation and excitement among a group of people
2. a fermenting agent
Fermentation and fomentation, the transformation of honeywater into wine, and the transformative natures of group insurrection. In all instances, culture is the active ingredient in change; alchemipolitical rearrangers, derangers, estrangers, and free-rangers.
C&A is also sponsoring a special round table at the AAA meetings on Saturday at 10:15, titled Cultures of Fermentation, which in addition to mead, will include lively discussions of cacao, coffee, and more. At the round table we will also announce the time and location of C&A’s first annual mead circle happening that Saturday night. Lastly, on Sunday at 1:30, Veteto will present on Mead Circles as Temporary Sanctuaries of Celebration, Communion, and Learning/Sharing. We hope you’ll join in on the yeasty, fermented fun at this year’s big mead up!
The Yeastie Boys
James Veteto is associate professor of anthropology and Cherokee studies at Western Carolina University and Director at the Southern Seed Legacy project.
Nick Kawa is assistant professor of anthropology at The Ohio State University and President of the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association.
Cite as: Veteto, James, and Nick Kawa. 2017. “The Fermentological Turn—Multi-Yeasties Ethnography.” Anthropology News website, September 22, 2016. doi: 10.1111/AN.624
Correction: The original publication of this article included a typo in the citation, instructing individuals to cite one of the authors as “Kick Kawa” rather than “Nick Kawa.”