Daring to Love

Gender and Sexuality in Layla and Majnun There is something extraordinarily intriguing about the story of Layla and Majnun. More than just a story of misery and pain, Layla and Majnun’s love for each other have broad and far-reaching implications for exploring gender and sexuality in the Middle Eastern context. By unfolding a series of […]

Criminalizing the Destruction of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Federico Lenzerini wrote, “Intangible cultural heritage, which comprises all immaterial manifestations of culture, represents the variety of living heritage of humanity as well as the most important vehicle of cultural diversity.” Despite its undeniable and universal value, intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is being destroyed on an active and worldwide basis. Criminalizing the destruction of ICH […]

Art and the Carabinieri

The Corps of the Royal Carabinieri was established in 1814 by the King of Sardinia to provide both national defense and local policing. The Carabinieri continues to serve its dual function in modern Italy. As a military force, the Carabinieri is responsible for protecting people, institutions, and resources in the event of national disasters; conducting […]

2016 Recipient of the AfAA’s Elliott P. Skinner Book Award

James Ferguson, Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, is the 2016 recipient of the Elliott P. Skinner Book Award for his book Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution, published by Duke University Press. In addition, there are two […]

Reading Masculinities through the “Cat Man of Aleppo”

In recent years, the study of men and masculinities has become an important part of women’s and gender studies, and scholars from a multitude of disciplines have made the topic a central theme in their research. Indeed, the lived experiences of men are so diverse that studies of manhood do have much to offer to […]

Archaeology in Times of Trump

Archaeologists Against Trump is the name of a Facebook group. It can also be applied to the writings and actions by a large number of archaeologists concerned with the impact of President-elect Trump on archaeology. Reaction by archaeologists has intensified since the election, but there were expressions of concerns prior to that. A 2015 New […]

Claire R. Thomas

Claire R. Thomas is an attorney, advocate, and adjunct professor interested in migration, statelessness, human rights, and empowerment for women and girls facing poverty and gender-based violence. She graduated from the University of Chicago and also studied at the Université de Paris X, Nanterre. She holds a graduate degree from New York University’s Center for […]

Whitney Carter

Whitney Carter received a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and an Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from Boston University in May 2016.  As an undergraduate, Whitney completed a directed study entitled “The Destruction of Cultural Artifacts by the Islamic State” and an archeological internship in Menorca, Spain, that focused on excavation and protection of cultural […]

Iklim Goksel

Iklim Goksel is an ethnographer specializing in rhetorical theory/criticism, gender and sexuality studies, Turkey, and the Middle East and North Africa. She earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric from the U of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently completing a book manuscript based on her fieldwork in Turkey tentatively titled ‘Rhetorics of Virginity […]

Giulia El Dardiry

Giulia El Dardiry is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology in the department of anthropology at McGill University. Her research explores the dynamics of Iraqi and Syrian displacement into Jordan, with specific attention to how home and belonging are being reconfigured and reimagined among refugee and host communities alike. Prior to her doctoral studies, she […]