Two Anthropologists Look beyond Diplomacy for a Peace Framework in South Sudan

Sharon E Hutchinson (U Wisconsin–Madison) and Naomi R Pendle (London School of Economics and Political Science) have just published “Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Nuer struggles with uncertainty in South Sudan” in American Ethnologist. Their article is particularly timely because July 2015 marks the fourth anniversary of independence for South Sudan, which is the world’s newest […]

At the Margins of Celebrity Culture

Criminalizing the Latina/o Paparazzi of Los Angeles With all of the focus today on the treatment of Latinas/os as “illegal” under US immigration law, it is easy to overlook the ways that Latinas/os in the US can also face forms of illegalization through labor that they perform. One example, whose work is widely familiar but […]

Highlights from SACC Fest 2015

A’o aku. A’o mai. (Teach. Learn. Share.) The Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges’ conference, SACC Fest 2015, was held in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i on March 2-5. The theme of the conference, “A’o aku. A’o mai. (Teach. Learn. Share),” was chosen to highlight our unique conference location and the foundation of our organization. The theme invited […]

Interview Methods of an Artist

Casual and formal interview methods are research techniques shared by artists and anthropologists. The conversation from these interviews becomes a resource for the development of knowledge and is used in a myriad of ways between the two disciplines. Artist Maryann Worrell is investigating art and ecology. Worrell was interested in studying participatory artwork and wanted to shift her own studio […]

Culture Through The Photographer’s Lens

Photographer Damari McBride uses his camera to not just capture people and places, but to give voice to the stories and memories that are threatened to be silenced. In a small Brooklyn coffee shop, I sit down with McBride to discuss his background in traveling, teaching and experiencing culture through photography.  He orders a Peruvian blend coffee, black; […]

Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank

Digital Audio Recorders Every task necessitates a tool and ethnography is no exception. As twenty-first century student anthropologists, we have a staggering amount of options when it comes time to selecting a field recorder, camera, camcorder, editing software, and storage devices. While some students’ home institution can provide them with these resources, many are unable to […]

“Pro-Government” Is Not “Pro-Corruption” in the Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquakes

Since the April 25th earthquake in Nepal, as anthropologists, aid workers, Nepalis and outsiders, we have responded to our grief in both laudable and questionable ways. Many of us have thrown ourselves into action through the networks and organizations we are connected to in Nepal. In an environment rife with anguish and critique, we admire […]

Strength, Security, Resilience and Nepal’s Great Earthquake

Newars, one of Nepal’s many ethnic groups, have a traditional way of responding to earthquakes. When a quake comes, adult men are supposed to stand up and yell loudly, while women should place their hands on the ground and recite soothing mantras to comfort the earth in its agitation. In fact, none of my friends […]

Buffalo’s Collective Memory

In a previous post, I introduced my thesis topic and research; exploring the current social and economic revival of Buffalo, New York through a project titled “Silo Sessions”. This project, the brain-child of Buffalo native Kevin Cain, is a web series of local and national musicians recorded in an empty grain elevator in downtown Buffalo. […]

Almost Ten Years Later

The theme of my column has been influenced from many of my readings that are related to concepts with crossing the disciplines of art and anthropology. These references were published approximately within a ten-year time frame with artwork and projects ranging from the decades of the 1990’s to the early 2000’s. Some of the explorations […]