Fifty Years of Refuge in the Gaza Camp

The Gaza Camp (mukhayyam Gaza) is home to approximately 30,000 Palestinian refugees displaced during the 1967 War between Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Located just a few kilometers southwest of the ancient ruins of Jarash in northern Jordan, its residents are almost exclusively Palestinians displaced from the Gaza Strip in 1967 and their descendants.

Australia’s Values-Based Asylum Activism

In recent years, and in the wake of the largest recorded global displacement of people since World War II, the brutal living conditions in Australian offshore detention centers has fallen under international scrutiny. In March 2015, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture criticized the Australian government for inadequate detention conditions.

Richard Wilson

If a law seems ineffective, a lawyer would usually say the problem is with the doctrine of the law; to resolve the problem we must re-write the law. Richard Wilson, professor of law and anthropology, challenges this belief with his research on international speech crimes.

In Defense of Bolivian Street Democracy

Several months ago, my friend—we’ll call her Carmen—and I were chatting nostalgically over lunch about the atmosphere of street protest in Bolivia. We had met in Bolivia where she worked for many years as a journalist. She was intimately familiar with the patterns of political activism, intellectual life, and statecraft there.

Addressing #MeToo and Exploitation in Anthropology

The explosion of awareness and public conversation on bullying, harassment, sexual violence, and exploitation in recent years can hardly have gone unnoticed by anyone in academia. Access to important archaeological sites has apparently been contingent on securing favor from key “Alpha Males.”

For the Love of Football

After sitting through exactly 70 minutes of meetings and film-watching, the players made their way out to the practice field by 8:30 a.m., equipped in pads and helmets. “It’s North versus f*cking South, and it’s damn Bloody Tuesday!” yelled the offensive coordinator to his players.

When Is It Cultural Appropriation?

This year there have been some curious public reactions to a girl’s prom dress and Zac Ephron’s new hairstyle. In May, Keziah Daum wore a Chinese-style dress to her prom. After posting pictures of her prom night on social media, one Twitter user responded with “MY culture is not your prom dress.”

Communicating in Times of Crisis

It started with people tagging me on Facebook, during the first few days of the family separation crisis at the US–Mexico border. Concerned friends drew my attention to legal aid groups who were working at the border, asking if anyone could find interpreters for lesser-spoken and indigenous languages.