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; […]

When Heritage Turns to Rubble

In late March a coalition of wealthy states, led by Saudi Arabia, began constantly bombing Yemen.  The stated rationale for this air war and naval blockade has been to reinstate former interim president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in power after he was forced out by a rebellion in the north.  The primary target of the campaign […]

Reconstructing The Past: Studio EIS (A Docu-Portrait)

Almost every weekend for over a year, I left NYC on a 6:30 am south bound bus to Washington, DC. When I arrived, I would quickly grab breakfast from Union Station and enjoy the walk to the National Museum of Natural History. I was volunteering for a forensic anthropology exhibit based on the Jamestown excavations […]

Cheap Thrills and Elementary Anthropology

In “Fieldwork in Common Places,” Mary Louise Pratt (1986) critiqued anthropological writing, saying, “For the lay person, such as myself, the main evidence of a problem is the simple fact that ethnographic writing tends to be surprisingly boring. How, one asks constantly, could such interesting people doing such interesting things produce such dull books?” I came to […]

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 […]

What’s Biological about Biocultural Research? (Part 2)

In an earlier post, I discussed the role of biology in biocultural research by debunking common misconceptions. Here, I turn to the messier question of what biocultural research needs from biology. We inhabit an academic universe of disciplines, sub-disciplines, and sub-sub-disciplines guarding their borders. Holism is not dead, but we struggle with what it means. If biocultural […]

“Why I Hate the Police”

Anger Is an Appropriate Reaction to Criminalization “You want to know why I hate the police? Just ask me some day and I’ll tell you,” said EYG after he overheard his younger brother angrily describe to me what it was like being arrested by three sheriff’s deputies. I had just brought his brother home from jail, […]

Anthropology and the Question of Alien Life

Among the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life) community, a debate has recently emerged. For decades, and with the imprimatur of the NSF, SETI has passively listened for signals of intelligent life from space. In the novel and film Contact, Carl Sagan envisions a scenario in which scientists, at the Very Large Array facility in New […]

Cool Anthropology

Beyond Spectatorship A hybrid status emerges with a project when participants have the opportunity to interact with site-specific installations and the interactive components of a website. Cool Anthropology has continually explored this hybrid approach through selected themes and creative opportunities for scholars and artists. The concept behind Cool Anthropology began about ten years ago at […]