Beyond the Fez

Masculinities of Art, Design, and Fashion in the MENA region They are inspirational, not because their haute couture designs hit the Oscars red carpet or define fashion styles for Arab and European royalty, but because they become the protagonists of color, creativity and art in the world of fashion. From donning eccentric outfits to pioneering […]

Indigenous, Extreme and Wild Archaeology

Wild Archaeology is a series aired every week on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Once aired, the episodes are available for viewing online. The series features Dr. Rudy Reimer/Yumks, an indigenous archaeologist and assistant professor with a cross appointment in archaeology and First Nation studies at Simon Fraser University. He graciously agreed to be interviewed […]

A Toll of Two Cities

Unless you are a specialist on the Middle East, the chances are you have never heard of Aleppo and Sanaa, two of the oldest cities in the region with continual habitation. Aleppo has existed for at least 7,000 years and Sanaa is known as the legendary city where Shem (Sam in Arabic) settled after the […]

Dance After the Khmer Rouge

It is essential to safeguard cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, against potential aggressors. Intangible heritage “includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills […]

Mortality Among High-School Educated Whites in the US: An Anthropological View

Every once in a while, a piece of research comes along that is considered a “game-changer”.  I had that experience about a year ago when two economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, published an analysis of recent mortality trends in the United States.  If you electronically search “mortality trends” for the US, you will see overall, […]

Fieldwork Then and Now

From Graduate Student to Professor I just returned from two fieldwork trips, one to India for six weeks and the other to Brazil for four weeks. The purpose of the India trip was to scout new sites for my ongoing work on women’s mental health. The second trip was to continue my NSF-funded research project on food […]

Food for Thought

Tracing Gender and Sensuality in Middle Eastern Cuisine Regardless of whether you have a sweet-tooth or not, it never hurts to splurge on sweets especially if you are travelling in the Middle East and North Africa region. With its history-laden, one-of-a-kind food culture, the region is a trendsetter in healthy and nutritious eating practices in […]

The Trump at the End of the World

This past summer, I received the sort of proposal that is the joy of our profession: an invitation to hold the Evan Williams Fellowship at the University of Otago in New Zealand. It is a short-term but prestigious position that requires delivering a public lecture for the community. When I accepted, I had a general […]

Clothed-Minded Views on Burqinis

In late August, a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice, France was forced to remove her top and was allegedly fined for wearing a burqini, a modest full-body swimsuit that has been banned in Nice and several French towns. The photo of the incident went viral, furthering the divisive debate in Europe about clothing that […]

A Piece of Living Culture?

The Tale of the Pharaoh Hound Dogs have been important to the people of, what is now, Egypt for thousands of years.  Bones of domesticated dogs have been dated to earlier than 5000 BC and representations of dogs began to appear in artwork before 4000 BC.  Beautifully rendered palettes featuring dogs with collars date back […]