Grounding “Aggrieved Entitlement”

The Cultural Politics of Labor and Masculinity in Rural Georgia Recently, I became aware of the existence of “Men’s Right’s Groups.” In my senior year, a small group decrying what they perceived as bias against men within curriculum appeared on campus. I later learned this was only a local manifestation of a burgeoning sentiment among […]

Conference Notes and Dispatches

Ecumenical Predicaments and Religious Pluralism in Southern Africa, March 8 – 11, 2015 The three-day conference “Ecumenical Predicaments and Religious Pluralism in Southern Africa,” sponsored by the Journal of Southern African Studies, was convened by the AfAA’s International Liaison, Richard Werbner and James Amanze of the University of Botswana. It took place at the University […]

AD at the SAA Meetings in San Francisco

This AD Section News Column shares two important highlights from the Archeology Division at the recent Society for American Archaeology meetings in San Francisco. First, is the announcement of the 2015 Gordon R. Willey Award Winner, and the second is an excellent summary of the AD sponsored session: On Theorizing and Excavating Neighborhoods from an […]

The 2014 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion

Winner The winner of the 2014 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion is Stephan Palmié’s The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion (2013, University of Chicago Press). Palmié’s book is a rich, fascinating and powerful rethinking of the ethnographic object “Afro-Cuban religion” that situates the concept in transnational dynamics and discourses, […]

“I Walked all the Way Back to LA”

Thinking About Queer Youth Migration I work with youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), but who are also homeless and migrants to the U.S. When they speak openly about their experiences of homelessness or forced dislocation, I often hear stories of intersectional violence—my research attempts to trace these complex geo-social […]

Productive (Dis)orientation

Being Made and Unmade in the Field How and why do doctoral students become attracted to a particular topic? Part of developing an anthropological lens is being self-reflexive. Some doctoral students have a clear idea of why they are attracted to a particular topic and some discover their reasons well into the writing-up phase. This […]

Interview with the 2014 Hsu Book Award Recipient Manduhai Buyandelger

Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Memories, and Gender in Contemporary Mongolia written by Professor  Manduhai Buyandelger (MIT) won the 2014 Hsu book Prize. Tragic Spirits illustrates how shamanism has been revived by the Buryat people in Mongolia after the collapse of socialism and the further impoverishment of this marginalized ethnic group under the pressures of neoliberal capitalism. […]

“I am Dead Now”: African Women’s Experiences of Refugee Resettlement in Australia

Submitting a paper to the APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize (by July 1) is a great way to explore the implications of your research and present your ongoing thinking about your fieldwork. And finalists get feedback from faculty mentors! This month’s column, by Georgina Ramsay, a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle (Australia), describes […]

Japanese Identities

Hafu Furu and Hafu Empty Recently, Ariana Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan. While it was a time for celebration, it was also a time in which her Japanese identity was criticized and questioned because she is a self-described “hafu” or “haafu,” meaning, she is a child of an ethnically-Japanese parent and a non-ethnically-Japanese parent. The […]

Food, Fat, Fetus and the Future

Histories of Weight Gain during Pregnancy in the US and UK Stepping on the scale when you see a health professional for a dermatology appointment, a women’s health check up, or a general physical is part of the routine clinical experience. Although this practice is routine and ubiquitous, weight as a clinical measurement carries a […]