Elegy for Ethnographic Poet, Kent Maynard

This poem is in honour of an ethnographic poet that the world lost earlier this year.  Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor writes: “Kent organized countless panels and special events showcasing creative ethnography generally and ethnographic poetry in particular at annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and through the Society of Humanistic Anthropology (SHA).   Kent was an […]

Ethnographic History versus the Ethnography of History

The lines between history and anthropology blur when it comes to doing research about the recent past. I think of ethnographic history as oral history’s anthropological cousin, but rather than doing a series of interviews about a subject’s life over a fixed period of time, ethnographic interviewing is less formal and requires trust and multiple […]

Confessions of a Shark Anthropologist

Earlier this year I received a phone call from an unknown number. “This is the National Geographic Channel. Is it true that you are a shark anthropologist?” I paused— “Yes, I guess you can say that.” “Great, we are doing a program about sharks and are asking experts why sharks attack at certain times and […]

Disavowing the Law and Engaging Politics in Rural China

APLA Student Paper Prize 2014 This month, APLA is proud to present a column by the winner of the 2014 Graduate Student Paper Prize, Andrea E Pia, a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics. Submissions are now open for the 2015 competition (until July 1): start polishing your papers! —The APLA editors A […]

Introducing the 5th Cohort of Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellows

I’m delighted to introduce this year’s Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellows and to share with the AAA community a bit about this program. The program was officially started in 2010, under the leadership of Bryan Brayboy and Teresa (Terri) McCarty, as a way to “invest in the future by supporting early career scholars and […]

Signs of Life

We often looking for signs or at least following the signs, metaphorically, during the course of ethnographic fieldwork. But, performing an excavation of signage, literally, from our fieldnotes and field images can help us to track the multiple ways in which people are visually, but loudly, communicating with each other.  The dense apparatus of the sign, from font, to […]

SAW Awards 2014 Eric R Wolf Prize

Bryan Moorefield was awarded the 2014 Eric R Wolf Prize by the Society for the Anthropology of Work for his paper “Exceptional Protections: Contracts, Temporality, and Mexican Guestworkers”. The award was officially announced at the SAW Business Meeting held during the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC. The Eric R Wolf Prize was […]

Considering the Transnational

Students and Activists in New York Address Violence and the Denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian Descent in Dominican Republic On December 5, 2013, over two hundred people packed a room at the CUNY Graduate Center to reflect upon the passage of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal Ruling 168-13 (TC 168-13), which retroactively revoked the citizenship of […]

Women’s Migration through the Lens of Food Insecurity

“There is never enough money to buy food…I’m constantly stressed. If it’s not one thing, then it’s another.” As the mother of three children who struggled to find even part-time employment, Linda experienced the daily struggle (la lucha diaria) of getting enough food to feed her household. This daily struggle was all too familiar to […]

An Interview with Gavin H Whitelaw

Alyssa Paredes (AP): What experiences led to your interest in studying convenience stores, or konbini, in Japan? Gavin H Whitelaw (GW): The first of the big convenience store chains began expanding in Tohoku when I was a teacher in rural Yamagata. I became a denizen of Sunkus, FamilyMart and Lawson. They gave me a place […]