Decolonization Matters

“Decolonization” has returned to the anthropological lexicon of the present. It is not anthropologists, however, but predominantly black student activists at the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Yale University, University of Cape Town, Oxford University and countless other institutions that resuscitated calls for the decolonization of the university. Stirred by the political […]

Silenced Prejudices and the Gynecological Encounter

Health is the new social. Across academia, public health arena and healthcare, and even the lives of people, health is an exhaustively viable yet precariously dense notion that is operative in complex forms through conceptions, metaphors, globalizing forces, and life-changing or life-threating realities. My anthropological research about the relevance and impact of sexuality disclosures by […]

Activating and Deactivating Heritage Symbols

On the Tubman $20 and Other Symbolic Controversies After a long controversy between students and upper-level administration, Yale University decided not to remove the name of John C. Calhoun from their residential community building. Apparently, they only supported efforts to stop using the title “master” to address the faculty members who head these residential communities. […]