Poetry over Panic in Singapore

Every April since 2014, the poetry-writing challenge SingPoWriMo brings a Singapore-based Facebook Group to life with thousands of lines of poetry.

Teaching Literature on the Arabian Peninsula

Even after 15 years of teaching literature on the Arabian Peninsula, I still worry about finding the right texts for my students. They are majoring in English language, not literature, so I don’t have to cover any kind of canon. I just need good stories, plays, and poems that will help improve their English by giving them a chance to read, write, talk, and think.

Rapping in Sakha

In Yakutsk, hip hop can be poetic, nostalgic, and even subversive. What can this inventive genre say about language relocalization and maintenance?

They Fought Back

On November 17, 2018, colleagues, former students, family, and friends of Robert R. Alvarez attended the two-panel session at the AAA Annual Meeting that was organized by Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and was chaired by Maria Luz Cruz Torres and Patricia Zavella. The session honored the extraordinary works that have defined our studies of the Mexico-US transborder region.

A Fieldpoem for World Poetry Day

The difference between a poem and an ethnographic poem is fieldwork. My ethnographic poems are written based on my field data, and sometimes as part of my field methods: they are attentive to the qualia of social life and the complexities of human experience as encountered in fieldwork.

Why Humanistic Anthropology Matters

Anthropology was a revelation. When I was an undergraduate at Stockholm University, Sweden, my world tumbled as I learned about the range of human diversity. After two weeks in the introductory course, I was hooked, and still am.