There have been a couple of good posts online about the links between anthropology and the Occupy Wall Street protests. See, in particular, these links:
- Why We Protest
- David Graeber: anthropologist, anarchist, financial analyst*
- Anthropology and Occupy Wall Street
- “Similar to the Third World debt crisis” – David Graeber on ‘Occupy Wall Street’
As many of these posts make a lot of David Graeber’s contribution, I also recommend reading Aaron Bady’s post “Intellectual Roots of Wall St. Protest Lie in Academe” where Graeber responds to the attempts by the Chronicle of Higher Education to paint him as a “leader” of a leaderless movement.
Anyway, reading all this I was thinking back to how important universities were to the protest movements of the 60s, and the few “teach ins” I attended as an observer during the buildup to the US invasion of Afghanistan, and I was wondering if there weren’t more stories to be told here? What’s happening on college campuses in the US? Are there teach ins about economic inequality? Is #OWS affecting class discussion? Research topics? Campus politics? Consider this an open thread on the links between #OWS and academia.