We all knew it was going to happen. For a couple weeks, we kept hearing about how the Grand Jury decision was going to happen at any moment. The governor called in the National Guard and declared a state of emergency; businesses in Clayton, MO (a small affluent suburb of St. Louis) started boarding up windows and blockading the streets. And then came Monday morning: as I left home for school, I saw the news. The city was wrapping monuments to keep them from being vandalized. As Michael Che commented on SNL: That’s like your lawyer telling you to show up to court in something orange. Continue reading
After a couple rather dry months on the anthroblogosphere, it seems that this week anthro-bloggers have rallied (and conspired against me?) to give you, dear reader, so much content. There are so many blog entries (this doesn’t include anthropology-related news) that I can’t even read them all. I just can’t – it’s not gonna happen. We’re going to try a (‘nother) new format for cases like these – author name, title, and blog – and please let me know how you feel about it. If you have a blog article that you’d like me to share next week, please don’t hesitate to hit me up at email@example.com or on Twitter at @dtpowis.
First, some business:
Most importantly, the AAA Webinar on Ebola and Anthropology. If you missed it, do yourself a favor, watch it, show it to your classes, and talk with them about it.
Next, a petition: Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
And then: A Letter to the AAA in Response to IAA’s Letter of 28 August 2014
And now your digest awaits. Continue reading
Bruce O’Neill wrote about living a life of boredom in Bucharest. (Allegra Lab)
Anne-Marie Martindale talked about ethics and the face, in the context of facial transplant. (Allegra Lab)
Sharon Abramowitz listed the reasons that anthropologists are needed by the global response to Ebola. (Somatosphere)
Susan Lepselter moved towards an ethnography of feeling. (CASTAC Blog)
Anthony Stavrianakis related impatience to assisted suicide. (ARC)
This is why liberals love the Disease Theory of Addiction, written by a liberal who hates it. (Pacific Standard)
The names of our diseases carry meaning and the way we use Ebola is political, racist, and xenophobic. (Salon)
In case you missed it, here are some of the best things provided by the internet this week. If you have something that you want me to post next week, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @dtpowis. Now go ahead a procrastinate a little.
Dr. Todd and Natalia are talking shit again. (YouTube)
Adia Benton called attention to the “race and immuno-logics” of spectators of humanitarian efforts in Ebola-afflicted regions of West Africa. (Somatosphere)
Raad Fadaak discussed the difficulty of tracking the migration of “emerging infectious disease.” (Somatosphere)
Elizabeth Ferry described the ritual of the West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt. (CASTAC Blog)
Michael White wrote on why science might help, but it certainly won’t stop Ebola. (Pacific Standard)
If, like me, you’ve been living under a rock this week, here are some things you may have missed. (From the size of this list, I feel like I missed a lot.) If you have something that you’d like me to feature next weekend, please send it to me at email@example.com or on Twitter at @dtpowis.
A new anthropology MOOC is starting up on edX, called World101x: Anthropology of Current World Issues. (World101x)
Gerhard Hoffstaedter, course director of World101x, has written on the immigration from the perspective of Australia’s own crisis. (HuffPo)
Also, be sure to check out the World101x interview with anthropologist-journalist-blogger Sarah Kendzior. (YouTube)
While you’re on YouTube, a full length video of the documentary on Bourdieu, “La sociologie est un sport de combat,” was uploaded this week (in French, no subtitles). (YouTube)
Continuing in the theme of legendary French theorists, the audio of a lecture by Durkheim was also made available this week (in French). (Urban Demographics)
Stephen T. Casper discussed neuroscience, Ferguson, and the concept of “contagious shooting.” (Somatosphere)
Jennifer Carlson sat down with John Hartigan, anthropologist and director of the Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies at University of Texas at Austin, to talk about the use of multispecies ethnography in his work. (CASTAC Blog)
Laura Seay and Kim Yi Dionne described the long history of Africa’s reputation as a “dirty, diseased place.” (WaPo)
Here’s a recap of what you might have missed this week. If you have something to send me for next week, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @dtpowis. Classes start this week for me, and I know they’ve already started for some of you. If you’re teaching a course with a Twitter component, tell me about it! If you have articles or blogs that you’re linking your students to, let me know! I want to see what kinds of class discussions are springing out of the blogosphere.
Until then, let’s see what we have from last week. Continue reading
Between the crisis in Gaza, the militarization of Ferguson, and the death of Robin Williams, this has been a rough week in the news. At least Rick Perry is being indicted. Also, as of today, I’ve been writing these digests for six months, and it’s been a blast. Thanks for your help and support. If you have a blog article or something that you think should be in next week’s digest, send it me at email@example.com or on Twitter at @dtpowis.
Check out what you may have missed last week. Continue reading
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I just read the Michael Brown post [by Uzma Z. Rizvi] while in a Black hair salon in East Oakland, where my African friend is getting her hair done (behold: transnationalism, diaspora!). I found the shirt pictured [above], worn by an older Black man exiting the salon, poignant in light of the article mentioning the Department of Homeland Security, and Prof. Rizvi’s statement about the inescapablity of being judged on the color of one’s skin. I wonder how many White anthropologists, reading what Prof. Rizvi has written about racism and the absence of benefitting from White privilege, are really willing to reckon with the implications of this admission, or care about the deep pain of racism they know they will never experience, especially in relation to racial profiling and brutalization by police–which as Prof. Rizvi rightly notes, occurs, especially to bodies coded Black, regardless of education and class (though low socio-economic status clearly exacerbates such racist encounters and outcomes).
Here are some stories that you might have missed this week. If you have any links or articles that you’d like me to include next week, please send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @dtpowis, and I’ll give you a hat-tip. I should be getting back to posting the Digest on Sundays, starting next week – thank you for not being picky about it in the meantime.
Let’s go. Continue reading
Happy Monday, dear readers. (Yes, there is such a thing.) As I mentioned, I’m in the midst of an interstate relocation, so thank you for being patient while I take extra time to round-up what I can for the digest. I’ve been getting a lot of good suggestions and feedback on links to share. Please keep them coming, and I’ll start giving you hat-tips. Just email me an article at email@example.com or on Twitter at @dtpowis.
Let’s see what we have… Continue reading
The anthroblogosphere is still a pretty quiet this week, but some (like Merrill Singer and Agustín Fuentes) have seemingly picked up some of the slack. Definitely give their articles a read, as they have some pretty important messages to impart. If you have an important messages to impart, preferably in the form of blogs or news articles, send them my way for next week’s digest at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @dtpowis.
Right this way. Continue reading
Hello folks. May I present to you the weekly review of the internet’s best (or most interesting) articles and materials for your consumption. If you have something that you want to share for next week, hit me with an email (email@example.com) or on Twitter at @dtpowis.
Check ‘em out after the jump. Continue reading
I’m starting the process of relocating, so thanks for your patience. Here’s what you may have missed: a digest of some of the best of what the internet has to offer anthropologists this week. If you have something that you’d like me to share next week, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @dtpowis.
Onward. Continue reading
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby; they are free to deny the insurance coverage of certain contraceptives for their employees. Blogs have written about how this is a loss for women’s rights and a victory for women’s rights, a win for religious freedom and a loss for the religious, a win for corporate personhood, a loss for the LGBTQIA community, and a loss for conservatives. Whichever the case may be, Hobby Lobby is at the very least a win for ethnophysiology. Continue reading