Savage Minds Around the Web

Third Quarter Review: Hortense at took time out from the cheese balls and the nacho dip to file a report on the Superbowl 2010 commercials. Complete with embedded clips, Hortense shows that this year’s batch is dedicated to selling emasculated men products that will help them win back their manhood.

Haiti in Fragments: I just got tipped off about the blog on Social Text’s website. Check out the collection of essays written last month by various scholars on (re)considering Haiti, its exceptional history, and its place in a world system.

Development of Memory: English Professor Anne Trubek wrote a piece in the American Prospect on efforts to restore the adolescent home of Langston Hughes as both a memorial to the author and an opportunity for redevelopment in a struggling Cleveland neighborhood. But Trubek’s hesitancy, centered equally upon the difficulties of urban renewal and the politics of memory, propel her to look for other options.

Holding Immigration Suspect: Tony at questions some new research making the rounds of the popular media and that argues that immigrants are more likely to engage in criminal activity than native-born people. There is, he argues, a negative correlation and a much more complicated relationship between immigration and crime.

Modern Trickery: Ok, there’s just too much good stuff on Social Text’s blog, and I need to get it out of my system. Gabriella Coleman wrote a piece considering whether internet hackers could fulfill an archetypal position of the trickster. Check it out.

Call to Unite: Michelle Thomas wrote in with the suggestion that anthropology grad students in programs across the U.S. (and beyond?) should have a central forum to write about funding. She writes:

I recently noticed that our discipline (anthropology) lacks a centralized site for grad students to discuss and commiserate over their experiences with funding. I thought perhaps you could at least draw attention to places where such conversations are happening, in the hopes that more information can be shared (and perhaps someone will even create such a centralized site for gathering information about grants and the review process in future years). In the meantime, here are the sites that I know of, and which I hope you will share with other anthropology grad students: –> see:

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