Announcing the Spring 2015 Writers’ Workshop Series

What are you writing right now? Are you writing right now? An article, a paper, a book, a dissertation. A poem, a report, a proposal, an exam. A blog post. Who are you talking to about your writing? Who is reading your writing?

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One year ago, we launched the Writers’ Workshop series here on Savage Minds to provide a new space for reflecting on writing. We’ve now had two successful seasons with twenty-one anthropologists contributing:

Spring 2014—Gina Athena Ulysse, Kirin Narayan, Sienna Craig, Bianca Williams, Kristen Ghodsee, Zoë Crossland, Robin Bernstein, Michael Ralph, Matt Sponheimer, and myself

Fall 2014—Paul Stoller, Noel B. Salazar, Marnie Thomson, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Mary Murrell, Roxanne Varzi, Adia Benton, Ghassan Hage, Siva Venkateswar, Catherine Besteman, and Kevin Carrico

This spring we have a new group of contributors who will be sharing their writing each week, eleven anthropologists writing about craft, process, voice, publishing, wherever the muse takes them. We also have the pleasure of following two fantastic guest bloggers on Savage Minds—Irma McClaurin’s posts on Zora Neale Hurston, one of the original (if not the original) ethnographic writing geniuses, and Kristen Ghodsee’s posts on ethnographic writing. Thank you to everyone who is participating and reading this time around. Without further ado, this season’s contributors are:

February 2—Ruth Behar, “Read More, Write Less”

February 9—Chelsi West, “Finding My Muse While Mourning”

February 16—Annie Claus, “How a Professional Writer Improved My Academic Writing”

February 23—Alan Kaiser, “Why the Peer Review Process Works Even When It Doesn’t”

March 2—Anand Pandian, “The Ecology of What We Write”

March 9—Michael Lambek, “Slow Reading”

March 16—Jane Baxter, “Writing Archaeology “Alone,” or Eulogy for a Co-Director”

March 23—Sarah Besky, “Can’t Get There From Here? Writing Place and Moving Narratives”

March 30—Yarimar Bonilla, “Fast Writing: Ethnography in the Digital Age”

April 6—Donna Goldstein, “The Nuclear Option: For Anthropologists Who Have Considered Humor When the Drive to Modernity is Not Enough”

April 13—Jess Falcone, “Genre-bending, or the Love of Ethnographic Fiction”

May your writing be fruitful, productive, satisfying, and good. May your writing be.


Carole McGranahan

I am an anthropologist and historian of Tibet, and a professor at the University of Colorado. I conduct research, write, lecture, and teach. At any given time, I am probably working on one of the following projects: Tibet, British empire, and the Pangdatsang family; the CIA as an ethnographic subject; contemporary US empire; the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet; the Chushi Gangdrug resistance army; refugee citizenship in the Tibetan diaspora (Canada, India, Nepal, USA); and, anthropology as theoretical storytelling.

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