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Ask-Me-Almost-Anything (AMAA): Centering Student Engagement with Ethnographic Monographs

“Why is this a book?” The student who volunteered this question during a class discussion could not have known how meaningful – and unsettling – I found the earnest query. Their curiosity, I think, stemmed from the observation that each of the chapters could have existed independently as articles. They were also interested in whether anthropologists typically embraced other formats …

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Writing Life No. 15: An Interview with Kalindi Vora

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Kalindi’s laptop sits inside her car, which serves as a writing space sometimes.

The last time I spoke to Kalindi in person was at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) meeting in New Orleans in the summer of 2019. Kalindi and members of her lab presented their ongoing project of establishing feminist science shops across the campuses …

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Writing Life No. 13: An interview with Matthew Wolf-Meyer

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From the bottom left, clockwise: my writing board (which currently has a note from my kids and a note about a future paper to be written), a stack of tax paperwork for 2020, a box of Kind bars, my lamp, a Mark Dancey print based upon a Drexciya album, the video game computer with an early game of Civilization, my
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Writing Life No. 9: An interview with Danya Fast

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It is 11 am in Vancouver. Danya sits at a desk beside a large window that looks out onto tree tops and electrical wires. Rain pools in the gutters and on sidewalks, and everything is shades of grey and green. In Winnipeg, it is 1 pm. Rob is behind his laptop and surrounded by stacks of papers and books. He …

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Writing Life No. 5: An interview with Robert Desjarlais

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Photo by Robert Desjarlais

“British poet W.H Auden suggested that true poets are those who like ‘hanging around words listening to what they say.”

Desjarlais, 2011, Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chess Board,15.

At the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies, where Robert is currently a research fellow, it is 3:30 p.m. We meet online to discuss how to …

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Writing Life No. 4: An interview with Tom Rice

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Figure 1: One of Tom’s writing space, Exeter, UK

“An acoustemologist, that’s probably the best professional description for me” – Tom Rice is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter, with a research focus on the anthropology of sound. Ever since childhood, sound has been important to him, but working as …