While the Zero Series of essays was (and still is) intended to be the mode by which this blog comes to a close (so that I can move on to other projects, more below), it seems that will take much longer than expected. Though the series is based on lecture notes and readings assigned for a graduate course that I taught, writing the materials up into essay form can take up to three days in some cases, usually lengthier than most conference papers, and time is lacking right now. It is more likely that the closing series will be resumed in May.
Between now and then, a number of posts will appear dealing with the Human Terrain System (HTS), and doubtfully anything else in terms of subject matter. A special “gift” is also being prepared for readers interested in the relations between anthropology and the military and intelligence agencies, HTS, and the Minerva Research Initiative. Otherwise, there is an abundance of current developments, from news of the war in Afghanistan, to the militarization of American aid to Haiti, that under ideal circumstances numerous posts would have already been published by now.
At present I am devoting my energies to related areas that in some ways were shaped by experience with this blog, and knowledge gained in part from preparing its various postings. One is a new course I am currently teaching, The New Imperialism, and another course, Political Activism and the Internet. All of these will come together in some new writing projects that I am to begin this summer, or as soon as my current publishing backlog has been overcome.
After this blog I am planning a very different, and perhaps more ambitious online project that is more in line with the two courses identified above, and more in line with my next research and writing goals. That will have to wait until August. (That project will be very different especially in the sense of no longer orienting itself toward anthropology, or forming an unmistakable part of an online anthropology ‘community’.)
In the meantime, I am very much engaged in the “same thing” as here, just in different arenas and with different participants and interlocutors.