0.185: Terms of Incorporation, Concepts of Domination

Phrases such as “decolonizing anthropology”* and “anthropology and the colonial encounter” have become salient in anthropology especially since they are the titles of two of the better known, most widely quoted books on the subject. What subject? That is what is lacking clarity, because presumably the phrases above are meant to mean something, and if […]

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Looking Back at June 2009, Looking Forward

June was one of the best months yet for this blog (with hidden ironies for me), thanks in large part to the article, America’s Iranian Twitter Revolution, published just days after the street protests began in Tehran, alongside the explosion of communication about the events on Twitter. So far that article has received 5,100 views, […]

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Does Wade Davis Do Gaza?

A former student was kind enough to draw my attention to the following video, a very interesting TED talk by anthropologist Wade Davis, a National Geographic “Explorer-in-Residence”: I have a lot of respect for Wade Davis and I have long been an admirer of his work on zombification in Haiti, which he calls the “ethnobiology” […]

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Remix: Introducing Open Source Cinema

One of the side benefits of my recent participation in the CASCA-AES conference in Vancouver was to learn that a phrase I developed as a short hand for some of my own work, “open source cinema,” was a phrase already in use, referring to a concept already in circulation, and indeed an entire site is […]

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Here is not “West India”: Roi Kwabena

A production of “West India,” a musical spoken poem of my late friend and collaborator, Dr. Roi Kwabena, from his Y42K album. This video plays on the weight of Eurocentric constructions of Caribbean history and identity, a zone where hegemonic European and American fantasies were played out. In response, Kwabena calls for a reclamation of […]

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Anthropology, Militarization, and Canadian Responses: CASCA-AES Conference, Vancouver, 13-16 May, 2009

I will be participating in the upcoming joint meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society-Société Canadienne d’Anthropologie (CASCA) and the American Ethnological Society (AES), held this year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, 13-16 May. For those who are interested in further discussion and debate concerning the militarization of anthropology, the role of anthropologists […]

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Colonialism in the News: Roundup No. 2

Continuing from the first post on July 23rd of what was intended to be a series, the reader can look forward to more regular roundups of news and media commentary that feature or engage concepts of contemporary colonization and historical colonialism, as well as past and present decolonization efforts. As much as we would all […]

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