Encounters and conflicts within and between disciplines: Experimental philosophy and ethnography (1.3)

An interesting discussion has been taking place on Savage Minds titled, “Philosophers discover lost tribe in jungles of free will” by Chris Kelty. The discussion and debate that ensues there centres on the development of what some call “experimental philosophy” (with a digest available here). This movement, shortened to X-Phi, involves using quantitative research, especially […]

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“The Field”: Doing “Anthropology” (1.2)

“How was the field?” “Are you going to the field?” “I just got back from the field.” “I’ll be away, in the field.” One of the striking features of MIT’s Doing Anthropology video (see the video sidebar), an attempt to market and pitch anthropology, is that it actually looks and sounds an awful lot like […]

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Left “Speechless” by “Deathpower”

I came across two blogs today that have left me very excited, and deeply impressed with the depth and wealth of material that is being produced on blogs these days. One I discovered through comments posted by Erik Davis, his blog being: DEATHPOWER What a title. Blog titles are almost always more fascinating than book […]

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Structures of Knowledge, the Social Sciences, Decolonization, and the World-System

Richard E. Lee “The Structures of Knowledge and the Future of the Social Sciences: Two Postulates, Two Propositions and a Closing Remark.” Journal of World-Systems Research, vi, 3, fall/winter 2000, 786-796 Special Issue: Festchrift for Immanuel Wallerstein – Part II http://jwsr.ucr.edu/archive/vol6/number3/pdf/jwsr-v6n3-rlee.pdf First Postulate: The production and reproduction of the structures of knowledge has been a […]

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More on RECLAIM THE ANTHROPOLOGIX

I was very happy to receive a reply from Illcommonz, in response to questions I sent regarding the meaning of “Anthropologix,” what the words were next to the MTV logo on the screen (I was not sure if I had read them clearly), and to ask questions about the makers of the film. The response […]

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Disappearing disciplinary borders in the social science library – global studies or sea change?

Conference announcement: International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Disappearing disciplinary borders in the social science library – global studies or sea change? University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 6-7 August 2008 http://ilabs.inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilab/ssls/ Over the past decade, the nature of social science research and scholarship has undergone shifts that have blurred the traditional disciplinary boundaries as research […]

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George Marcus: “No New Ideas” (2.0) & the After-Life of Anthropology (1.1)

In a recent notification of new articles in Cultural Anthropology, I saw this particular item: Cultural Anthropology 23.1 (February 2008) IN CONVERSATION: George Marcus and Marcelo Pisarro, “The End(s) of Ethnography: Social/Cultural Anthropology’s Signature Form of Producing Knowledge in Transition” In an extended abstract of the piece that was circulated by email, the journal editors […]

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Plagiarism or Collaboration?

Another contribution to the growing debate on what constitutes plagiarism, and how to interpret it, in a new age of Web-enabled learning and Web-based publishing and collaboration, has appeared in the form of a new book titled, Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age, and edited by Caroline Eisner and Martha Vicinus. […]

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International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec: Comments

On Saturday, January 26, 2008, I was invited to present an address at the 5th annual International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (website), at Concordia University (schedule). What I present below are extracts from that address, with reference to two ethnographic videos: Roman Postcards Silvia Gigliodoro, 21 min, 2007, Italy. This film was shot entirely […]

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