Katherine Dunham

“Rejecting the idea that art and academics need to be cleanly separated from each other…”

Katherine Dunham

Ayya's Accounts: A ledger of Hope in Modern India by Anand Pandian and M.P. Mariappan

Ayya’s Accounts A Ledger of Hope in Modern India Anand Pandian and M. P. Mariappan Afterword by Veena Das “Anand Pandian’s spellbinding memoir of his grandfather is at once a labor of love and a reckoning with life. . . . This is ethnographic writing at its finest.” —Michael D. Jackson, author of The […]

Tales from Facebook by Daniel Miller (Professor of Anthropology, UCL)

“Facebook is now used by nearly 500 million people throughout the world, many of whom spend several hours a day on this site. Once the preserve of youth, the largest increase in usage today is amongst the older sections of the population. Yet until now there has been no major study of the impact […]

Coding Places: An Ethnographic Study of Software Practice in Brazil

Toronto-based Yuri Takhteyev conducts research on the intersection of software and social science. His book, Coding Places was released in December 2012 and explores how software is built and used in Brazil. Takhteyev’s work also bridges research into social media handles.

In his paper, Geography of Twitter, he examines “the geographic distance, national boundaries, language, and frequency of air travel […]

The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy by Veena Das, Michael Jackson, Arthur Kleinman & Bhrigupati Singh

From the webpage: The guiding inspiration of this book is the attraction and distance that mark the relation between anthropology and philosophy. This theme is explored through encounters between individual anthropologists and particular regions of philosophy. Several of the most basic concepts of the discipline—including notions of ethics, politics, temporality, self and other, and […]

Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity by William Mazzarella


From the webpage: In the world of globalized media, provocative images trigger culture wars between traditionalists and cosmopolitans, between censors and defenders of free expression. But are images censored because of what they mean, what they do, or what they might become? And must audiences be protected because of what they understand, what they […]

CT Suite: The work of diagnosis in the age of noninvasive cutting by Barry F. Saunders

Walter Benjamin influenced monograph about computed tomographic scanners, their potency, their aesthetics, their influence in diagnostics. Recommended read!

Refuge by Adrie Kusserow

Check out anthropologist Adrie Kusserow’s new book – ethnographic poetry!

From the webpage:

As an anthropologist, Adrie Kusserow’s ethnographic poetry probes culture and globalization with poems about Sudanese refugees based in Uganda, Sudan, and the United States, especially the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” The poet struggles with how to respond to suffering, poverty, displacement, […]

The Day of Shelly's Death by Renato Rosaldo

Just back from AAA Conference in Chicago and heard anthropologist Renato Rosaldo read from his new collection of poetry that revisits feminist Anthropologist Michelle Rosaldo’s death in the field. 

From the Duke University Website:

This deeply moving collection of poetry by Renato Rosaldo focuses on the shock of his wife Michelle (Shelly) Rosaldo’s sudden […]

Malignant by Sarah Lochlan Jain

Check out Anthropologist Sarah Lochlan Jain’s new ethnography on cancer – beautifully written, and covers debates about carcinogens, cancer treatment and oncology research.

From the UC Press Website:

Nearly half of all Americans will be diagnosed with an invasive cancer—an all-too ordinary aspect of daily life. Through a powerful combination of cultural analysis […]