Mackenzie Cramblit

I am a trained cultural anthropologist motivated by questions of care, value, and intimacy, particularly in relation to rural places and the collectives of humans and nonhumans that inhabit them. My dissertation, “Dignity and Dionysus,” explores these themes through a sensual ethnography of hospitality in a remote community on the West Coast of Scotland: a place where proximate relations are not always intimate ones, and where social value emerges in the process of “doing” warmth and wildness. In my research and writing, I am committed to exploring a process that I call “decomposition,” an ethnographic sensibility that foregrounds the sensuality of social life: the atmospheres, textures, and moods that constitute our palpable experience of each other and our worlds. I want to see ethnographers embrace the messiness and incoherence of our research practice. And I am curious what happens to ethnographic authorship when the viscerality of knowledge production is unleashed.

Email: mackenzie.cramblit@duke.edu

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