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Dear dendrites: Quarantine ethnography

Matt Thompson , April 16th, 2020

Here at Anthro{dendum}, we receive a light stream of correspondence by way of our contact form. Usually they are pitches for guest posts or questions following up on…


Sequential art for your shopping cart

Matt Thompson , November 16th, 2018

In the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to read some really fantastic graphic novels, including a few that will be of interest to anthropologists. As we…


Turning the page

Matt Thompson , September 14th, 2018

This summer I started a new job. My former position, in museums and special collections, was grant funded. We worked that contract until the money was gone. And…


Designs for the Pluriverse — [book review]

Matt Thompson , August 27th, 2018

In Designs for the Pluriverse : Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds, theorist and distinguished critic of development Arturo Escobar joins a chorus of works that…


Anthropology Bite Club

Matt Thompson , May 29th, 2018

  The first rule of Bite Club is that we’re going to talk about cookbooks. The second rule of Bite Club is I need some of ya’ll to…


Illustrated Man #11 – (H)afrocentric

Matt Thompson , February 16th, 2018

Re-spawn. Its been on since dawn. Illustrated Man check your king with a pawn. Don’t know where but I send ’em Make my posts now on Anthrodendum Hey,…


Remembering the Mexican Revolution with Aunt Julia

Matt Thompson , September 16th, 2017

Growing up in Austin, Texas, Diez y Seis — Mexican Independence Day — always seemed to hold an official, albeit minor, status in the state capitol. This was…

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Remembering the Mexican Revolution with Aunt Julia

Matt Thompson , September 16th, 2017

Growing up in Austin, Texas, Diez y Seis — Mexican Independence Day — always seemed to hold an official, albeit minor, status in the state capitol. This was…

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Illustrated Man #10: The Vision

Matt Thompson , August 12th, 2017

I first started blogging about anthropology and comic books back in 2012 in an occasional series titled Illustrated Man. It lasted for about nine posts before petering out…

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Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story – [Book Review]

Matt Thompson , June 8th, 2017

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Vidula G. Khanduri. A STEM major at Wellesley College, Vidula enjoys dabbling in the crossroads of politics, science, technology, and society. She’s an avid reader …

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Artisanal Anthropology Workshop

Matt Thompson , April 1st, 2017

Savage Minds is pleased to announce our first workshop in artisanal anthropology. As we imagine a future for our discipline that is both sustainable and ethical, it is…

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Black flags from Rome: Mafia and Isis, as before Mafia and Al Qaeda

Matt Thompson , March 19th, 2017

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Stefano Portelli. Stefano is a cultural anthropologist with a doctorate in Urban Studies, his primary fieldsites are a barrio of Barcelona and the…

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Faculty work, librarian work, and life balance

Matt Thompson , December 15th, 2016

Tis the season. As my professor friends hustle to write final exams and grade them, only to press through to letter grade submission and finally revel in winter…

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Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene [review]

Matt Thompson , November 18th, 2016

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Cthulhu, Great Old One and Special Collections Librarian at Brown University. When the puny mortals at Savage Minds invited me to review the…

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Now accepting reader letters

Matt Thompson , November 17th, 2016

We here at Savage Minds want to hear from you, our readers. To further this goal we are creating a new “Reader Letters” feature and we encourage you…

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The Anthro/Zine strikes back!

Matt Thompson , June 24th, 2016

Anthro/Zine, a venue for undergraduate publication from the team behind Anthropology Now, has entered its second year of publication. The premise behind the project is to provide a…

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What is arXiv and how can we get one?

Matt Thompson , May 24th, 2016

After ckelty’s post on the SSRN/Elsevier merger fellow mind, Ryan Anderson, gave me a shout out in Twitter, ArXiv for social science research anyone? @savageminds @culanth @haujournal @jmtromble…

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Anthro/Zine Highlights: Student Report from Bali

Matt Thompson , May 20th, 2016

Now in its second year of publication, Anthro/Zine is the undergraduate companion to Anthropology Now. Each new issue, published under a Creative Commons license, is released online to…

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Infrastructure as Iron Cage

Matt Thompson , February 4th, 2016

Weber’s metaphor of the iron cage is one of the most famous in all of sociology. It’s certainly stuck with me: I keep a bookmark in my copy…

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Inside the Fukushima Exclusion Zone: Place and Memory after Disaster

Matt Thompson , December 18th, 2015

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Pablo Figueroa. Pablo is an assistant professor in the Center for International Education at Waseda University in Tokyo. In this position, he teaches courses on glo…

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Return of the Anthro/Zine

Matt Thompson , November 18th, 2015

Last May I introduced you to Anthropozine, a new undergraduate venue associated with the journal Anthropology Now. The concept behind the zine was to get college students interested in…

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Four ghost stories from Aunt Julia

Matt Thompson , October 30th, 2015

More so than any other person in my mother’s extended family, Julia was a person who was truly loved. She helped to raise her mother’s children, then her…

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Homo Naledi’s other revolution

Matt Thompson , September 16th, 2015

When the Homo Naledi discovery was announced I was excited to see that the initial publication was in an open access journal, eLife. In fact to me this…

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Toward Living with (not Under) Anthropology, Pt. 2

Matt Thompson , August 25th, 2015

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Takami Delisle. Tak currently works as a medical interpreter for Japanese patients and helps run an organization for anthropology students of color. You…

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