Author: mxschnepf

Newly Published: “Camp at the Salon: Anthropological Sense-Making with a Wink”

mxschnepf , July 18th, 2021


To camp is a mode of seduction – one which employs flamboyant mannerisms susceptible of a double interpretation; gestures full of duplicity, with a witty meaning for cognoscenti…


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Follicular Circulations: Race in the Global Hair Market

mxschnepf , September 27th, 2019


How is race done in the transnational circulation of hair for the production of wigs, extensions, and toupees? Or to put it differently: what happens to race in…


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Exploring multiplicity: Photographing and blogging as method

mxschnepf , June 25th, 2018


Partial truths: Blogging as research method – What do our methods actually do if they cannot depict reality as it is? This is not a new question in…


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Dick description: Writing sexy

mxschnepf , April 12th, 2018


Let’s start with an anthropological classic: Geertz’s thick description of the Balinese cock fight which sometimes reads like a dick description[1] (“uninventive obscenities” anticipated by Geertz 197…


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Loss: The story of Dande and her hair

mxschnepf , March 8th, 2018


To Dande who was not given the chance to wear her afro after chemotherapy.   I’m sitting in a cafe in Amsterdam on a Sunday afternoon. Slightly hung…


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Verlust: Die Geschichte von Dande und ihren Haaren

mxschnepf , March 8th, 2018


Für Dande, der nicht die Möglichkeit gegeben war, ihren Afro nach der Chemo zu tragen.   An einem Sonntagnachmittag sitze ich in einem Café in Amsterdam. Leicht verkatert…


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Positionalities: How my partner did field-work with me

mxschnepf , January 31st, 2018


I was standing in front of one of the work stations at Mastercut, the hairdressing salon I did my ethnographic fieldwork at. Two or three weeks in the…


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Nyla’s hair extensions: Caring for artificiality

mxschnepf , January 12th, 2018


Mavi, the apprentice at Mastercut, had told me about her side business in hair extensions long ago, but we had never managed to schedule an appointment which I…


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Magdalenas Termin: Wenn verschiedene Anliegen zusammenfinden

mxschnepf , November 20th, 2017


Übersetzung von Elena Radwan –  An diesem Mittwochmittag, nachdem Cedric* mir die Haare geschnitten hatte, verbrachte ich einige Zeit in der Küche von Mastercut, als ich bemerkte, dass…


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Magdalena’s appointment: Of different natures, bodies and concerns

mxschnepf , November 20th, 2017


This day, a Wednesday noon after Cedric* had cut my hair, I spend some time in the kitchen of the salon, when I realized that Reiner was in…


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The hair clipper: One or two thoughts about a mundane artifact

mxschnepf , November 3rd, 2017


The gender of an object –  For a seminar session on “gendered objects”, my colleague and I asked the participants to bring to class an object that they…


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“Anthropology in Germany”: My report on the 2017 conference of the German Anthropological Association

mxschnepf , October 22nd, 2017


Despite storm Xavier complicating the journey to Freie Universität in Berlin’s south, anthropologists working in Germany and beyond came together for the biannual conference of the German Anthropologi…


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Four points why hairdressing is a great research topic

mxschnepf , September 4th, 2017


How did I happen to study hairdressing and what is it that interests me about the hairdressing salon? Let me answer the first part of the question very…


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