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Finance is Funds and Games Until It Stops (For Hedge Funds in New York)

Nick Mizer , April 8th, 2021

By Nazli Azergun Two weeks ago, we experienced a flamboyant coda to an extremely eventful month. Between processing the assault of the US Capitol and Trump’s departure from…

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Call for Anthropological Speculative Fiction

Nick Mizer , February 14th, 2020

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and…

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Moon Monogamy 4: Participant Observation, Session 2

Nick Mizer , August 16th, 2019

[This is the fourth installment of Moon Monogamy (And Other Things That Are Bound to Go Wrong) by Savannah Mandel. Previous installments: One , Two , Three] Beau shakes…

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Moon Monogamy 3: Participant Observation, Session 1

Nick Mizer , July 12th, 2019

[This is the third installment of Moon Monogamy (And Other Things That Are Bound to Go Wrong) by Savannah Mandel. The previous installments are here and here.] As you…

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Moon Monogamy 2: Preliminary Research, Session 1

Nick Mizer , May 1st, 2019

[This is the second installment of Moon Monogamy (And Other Things That Are Bound to Go Wrong) by Savannah Mandel. The first installment is here.] You would think that…

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Moon Monogamy 1 – Qualifications: One, Two, Three, Twelve, Thirteen, and Twenty-Seven

Nick Mizer , February 15th, 2019

We need more worlds. Better worlds. We can’t overlook the need for horrifying, ruined worlds, true, but more than anything we need better worlds. The worlds academics build…

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Introducing Our New Team Members

Nick Mizer , May 30th, 2018

The Geek Anthropologist is excited to welcome two new members to our editorial team! Laya Liebseller and Alissa Whitmore are joining us as acquisitions editors, which means that…

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Acquisitions Editor Position

Nick Mizer , March 2nd, 2018

The Geek Anthropologist editorial team is looking to add an Acquisitions Editor! Interested? Read on! Know someone who might be interested? Let them know! Position notice in PDF…

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A 2018 Anthropology Day Manifesto

Nick Mizer , February 15th, 2018

By Emma Backe and Nick Mizer Happy Anthropology Day! So far this year at The Geek Anthropologist we have been spending a lot of time thinking and talking about…

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Nerf Herding

Nick Mizer , February 2nd, 2018

By AP Joseph Hey there! A month into 2018, and there’s already plenty of geek action going on (gaction?) What can you expect from this column, you ask,…

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“Capitalism is So Much Easier!” Learning Savings through Playing a Board Game

Nick Mizer , January 26th, 2018

By Farah Qureshi and the IMTFI/Loy Loy Team at UC Irvine Loy Loy: The Savings Game in Washington D.C.!  Julia had been waiting until the last round to…

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Answered With A Question Mark: Researcher Reflexivity in Geek Spaces

Nick Mizer , September 8th, 2017

BY STEVEN DASHIELL Graduate school has in many ways blessed me with what I call a researcher’s eye, or the ability to view the world in an ethnographic…

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“Everyone’s Fun is Different:” A Conversation with Gabriel De Los Angeles

Nick Mizer , December 14th, 2016

Nick here: I had the honor of meeting Gabriel at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association meeting earlier this year, where he presented on the phenomenon…

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It’s In the Cards: Narratives and Storytelling in Magic: The Gathering

Nick Mizer , November 28th, 2016

  By Steven Dashiell Gaming isn’t the focus of my research, but I’ve participated in it since I was 13 years old, the first day I bought a…

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Notes From the Field: Dwelling in the Worlds that Carry Us

Nick Mizer , September 30th, 2016

After some field work in northern Canada, Marie-Pierre wrote two articles about how her field work experiences connected with imagined worlds. You should go read them, because they’re…

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Con-Men: Understanding the Gendered Language of the Comic Book Convention

Nick Mizer , August 22nd, 2016

By Steven Dashiell Featured image based on an Creative Commons image by GabboT. I can clearly remember my first time ever going to a comic book convention. It…

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How is Pokemon Go Changing Our Relationship with People and Places?

Nick Mizer , July 22nd, 2016

By Nick Mizer and Jared Miracle Pokemon Go, the blockbuster new augmented reality game developed by Niantic, hit the US on July 6. By July 13, estimates of…

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Anthrogeekology: Matthew Wysocki

Nick Mizer , July 15th, 2016

Nick here: In this new series we will be introducing you to geektastic scholars from around the world. Know someone you think we should feature? Drop us a…

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Get Excited and Buy Things

Nick Mizer , June 24th, 2016

By Nicholas Mizer Around the time I first met Marie-Pierre and joined up with TGA I was trying to develop an understanding of what someone is likely to…

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The Games! They’re Alive!

Nick Mizer , June 3rd, 2016

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in the Living Games Conference in Austin, Texas. Living Games, which started in 2014 at the NYU Game…

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Game of Spoilers: A Spoiler-Free Investigation into the Role of Experience in Fandom

Nick Mizer , April 25th, 2016

By Emily Jackson After surviving the long winter, fans of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones celebrated the premiere of season 6 this Sunday, April 24th. The…

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(Video) Games as Motivation for Japanese High School Students

Nick Mizer , April 21st, 2016

By Andrew Ross Sushi served on conveyor belts. Robot restaurants and robot theater. Toilets that automatically open themselves upon room entry. For visitors of Tokyo (and to an…

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Fan Activism and the 501st Legion: Be the Change You Wish to see in the Galaxy

Nick Mizer , March 9th, 2016

By Emily Jackson It may seem like a long time ago now, but think back to this past December. One of the greatest things to happen, besides the…

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Storytelling and Worldbuilding in The Force Awakens

Nick Mizer , January 12th, 2016

By Nicholas Mizer Last month Salon posted an insightful article by Gerry Canavan, an assistant professor of English at Marquette University. Canavan talks about similarities between Star Wars:…

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