Tag: absurdity

Misguided exclusivity: On the Anthropology News commenting policy

eli , May 25th, 2017

I’ve been exceptionally dismayed this year by the retrograde, anti-open-access, profit-oriented publication philosophy at the American Anthropological Association. Earlier this year they announc…


Scholars shouldn’t read the New York Times

eli , April 27th, 2017

If Noam Chomsky had done nothing else, he would have given us one of the strongest critique of the New York Times as the guarantor of nationalist ideology for the U.S.’s…


Academic work as charity

eli , March 15th, 2017

In so many ways, academic work is hard to recognize as being work in the standard wage-labor sense of that word. It can take place at all hours of day…


Language politics and the French “Master” degree

eli , January 23rd, 2017

I’m planning on writing more about French higher education policy in the next few years, since even after my dissertation there’s a lot to learn. For instance, there’s…


Overproduction as mass existentialism

eli , April 21st, 2016

Earlier this year, I observed that there are two kinds of scholarly overproduction, “herd” overproduction and “star” overproduction. I’d like to come back to that line of…


International traces of France in the American South

eli , January 22nd, 2014

I’ve been reading up a bit on the international circulation in ideas of the university. It’s not hard to find documentation of how France has for a long…