Tag: Academic Career

Ed Bruner: In Memoriam

Alma Gottlieb , August 13th, 2020


August 8, 2020 Ed Bruner at his home in Illinois (2005) Ed Bruner passed away yesterday, at 95–peacefully, at home. I wish my daughter and I could have…


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What Anthropology Teaches Us about COVID-19, Part 4: A Conversation with Physician-Anthropologist, Dr. Bjørn Westgard

Alma Gottlieb , May 12th, 2020


Recently, I checked in with Dr. Bjørn Westgard, to see how he was doing. Back in the ‘90s, Bjørn was enrolled in a wildly demanding, combined M.D./Ph.D. program…


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What Anthropology Teaches Us about COVID-19, Part 4: A Conversation with Physician-Anthropologist, Dr. Bjørn Westgard

Alma Gottlieb , May 12th, 2020


Recently, I checked in with Dr. Bjørn Westgard, to see how he was doing. Back in the ‘90s, Bjørn was enrolled in a wildly demanding, combined M.D./Ph.D. program…


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Birth as Ritual/Ritual as Birth

Alma Gottlieb , March 11th, 2019


Cultural anthropologist, Robbie Davis-Floyd, is considered by many as the Queen of Childbirth Studies.   A Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of…


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Protected: To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: A Conversation with Daniel Jordan Smith

Protected: Irish Writers, Anthropologically Speaking: An Interview with Helena Wulff

Environmental Anthropology: An Anthropologist’s View of a Cove Cleanup

Alma Gottlieb , April 30th, 2018


The curse of the anthropologist: finding culture everywhere in nature. Today, the neighborhood in which my husband and I now live hosted a cleanup in a nearby cove….


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Doing Development the Right Way: A Conversation with Charles Piot

Alma Gottlieb , April 2nd, 2018


Anthropologist Charlie Piot has been conducting research on the political economy and history of rural West Africa for over thirty years. His first book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity…


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The Anthropology/Poetry Nexus–An Interview with Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Alma Gottlieb , January 15th, 2018


Can artists and social scientists inhabit the same universe? Melisa (“Misha”) Cahnmann-Taylor embodies that nexus. Her advanced degrees include an MFA in poetry . . . and a…


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Do All African Immigrants Arrive Sick, Desperate, and Empty-Handed on the Shores of Europe? Ask Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg!

Alma Gottlieb , August 13th, 2017


The lives, status, and image of immigrants may constitute the single-most urgent human issue of our time.  In an arresting and captivating new study of Cameroonian mothers now…


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Is History Over? How Can Power be Soft? Ask Ulf Hannerz

Alma Gottlieb , July 19th, 2017


  The end of history The clash of civilizations The coming anarchy Soft power We’ve all heard these trendy mottos, and most of us have probably cringed. Anthropologists…


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A Review of “Euphoria” by Lily King

Alma Gottlieb , March 9th, 2017


I should say from the outset that I enjoyed the book. I read it in a week.  At the literary level, it’s wonderfully written. I didn’t find myself…


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Writing Ethnographies that Everyone Can Read

Alma Gottlieb , October 21st, 2016


Kristen Ghodsee’s new book, From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies that Everyone Can Read, was recently published by the University of Chicago Press (in 2016). The discipline of…


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Thinking about Our Shared Common Ancestry–Pausing to Reflect Back on My Career as an Africanist

Alma Gottlieb , March 12th, 2016


Honored to have an interview I recently did with Dallas Tatman (an MA student in African Studies at the U of Illinois) unexpectedly show up, to my surprise,…


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