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Shadows of the Past: Rings of Power’s Complicated Penumbra

By Emma Louise Backe I, like so many “elder Millennials” raised on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and even the 1977 Hobbit animated movie, eagerly anticipated…

Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Problems of Magic Bullet Heroism

By Emma Louise Backe Spider-Man: No Way Home is an adventure further into Marvel’s Phase 4 Multi-Verse, but the movie itself has some surprising messages about public health…

Screen Memory, Social Distancing & Speculative Fiction: The Geek Anthropologist 2021 in Review

2021 wasn’t quite the year we anticipated, nor does the conclusion of the year feel like it does justice to the warped sense of time, distance, and stasis…

TGA Seeking Editors!

The Geek Anthropologist is seeking qualified individuals to join our Editorial Board. As an Editor at TGA, responsibilities include: recruiting new contributors and content for the blog and…

Burdened with Glorious Purpose: Loki and the Hidden, Occult Power of Bureaucracy

By Emma Louise Backe At the beginning of Marvel’s new Disney+ series Loki, the God of Mischief and Chaos is apprehended just as he’s escaped from the Avengers…

Wanted: Book Reviews

By Alissa Whitmore, Book Reviews Editor Ah, summer. There are few things better than relaxing with a good book in the park, on the beach, or inside under…

Wonder Woman – Leader, Superhero, Anthropologist

Wonder Woman – Justice League “You can be anything you want to be” Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman , Justice League (Zach Snyder Cut, 2021) Today marks the…

Screen Memories, Scarlet Witch & the Complex Grief of Wandavision

By Emma Louise Backe In the first several episodes of Disney’s new show Wandavision, it’s unclear whether the “bit” of old sitcoms as the framing device will be…

Teaching Digital Anthropology Through Minecraft

By David Davies Humans.Machines.Pandemic.Presence. Meeting online presents a challenge because we are synchronized in time, but not in place. While it might seem we are “together apart” like…

From Hope-Punk to Speculative Fiction: TGA 2020 Round-Up

Believe it or not, we started 2020 with the proposition of Hope-Punk, the possibilities that could emerge through the disposition of hope. Throughout this year, we’ve explored how…

The Poetics of Internet Memes

By Kai Blevins I believe in low theory in popular places, in the small, the inconsequential, the antimonumental, the micro, the irrelevant; I believe in making a difference…

So You Want to “Do” Digital Ethnography

By Devin Proctor  It’s a weird time, yes? Many of us (anthropologists) are teasing out the nuances between synchronous and asynchronous class meetings, dealing with the horror of…

Navigating the Maze: Models of Cultural Revitalization in HBO’s Westworld

By Haley Bryant  The Maze on Kissy’s scalp HBO’s 2016 reboot of the 1970’s sci-fi film Westworld is not only one of the most visually interesting television programs…

Choosing Your Own Adventure: My Life as a Teenage Dungeon Master and How it Prepared Me to Become an Anthropologist

By Holly Walters “Sherlock Holmes was the first fictional creation adults openly embraced as “real,” while deliberately ignoring or minimizing its creator, and this fetishization has continued for…

Grief and Getting Beyond the Endgame

The lasting impact of Avengers: Endgame on our understandings of heroism, masculinity, and mental health.  By Emma Louise Backe An hour before I walked in to see Avengers: Endgame,…

Book Review: Archaeogaming and the Wide Wonderful World of Archaeology in Video Games

By Alissa Whitmore Reinhard, Andrew (2018) Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games. New York: Berghahn Books. Originally trained in classical archaeology, Andrew Reinhard …

Space Races & Special Forces at Smithsonian’s Future Con

In April of 2018, as cosplayers, geeks, and comic vendors descended on the Walter Washington Memorial Convention Center in Washington, DC for the annual Awesome Con, affiliates of…

TGA Editors’ Picks: Favorite Posts of 2018

Like the maelstrom of political media, 2018 was also an eventful year for anthropology. Anthropology Twitter was kept occupied with conversations about the rejection of an apolitical research…

TGA’s 2018 Holiday Wishlist

Struggling with what to get friends or family members this holiday season? Don’t know what to ask for yourself (apart from a device that will help you get…

Zombies in the Classroom: The Importance of Teaching the Zombie Apocalypse in Anthropology Classes

By Jennifer Trivedi The zombies were everywhere – on televisions and film screens, in books and online searches, at doors in October. And they caught my attention. I…

Twisted and Evil: Ableism in Star Wars

By Cindee Calton “Seriously, Star Wars? Again?” was the exact phrase that ran through my mind the first time Dryden Vos appeared on screen during my first viewing…

The Celestial Ethnographers: Imagining the Future of Anthropology in Star Trek Discovery

By Logan A. Kirkland & Joshua W. Rivers “Culture,” so-called, is implanted in nature; the environment, or Umwelt, is a model generated by the organism. Semiosis links them.” -Thomas…

Monstrous possibilities: Kaiju as beauty and terror

By Esther R. Anderson Kaiju are giant monsters that can be seen causing filmic chaos without apparent cause or motive. As genetically-engineered creatures, aliens, or remnants of a…

The Word: Rhetorics of Resistance in Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale

By Emma Louise Backe Dolores Abernathy—titular host in HBO’s Westworld series—spends most of the second season with a gun on her hip and a constellation of blood spattering…