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Keir Martin: Great Resignations and Bad Colleagues: Reflections on an Anarchist Anthropology

focaal_admin , January 13th, 2022

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology is a book that fizzes with a multiplicity of ideas; so many that they seem on occasion to overgrow the boundaries of the…


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Anarchist Anthropology

focaal_admin , January 10th, 2022

Chair: Alpa Shah Discussants: Keir Martin & Ayça Çubukçu Much to his frustration, David was often labelled ‘the anarchist anthropologist’. Aware of the way the term ‘anarchist’ was…


Zurückgeben ist nicht die einzige Lösung. Wie Objekte in ethnologischen Museen erweckt werden

Ira Eue , January 10th, 2022

Die Debatte über die Ausstellung von kolonialer Raubkunst stellt den Sinn ethnologischer Museen in Frage. Dabei gerät eine Sache außer Acht: Solche Begegnungen können vielfäl…

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SAR Remembers Ronald N. Dubin

Sarah Soliz , January 6th, 2022

The Dubin Studio under construction in 1997 (left) and after its completion (right).   …

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Starting CLEAR, maintaining CLEAR

Max Liboiron , December 30th, 2021

I get a lot of emails asking how I started the lab, how junior scholars might start labs, and how to transform existing labs. This post outlines how…

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Chris Knight: Wrong About (Almost) Everything

focaal_admin , December 22nd, 2021

A review article on The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, by David Graeber and David Wengrow. Allen Lane, 2021. The Dawn of Everything’s central idea…


Maka Suarez: Thinking about debt with David Graeber and La PAH

focaal_admin , December 21st, 2021

Let me begin by saying “this is a thought experiment”; a phrase David often used, and I find useful. In this talk I’d like to propose an approach…


Roshan de Silva-Wijeyeratne and James Taylor: State and crisis in Sri Lanka and Thailand: Hearing but not listening in the Theravāda Buddhist world

focaal_admin , December 20th, 2021

Although historically and geographically diverse, but sharing religious cultural roots, contemporary Sri Lanka and Thailand are both characterised by authoritarianism. This parallel cannot be explain…


Keith Hart: Comment on ‘Debt: The Last 5,000 Years’

focaal_admin , December 20th, 2021

David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years was published in summer 2011. In August-September of that year, he took part in the first New York City General Assembly…


When my studies became 3D. Learning through objects as a museum intern

Ira Eue , December 20th, 2021

After four years of studying social and cultural anthropology at LMU Munich, my internship with Dr. Hilke Thode-Arora, curator of the Oceania department at the Museum Fünf Kontinente…

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David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Debt

focaal_admin , December 16th, 2021

Chair: Alpa Shah Discussants: Keith Hart & Maka Suarez In 2011, David published Debt: The First 5000 Years, a book that would establish him as one of the major…


Don Kalb: Constituent Imagination versus the Law of Value: On David Graeber’s ‘Anthropological Theory of Value’

focaal_admin , December 13th, 2021

Image 1: Book Cover. The last two decades in anthropology would have been dramatically less exciting without David Graeber. Given David’s prominent association with the Occupy rebellions and…


The Clay Always Has Something to Say: 2021 Native Artist Fellow Brandon Adriano Ortiz-Concha

Sarah Soliz , December 9th, 2021

Guest post by Emily Santhanam, 2020–2021 SAR Anne Ray Intern   Walking toward the crowd, I felt a burn of energy in the air. People w…

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Chris Gregory: What is the false coin of our own dreams?

focaal_admin , December 9th, 2021

I confess that the first time I met David I was not impressed. It was in 2006 at a conference in Halle. David gave a 50-minute summary of…


Jonathan Parry: The Burdens of the Past: Comments on David Graeber’s Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar

focaal_admin , December 7th, 2021

Image 1: Book cover of Lost People David Graeber’s Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar began life as his University of Chicago doctoral thesis….


Waiting to Be Seen – How I Spent My Time in a Pain Treatment Center as a Patient

The Familiar Strange , December 5th, 2021

I am hospitalized while I am typing this, waiting to be seen for cervical vertebral disease, which is causing a daily numbing sensation in both hands. The wait…

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David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Value

focaal_admin , December 2nd, 2021

‘Value’ is the one central themes that runs throughout and conjoins all of David Graeber’s writings. This week focuses on his first book, whose original title, eventually flipped…


Master’s Student position: Wild food movements and contaminants of concern in Imappivut

Max Liboiron , December 2nd, 2021

In partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government, we are recruiting a Master’s student to work on the project Wild food movements and contaminants of concern in Imappivut.

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Hiring two research assistants in Indigenous quantitive methodologies

Max Liboiron , December 1st, 2021

CLEAR is hiring two part-time research assistants to help study Indigenous and decolonial quantitative methodologies.

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Scopus and ISI severely undercount citations in the humanities and social sciences

Grant Otsuki , November 30th, 2021

At Anne-Wil Harzing’s Publish or Perish: When comparing Google Scholar and ISI citation scores, the Business academic has six times as many citations in Google Scholar than in…

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Rafael Wainer: COVID-19: Complicity, complacency, and connections

focaal_admin , November 22nd, 2021

Image 1: Social distancing signs. Photo by ©Acabashi CC-BY-SA 4.0 To understand the massive world-disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic we need a sociology of complicity. Since the different…


Slutever, Pegging the Patriarchy, and Normalising BDSM

The Familiar Strange , November 21st, 2021

Cara Delevingne’s ‘Peg the Patriarchy’ moment from the 2021 Met Gala undoubtedly missed the mark. Delevingne and Dior both failed to credit the original creator of the slogan,…

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El Alto. Indigeneity in an Aymara city

Ira Eue , November 20th, 2021

I am from El Alto, one of the youngest cities in Bolivia, not only because of its recent creation (1985), but also because at least 45% of its…

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The (Im)Possibility of Decolonizing Anthropology

clearstaff , November 19th, 2021

When it comes to “decolonizing” Anthropology, diversity or decolonial initiatives often change very little or nothing at all. I suggest that anthropology is currently facing the dilemma of…

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