Tag: Detroit

Postindustrial Landscapes, Communities, and Heritage

Kaeleigh Herstad , January 1st, 2018

I’m excited to be in New Orleans this week for the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Dan Trepal and I are chairing a session entitled,…

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Misplaced Memorials

Kaeleigh Herstad , December 23rd, 2017

I recently found a mysterious, out-of-place grave marker on a vacant lot in Detroit, and I went down a research rabbit hole trying to figure out how it…

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The Rhetoric of Foreclosure and Eviction in Detroit

Kaeleigh Herstad , October 6th, 2017

Analyzing the rhetoric around blight, foreclosure, and eviction in Detroit reveals a lot about local attitudes towards/concepts of ownership, poverty, race, and social justice. Over the last two…

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The Detroitists

Alexandra Frankel , July 18th, 2017

Reflections of Detroit Ethnographers at the Anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion “The case of Detroit confirms that redevelopment had strong negative repercussions for racial minorities, here represented…

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Help a researcher out by taking this short survey on neighborhood blight in Detroit!

Kaeleigh Herstad , January 2nd, 2017

My dissertation research involves interviewing Detroit residents city to learn more about how blight affects peoples’ daily lives. I’ve created a very brief questionnaire as an extension o…

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Are Urban Explorers Heritage Activists?: The ‘Eternal Drabness’ of DeHoCo

Kaeleigh Herstad , November 28th, 2016

“[Urban exploration] is a community of people who by their inherent nature break rules and expectations. Expecting them to then follow the rules of a community is patently…

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The Anthropoliteia #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus, Week 1: Sameena Mulla on Aimee Meredith Cox’s Shapeshifters

smulla16 , September 7th, 2016

The editors of Anthropoliteia are happy to present the latest entry in on ongoing series The Anthropoliteia #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus Project, which will mobilize anthropological work as a pedagogica…


Reclaiming Detroit: Decolonizing Archaeology in the Postindustrial City

Decolonizing Anthropology , July 5th, 2016

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the Decolonizing Anthropology series. By Krysta Ryzewski Detroit moves quickly; issues of scale and pace in a city of this…

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Eating Insects Detroit

foodanthro , June 2nd, 2016

Gina Louise Hunter Illinois State University Eating Insects Detroit: Exploring the Culture of Insects as Food and Feed, held May 26-28 at Wayne State University brought together industry…


Archaeologies of Displacement and Urban Renewal in Detroit

Kaeleigh Herstad , May 19th, 2016

Last week I attended the “Archaeology and Revitalization in Detroit” sessions at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network‘s annual meeting in Detroit, on the campus of Wayne State …

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Deconstructing Detroit: The Politics of ‘Reclamation’

Kaeleigh Herstad , February 18th, 2016

I attended the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting in Washington DC in January and presented in the excellent, day-long session, “Contemporary and Historical Archaeologies …

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Curated Ruins and Un-Memorials: The Afterlife of Detroit’s Michigan Theater

Kaeleigh Herstad , September 4th, 2015

I came across Gabriel Moshenska’s Curated Ruins and the Endurance of Conflict Heritage (2015) via Twitter last week, which happily coincided with my first visit to Detroit’s former Michiga…

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Getting to Know Gratiot

Kaeleigh Herstad , August 13th, 2015

Gratiot Avenue is one of Detroit’s 5 original main avenues (along with Woodward, Michigan, Jefferson, and Grand River) that branch out from downtown like the spokes of a…

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Lincoln Street Art Park: ‘Teaching Reuse Through Art’

Kaeleigh Herstad , August 6th, 2015

I visited the Lincoln Street Art Park south of New Center in Detroit a few times in the last week (as I researched it, I kept realizing I must’ve…

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Creativity, innovation, and the space between cultures

Grant , February 25th, 2015

Anthropologists are drawn to places where culture is a little shaky. Normally, culture supplies the meanings and rules with which we understand and navigate the world. And normally,…

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