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Writing Life No. 19: An Interview with Jason Pine by Jason Pine

Jason Pine , June 16th, 2022

Figure 1 (Jason): Writing is painful for me. I do TRX Suspension Training with an amazing online and affordable personal trainer/physical therapist (email me and I’ll give you…


Fetishes or Cyborgs? Religion as technology in the Afro-Atlantic space

Giovanna Capponi , October 12th, 2021

(Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of the Thematic Series Data Swarms Revisited) Exú, the trickster god, Axé Ilé Oba – São Paulo (photo by Giovanna Capponi)…


Coal, Care, and Climate change: When Things Remember What People Forget

Jessica Smith , August 24th, 2021

As the US moves toward greener energy futures, how we remember coal – or do not – has significant implications for how we create more just energy transitions….


Atmospheric Failure

Chakad Ojani , September 28th, 2020

Fog catchers (atrapanieblas) are fairly simple constructions. They consist of large plastic or nylon nets stretched between two vertically positioned poles, perpendicular to the direction of the incom…


Surveillant Materialities of Migrant (Im)mobility: Reconceptualizing Border Technologies

Lupe Flores , July 28th, 2020

After lunch on the day I arrived at Casa Begoña Migrant Shelter in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México, Doña Paquita, a shelter director, came to fetch me from the comedor,…


Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth takes the p. 99 test

| , April 20th, 2020

Opening to page 99 of Finding the Singing Spruce: Craft Labor, Global Forests, and Musical Instrument Makers in Appalachia, you’ll find my reflections on choosing apprenticeship as the ethnographic…

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Architecture as/and Infrastructure #Roadsides

Madlen Kobi , April 1st, 2020

Over the past two decades, infrastructure has emerged as a central concept in a larger conversation about architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Providing citizens with reliable infrastructure systems…


The Server Souvenir: Taking Home Remnants of Virtual Worlds

Evan Conaway , December 10th, 2019

“It’s amazing to think those little circuits that we can carry around were an entire world to us.” –Diana*, interviewee “We might say that this capacity of objects…


Anthropology…in Theory

Alexandra Frankel , April 8th, 2019

Bernard Perley © 2019 Bernard Perley is Maliseet from Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. He teaches courses in linguistic anthropology and Native American studies at the…

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Materiality of Research: The General Theory of Failure: Thoughts on the Material Culture of Failure by Timothy Carroll, David (Jeeva) Jeevendrampillai and Aaron Parkhurst

Rose Deller , December 7th, 2018

In this feature essay, Timothy Carroll, David (Jeeva) Jeevendrampillai and Aaron Parkhurst introduce recent edited collection, The Material Culture of Failure: When Things Do Wrong (Bloomsbury, 2017),…

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The fool with the watering can, or asynchronous time travelling by Jeannette Pols

Jeannette Pols , September 17th, 2018

One of the most bewildering and fascinating things about spending time with people with dementia is that they can rapidly travel through time. This was most clear with…


To Dwell in Seams

Chelsea Horton , September 8th, 2017

Fashion as Buried Forms of Diasporic Memory I keep returning this one memory. As a kid, I go down the steps to the basement of my parent’s New…

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The Impossibility of the Inert: Placebo and the Essence of Healing by Thomas J. Csordas

Thomas J. Csordas , June 23rd, 2017

The concept of placebo is predicated on the opposition between active and inert, deploying this opposition to assert that an action or substance with no inherent active principle…


Materiality and politics in Latin America.

Haidy Geismar , June 12th, 2017

  Via Ricardo Andres Labra Mocarquer Symposium in Santiago, Chile. November.   The way “things” are analyzed in the contemporary world had changed, from antiquarians to different approaches…

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Notes from the Forest: Engaging with a hunter’s world of materials

Haidy Geismar , November 22nd, 2016

Thorsten Gieser, Lecturer in Anthropology, Department of Kulturwissenschaft, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany A winter’s day, in a forest in central Germany. At dusk, more than fifty hunte…

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Seeing Through? The Materiality of Dioramas (1600-2010)

Haidy Geismar , November 21st, 2016


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Digital Materialities: Design and Anthropology, Edited by S. Pink, E. Ardevol, and D. Lanzeni

Haidy Geismar , November 14th, 2016

Zachary Hecht, UCL Digital Anthropology   I must admit, this review has been a long time coming. I was given Digital Materialities and asked to review it many…

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Musings on the Materiality of Health Care by Cristina A. Pop

Cristina A. Pop , September 26th, 2016

Nightstand in a psychiatry hospital from Alba-Iulia, Romania. The picture was taken by Odeta Catana in November 2014, as part of a project initiated by the Center for…


Connecting Materialities / Material Connectivities

Haidy Geismar , August 25th, 2016

International Symposium at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), LMU Munich, 9–11 February 2017 Convened by PHILIPP SCHORCH AND MARTIN SAXER Call for Papers Deadline: 31 October 2016…

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Book Review: My Life with Things: The Consumer Diaries by Elizabeth Chin

Haidy Geismar , June 30th, 2016

Haidy Geismar, UCL Anthropology My Life With Things: The Consumer Diaries by Elizabeth Chin, 2016. Duke University Press. My Life with Things is an engaging, quirky, auto-ethnography detailing key…

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Broken Stories

Haidy Geismar , May 31st, 2016

Adam Drazin, UCL Anthropology How, when and why do people start to see something as”broken”? Do objects around the home just have two states, broken and working, or…

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Knowledge as Material Movement in Surfing and Anthropology

Haidy Geismar , May 25th, 2016

David Whyte, UCL Anthropology Unpacking at Duggie. Photo: David Whyte “We’re probably going to surf Banna Strand, but the swell might still be a bit small, I just…

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