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Wisdom Without a Country

Megan Moodie , July 20th, 2017

In the oasis of his studio, Constantin Brâncuși revolutionized sculpture by drawing out the “being that is within matter”—the cosmic essence or spirit that exists underneath the surface….


How to Make Extremism Mainstream and Fake a Debate about Islamophobia

Maximilian C. Forte , June 7th, 2017

Is there a genuine debate taking place about Islamophobia? When and why did the “concern” about Islamophobia reach the highest levels of government in North America and western…


“Kinder statt Inder” – Lecture by Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria

Allegra , May 22nd, 2017

Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria gave the “Zukunftskolleg Lecture” at the University of Konstanz in  Germany on May 4, 2017. Prof. Randeria is Rector of the Institute for Human…


Donald Trump, Empire, and Globalization: A Reassessment

Maximilian C. Forte , May 8th, 2017

“Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist,” Donald Trump recently declared, “I’m both”. The only way in which the two (seemingly contradictory) positions can be reconciled is by…


2016: The Ending of the Year of Beginnings

Maximilian C. Forte , January 1st, 2017

Probably the most memorable year in decades, 2016 was a non-stop accumulation of turning points and landmark events. In broad terms, we began to witness the demise of…


Trump and Anthropology

Maximilian C. Forte , November 18th, 2016

“We are the new Indians…there are people today who want to discover us again, who want to conquer, enslave, and colonize us, and who want to use us…


Haunted by Gaddafi

Maximilian C. Forte , October 22nd, 2016

One thing I did not predict is that, even five years later, what happened to Libya and to Muammar Gaddafi would still cast a long shadow across the…


Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism

Maximilian C. Forte , September 26th, 2016

What is resource nationalism, and why is it important? One of Wikipedia’s shortest entries, “resource nationalism” nonetheless appears in 372 files published by WikiLeaks. Resource nationalism seems t…


Olympic Resilience: The “Refugee Nation” Competes For A Place on the World’s Stage

Melissa Gatter , September 9th, 2016

The first ever team comprised of refugees debuted at this year’s Rio Olympics. They were the penultimate team to enter the Olympic stadium, coming in before Brazil, and…


Cosmopolitan Imperialism: Obama Does Anthropology in Laos?

Maximilian C. Forte , September 8th, 2016

“Obama, the cerebral son of an anthropologist”—this is how the Associated Press touted soon to be ex-president Barack Obama on his visit to Laos this week. The AP…


#Brexit, Europe and Anthropology: time to say something

Sarah Green , July 1st, 2016

Brexit means trouble, that is for certain; what is less certain is what kind of trouble. Some might sympathise with the immediate response of Chris Gregory (ANU): “I…


Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 1: David vs. Goliath

Kerim , April 15th, 2016

Last November anthropologists attending the AAA business meeting in Denver voted by an astounding 1040-136 to endorse the resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, but this was just…

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Judith Beyer & Felix Girke: Naypyitaw: Rescaling materiality, capitalizing space

Focaal Web Editor , March 24th, 2016

Since 2012, we have carried out twelve months of urban anthropological research in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and its economic and cultural center. Until February 2016, however, we…


Elissa Helms: Men at the borders: Gender, victimhood, and war in Europe’s refugee crisis

Focaal Web Editor , December 22nd, 2015

This post is part of a series on migration and the refugee crisis moderated and edited by Prem Kumar Rajaram (Central European University). Even for the kind of conservative…


NEW! — Mallika Shakya: Ethnicity in Nepal’s new constitution

Focaal Web Editor , September 28th, 2015

From politics of culture to politics of justice Nepal promulgated its constitution on 20 September—the first after ending the monarchy, and one replacing the interim constitution in place…



Peggy Levitt , September 23rd, 2015

You just have to walk down the street in any immigrant neighborhood—Washington Heights in New York City, Kreuzberg in Berlin, or the Bijlmer in Amsterdam—to realize that big…


Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán’s xenophobia rejects the country’s multi-ethnic history

standplaatswereld , September 14th, 2015

By Pál Nyíri    My son and I have come to see the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s show An Evocation of Subcarpathia. According to the introduction to the venerable…

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Can a gas pipeline heal Bolivia’s wounded geo-body?

Carwil Bjork-James , September 4th, 2015

During the May 2015 announcement for Bolivia’s new cross-country Incahuasi–Cochabamba Gas Pipeline, a high official in Bolivia’s state-run gas company looked beyond the three-year, half-billion-dollar…


乌镇时代 | Wuzhen Times

Gabriele , December 10th, 2014

The first World Internet Conference was held November 19-21, in the scenic water village of Wuzhen (proudly endorsed by 7,000 years of history). English-language tech bloggers and news…

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Invest your emotion elsewhere

A. J. West , October 17th, 2014

People tend to call me a rationalist, and that's not really something I have a problem with. I don't think philosophical ideas should be a matter of identity…

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