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Špela Drnovšek Zorko , June 3rd, 2022

any day or part day that the individual sees their child in person in the UK counts as a day on which they see their child in the…

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Allegra , August 3rd, 2021

Dear Allies – readers, authors, reviewers, all, Allegra is away from her keyboard right now and cannot possibly be made to return before late August. Maybe September. Who…


Happy Holidays!

Allegra , December 18th, 2020

This year, 2020. … the less we speak of it, the better, right? Still, it needs to be said that: In the face of this unabated crisis, we…


In Memoriam: Sally Engle Merry

Mark Goodale , October 20th, 2020

Meg Davis Sally Engle Merry got more of a kick than anyone I know from not only thinking big and aiming high herself, but helping other scholars to…


Allegra #Summerbreak

Allegra , July 22nd, 2020

Allegra is going on holidays from 22 July to 22 August. We’re happy to continue receiving all your suggestions and submissions while on leave, but are unlikely to…


The Murkiness of the Peruvian Lockdown

Michelle Hak Hepburn , July 1st, 2020

Around the world, countries have imposed lockdowns, to varying degrees of severity, in attempts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduate students (and other researchers) have had to leave…


Podcasting for Anthropologists: Ethical and Technical Considerations

Heid Jerstadt , November 14th, 2019

Are you an anthropologist considering podcasting? Then this post is for you Sound is widely accessible, it conveys nuances of emotion, atmosphere and tensions in ways that are…



Allegra , July 23rd, 2019

Allegra is going on holiday until mid-August. We’ll gladly receive your suggestions and submissions from mid-August again (and we’ll be cooking up a few changes to the site)….


Allegralaboratory: Next step

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , September 3rd, 2018

Dear Allies, after a ‘magical intellectual carpet ride’ that has already lasted for five years, it is time for a new chapter in the life of our beloved…


51 essential rules for doing research

Julie Billaud , May 25th, 2018

Be free. Eat sweets. Do not go to university (but use the university to print for free). Resist academic hierarchy. Do not believe what professors say. Doubt, always….


Appeal to politicians: Italian anthropologists demand that more scientific information be made available to the public, in order to combat racism

Allegra , February 22nd, 2018

Presse release of 6 February 2018: Scientific knowledge as an important tool in the social and political battle against racism: this proposal put forward by anthropologists will be presented Thursday,…


Academia in Dark Times of Austerity Politics and Authoritarianism #precarity

David Loher , November 15th, 2017

In these days, two at first sight independent developments are threatening academic freedom. Neoliberal austerity politics and authoritarian political tendencies both leave their traces in academia, s…



Allegra , May 3rd, 2017

Allegra welcomes your contributions – we are thrilled to spread the word on new & exciting discussions in the world of anthropology and beyond! Below are our submission…



Allegra , March 6th, 2017

Some of our devoted readers may have caught glimpses of cheerful Allies in the French Alps over the weekend… Indeed, we enjoyed the extraordinary fortune of getting together…


Colleex: A Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation

Adolfo Estalella , September 13th, 2016

Fieldwork, the cornerstone to the ethnographer’s magic, seems to be under siege in recent times. The invocation that it ‘is not what it used to be’ runs parallel…


Saving the periphery from itself: The problem with thinking the postcolonial from the metropole

Sophie Chamas , September 8th, 2016

In February of this year, I participated in a Middle East, South Asian and African Studies graduate student conference at a New York-based university. It was, expectedly, a…


Where are the ladies, Didier Fassin? #EASA2016 Keynote

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , July 21st, 2016

It’s hot and humid, and yet circa 1000 anthropologists are determined to enter the main conference room of U6 of the University of Milan & Bicacca. Fortunately the…


Is #Slow Academia Conservative?

Heather Mendick , June 30th, 2016

In this post, Heather Mendick argues that some calls for slowing down scholarship mask a conservative politics. Last July I blogged about how, despite my love for online communication,…


GONE FISHING! #holiday

Allegra , May 31st, 2016

With summer in full swing and the heat slowing down our brains we felt that creative spirits were in need of some rejuvenation, and thus went for a bit…


Looking for #Events? Follow us this way!

Allegra , May 23rd, 2016

You know us well! We, at Allegra, are always on the look out for exciting anthropological events from around the world. Which is why we have cooked you…


New Allegra week: #Boredom, Laughter – and a few farts!

Allegra , April 18th, 2016

And what do you know – it is AGAIN time for a new Allegra week! Where does the time go, despite of our determination to chew our intellectual…


Because we’re #HAPPY? REDUX

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , April 12th, 2016

Today we have, once again, witnessed the arrival of the World Happiness Reports – reports that claim nothing less than to offer a neatly quantified, ‘objective’ measurement of just…


Magic little gecko, won’t you become a doctor?

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , March 14th, 2016

Yesterday I took my two children, aged 4 and 7, to the doctor. Both had been ill for the past week; the older one was suffering from a…


The Deportation Conundrum – REDUX #BORDERS

Barak Kalir , March 11th, 2016

Today we re-visit a post on the deportation conundrum by Barak Kalir. The post was first published in the spring of 2014 as a part of our thread…