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Seasonal Knowledge and Arab Gulf Almanacs

tabsir , May 28th, 2022

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Seasonal Knowledge and the Almanac Tradition of the Arab Gulf. Details about the book, including a free…


Where are the Himyarite Kings?

tabsir , April 29th, 2022

The war that has dragged on in Yemen for seven years has created a major humanitarian disaster. Yemen has experienced war and conflict before since the early days…


Writing Life No. 16: An Interview with Warwick Anderson by James Dunk

James Dunk , February 10th, 2022

Figure 1: Writing and thinking in anticipation of writing: notes stacked in files next to a computer (Warkwick’s desk). In the early days of freedom after a long…


Lament for Yemen

dvarisco , February 8th, 2022

Lament for Yemen Yemen,your body lies crushedbeneath the rubble that was the homewhere you were bornyour blood floods the landbreaks the terraced slopeswhere sorghum supplied every needyour br…


Goethe, as West embraces East

tabsir , September 17th, 2021

There is an interesting article on Qantara about the significance of the German poet Goethe’s famous West-Östliche Divan, first published 1819. To read an English translation, click here.


Poetry and the Poet

tabsir , September 1st, 2021

by George Nicolas El-Hage, Ph.D. Poetry is the language of prophecy spoken by the angels and gods when they populated this earth before the fall. Hence, the poet…


Ethnographic Poetry and Academic Writing: A Reflection

Jarrod Sim , June 20th, 2021

“Whatever your eye can see, it’s vecik.” This line resonated with me while I was conducting my fieldwork in Taiwan with the indigenous Paiwan village known as Paridrayan….

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Googling Ibn Majid

tabsir , April 1st, 2021

One of the most famous Arab navigators is the Omani Ahmad b. Majid, who flourished in the latter half of the 15th century. If you google his name…


Pythagorus in Egypt

tabsir , March 24th, 2021

The Greek mathematician Pythagorus, considered the founder of mathematics, left his home in Samos for Egypt in 535 BCE. A decade later he was captured and taken prisoner…


Academic Fictions: You are John

Cienna Reed , February 18th, 2021

ff 1. There are two twins sat on the beach but one is farther up the shore, closer to West Point, or right inside it, depending on which…


Nai Barghouti – “About a human” by Mahmoud Darwish

tabsir , February 9th, 2021

A beautiful song by Mahmoud Darwish, sung by the Palestinian Nai Barghouti.


Teaching Literature on the Arabian Peninsula

Beth Derderian , October 7th, 2019

Even after 15 years of teaching literature on the Arabian Peninsula, I still worry about finding the right texts for my students. They are majoring in English language,…

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Rapping in Sakha

Chelsea Horton , September 19th, 2019

In Yakutsk, hip hop can be poetic, nostalgic, and even subversive. What can this inventive genre say about language relocalization and maintenance? A crowd gathers at Muus Khaia…

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Omens of an Intellectual Death

Guest Contributor , June 11th, 2019

Found Poems on “Scholarly Knowledge” from Promotion Review Letters by Dr. REDACTED, Professor of Anthropology, REDACTED University Dedicated to Dell Hymes, who once said, “One should react to the…


Homage to Those Who Hollered before Me/Meditations on Inheritances and Lineages, Anthropological and Otherwise

Alexandra Frankel , April 8th, 2019

Homage to Those Who Hollered before Me Silence chose me I didn’t choose silence silence immobilized me I could not breathe in my own skin without breaking the…

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A Fieldpoem for World Poetry Day

Alexandra Frankel , March 21st, 2019

How we practice and write ethnography matters. Poetry is one way to understand what it feels like to be human at a particular time and place. The difference…

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Breathing Room: Poetic Form as Resistance to Convention in the Ethnography of Suffering by Casey Golomski

Casey Golomski , March 8th, 2019

Here I ruminate on recent writing experiments at the convergence of poetry and ethnography as a means to convey experiences of suffering. Recent ethnographies of suffering highlight innovative…


“Certain esoteric rites” for The Ethnographer

Hallie Wells comments on p. 99 of her dissertation

| , October 15th, 2018

My dissertation examines how slam poets in Madagascar have forged a novel form of public discourse that emphasizes both freedom of speech and accountability for one’s speech. This…

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Processing Settler Toxicities: Part II

Anne Spice , June 23rd, 2018

This second instalment of a  2+ part post is adapted from a presentation at the 2018 Cultures of Energy Symposium at Rice University. Many thanks to everyone who…


Observations and reflections

Arturo Magaña , June 4th, 2018

Four Poems, Spring 2018 1) I remember you, abuela. The tortillas and the way you touched the comal to check the temperature. I want to ask you things…


The decadence and depravity of Biosphere 2

Taylor R. Genovese , May 30th, 2018

Biosphere 2 is an Earth systems research facility on occupied Tohono O’odham land (in so-called Oracle, Arizona, just north of Cuk Ṣ…


In Search of the Toxic Berry Patch

colinhoag , December 12th, 2017

By Janelle Baker, McGill University § In Memory of the late “Cibomb” Clement Auger Cibomb. Photo by Janelle Baker. Rattling down a dusty oil field road in his little…


On Plastic Reason by Tobias Rees by Setrag Manoukian

Setrag Manoukian , August 28th, 2017

Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms by Tobias Rees University of California Press, 2016, 352 pages   Plastic Reason is an excellent occasion to…