Tag: Star Trek

TGA Editors’ Picks: Favorite Posts of 2018

Emma Louise Backe , January 2nd, 2019


Like the maelstrom of political media, 2018 was also an eventful year for anthropology. Anthropology Twitter was kept occupied with conversations about the rejection of an apolitical research…


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The Celestial Ethnographers: Imagining the Future of Anthropology in Star Trek Discovery

Emma Louise Backe , August 24th, 2018


By Logan A. Kirkland & Joshua W. Rivers “Culture,” so-called, is implanted in nature; the environment, or Umwelt, is a model generated by the organism. Semiosis links them.” -Thomas…


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Wizards, Vampires, Klingons, and Other Alternative Cultures

Carie Little Hersh , August 16th, 2018


On the last day of my introduction to anthropology class, we watch scenes from the documentary Trekkies. Students grin at the sincere folks dressed as Starfleet officers and…


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Hobbes the Science Fiction Writer (Part II)

Kerim , March 26th, 2018


In Part I, I explored how Hobbes’s myth was a kind of science fiction story designed convince his readers to end the English Civil War by accepting peace…


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Hobbes the Science Fiction Writer (Part I)

Kerim , March 22nd, 2018


It is common to meet people who believe that much of the world is beset by “tribalism” and that the only thing holding back the chaos of a…


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Notes From the Field: Dwelling in the Worlds that Carry Us

Nick Mizer , September 30th, 2016


After some field work in northern Canada, Marie-Pierre wrote two articles about how her field work experiences connected with imagined worlds. You should go read them, because they’re…


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Get Excited and Buy Things

Nick Mizer , June 24th, 2016


By Nicholas Mizer Around the time I first met Marie-Pierre and joined up with TGA I was trying to develop an understanding of what someone is likely to…


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Notes From the Field: Is this Skyrim?

Marie-Pierre Renaud , June 10th, 2016


Anthropologists go through some unique experiences as they conduct fieldwork. From experimenting with drugs to seeing people who have been dead for decades during a ceremony (read about…


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Popular Culture Courses for Anthropology

Leah McCurdy , March 15th, 2016


In Part Two of an ongoing series, Leah McCurdy (University of Texas, San Antonio) provides an overview of how popular culture can be integrated into the university classroom. Last…


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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Marie-Pierre Renaud , February 7th, 2016


Looking back on our goals for 2015, you might notice that we didn’t exactly keep up with our objectives. What happened? Which brings me to another questions you…


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