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Introducing Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

In 2011 a global wave of protest changed the way in which people saw contention. January saw two revolutions: first, in Tunisia culminating in the overthrow of then president Ben Ali; and second in Egypt with protests that would end the Mubarak regime within eighteen days. This wave of protest spread to Libya, Syria, Yemen […]

Promoting ‘self-reliance’ for refugees: what does it really mean?

The following is a post by Naohiko Omata, author of The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp. Promotion of ‘self-reliance’ for refugees has occupied a central seat in the policy arena of the international refugee regime in recent years. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) broadly defines self-reliance as ‘the social […]

SIMULATED SHELVES: BROWSE JULY 2017 NEW BOOKS

We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, and Media Studies, along with our New in Paperback titles.   EMPTINESS AND FULLNESS Ethnographies of Lack and Desire in Contemporary China Edited by Susanne Bregnbæk and Mikkel Bunkenborg Volume 2, Studies in Social Analysis   As critical […]

Recreating universities to help revive democracy

The following is a post by Davydd J. Greenwood, Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Cornell University The following are some management verities that abound in current university administrations: Good universities require highly-paid leaders hired by Boards of Trustees through executive search services. Good universities have large administrative staffs, often outnumbering the faculty. Good university […]

Book Launch for Stories Make the World

The following is a post about the book launch for Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary by Stephen Most. It’s odd to see the result of years of work contained within a small object, whether it is a book, a DVD, or a phone on which films are streaming. Stories Make the […]

Happy Bastille Day

Celebrated on July, 14, Bastille Day is the French national day and one of the most important bank holidays in France. The day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789, a medieval fortress and prison which was a symbol of tyrannical Bourbon authority and […]

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At the Threshold of Modernity: Vienna’s pivotal years in the 1870s

by Ulrich E. BachFrom the digital perspective of today, visual media reproduced in 19th century publications often appear quaint if not antiquated. To be sure, daguerreotypes and photographs could already capture cityscapes, but due to technological limitations, these reproductions were too static a ... Continue reading on Tumblr

If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research. —Wilson Mizner ... Continue reading on Tumblr

The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective

The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective ... Continue reading on Tumblr

Blog: EnviroSociety

New Featured Article!: “From a Blind Spot to a Nexus”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”From a Blind Spot to a Nexus: Building on Existing Trends in Knowledge Production to Study the Copresence of Ecotourism and Extraction”—comes from Volume 3 (2012). In her ... Continue reading →

Blog: FocaalBlog

Chris Hann: Hayek versus Polanyi in Montréal: Global society as markets, all the way across?

The workshop “Geographies of Markets”—hosted over three days in mid-June 2017 by the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy at Concordia University, Montréal—gave scholars from a wide range of countries and disciplines an opportunity to assess the continued relevance of the Polanyian ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Worlds

The Black Lives Matter Movement in the National Museum of African American History and Culture

by Rod Clare, Elon University

It has been over forty years since the mostly successful conclusion of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. While some may have thought the election of an African-American president in 2008 heralded a “postracial” America, continued ... Continue reading →

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