Public Advisory Board
Cultural Anthropology's Public Advisory Board, initiated in early 2008, is made up of people in different professional communities who can provide input on ways the journal's relevance and readership can be expanded. The board was formed in the spirit of experimentalism that has shaped the journal since its inception. In the first public meeting of the board, at the meetings of the Society for Cultural Anthropology in Long Beach in May 2008, we discussed ways board members can help us identify emerging issues in their worlds that deserve attention by cultural analysts, and the possibility of a Public Advisory Bulletin. We also discussed how board members can help us promote material published in the journal in the spheres in which they move (the human rights community or the genetics research community, for example). The collective challenge is to further develop and disseminate the kind of historically attuned, theoretically innovative scholarship that is the journal's signature.
David (Bert) Westbrook, University at Buffalo Law School / author, Navigators of the Contemporary: Why Ethnography Matters (University of Chicago Press 2008) / Member, Cultural Anthropology Public Advisory Board.
Surajit Sarkar, Delhi-based filmmaker / Founding member of "A Deep Fried Jam," which performs poliitcal caberat in urban settings, and also of the Catapult Arts Caravan, which creates political performances in villages across India. The work of the Caravan is now being expanded and digitally preserved in the Museum of Memories project. See: http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/media.php?NumObjet=55440
Laurie King-Irani, founding member of the Electronic Intifada, lecturer in anthropology at Georgetown University, and managing editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies.