EDITORIAL INTERN PROGRAM
2008 EDITORIAL INTERNS
- Thomas, 2002 (Supplemental Page)
In the November 2002 issue of Cultural Anthropology, Deborah A. Thomas explores the intersections among arts institutions, cultural representation, and nationalist politics. Her essay "Democratizing Dance: Institutional Transformation and Hegemonic Re-Ordering in Postcolonial Jamaica" will be of particular interest to scholars in Caribbean and African diaspora studies, as well as scholars with interests in performance, nationalism, globalization, and cultural politics. The link above will take you to our supplemental page, which includes an overview of the essay, links from the essay, related scholarly works, class discussion questions and activities, syllabi that include this essay, and author information.
- Khan, 2001 (Supplemental Page)
In the August 2001 issue of Cultural Anthropology, Aisha Khan evaluates the ways in which the Caribbean and its primary interpretive and explanatory metaphor, "creole/ization," has come to stand in recent scholarship as a model-- both for and of-- the 21st century world. Her essay "Journey to the Center of the Earth: The Caribbean as Master Symbol" will be of particular interest to scholars in Caribbean, African diaspora, and South Asian diaspora studies, as well as scholars with interests in epistemological critique, theories of diversity, and cultural politics. The link above will take you to our supplemental page, which includes an overview of the essay, links from the essay, related scholarly works, class discussion questions and activities, syllabi that include this essay, and author information.
- Price and Price, 1997 (Supplemental Page)
In the February 1997 issue of Cultural Anthropology, Richard and Sally Price offer an analysis of the central figures of the French Caribbean's créolité movement and their literature-driven cultural politics. Their essay "Shadowboxing in the Mangrove" will be of particular interest to scholars in Caribbean, African diaspora, and French/Francophone studies, as well as scholars with interests in gender, memory, and cultural politics. The link above will take you to our supplemental page, which includes an overview of the essay, links from the essay, related scholarly works, class discussion questions and activities, syllabi that include this essay, and author information.
- The Caribbean (Area List)
Cultural Anthropology has published a handful of essays based on ethnographic research in the Caribbean. Supplemental materials for essays written by Aisha Khan, Todd Ramon Ochoa, Richard and Sally Price, and Deborah A. Thomas are now available on our page dedicated to the region.
New York University; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Language Ideology (Theme List)
Over the years Cultural Anthropology has published a wide range of essays by linguistic and cultural anthropologists in the language ideology framework. This framework explores how social differences—divisions of gender, class, race, and other culturally significant distinctions—are produced, indexed, and rationalized through language. Ideology can be located in linguistic practice, in metalinguistic discourse, and in metapragmatics. Such studies often attempt to show how specific semiotic processes operate to transform an "external," social position into an "internalized," more or less subjective identity position. Studies of language ideology can enrich our understanding of how constructs such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, and the nation are (re)produced in everyday interactions.
Anthropology Department, Columbia University; email@example.com
- Democracy, Elections & Voting (Theme List)
For over twenty years, Cultural Anthropology has published a wide range of essays in which its authors approach the practices of voting, elections, and democratic institutions in innovative ways. This thematic list draws together twenty years of essays in the study of democratic practice. Our contributors have treated topics ranging from elections to voting and from vigilantism to the voice, with geographic expertise ranging from Nepal to Nigeria. This collection will be a resource for professionals, experts and students of civics, comparative politics, anthropology and ethnography. To discuss this list, join us in our forums.
- Middle East (Area List)
Contributors to Cultural Anthropology have long been pioneers in their approaches to regional concerns; this is no different for our authors whose work has focused on the wider Middle East—from North Africa to Iran to Turkey. his area list includes critical theoretical and methodological work on topics ranging from segmentation theory to the formation of Islamic subjectivities. The essays on this list are an invaluable resource for any one with an
interest in the Middle East.
- Art of the Middle East (Theme List)
A popular conception of the Middle East is of a region embroiled in a politics of destruction and of violence; a number of our essays demonstrate the contrary by examining dimensions of creativity and artistry in the region. This thematic list is a special collection of essays on the politics of art and representation in the Middle East. The essays span twenty years and shall appeal to artists, professionals, experts and students interested in the topic of visual/material culture and the geographic region of the Middle East. Visit the list, then join the discussion in our forums.
- Fassin, 2008 (Supplemental Page)
- Farquhar, 2008 (Supplemental Page)
Anthropology, New York University; Nch236@nyu.edu
- Silvio, 2007 (Supplemental Page)
A supplemental page for Teri Silvio's "Remediation and Local Globalizations: How Taiwan's 'Digital Video Knights-Errant Puppetry' Writes the History of the New Media in Chinese." I have linked this page from the "History & Historiography" list. In updating the page, I not only linked to Silvio's personal website, but also included a YouTube clip of budaixi, the traditional Southern Chinese puppetry that Silvio analyzes.
- History & Historiography (Theme List)
This list investigates the production and utilization of history across cultures, as well as the history of anthropology as a discipline. In creating the list, I've tried to collect essays that not only span time and space, but also incorporate the varying mediums of historical practice, including new media, museums, and oral history.
Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; firstname.lastname@example.org
Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; email@example.com
Anthropology, University of California Davis; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hughes, 2005 (Supplemental Page)
This is a supplemental page for David McDermott Hughes essay "Third Nature: Making Space and Time in the Great Limpopo Conservation Area" that analyzes the relationship between "communities" and "experts" as both categories of people negotiate the Great Limpopo Conservation Area, which is a conservation area situated between (and in) three different African countries: Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
- Nature(s) (Theme List)
This list explores issues that can be categorized as environmental anthropology, which address debates, themes and notions centered on ecological issues, agriculture, scarcity, population and notions of nature, but this list pushes beyond this single conception of nature(s). It is also a space that we (as readers and writers) can explore the notions of nature(s) in other ventures and debates centered on the "biological," "natural" as well as biological theory.
Anthropology, University of Michigan; email@example.com
- Indigeneity (Theme List)
This bibliography of CA publications relating to indigeneity connects the history of anthropology, contemporary anthropological practice, and emerging political contexts. The list integrates ILO-influenced claims to indigeneity in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific with longstanding conflicts over sovereignty in settler states. This list develops the concern with indigeneity expressed by the Cultural Anthropology future special issue on indigeneity.
- Race (Theme List)
The list of Cultural Anthropology publications contributing to a critique of race provides an entree into anthropology's longstanding heterodox position on race. In addition to analyses of race as a form of exclusionary violence, Cultural Anthropology's authors have investigated other contradictory social lives of race, including its scientific trajectories, its role in historical migration narratives, and its role as a resource in community- and identity-building initiatives. Cultural Anthropology's international and comparative commitments offer insights on how understandings of race have circulated globally and reshaped previous local understandings of difference.
Lauren E. Miller
Department of Anthropology, Indiana University; Lemiller10@hotmail.com
- Ochoa, 2007 (Supplemental Page)
This page gives an overview of Todd Ramon Ochoa's essay on Palo, highlighting his concern with creating a new specialized language tailored to his ethnographic topic. The page itself offers a YouTube clip of a Palo ceremony and a link to the Palo and Lukumi association website. Also included are several classroom discussion questions and sample activities and assignments for use in the classroom.
- Performance (Theme List)
This list takes a broad view of performance, including essays that explore expressive genres such as film, theater, song and dance as well as those that highlight the performative capacity of everyday behavior.
Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Green, 1994 (Supplemental Page)
Linda Green's analysis of the chronic experience of insecurity among women in Guatemala's Xe'caj region explores the structure of everyday fear in a context shaped by a colonial history; civil war; the presence of U.S. military personnel; and a host of racialized and gendered social divisions. The piece also provides a sustained reflection on the ethics of ethnographic fieldwork and representation, and is an excellent example of recent attempts by anthropologists to engage with the legacy of U.S. foreign policy. The supplemental page offers scholars, researchers, teachers a variety of resources that supplement Green's analysis, including declassified U.S. government documents, a video clip about the legacy of violence in post-war Guatemala, and debates regarding anthropological ethics.
- Latin America (Area List)
Over the last twenty years, Cultural Anthropology has published an extraordinarily wide range of essays on Latin America. Many authors have brought innovative methodological and theoretical tools to bear on the subjects of religion, ritual, and cultural production across the region. Others have examined the cultural logics and legacies of violence, war, and insecurity as well as of processes of democratization and the construction of political orders. Throughout, Cultural Anthropology's authors have situated these topics within a careful analysis of the changing position of Latin American societies in transnational circuits of capital, consumption, and international law. Bringing this diverse corpus together, the Latin America list will be useful to scholars working in the region from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, especially anthropology, history, and cultural studies.
- Narrative, Discourse, and Rhetoric (Theme List)
Over the years, Cultural Anthropology has published a wide range of essays that deal with the related themes of narrative, discourse, and rhetoric. Addressing subjects as seemingly far-flung as conspiracy theories, folklore, discursive regimes, and the constitution of publics, this body of work investigates the relation between modes of story-telling and the politics of everyday life and interrogates the changing social and technological conditions that mediate linguistic communication. Of particular interest to scholars working in the fields of sociocultural and linguistic anthropology, folklore, rhetoric, literary theory, and history, the list maps out a rich intersection of methodological approaches, analytical tools, and thematic concerns that traverse disciplinary boundaries.
Anthropology, University of Toronto; email@example.com
- Grant focused on outreach to colleagues and institutions in Canada in an effort to contribute to and strengthen CA's international networks.
Anthropology, Temple University; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Socialism (Theme List)
This list is comprised of a variety of essays published by CA over the past decade and a half. I wrote and included editorial text summarizing the essays and providing readers with guidance as to how to utilize the list. I added a link to relevant syllabi previously published by the AAA interest group SOYUZ-Post Communist Cultural Studies at their website. I am working on adding a visual image. I can also foresee adding additional content, links to scholarly databases, other scholarly work, etc.
- The Caucasus (Area List)
Here we list articles published by Cultural Anthropology in the past decade. Not surprisingly, they chronicle the ambivalent meanings within this region and its peoples. Paul Manning discusses political instability in post-Soviet Georgia and the way that cartooning was involved in the 2005 political changeover. Bruce Grant addresses the ways that prisoner themes "capture" the Russian imagination and thus naturalize violence in the Caucasus. Alaina Lemon's article links the practices and meanings attached to hard cash in post-Soviet Russia to Caucasians as well as the Roma and thus underlines the Blackness of cash, its unpredictability and association with activities that are illicit and possibly morally in question.
- Manning, 2007 (Supplemental Page)
The added content enhances this page by allowing readers access to an actual example from the cartoon that is a major theme in this essay. I added a Youtube excerpt from one particularly exemplary Dardubala cartoon. I also added quotes from Manning's essay, his website link, a list of relevant media links, and links to the two other lists that I prepared on the Caucasus and Socialism. I will eventually include a list of Paul Manning's other works, although readers can get to this information via his website link.
- Fassin, 2005 (Supplemental Page)
In "Compassion and Repression: The Moral Economy of Immigration Policies in France" Didier Fassin investigates the ways in which political asylum has undergone a transformation in which "humanitarian claims"—informed by health needs—are being privileged over political claims (based on fear of persecution etc). Focusing on the Sangatte Center that was put up in France in late 1999, Fassin explores the role of this holding facility and how it became a symbol for the "moral economy of contemporary Europe" that was wrestling with new policies governed by compassion and repression. This supplemental page offers multimedia clips and additional background information on this topic while also offering recent updates regarding plans to build new centers in the area.
- Starrett, 2003 (Supplemental Page) [Co-created with Vivian Choi]
- Peteet, 1996 (Supplemental Page)
In this article, Julie Peteet offers an early example of the ways in which anthropologists have wrestled with the production (and implications) of graffiti as a political tool. Arriving in the West Bank in 1990, Peteet could not ignore the "writing on the walls" and sought out theoretical frameworks to discuss the role of graffiti during the first intifada. In this article she argues that different forms of cultural production, in this case graffiti, can act as a means of resistance and intervene on conditions or situations.
- Security (Theme List)
The essays in this section tackle the topic of security—some implicitly, others explicitly—from a diverse range of theoretical and empirical vantage points. Taken together, they represent over 20 years of anthropological inquiries that reveal an underlying attention to the various mechanisms of state, economic and personal control that are continually engaged in an ever-increasing securitized world.
- Youth (Theme List)
The essays in this list reveal the ways authors in Cultural Anthropology have been considering the role of youth over the past twenty years. It can be seen as a resource for those who are working with youth—it also illustrates the diverse approaches one can take when considering studying, and representing, youth.
Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; email@example.com
- Health and Medicine (Theme List)
Essays in Cultural Anthropology have sought to make sense of health and illness both at the level of individual experience and perception and at the level of institutionalized systems. Often, the goal is social theoretical analysis of the significance of modern medicine. Equally important is the imperative to do ameliorative work to address problems such as social inequalities in health and access to healthcare, failures of health professionals to address patients’ primary concerns, and the need to evaluate the impact of health services in populations’ well being.
University of Colorado, Boulder; Crystal.Watson@colorado.edu
Anthropology, University of California, Irvine; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shaozeng focused on outreach to colleagues and institutions in China in an effort to contribute to and strengthen CA's international networks.