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On Training Anthropologists Rather than Professors
There is something rotten in academia right now. This idea is at the heart of David Platzer and Anne Allison’s essay “Academic Precarity in American Anthropolog... More
Zora Neale Hurston and Gerald Berreman
This past week, I’ve been writing on Donald Trump and the anthropology of lying, and I reread Veena Das’s (1998) article on rumors and the social production of ... More
Self-Immolation as Protest in Tibet
Tibet has no history of self-immolation as sacrifice, religious offering, or political protest. Yet, in the last year alone, roughly thirty-five Tibetans have s... More
Background Links For 'Self-Immolation as Protest in Tibet'
The Tibetan Self-immolations: Who, What, When, Where Tibetan: http://www.rangzen.net/downloads/maps/Map_TsampaRevolution_20120401_BO.jpg Chinese: http://www.ra... More
Teaching Tibet in a Time of Precarious Emotion
On more days than I could have ever anticipated, I start my Anthropology of Tibet class by saying, “Since we last met, a young Tibetan monk self-immolated and d... More