Podcast

AnthroPod

AnthroPod is produced by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (http://www.culanth.org). Each episode, we explore what anthropologists and anthropology can teach us about the world and people around us.

Episodes

  • 50. Walking amid Wonder: Tulasi Srinivas and Namita Dharia in Conversation

    Mar 19 2019

    Guests Namita Dharia and Tulasi Srinivas discuss the possibilities for an anthropology of wonder. Their conversation builds out from Srinivas’s latest book, "The Cow in the Elevator: An Anthropology of Wonder," and explores questions of positionality in the field, canonical inheritances, and experiments with ethnographic writing. Sonic landscapes from Srinivas’s fieldsite weave in and out of their discussion, opening listeners to encounters with ritual and aesthetic practices and renewing Sriniv...more

  • 49. When Fieldwork Breaks Your Heart

    Feb 14 2019

    In "When Fieldwork Breaks Your Heart," guest producer Aisha Sultan considers the question: what do you do when fieldwork threatens to break your heart? While graduate seminars and methodological reflections within anthropology often focus on the possibilities ethnography affords as the cornerstone of the discipline, Sultan here contends with its bleaker and more difficult dimensions: the toll it takes on the minds and bodies of ethnographers; experiences of mental illness; persistent feelings of...more

  • 48. (W)Rap on Gender Sexuality

    Jan 24 2019

    “(W)Rap on: Gender/Sexuality” is the third episode of the (W)Rap On series at AnthroPod, which brings anthropologists into conversation with artists, activists, and scholars from other disciplines and perspectives. The series is loosely inspired by James Baldwin and Margaret Mead’s 1970 conversation Rap on Race, and was conceived by Hilary Leathem in collaboration with AnthroPod. Our format attempts to identify and confront some of the problems that Mead and Baldwin’s conversation embodied, suc...more

  • 47.(W)rap on Immigration

    Jan 04 2019

    Anthropologist Jason De León and journalist Maria Hinojosa discuss migration, U.S. border militarization, and teaching and writing in political times. Journalist Julio Ricardo Varela moderates the conversation. This episode is part of the (W)rap On: Series, inspired by the original 1970 conversation between writer James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead.

  • 46. Reading List for a Progressive Environmental Anthropology

    Dec 17 2018

    This roundtable discussion explores the recently published Reading List for a Progressive Environmental Anthropology. The crowdsourced reading list is a project organized by Bridget Guarasci (Franklin and Marshall College), Amelia Moore (University of Rhode Island), and Sarah Vaughn (University of California, Berkeley). Crafting this reading list around themes such as toxicity, globalization, waterscapes, and economies, Guarasci, Moore, and Vaughn aim to offer theoretical and regional breadth th...more

  • AnthroBites: Queer Anthropology

    Oct 15 2018

    Margot Weiss explores the origins, presents and futures of queer anthropology.

  • 45. (W)Rap on Race

    Aug 27 2018

    “(W)Rap On: Race” features anthropologist Shalini Shankar discussing race, social activism, and pedagogy with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson. Christien Tompkins moderates the conversation. (W)Rap on Race is the inaugural episode of the new (W)Rap On series at AnthroPod, which brings anthropologists into conversation with artists, activists, and scholars from other disciplines and perspectives. The series is loosely inspired by James Baldwin and Margaret Mead’s 1971 conversation Rap ...more

  • 44. Sounds of Economic Collapse in Egypt

    Jul 10 2018

    Maria Frederika Malmstrom on the Sound of Economic Collapse in Egypt

  • 43. AnthroPod Crossover Post: The Familiar Strange with Vijayendra Rao

    Jun 12 2018

    Vijayendra Rao, an economist with the World Bank, talks with anthropologist Ian Pollock about the theory and practice of development, anthropology’s relationship to development, and how ethnography might help the disenfranchised engage with powerful institutions and effect social change.

  • AnthroBites: Hunters & Gathers

    Jun 06 2018

    Graeme Warren explains what we can learn about histories and cultures through Hunter & Gatherer research.

  • 42. Schools, Prisons, and Blackness in America: A Conversation with Damien Sojoyner

    May 09 2018

    Damien Sojoyner on race, education, imprisonment, and their intersection in the United States.

  • 41. Teresa Caldeira on Urban Practices and Ethnographic Intimacy

    Apr 17 2018

    Teresa Caldeira discusses her recent research on urban practices and forms of cultural production from the peripheries of São Paulo, Brazil that are reshaping public space, including rap music, graffiti, ostentation funk, and pixação Producer: Liliana Gil Music: Excerpts from “Soldado Sem Bandeira” by Emicida (00:00, 08:20), “Fim de Semana no Parque” by Racionais MC’s (06:25), a birthday song recorded at the Jardim das Camélias’s Parish Church (14:05), and “Se Identifica” by A’s Trinca (17:20, ...more

  • AnthroBites: Feminist Anthropology

    Mar 15 2018

    Christa Craven discusses feminist anthropology in this episode of AnthroBites, the podcast that makes key concepts in anthropology more digestible.

  • 40. Anthropology's Politics: A Conversation with Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar

    Feb 13 2018

    Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar discuss their recent book, Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (2015). They touch on how political and economic pressures shape how U.S.-based scholars research and teach about the Middle East, how certain topics and regions are embraced or pushed back on, and how those pressures and incentives impact scholars working in the Middle East from graduate school to teaching and public engagement. Producer: Beth Derderian Music: Sweeter Vermouth by Kevi...more

  • 39. Podcasts and Pedagogy: Audio in the Anthropology Classroom

    Jan 16 2018

    Angela Jenks shares her approach to anthropological pedagogy and offers thoughtful insights into how anthropologists might begin thinking about how to incorporate podcasts into their syllabi.

  • 38. The Anthropology of Media in a Post-Truth Era

    Dec 21 2017

    Anthropologists of media and journalism reflect on the current post-truth era in the United States means for research and teaching. This episode features a panel from the the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association with Naomi Schiller, Robert Samet, Natalia Roudakova, Alexandra Juhasz, Amahl Bishara, and Faye Ginsburg. Music: “Bit Rio” and “Caravan” by Podington Bear

  • 37. More-than-Human Politics

    Oct 12 2017

    Guest producers Stine Krøijer and Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen take up a debate that is central to current environmental and political anthropology: namely, how ethnographers can identify and describe the political when earth beings, spirits, or nonhuman others become part of the ethnographic equation? Marisol de la Cadena’s 2015 book _Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds_ is the point of departure for the conversation. The episode is built around a recording of a workshop on...more

  • AnthroBites: Sovereignty

    Sep 27 2017

    Yarimar Bonilla discusses the concept of sovereignty and its anthropological applications in this episode of AnthroBites, the podcast that makes key concepts in anthropology more digestible.

  • 36. Drone: Anthropology, Poetry, Military

    Sep 15 2017

    Hugh Gusterson, Kim Garcia, and a U.S. military drone operator on active duty discuss the representation of drone warfare. Their conversation engages the ways we think about communities of expertise and war, as well as how we represent the experiences of others.

  • AnthroBites: Scientific Racism

    Aug 29 2017

    Rachel Watkins discusses the origins and legacies of scientific racism for AnthroBites, the podcast that makes key concepts in anthropology more digestible.

  • 35. Ethnography and Design 3: Labor in the Gig Economy

    Aug 15 2017

    Lilly Irani discusses the human labor behind artificial intelligence technology. Irani helped create a platform called Turkopticon to support workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk, a website that outsources micro data processing work. Irani also talks about her current book project on entrepreneurialism and national development in India.

  • 34. Ethnography and Design 2: Swedish Design and Ethnocharrettes

    Jul 13 2017

    Keith Murphy discusses the anthropology of design through his work on Swedish design as well as bringing design methods into ethnography through ethnocharrettes.

  • 33. Ethnography and Design 1: Disability, Design, and Performance

    Jun 13 2017

    Cassandra Hartblay discusses design and ethnography through her work on disability in Russia.

  • 32. Animals and Anthropology

    May 25 2017

    Theory, method, and politics of studying human-animal relations from anthropological perspectives with Nikhil Anand, Philippe Descola, Radhika Govindrajan, Laura Ogden, and Paige West.

  • 31. Socializing Through Technology: Pokémon GO in Downtown Detroit

    Apr 11 2017

    Guest podcaster David Lein examines the impact of Pokémon GO on communities, both digital and physical, in conversation with Michigan-based scholars John Cheney-Lippold, Eric Montgomery, and individuals in Detroit who are using Pokémon GO.

  • 30. Outer Space Trilogy 3: Ice Cream And Architecture

    Mar 14 2017

    In the third and final episode in our trilogy on outer space, anthropologist Valerie Olson discusses systems thinking in the Anthropocene, off-world architecture and garbage, as well as food and health beyond Earth.

  • 29. Outer Space Trilogy 2: Moon Dust And Cosmo/politics

    Feb 14 2017

    In the second episode in our trilogy on outer space, anthropologist Debbora Battaglia discusses cosmo/politics, the diary of a space zucchini, and the social life of moon dust. For more, visit culanth.org.

  • 28. The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Anthropologists Reflect on What Just Happened

    Jan 26 2017

    The role of race, class, gender, neoliberalism, and more in the 2016 election discussed by leading anthropologists.

  • 27. Outer Space Trilogy 1: Haircuts And Billionaires

    Jan 09 2017

    In the first episode in our trilogy on outer space, anthropologist David Valentine discusses haircuts in space, the colonization of Mars, the rise of the billionaire-led NewSpace community. For more, visit culanth.org.

  • 26. Alma Gottlieb on Experiments in Ethnographic Writing

    Nov 16 2016

    In this episode, Dr. Alma Gottlieb discusses her approach to ethnographic writing. For more, visit culanth.org.

  • Anthropod Episode 25. Anna Tsing on Landscapes and the Anthropocene

    Jul 06 2016

    Anna Tsing on Landscapes and the Anthropocene

  • 24. (Higher Quality) Charlene Makley on Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests

    May 13 2016

    Anthropod talks with Prof. Charlene Makley (Reed College) about her article, "The Sociopolitical Lives of Dead Bodies: Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests as Mass Media." For more, visit culanth.org

  • 24. Charlene Makley on Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests

    May 05 2016

    Anthropod talks with Prof. Charlene Makley (Reed College) about her article, "The Sociopolitical Lives of Dead Bodies: Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests as Mass Media." For more, visit culanth.org

  • 23. Sverker Finnström and Federica Guglielmo on fieldwork and morality.

    Mar 25 2016

    AnthroPod talked with Sverker Finnström and Federica Guglielmo on the connections between Finnström’s research on the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, Guglielmo’s research on the Rwandan genocide, and the SANT 2015 conference theme “Anthropology and Morality”.

  • 22. Helena Wulff on Writing Anthropology

    Feb 25 2016

    AnthroPod talks to Helena Wulff about the practice of writing and the difference between writing academic and public texts. Helena Wulff is Professor of social anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.

  • 21. Dr. Livia Stone On Contested Walls And Natural Forces.

    Feb 15 2016

    Dr. Livia Stone on the contested walls of Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, and their interplay with natural forces. Based on the photo essay "As Fluid as a Brick Wall", which Livia co-authored with Dr. Abigail C. Stone. The photo essay appeared in the November 2014 (29.4) issue of Cultural Anthropology.

  • 20. Paolo Favero on Visual Methods

    Dec 19 2015

    Paolo Favero on visual methods in the field. In our conversation, Favero shares his engagement with visual methods and suggests that using a camera is not about documenting empirical evidence but a process of producing the empirical field material and choosing perspectives.

  • 19. #BlackLivesMatter: Anthropologists on Protest, Policing and Race-Based Violence

    Nov 18 2015

    Three anthropologists share insights on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, social media, policing, race-based violence and histories of African American protest. Featuring Yarimar Bonilla, Laurence Ralph and Mark Auslander.

  • 18. Tobias Rees On Global Health And Humanity

    Nov 04 2015

    In this episode of AnthroPod, Stacy Topouzova and Rupa Pillai interview Tobias Rees, author of "Humanity/Plan; or, On the 'Stateless' Today (Also Being an Anthropology of Global Health)", which appears in the August 2014 issue of Cultural Anthropology. Professor Rees is an associate professor in the Department of the Social Sciences of Medicine at McGill University.

  • 17. Kevin Lewis O'Neill: An Interview with the Winner of the 2014 Cultural Horizons Prize

    Jun 25 2015

    AnthroPod speaks with Kevin Lewis O'Neill, the winner of the 2014 Cultural Horizons Prize for his essay, "Left Behind: Security, Salvation, and the Subject of Prevention" from the May 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology. Professor O'Neill is an associate professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. He is author of City of God (2010) and Secure the Soul (2015), both from the University of California Press...more

  • 16. Dorothy E. Roberts On The Future Of Race In Science- Regression Or Revolution?

    Mar 06 2015

    On this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of the Society of Cultural Anthropology, we listen to Dorothy E. Roberts's keynote address from the 2014 meeting of the American Anthropological Association. For more on information, visit: http://culanth.org/fieldsights/646-dorothy-e-roberts-on-the-future-of-race-in-science-regression-or-revolution

  • 15. Naisargi Dave on Animal Rights Activism in India

    Feb 02 2015

    Naisargi Dave talks with us about the origins of her interest in animal activism, her experiences doing fieldwork, and reads selections from her essay and forthcoming work.

  • 14. Charles Briggs on the Work of Mourning

    Nov 19 2014

    Charles Briggs talks to psychoanalyst Maureen Katz about the anthropology of mourning. They discuss a letter titled “Dear Dr. Freud” that Professor Briggs wrote to Sigmund Freud about the experience of a traumatic epidemic in rural Venezuela. They consider how he was drawn into the mourning process as an anthropologist and photographer, and how mourners framed their work of mourning in relation to the long history of colonialism. They end the episode by talking about how anthropology itself migh...more

  • 13. Laura Moran on Symbolic Ethnic Capital in Australia

    Oct 07 2014

    On this episode of AnthroPod, Rupa Pillai interviews Dr. Laura Moran about how Sudanese young people with refugee backgrounds use hip hop music and style in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Moran present her work at the 112th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. For show notes and additional information, visit: http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/606-laura-moran-on-symbolic-ethnic-capital-in-australia

  • 12. Ethnography of Post-Genocide

    Sep 10 2014

    On this episode of AnthroPod, Jonah S. Rubin interviews three anthropologists working in the aftermath of genocides. The works these authors are discussing were originally presented at a panel entitled "Gray Zones and their Aftermaths: Memory, Mourning, Justice" at the 112th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. For show notes and additional information, visit: http://culanth.org/fieldsights/558-ethnographies-of-post-genocide

  • 11. Publishing Anthropology Pt. 2 : Process and Infrastructure

    Aug 01 2014

    This episode of AnthroPod is the second of a two-part series on publishing in academia. We go behind-the-scenes of academic publishing, looking to the past and the future with the incoming editors of Cultural Anthropology, Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe; the first editor of Cultural Anthropology, George Marcus; and former acquisitions editor at Princeton University Press currently doing research on the future of the book, Mary Murrell. Part 1 featured Anne Allison, Tom Boellstorff...more

  • 10. Publishing Anthropology Pt. 1: What Editors Want

    Jul 18 2014

    This episode of AnthroPod is the first of a two-part series on publishing in academia. In Part 1, we go behind-the-scenes in the editorial offices of Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, and Duke University Press with Anne Allison, Tom Boellstorff, and Tim Elfenbein. Part 2 will feature Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, Cymene Howe, George Marcus, and Mary Murrell.

  • 9. Nicholas D'Avella on Ecologies of Investment in Argentina

    May 31 2014

    Nicholas D'Avella, postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley's Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, talks about the complex networks of debt, currency valuation, and real estate that Argentines find themselves caught up in and the stories they tell to help navigate them.

  • 8. Can Scholarship Be Free To Read? Cultural Anthropology Goes Open Access

    Feb 20 2014

    On this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Bascom Guffin and Jonah S Rubin interview four leading voices pushing for open access in anthropology. With its February 2014 issue, the journal of Cultural Anthropology is now free to read at www.culanth.org.

  • Episode 7 - Worlding with the Body

    Jan 23 2014

    We return again to the November 2013 American Anthropological Association meeting in Chicago to showcase the panel entitled "Worlding with the Body." In this episode the five panelists consider how the concept of "worlding" -- that is, how bodies are not simply objects that exist within the world, but agents that operate to partially make it - can help reveal new details about their diverse fields of research.

  • Episode 6 – Right-wing Activists, Algorithms, PTSD, and Drug Replacement Therapy

    Dec 21 2013

    Conversations from the November 2013 American Anthropological Association meeting in Chicago. Tomomi Yamaguchi talks about right-wing activists in Japan. Nick Seaver explains the cultural importance of algorithms. Walter Callaghan shares his personal journey to studying PTSD in Canadian soldiers. And Shan-Estelle Brown discusses the aesthetic experiences some drug users have with their opioid replacement therapy.

  • Episode 5 - John Hartigan on Genomics, Biology, and the Anthropology Of Race

    Nov 14 2013

    In this episode of AnthroPod, Bascom Guffin and Grant Jun Otsuki interview John Hartigan (University of Texas, Austin) about his work on race, genomics, and biology in Mexico. He talks about his essay in the August 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology, "Mexican Genomics and the Roots of Racial Thinking." For more AnthroPod and all the other content put out by the SCA visit us at: www.culanth.org. Show notes are available at:

  • Episode 4.1 - Saida Hodzic - On Global Health Governance

    Oct 21 2013

    On this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Jonah S Rubin interviews Prof. Saida Hodzic (Cornell) about her article in the Fubruary 2013 issue of Cultual Anthropology, entitled: "Ascertaining Deadly Harms: Aesthetics and Politics of Global Evidence." For more AnthroPod and all the other content put out by the SCA visit us at: www.culanth.org. Show notes are available at: http://culanth.org/fieldsights/388-saida-hodzic-on-global-health-governance.

  • Episode 3 - Kamari M. Clarke on Cultural Citizenship

    Sep 16 2013

    Kamari M. Clarke on Cultural Citizenship. In this episode of AnthroPod, Rupa Pillai interviews Kamari Maxine Clarke, author of "Notes on Cultural Citizenship in the Black Atlantic World", which appears in the August 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology. For more on this article and all of our other content, visit culanth.org.

  • Episode 2 - Richard Handler on Anthropology and Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Education

    Aug 15 2013

    In this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of The Society for Cultural Anthropology, editorial intern Jonah S Rubin interviews Prof. Richard Handler (UVA) about his article in the May 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology, entitled: "Disciplinary Adaptation and Undergraduate Desire: Anthropology and Global Development Studies in the Liberal Arts Curriculum." For more on this article and all of our other content, head to production.culanth.org and culanth.org.

  • Episode 1 - Michael Fisch on Tokyo's Train Suicides

    Jul 15 2013

    Michael Fisch on Tokyo's Train Suicides. In the first installment of AnthroPod, Bascom Guffin and Grant Otsuki interview Michael Fisch, author of "Tokyo's Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence", which appears in the May 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology. Michael Fisch is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. (http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/people/faculty_member/michael_fisch/) Read his essay here: http://production.culanth.org/supplementals/505-tokyo-...more