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AnthroPod

Society for Cultural Anthropology

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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.
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19:56 | May 2nd

AnthroBites: Anthropology of NGOs by Society for Cultural Anthropology

46:24 | Mar 19th

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...Show More
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39:10 | Feb 14th

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 poss...Show More

47:56 | Jan 24th

“(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 J...Show More

51:18 | Jan 4th

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: ...Show More

41:12 | Dec 17th, 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 o...Show More

18:49 | Oct 15th, 2018

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

35:31 | Aug 27th, 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 n...Show More

26:54 | Jul 10th, 2018

Maria Frederika Malmstrom on the Sound of Economic Collapse in Egypt

48:21 | Jun 12th, 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 ...Show More

17:00 | Jun 6th, 2018

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

57:10 | May 9th, 2018

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

24:41 | Apr 17th, 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: Lilia...Show More

15:14 | Mar 15th, 2018

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

44:57 | Feb 13th, 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 cert...Show More

24:09 | Jan 16th, 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.

47:08 | Dec 21st, 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 ...Show More

1:02:00 | Oct 12th, 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 nonhu...Show More

15:11 | Sep 27th, 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.

34:02 | Sep 15th, 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 experience...Show More

16:42 | Aug 29th, 2017

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

25:40 | Aug 15th, 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 ab...Show More

34:24 | Jul 13th, 2017

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

29:01 | Jun 13th, 2017

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

29:27 | May 25th, 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.

44:16 | Apr 11th, 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.

46:07 | Mar 14th, 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.

42:04 | Feb 14th, 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.

1:24:25 | Jan 26th, 2017

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

44:25 | Jan 9th, 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.

42:50 | Nov 16th, 2016

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

49:22 | May 13th, 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

49:25 | May 5th, 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

36:34 | Mar 25th, 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 an...Show More

35:45 | Feb 25th, 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.

31:03 | Feb 15th, 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 Nove...Show More

29:05 | Dec 19th, 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 an...Show More

54:53 | Nov 18th, 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.

39:46 | Nov 4th, 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 Anthropolo...Show More

59:16 | Jun 25th, 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 assoc...Show More

41:12 | Mar 6th, 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...Show More

1:01:45 | Feb 2nd, 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.

59:48 | Nov 19th, 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 co...Show More

29:57 | Oct 7th, 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 ...Show More

45:18 | Sep 10th, 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, Mourni...Show More

1:06:53 | Aug 1st, 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 Faubio...Show More

1:18:37 | Jul 18th, 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 Boe...Show More

45:36 | May 31st, 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 stor...Show More

1:24:28 | Feb 20th, 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 Anthropol...Show More

52:23 | Jan 23rd, 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...Show More

43:04 | Dec 21st, 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...Show More

1:01:13 | Nov 14th, 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...Show More

41:20 | Oct 21st, 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: Aest...Show More

39:24 | Sep 16th, 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 Anthropolo...Show More

40:45 | Aug 15th, 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 Adapta...Show More

47:54 | Jul 15th, 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 A...Show More