This week, the CASTAC community received the sad news that (founding CASTAC member) Professor David Hakken had passed away. Former Platypus Editor Patricia Lange shares reflections on his life and work in a new introduction to an interview with him on big data from 2013.
Please join us in remembering and honoring him.
Photography: Between Anthropology and History
Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
20-21 June 2016
Conference hashtag #PHRC16
An anthropologist explains why Trump will win in November
Fabius Maximus website (blog)
Summary: Anthropologist Maximilian Forte explains why he expects Trump to win in November. Readers of the FM website will recognize most of his reasons, although Forte reasons intuitively rather than from theory (as I usually do). And we reach
Received from one of our alert readers:
The 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy:
Call for Papers
The 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy will be celebrated in Melbourne, Australia, from Friday 2 to Tuesday 6 December 2016. At this coming-of-age gathering of gastronomic scholars, writers and practitioners, we are looking with hope towards bright food futures with our guiding theme of ‘Utopian Appetites’.
By: Melissa Rosario
Decolonization has always been a fraught term for me. As a third generation Puerto Rican from the burbs of NYC who has studied anthropology and the politics of/at “home” for over a decade, this is probably not surprising. In today’s world, members of US Congress propose “solutions” to Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis in the form of financial oversight, wage cuts and increased exploitation and privatization of natural resources. Within this context, to speak of decolonization feels futuristic at best, oblivious at worst. And yet, the practices I associate with the decolonial—shifting, unlearning and reclaiming—are more important than ever.