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K, as news of The Paper (and fallout) filters outside #anthrotwitter, I think it's worth considering this was a failure on multiple levels not just QR's #PeerReview.

Ex: The Society for Visual Anth awarded him "Best Student Film" in 2021, for the same thing. Society for Visual Anthropo...
I'm not pleased to draw more attention to this, knowing there's a good chance it will hinder my own work.

I'm angry. I know so many who got rejected for lifting up voices that deserved to be heard, while this... whatever it is made the cut, repeatedly.

I keep seeing retweets of critiques that say things like "serious lack of self-reflexivity" or "inept methodology".

I gotta ask, why is anyone giving him the benefit of the doubt? Why were so many people who found out about this paper critiquing it like it was any other essay?
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A list of some texts that I love by mentors and academics I admire for no particular reason at all 👀:

#AnthroTwitter #SexualityStudies #ParticipantObservation #Ethnography
“Queer Activism in India
A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics” by Naisargi Dave…
“After Love; Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba” by Noelle M Stout
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So excited to see the spotlight on Dr Khiara Bridges and her anthropological work on reproduction, how reproductive justice must always be intersectional. Here is a thread of other ethnographies on reproduction, race & gender I would recommend 🧵
Coercive reproductive policies have historically been used as a tool of imperial power to forcibly sterilize communities of color, often in the name of “public health sanitation.”
These policies are predominantly targeted at women of color. This has led to the use of unsafe contraceptives in poor communities of color, medical racism, and the unethical experimentation on people of color in the name of maternal and child health and “protection.”
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Anthro Chair is stepping down. Colleagues said she was surprisingly self-aware & almost 'soul-searching' in admitting she knew people criticized her leadership. Realizing she was complicit in museum unlawfully firing me? Cool. Then speak up, Laurel. You have an ethical obligation
More than 100 people who know me can tell you that I said for years she was hellbent on getting me out before she stepped down bc she was terrified of my influence in being more transparent about our division's violent history & vocal about the dehumanizing hierarchy.
So the timing of her announcing she is stepping down before end of fiscal, apparently contrite, just as the first phase of my arbitration proceedings not inconspicuous.
I still demand an investigation into her longstanding pattern of abusive behavior
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To those junior scholars having to spend multiple days on "zoom campus visits" first a big bravo, you are all doing a fabulous job in horrible circumstances! A few very small words of advice (see next threads) #academic twitter #anthrotwitter
1) Before you jump into the screen share provide a conversational intro (3-5 mins) to how you came to the project you are going to present and why it matters to you, what ideas are most important to you as a scholar right now beyond your project itself; then start the slides
2) Avoid putting transcriptions conversations/quotations on to your slides; maybe use images instead or some themes or provocations from the quotes you read in your text rather than the quote itself.
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Hi #anthrotwitter, I'm looking for recs on ethnographic works focused on "helpers" - broadly defined, as they navigate issues of morality, deservingness, care, justice, il/legality in their work with the populations they help/serve.
Specifically, I'm beginning to think in earnest about a second project focused on immigrant "helpers" and how they perceive these issues in their work with im/migrants with different legal statuses. I want the "helpers" to be the focus of the ethnographic work.
I'd take examples from other arenas, ie. development, health, etc. Would also take non-anthro stuff, though I do want to start with works that take a reflexive, experiential approach to the work of these "helpers." I also see this category of helpers as distinct from "activists"
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What books would you assign in a grad seminar tentatively titled "Reading and Writing Ethnographies" to discuss issues like methodology, voice, genre, affect, ethics and politics, temporality, archive, etc.? Especially looking for relatively newer ethnographies. #anthrotwitter
Here are some from my list:
Katherine Verdery – My life as a spy
Ieva Jusionyte – Threshold
Audra Simpson – Mohawk Interruptus
Anna Tsing- The mushroom at the end of the world
Laurence Ralph- Torture Letters
Angela Garcia- Pastoral Clinic
Lisa Stevenson – Life beside itself
Julie Livingston- Improvising Medicine
Michael Taussig – My Cocaine museum
Ruth Behar – The Vulnerable Observer
Kathleen Stewart- Ordinary Affects
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If I were to pick one constantly reiterated assertion that has done the most to limit anthropologists' understanding of publishing, or of what it might take to pursue different models or forms of publishing, it's this one. #anthrotwitter
Wiley doesn't just profit: the majority of that profit goes back to the AAA & its sections, which in turn funds some of the editorial labor & other activities. Wiley is also undertaking the work of making scholarship readable, findable, placed in a particular info system, etc.
The real complain (+ others) is that Wiley charges too much for its services, which scholars benefit from & have come to expect, even when they have little sense of what is involved. And "digital" has added another layer of abstraction to these services.
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I remember that there was a strange cultural practice among certain indigenous groups (In Canada, I think?) where they deliberately destroyed their own possessions to signal status, but I cannot find it on Google.

Can anyone help me?

#Anthropology #Anthrotwitter
Thanks to @pilesofskulls : the answer is Potlatch, a custom of the Chinook people and many other small tribes and "nations" from aboriginal America.
"A potlatch involves giving away or destroying wealth or valuable items in order to demonstrate a leader's wealth and power."
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The Very Specific And Limited Way Of The Masks (Lévi Strauss)

Also @RobGMacfarlane's landmark book would never have worked if it had been called The Very Specific And Limited Old Ways
ditto Howard's Very Specific And Limited Way
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#anthrotwitter I am updating a release form that gives me ownership of physical property (image, audio, etc) I collect. I am drawn more to the paradigm of stewardship bc of its Indig. framework (e.g. we steward the land & natural resources for future gen. but do not own it). 1/
I am challenged to claim ownership for materials I document as part of oral history because culture workers should be stewarding of stories and traditions for future scholars as well as the community itself. 2/
I have no prob with ownership of IP but want to incorporate language that represents stewardship of images and audio. Anyone have resources they can point me to? TIA!

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Here's a thread of some articles surrounding these topics from the @culanth archives! All free and open access! Any other ideas, #AnthroTwitter, #ClimateTwitter?
This 2017 article by Sarah Vaughn details the epistemic politics that shape the climate adaptation of sea defense in Guyana.… Image
In this article from 2018, Jason Cons explores recent development projects that seek to instill resilience in populations likely to be severely impacted by climate change.… Image
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Sometimes we all need a little lift in the weirdness of these times, #AnthroTwitter & #AcademicTwitter, so:
What's a recent (today, yesterday, this past week) small victory of yours?
Can be as small as you want!
Comment below!👇
e.g. me (Adam) yesterday: 200 words on the page after struggling to write!
Also maybe now's not the time to share...that's cool too!
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🙌Hi everyone, @afleisch_anthro back on the accounts this week! 🙌
This joke format's a bit passé at this point, but I did have one about tenure track positions in U.S. anthropology. Unfortunately, only 21% of anthropology PhDs will get it...
Nothing like millennial dark jokes about the jobs crisis in academic anthropology to get your week started! /s

Wishing you a week full of small successes, etc.!

FYI this number came from 2 separate studies published in 2018, one of them here at CulAnth:…
And Speakman et al. published in PLOS ONE in 2018, "Market share and recent hiring trends in anthropology faculty positions:"…
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While #anthrotwitter isn't always rosy, we have to ask: what's happening in @AmericanAnthro's Communities listserv? As anthropologists, we can examine peoples' practices and explore their broader meanings; pls add ethnographic data to this thread so we can understand these people
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A couple of ironic bits about the Harper's letter: 1. they are condemning ... the very thing they are supporting .... speech. They want controlled speech without consequence. That's just not how speech works. Enough people pipe up, there are consequences…
2. I am against government censorship of speech. It is good to be confronted with some degree of diversity of opinion and difference. But liberalism ideology around speech & free speech is often damn naive and needs an upgrade and Harper's letter clings to the naive version.
3. Speech has consequences. That's why things happen with words. That's why Aristotle identified rhetoric as a powerful weapon. That's why speech can wound. That's why people fight against hate speech. That's why we change our norms around speech.
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En antropología existen varios protocolos cuando alguien “acompaña” en trabajo de campo a la antropóloga/ al antropólogo. Las personas/ interlocutores deben saber para qué está la persona que acompaña porque se trastocan los resultados #AnthroTwitter
El trabajo de campo no es un “paseo” para ver qué dicen los interlocutores. La presencia de un acompañante o varios, como menciono, tiene que ser explícito en los protocolos de investigación y resultados #AnthroTwitter
Lo anterior, dicho de manera muy sintética, son buenas prácticas en antropología de quien lleva a cabo trabajo de campo (investigación) y deben ser explícitas, en especial por lo delicado del tema y para saber de qué forma participaron los interlocutores #AnthroTwitter
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[Long Thread]. I keep trying to find the time to write something more formal b/c I want to offer some insight into how the #AmAnth2020 Program Committee came to make certain decisions this year. (At some point, that will happen.)
But Black folx are being killed by police & the military. Globally, people are mobilizing for resistance. And we’re in the middle of a pandemic that is still killing hundreds and making thousands sick. Writing abt the conf feels unimportant right now.
But I also understand that institutions & orgs will move forward. People will continue to work, research, teach, write, & create. And because of capitalism & its unrelenting hold on the academy & knowledge production, there will be so many ways we will be…
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Join @yarimarbonilla, Junaid Rana, and @nargesbajoghli on May 8th @Distribute2020 as they discuss the imperial, racial, and labor politics of a global pandemic. How is imperialism unsettled in the era of the coronavirus?… sketched drawing on a man i...
And on Saturday, May 9th tune in for the #Distribute2020 Keynote with Miyarrka Media: "Making Worlds Otherwise" · "Hacer mundos de otra manera."
This video is an invitation to participate in the Yolnu art of connection.
@SocietyVisAnth @arjshankar satellite image of coastlin...
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The @SocMedAnthro's Anthropology of Mental Health Interest Group has put together "a few recommendations for the moment, a Coronavirus Care Package, as it were":
[see the footnotes!!!]…
(via @EmmaLouiseBacke) #AnthroTwitter
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I recently read Joseph Dumit’s book “Drugs for Life” (2012) that boasts a clever title, intriguing cover art, and relatable topic. The aesthetics are great, but the content left me only partially satisfied. Get ready for a #BookReview #AnthroTwitter
Do you want to know something wild? A leading clinical researcher told Dumit that “being on five or more drugs for life is a minimum” (12). Wild for me. But for my parents, who use pill containers for their many prescriptions, maybe not. My parents actually gifted me one. Yikes.
Main idea: the definition of health has shifted. Being healthy makes us insecure b/c we're always at risk yet don’t know what we could/should be doing to counteract that risk. Instead of being happy I'm healthy, I know I’ve said, “I’m going to get sick soon. It’s been too long."
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