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Check it out: CA Hotspots Collection on 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

I am pleased to announce a new open access Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots forum, featuring essays from Nepal-focused social scientists addressing the socio-cultural nuance and historical context necessary to rebuild Nepal after it’s devastating series of earthquakes in the spring of 2015. Posts in This Series Introduction: Aftershocked by Cameron David Warner, Heather Hindman and […]

The Politics of “Post-conflict”: On the Ground in South Asia

I am pleased to announce a new open access Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots forum, featuring essays from 14 scholars using “post-conflict” as a lens on Afghanistan, Kashmir, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Co-edited by Sara Shneiderman and me, with contributions from Mona Bhan, Vivian Choi, Noah Coburn, Anila Daulatzai, Thushara Hewage, Dhana Hughes, Heather Hindman, Dan […]

Check it out: Dhana Hughes’ book on the 1987 JVP insurrection in Souther Sri Lanka

  I encourage anybody who is interested in Sri Lankan political history to read Dhana Hughes’ new book on the 1987 JVP insurrection, which covers a time known as “The Terror” (Bheeshanaya).  Much of the focus on Sri Lanka’s political conflict is on the civil war in the north and east with the different Tamil […]

Anarchy in the Nepali Student Unions: Some Sociohistorical Context

I’ve been meaning to comment on Thira Bhusal’s piece on the growing anarchy in the Nepali Student Unions. Such anarchy is no surprise to me or anyone else who follows Nepali politics. This article opens with a summary of the lethargy amongst the three largest student unions. Neither the All Nepal Free Student Union (ANNFSU […]

The Relativity of Youth

The U.N.’s official age bracket for the youth demographic is 15-24. This demographic prescription has had a significant universalizing effect, due in part to the U.N.’s rights of the child strictures, transnational development aid, and the ubiquity of mass education.  However, youth is a social category. And like all social categories, youth is actualized and […]

Is education a human right?

Last week my class went to see Salman Khan speak about Khan academy and universal education. My students enjoyed it. Education policy is a priority for a number of them. They said as much when I asked what they would like President Obama to accomplish in his second term.  They are particularly interested in moving […]

Fostering Creativity

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a friend quoting a pretty scathing summation of the professionalizing impact of grad school made by David Graeber and Stevphen Shukaitis in their introduction to Constituent Imaginations. I won’t quote it in its entirety, but it opens asserting, Graduate school is not on the whole meant […]

Hello world!

This is my first blog post embarking on a new adventure.  In April, I am going to Nepal for a year to do research for a project entitled, Alchemists of the Revolution?: Politics of Educated Unemployed Youth. This is a joint project carried out by a research team of six in northern India, Nepal, and […]