Post Gezi Sensibilities and the Recent Turkish Elections

In Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks, Jenny White (2014:198) argues, “In the Gezi clashes, a new generation of citizens, whose expectations have been shaped by twenty-first-century global concerns, social justice issues, and neo-liberal expectations, confronted twentieth-century structures of power…” While in Istanbul last summer, I had the honor of meeting a young woman who … Continue reading Post Gezi Sensibilities and the Recent Turkish Elections

Changing Tides: Celebrating Women’s Valor on Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, Americans will celebrate the sacrifice and heroism of those who served in uniform from World War I to the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us will thank our brothers, fathers, uncles, and perhaps even grandfathers for their patriotism and military service. Far fewer Americans will extend their arms … Continue reading Changing Tides: Celebrating Women’s Valor on Veterans Day

Final Report: Task Force on AAA Engagement on Israel-Palestine

Read the full report.  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Recent years have seen increasing pressure in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and many other professional academic associations to discuss alleged Israeli violations of academic freedom and human rights, and to move toward sanctioning Israel. More than 1,100 anthropologists, many of whom are AAA members, have now signed a … Continue reading Final Report: Task Force on AAA Engagement on Israel-Palestine

The Plight of Syrian Refugees

This past June, I participated in a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) International Faculty Development Seminar in Amman, Jordan, and Istanbul, Turkey, focusing on the plight of Syrian refugees. Of course, while the sheer numbers of Syrians displaced or killed since the onset of the war in 2011, about half of Syria’s pre-war population, … Continue reading The Plight of Syrian Refugees

Epidemics, Xenophobia and the “Other” Fear Factor

Sharks, contaminated foods, polluted water, heat waves, droughts, floods, tsunamis, rising ocean levels, financial collapse, the police, radical Muslims, young African American men – we live in fearful times, or so we are told.  These fears are reinforced exponentially in our media (with special thanks to the feeding frenzy of viral videos) and, of late, … Continue reading Epidemics, Xenophobia and the “Other” Fear Factor

AAA Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) joins same-sex partners across the country in celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges, a consolidation of four marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan. The Court declared that it is in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment for states to deny same-sex … Continue reading AAA Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality