Song as Boundary Work: On Dylan and the Nobel Prize

This post was submitted by Robert Skoro. A musician-turned-anthropologist, Robert works in private industry as a strategist and researcher.  Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, a remarkable gesture to all, whether obvious or controversial. His songs provoked and catalyzed cultural change during a pivotal era in American history, and an American hasn’t … Continue reading Song as Boundary Work: On Dylan and the Nobel Prize

Vignettes of War

This post was submitted by Dr. Sumi Colligan, Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Service-Learning Co-Coordinator at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Turkey conjures up vignettes of war, not least of which is the tragic and possibly preventable attack on Ataturk Airport that took place on June 28th. On a visit this past month, I was struck by the … Continue reading Vignettes of War


Shaka McGlotten is Associate Professor of media, society and the arts at Purchase College-SUNY and Co-Chair of the Association for Queer Anthropology.  Before I left for my summer travels, a young black woman, a student turned activist turned college employee, came over to my campus apartment. I made fresh juice and coffee with turmeric and … Continue reading “Orlando”

Wedding Crashers

After marriage equality became the law of the land, lawmakers across the United States doubled down on discrimination. Author Ryan Thoreson is a scholar in residence at the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of “Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide” (University … Continue reading Wedding Crashers