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

Bringing art to breast cancer care: 3D nipple tattooing

Few people realize how long and complex breast cancer treatment is. The Komen Foundation and Avon rarely highlight post-surgery debacles in their fundraising literature, and the visceral reality of scars is seldom discussed unless being celebrated. As the model Matuschka showed in her 1993 photograph and more recently anthropologist Lochlain Jain in her bio-ethnography Malignant, … Continue reading Bringing art to breast cancer care: 3D nipple tattooing

(Re)-Remembering the Trail of Tears

September 16th is Trail of Tears Commemoration Day. This was news to me. As an Oklahoman, living in former Indian Territory, the place where tribal-altering and life-shattering journeys brought Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee-Creek peoples, one would think there would be a general awareness of this holiday. Welcome to modernity, a world where an … Continue reading (Re)-Remembering the Trail of Tears