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The Department of Anthropology affirms its solidarity with the Asian American community.
April 16, 2021

The murders of eight people at Atlanta-area spas, six of whom were Asian women, has taken place amidst a wave of violence directed against people of Asian descent in this country. The attack, by a white gunman whom a Georgia sheriff’s captain described as having “a bad day,” has been the most high-profile case in a wave of anti-Asian violence,…

Professor Laurence Ralph wins the 2021 Guggenhiem Fellowship
April 9, 2021

Congratulations to Professor Laurence Ralph, awarded the 2021 Guggenhiem fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Professor Ralph is one of six Princeton faculty members, and three graduate students,…

Retrospective Reads: “Fires of Gold” by Lauren Coyle Rosen
April 8, 2021

The Princeton University Humanities Council interviewed Professor Lauren Coyle Rosen on her book, Fires of Gold: Law, Spirit, and Sacrificial Labor in Ghana, published by University of California Press in April 2020.

Here is the interview:

How did you get the idea for this project?

I have long…

Teaching Anthropology of The Economic From The Middle East
April 1, 2021

Professor Julia Elyachar recently was interviewed by Jacob Bessen of Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) Newsletter, the article is called, “Teaching Anthropology of the Economic East.”

Laleh Khalili tweeted: Such a good question: "why were novels, poetry, and film so much better than social science (in Arabic as well as…

Ethnographic Lettering: “Pursed Lips: A Call to Suspend Damage in the Age of Decommissioning”
March 24, 2021

Professor Ryo Morimoto recently wrote a commentary for CAS (Critical Asian Studies) on the 10th Anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Triple Disaster in Northeastern Japan. Morimoto shares a letter to “Grandma,” a long-time resident of coastal Fukushima, focusing on the personal experiences and relationships of local residents.

Read the…

Laurence Ralph receives CASBS fellowship
March 8, 2021

Laurence Ralph and Aisha Beliso-De Jesús (Program in American Studies) received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University for 2021-22. Members of the 2021-22 CASBS class conduct research in a variety of fields in the…

Senior Mary DeVellis awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Feb. 16, 2021

Congratulations to anthropology major Mary DeVellis ’21, awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The award gives students the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. DeVellis will use the Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in health, medicine and society in order to understand the social factors of health…

How the 1919 Treaty of Versailles shaped our present age.
Feb. 9, 2021

Julia Elyachar published an article in Public Books, "From Versailles to the War on Terror." It's one article on a six-part series on how the 1919 Treaty of Versailles shaped our present age. One hundred and one years after Versailles, the twinned concepts of extraterritoriality and the semi-civilized continue to shape our world in ways that…

Indigenous Ecologies of Knowledges | Princeton Welcomes Global Scholar Carlos Fausto, Anthropologist and Filmmaker Working on the Brazilian Amazon
Feb. 9, 2021

PIIRS’s Brazil LAB is delighted to welcome to Princeton the leading Brazilian anthropologist Carlos Fausto, who has been appointed a Princeton Global Scholar (2020-2024). A world-renowned scholar of indigenous Amazonia and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Fausto is a Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology of Rio de Janeiro’s…

Agustín Fuentes' essay published in "El Pais"
Jan. 20, 2021

 El Pais, a newspaper in Spain,  published an essay by Agustín Fuentes, "¿Covid 2021? La humanidad al borde del abismo." The essay is an Anthropological-take on COVID-19 in 2021.

Read the essay here (in Spanish) "¿Covid 2021? La humanidad al borde del abismo."