October 2012 Blog Posts (7)

CfP SLAS 2013: Violence and affective states in contemporary Latin America‏

Call for papers Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies

University of Manchester, 11th-12th April 2013

The deadline is 24th November 2012.

We welcome abstracts for the following Panel:

Violence and affective states in contemporary Latin America

Convenors: Frank Smith & Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck, University of London)

Short Abstract

The panel aims to explore connections between situated experiences of violence and shifting…


Added by Silvia Posocco on October 29, 2012 at 2:12am — No Comments

The Big Picture — and Up Close

What is this madman McCreery up to, interrupting a conversation about ideas about democracy with, on the one hand, the suggestion that political and economic ideas may be essentially irrelevant in a world where the haves increase and hold on to what they have while the have-nots get increasingly screwed until things get so bad that they fall apart and, on the other hand, in the same conversation, posting notes on a condominium association special committee meeting in…


Added by John McCreery on October 22, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Soda Drinkers of the World Unite


I came across this demographic today. People in the Mid-West and the North West of the United States drink 'pop'. People who live in the South drink 'coke' and people on the West and East coasts drink 'soda'. Never having spent much time in the U.S. myself I wondered what this might mean. Of course, we have Tocqueville's…


Added by Huon Wardle on October 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

How the informal economy took over the world

The idea of an informal economy was born at the moment when the post-war era of developmental states was drawing to a close. The 1970s were a watershed between three decades of state management of the economy and the free market decades of one-world capitalism that ended with the financial crisis of 2008. It seems now that the economy has escaped from all attempts to make it publicly accountable. What are the forms of state that can regulate a world of money that is now essentially lawless?…


Added by Keith Hart on October 17, 2012 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Linguistic Anthropology and Electoral Madness

Since I've returned to the United States, I've been thrown into the whirlwind of election frenzy that I largely wasn't exposed to in England. It's kind of shocking to see how candidates from both parties approach each other in the debate forum and what people generally consider to be acceptable behavior or not. Recently, after the Vice Presidential debate, there was lots of hubbub surrounding Joe Biden's behavior in the debate, particularly his willingness to so blatantly criticize Paul…


Added by Chelsea Hayman on October 14, 2012 at 6:49am — 3 Comments

Movimientos sociales y represión policial. Fragmentos de antropología anarquista. (Social Movements and Police Repression. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology)

El post de hoy pretende ser una mirada antropológica a los hechos más recientes de represión policial, la respuesta a los actos y convocatorias llevadas a cabo por los movimientos sociales en torno al 25S y otras acciones similares. Quede claro que el vídeo, aunque muestre una perspectiva antropológica, no es para nada objetivo o científico (si tal concepción existe, un debate que en otro momento deberemos retomar). Se trata, pues, de la postura que el antropólogo David Graeber…


Added by Jose Mansilla on October 8, 2012 at 9:45am — 4 Comments

S’inacabat mallorquí. Crónica de un despilfarro (Mallorca unifished. Chronicle of a Wastefulness)

Por Incompiuto Siciliano se denomina en Italia a aquellos fantasmas inmobiliarios, auténticos monumentos al despilfarro que se encuentran dispersos por la totalidad de la geografía del país, aunque principalmente en Sicilia, donde se han catalogado hasta 160 de esos elementos (existe otra versión, en esta ocasión calabresa, denominada “non finito calabrese“. Os recomiendo este …


Added by Jose Mansilla on October 2, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments

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