Monthly Archives: May 2015

synthetic zero

“Anthropologist Ruben Andersson surveys the realities of refugee migration, from the parallel industries of smuggling and security that profit from crisis, to the political and security systems that thrive on conflict not resolution, and explains why a globalized world needs to reexamine notions of mobility and the right to movement. Ruben is author of 2014′s highly and often recommended Illegality, Inc. – Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe and the recent article Destroy the Smuggling Markets, Not the Boats.

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UCLA Middle East and South Asian studies librarian David Hirsch, school librarian Jane Hayes, Khalifa University library head Dorothy Fubes Byers, and librarian and educator Shaikha Al Muhairi talked about “The Future Library” on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair:

Photo by workshop participant Kate Kasimor. Photo by workshop participant Kate Kasimor.

While it was an interesting glimpse at what was happening in the US, UK, and in international-library spheres in the UAE, the talk didn’t much touch on the region’s future libraries.

David Hirsch noted that, globally, thinking about libraries had circled back around to previous ways of seeing the institution. While many had expected that the future would bring about a “library without walls,” most librarians and library managers had now come back to “library as place.”

Also, while e-books and online information were important, Hirsch said, many of his students still preferred print when possible. And when dealing…

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Fieldnotes & Footnotes


It’s true that I often get excited by anthropological theory, but it’s rare that I am this excited and impressed. If you haven’t yet come across ‘Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism’ by Laura Bear, Karen Ho, Anna Tsing and Sylvia Yanagisako, then I highly recommend it.

Gens here refers to ‘a collective with feminist ancestry for the study of capitalist inequality.’ The manifesto is published in Cultural Anthropology as part of their Generating Capitalism series. The manifesto begins as per below:

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Open Geography

The History of Cartography Project Volume 6 Cartography in the Twentieth Centuryhas been published by the University of Chicago Press. Mark Monmonier is the Editor.

As it happens the sample content for Vol 6 includes the whole of my entry on “Race, Maps and the Social Construction of” and is available online including color reproductions!

The Volume is in two books consisting of over 2,000 pages and 805 color plates for 529 entries for a price of $500/£350. I’ve briefly examined the books and they look fabulous.

I was fortunate enough to attend the publication party at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Below are pictures of Mark Monmonier giving a short talk at the book launch, and Roz Woodward (L) & Jude Leimer (R). David Woodward and Brian Harley were the original editors, conceiving the project in 1977. Matthew Edney is now overall Editor. David was represented by…

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