Allison Book Honored by American Ethnological Society

Monday, October 13, 2014
Cultural Anthropology Professor Anne Allison's book "Precarious Japan" has received honorable mention honors in the annual American Ethnological Society's (AES) Senior Book Prize. Published by Duke University Press, the book explores Japanese experiences of job insecurity and isolation amid a... Read More »

Cultural Anthropology students participate in Hunger Strike

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
A small group of Duke students enrolled in PhD programs, including Cultural Anthropology graduate students, are on a hunger strike, hoping to raise awareness about Kobani—an area at the border of Turkey and Syria—that is currently being targeted by ISIS rebels. The students deplore the lack of... Read More »

Selfie Militarism

Friday, May 23, 2014
In late April, an amateur video of Israeli army aggression in the occupied West Bank began to circulate online. The content was neither new nor surprising: a soldier shoving, kicking and pointing his gun at unarmed Palestinian teenagers in Hebron’s old city. What was new, however, was the form and... Read More »

Anne Allison Precarious Japan

Friday, May 23, 2014
“[All] I want to eat is a rice ball.” This was the last entry in the diary of a 52-year-old man who starved to death in an apartment he had occupied for 20 years. His is just one of many voices of the precarity of everyday life and death that populate Anne Allison’s new ethnography of pain,... Read More »

Cultural Anthropology Major Jennifer Sherman Gives Commencement Address

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Duke graduating senior Jennifer Sherman delivered the following talk at Duke's 2014 commencement ceremony May 11 in Wallace Wade Stadium: "I'm going to trust you with the truth today. I'm afraid. There's the small fear I feel standing up in front of you. And then there's the fear of leaving, of... Read More »

Writing and Defending Your Digital Dissertation: Join the Conversation!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
In the course of our conversation about institutional and technological obstacles to digital multimedia and multilingual publishing, I mentioned that a Duke Department of Cultural Anthropology doctoral student, Dwayne Dixon, had just defended a dissertation primarily using the Scalar platform.... Read More »

Rebecca Stein Named to Endowed Chair

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Five Duke faculty members - including Cultural Anthropoloy's Rebecca Stein - have been appointed to endowed chairs as part of the Bass Program for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, which recognizes professors who have achieved distinction both in undergraduate teaching and  scholarly... Read More »

Nine Individuals, Two Departments Receive Graduate Dean’s Awards

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Duke Today reported that the Cultural Anthropology department received an award for "Inclusive Excellence" meant to honor departments that "create an inclusive environment that engages all of its diversity in the intellectual development of students and faculty."  The award goes beyond... Read More »

Word Quilts on Exhibit in Cultural Anthropology Department

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Two beautiful and provocative quilts by Duke anthropologist Marcia Rego are now hanging in the department office.   Come by and see them, and put your comments in the comment notebook!  For more information about the project, visit Read More »

Professor Orin Starn on Gay Rights and the NFL

Monday, February 10, 2014
Starn spoke with the Los Angeles Times for an article about Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football player who will likely this fall become the first openly gay player in the National Football League.