Who says we don't publish holiday books? Here's a selection of spooky titles from Duke: Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television by Jeffrey Sconce. Sconce examines American culture’s persistent association of new electronic media—from the invention of the telegraph to the introduction of television and computers—with paranormal or spiritual phenomena.
The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article on why Asian Americans are having trouble getting jobs teaching English in China. Apparently most schools prefer to have white teachers. A few years ago Andrea Louie, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University, wrote Chineseness across Borders, in which she examined programs designed to facilitate interactions between overseas Chinese and their ancestral homelands. She found that when Chinese American youths travel to mainland China in search of
their ancestral roots, many realize that in many ways they still
feel out of place.
Marita Sturken, author of Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero, has written an op-ed for the History News Network. Sturken argues that Americans' tourist relation to history enables them to deny their government's involvement in practices like torture. Sturken writes: "The American public can acquiesce to its government’s
aggressive political and military policies when that public is
constantly reassured by the comfort offered by kitsch patriotic
objects, security consumerism, and the narrative that we are innocent
and unknowing. In the comforting world of kitsch and in our tourism of
history, torture cannot exist."
Rafael Campo's latest book of poetry, The Enemy, is reviewed in the Independent Weekly. Reviewer Jaimee Hills writes, “[Campo] slices into topics like gay marriage and the rush to the Iraq war, proving there are not just conservative veins running through the body of New Formalist work. . . . Campo's strength as a poet comes in recognizing that the political is very much the personal.”
The strained relationship among scholars in the four fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology) has a long history. In an article in last week's Stanford Daily, professor Sylvia Yanagisako, editor of Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology, comments on recent tensions at Stanford after the decision nine months ago to merge the university's Anthropological Sciences and Cultural and Social Anthropology departments.
David Price, author of the forthcoming Anthropological Intelligence (April 2008), continues his media blitz with an appearance on the BBC Radio show Night Waves. He's speaking about whether anthropologists should put their expertise at the disposal of the military. Price is a member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, which argues that anthropologists should not assist the government in the "War on Terror."
Steven Laurence Kaplan, author of Good Bread is Back and The Bakers of Paris and the Bread Question, is featured in a nice piece by Michael Steinberger in the Financial Times (free registration is required to read the article). Steinberger writes, “[Kaplan is] not just the leading authority on French bread but the conscience of French baking – a conscience that does not hesitate to tug. . . . Good Bread is Back [is] a punchy, compendious account of how French baking returned to its artisanal roots and sparked a revival in quality crusts.”