Assigned Readings: Strategies and Ponderings

To mark the beginning of the fall semester at most US colleges and universities, we would like to return to our series of blog postings by the Anthropology Teaching Forum (ATF) at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Here we … read more...

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    August 24, 2015
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    Leah McCurdy
  • Thinking about and with “Selfies” in the Classroom

    I often long for a classroom in which students eschew electronics in favour of pen and paper, a classroom that favours slow reading and reflection, rather than one where laptop, tablet, and phone use mean that note taking and distracted internet surfing often go hand in hand. But knowing that this is easier said than done, I am happy (at least for now) to settle for a learning environment in which students view their various electronic devices with curiosity rather than complacency, as cultural artifacts of a particular time and place, and of their use of these devices, and of social media, as culturally informed practices. read more...

    • DateJune 29, 2015
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    • posted byMaggie Cummings
  • The Sexual Lives of Others

    As a linguistic anthropologist, I turn my attention to the fact that sex is not only about, well, sex, but how people talk about sex. In Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia, I address a distinctive way of ordering sex, reproduction, and romance among the Khevsurs of Georgia. As a linguistic anthropologist, my goal was to use ethnography to illustrate the pervasive role of language in mediating some sphere of social life, in this case, sexuality. Language and sexuality are explored through the linguistic genres of romance such as conversation, poetry, and gossip. read more...

    • DateMay 25, 2015
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    • posted byPaul Manning
  • Anthropological Horizons: An Interview with Series Editor Michael Lambek

    In addition to all of the work we do in the Higher Education Division of University of Toronto Press to publish materials for undergraduate anthropology students—especially the Teaching Culture series of classroom ethnographies—we are fortunate to work alongside colleagues in our Scholarly Publishing Division who have as their focus the publication of new scholarship. In the lead-up to this week’s annual meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society / Société canadienne d’anthropologie, we would like to highlight one of our colleagues’ most important series: Anthropological Horizons. In this interview, UTP Scholarly's current Acquisition Editor for Social Sciences, Douglas Hildebrand, discusses the origins and the major contributions to Anthropological Horizons with the series editor, Michael Lambek (Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Ethical Life at the University of Toronto). read more...

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