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ethnoGRAPHIC: Extending Anthropology’s Reach, One Comic at a Time

Part of my job as an editor is to convince people to write the books I think they should write, not necessarily the ones they want to write. I’ve had some success doing so, even in the face of laughter, eye rolling, and outright rejection. In fact, some of the best books I have published came from authors who had originally put up the most resistance to my pitch. So perhaps it’s not surprising that I thought I could launch a new book series based on what some might call a wacky idea, without an academic series editor, and with no projects in hand. read more…

  • dateNovember 1, 2017
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  • posted byAnne
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The Making of Lissa: Still Time—An ethnoGRAPHIC Novel

On World Anthropology Day, we are thrilled to highlight an important project that is currently in the works. This guest post is about the making of a graphic ethnography, scheduled to be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2017. Here, the filmmaker, Francesco Dragone, who is documenting the process of transforming scholarship into graphic novel form, outlines a recent trip to Cairo, Egypt organized by the academic authors to help the artists better understand the physical, social, political, and cultural landscape in which the novel is situated. We’ll be offering periodic updates on this project throughout the year, with more from the authors on the challenges and opportunities that graphic novels offer for realizing ethnographic research. read more…

  • dateFebruary 18, 2016
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  • posted byFrancesco Dragone
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Teaching Comics in a Medical Anthropology and Humanities Class

True or false: Stick figures effectively convey complex emotions and experiences.

If you were to ask me this question a year ago, I would have confidently replied “false.” That was before I stumbled across Allie Brosh’s web comic “Hyperbole and a Half.” Brosh chronicles her adventures with cleaning, dogs, and depression through a crudely drawn pink stick figure with a strange yellow triangle atop her head. The triangle is supposed to be a ponytail, but it is open to interpretation. read more…

  • dateMarch 16, 2015
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  • posted byColeman Nye
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How I Learned to Love Comics: An Anthropology Editor Sees the Light

This post kicks off a new blog series called Graphic Adventures in Anthropology. Once a week for the next 6 weeks, a guest contributor will write about some aspect of graphic anthropology (and by “graphic” we mean drawing in general, and comics in particular), from visual culture to visual communication, and from ethnographic method to dissemination device, culminating in the announcement of a new series we are launching at the press called: ethnoGRAPHIC. Here’s the line-up… read more…

  • dateFebruary 12, 2015
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  • posted byAnne
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