I’d have started with a tale of entry, to locate you in the journey, but its nearing the end of the first second third semester year and I’ve lost sight – of the beginning, and of the end. What is anthropology? That’s a good question, and you might even consider asking it to a grad student like myself. Unfortunately for you, I’ve been engaging in a history of anthropology, a history that problematizes our curiosity and casts doubt on our past and future integrity. It is a history of colonialism, of imperialism, and of their effects on anthropological perspectives and on people around the world. It’s anthropological shock doctrine, a rite of passage perhaps, that motivates a sense of ethic and responsibility as an anthropologist and as a global citizen. So for now I’ll sidestep the question, and with much humility, introduce my attempt at an academic blog.
While beginning as a place for stories of my adventures in the grad program, this blog has since become a central site for discussion around my thesis research. The discussions on this blog work to inform questions I’m investigating – specifically about changes in anthropology occuring online with the open access movement and the blogsphere. It is also about working on ways to engage an online community in an ethnographic fashion. Its success depends on the generosity of collaborators of all kinds. Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions, and remember you always have the option of responding anonymously.
You can find the project proposal here.