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Crumpled Paper Boat

Crumpled Paper Boat cover

Crumpled Paper Boat is a book of experimental ventures in ethnographic writing, an exploration of the possibilities of a literary anthropology. These original essays from notable writers in the field blur the boundaries between ethnography and genres such as poetry, fiction, memoir, and cinema. They address topics as diverse as ritual expression in Cuba and […]


Juan Obarrio and Valeria Procupez recipients of 21st Century Seed Grant

Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Centuries Cities Initiative is making a significant investment in urban policy improvements, doling out $204,000 for six new research projects. Obarrio and Procupez’s project looks at an experimental, community-based housing model in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Anand Pandian’s “Crumpled Paper Boat: Experiments in Ethnographic Writing”

We are pleased to announce the publication of Anand Pandian’s collection, Crumpled Paper Boat: Experiments in Ethnographic Writing (Duke University Press), which is an exploration of the possibilities and limits of a literary anthropology that bends the conventions of ethnographic voice and form to engage with writing as a material practice rather than a transparent representational […]


JHU Green Blue Jay Awards

Anthropology Department Chair Deborah Poole and Professor Naveeda Khan have been selected as the recipients of the “By the Book” Award for their innovation in, and significant contributions to, the environmental field at the fifth annual Green Blue Jay Awards on April 20.


“Artyfacts of Ethnography: Art & Anthropology in Conversation,” 4/19

The workshop will be organized around two workshop panels and our invited speaker, Michael Taussig, the Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. We invite projects of diverse formats and media – paper presentations, photo-essays, experimental writing, poetry, mixed-media art, or film, among other possibilities. We invite students, faculty, artists and art collectives from across disciplines to apply.


Grad Student David Platzer Presents at Numerous Autism Focused Events

While writing his dissertation, focusing on disability employment in the technology industry, David has spoken to a number of Bay Area autism organizations. This public anthropology has aimed to translate the findings of his research into practical terms for an audience unfamiliar with anthropological methods and the language of its technical idioms. In this capacity, […]