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Benita Menezes Receives Society of Economic Anthropology Award

Benita Menezes

Graduate student Benita Menezes has received the inaugural M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund award. Her project was “The Politics of Dispossession: Neoliberal Subjects, Law and the Market in Rural Maharashtra, India.” The award honors Dr. Smith, who was a past president of the Society of Economic Anthropology (SEA). The fund provides graduate students small grants specifically to supplement dissertation fieldwork expenses and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the SEA annual conference.

Stanley Cavell – In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that the Departments of Comparative Thought and Literature, Anthropology, and Philosophy announce the passing of Professor Stanley Cavell, who has been a major influence on the scholarship and teaching of faculty and students at Johns Hopkins. In April 2011, a daylong conference took place in his honor and presence on […]

Podcast on the Virtual Anthropology Conference, Displacements

Anand Pandian talks with the Cultures of Energy podcast at Rice University about the Displacements conference he organized last month for the Society for Cultural Anthropology (co-sponsored by JHU Anthropology), drawing over 1300 participants from dozens of countries around the world in an international experiment in carbon-conscious conferencing.

Society for Cultural Anthropology Conference Hosted Entirely Online

Anthropology faculty member Anand Pandian talks about the recent Biennial Conference of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, hosted as an international online event by Johns Hopkins University and involving over 1,200 participants from 50 countries around the world. The conference website remains open and accessible at

A Public Dialogue: Safety and Policing between JHU and Baltimore

Please join us Thursday, April 27, for a public dialogue on Johns Hopkins University’s recent initiative to establish a police force. The event will be held at the West Lecture Hall of the Armstrong Building, JHU Medical Campus (1600 McElderry St.) from 5-8 p.m.

Dr. Degani Awarded a 2018 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

Michael Degani

Congratulations to Michael Degani, who has been awarded a 2018 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for his book project The City Electric: Infrastructure and Ingenuity in Postsocialist Tanzania. Peer reviewers selected the fellows from a pool of nearly 1,150 applicants. Awards range from $40,000 to $70,000, depending on the scholar’s career stage, and support scholars for six to twelve months of full-time research and writing.

Alumnus Awarded Flora Tristan Book Prize

Mourning Remains Book Cover

Congratulations to Isaias Rojas-Perez for being awarded the Flora Tristan Book Prize 2018 for his book “Mourning Remains: State Atrocity, Exhumations, and Governing the Disappeared in Peru’s Postwar Andes” (Stanford University Press, 2017), given by the Latin American Studies Association Peru Section to the best book on Peru published in any language in 2017.

Anthropology and Literature: A Workshop

Join us from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m, March 30 in Mergenthaler 439 for a workshop on anthropology and literature. The event features three panels, a reading, and lunch and refreshments.

PhD Student David Platzer Co-Authors Article on Cultural Anthropology Site

If as many as 80 percent of doctoral students in cultural anthropology are not getting tenure-track jobs, then why are PhD programs in the United States almost exclusively training them for a professional life that few will realize? A new essay from David Platzer and Anne Allison tackles this question head-on.

Hidden Museums of Crochet Exhibition

Hidden Museums of Crochet

Hidden Museums of Crochet, an exhibition photographed and curated by Megha Sharma Sehdev, will be on display in Gallery Q in the MSE Library, Feb. 15 through March 15. Join us for an opening reception 5-6 p.m., Feb. 15. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit is sponsored by the Mellon Arts and Innovation Grant, Trude and Joseph Alpert Book and Exhibit Fund, JHU Center for Advanced Media Studies, and JHU Department of Anthropology.