Lecture Event: Preschoolers know more than you think about power, gender and the imagination

UntitledCome one, come all, to hear me present brand new, hot-off-the-presses, research at this free, public lecture event at Assumption College.

Tuesday, 4th November @ 6:30 PM

We’ll have a good time, ask lots of questions and (hopefully) explore why being “brave” in preschool may be more complicated than one might imagine.

(Fans of my previous work on “Ninja Kitty” will be pleased to know that she will make appearance as well!)


New Creative Section in Anthropology of Education Quarterly!

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Call for Papers – Ethnographic Short Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction

Anthropology and Education Quarterly

 Anthropology and Education Quarterly (AEQ) is seeking ethnographic short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction for a new creative section of the journal focused on alternative productions and representations of anthropological work in education.
The field of anthropology is rooted in the search for multiple truths. Stories (Bell, 2003; Solinger, Fox, & Irani, 2008; Yosso, 2006) and poems (Maynard & Cahmann-Taylor, 2010) provide avenues for scholars to make sense of their findings, honor the traditions and experiences of marginalized communities, explore the tensions of researcher positionality, and trouble the authority of knowledge(s) and its representations. Furthermore, creative approaches to anthropological production can open the otherwise closed space of the academy, communicating findings in ways that provoke both thought and action among the wider public. 
Submissions should draw on rich, rigorously collected ethnographic data. Additionally, they should represent high literary quality. Short fiction and creative non-fiction should be no longer than 5000 words, and poetry should be limited to 1-3 poems. Please include biographical information in a separate cover letter so that the work itself remains blind for review. Please submit to aeq@educ.umass.edu. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis, and will be accepted or rejected but will not receive reviewer comments.



Look what people are saying about Shane!

My latest comic, Shane the Lone Ethnographer’s guide to qualitative data analysis, The Good, The Bad and The Data has had a lovely review from Dr. George Noblit, Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education at UNC. Thank you so much, Professor Noblit!

“Many students find that qualitative data analysis akin to magic, and lengthy text explanations do little to guide them. Galman’s graphic representation of data analysis has enabled those afraid of magic to engage in alchemy. Data is transformed and results in reader understanding. Pure gold.” 

George W. Noblit, Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, UNC Chapel Hill
You can look for a brand new comic from me coming from Left Coast Press in the coming months. Stay tuned! 

The Guys, and the rest of us…

manA history of framing the teaching of young children as a matter of ‘natural’ female aptitude has led a number of researchers and educators to oversimplify men’s experiences as a foil or antidote to the ills of schooling. Of course, it’s all much more complex than that. Along with my colleague and frequent co-author Christine Mallozzi of the University of Kentucky, I proudly present The Guys, and the Rest of Us. In this qualitative study of men, women, and ‘feminisation’ in early education and care environments, interview data (N =4) are discursively analysed to provide a more nuanced understanding of how male and female careworkers construct and orient themselves in relation to masculinity and maleness.





coverSome recently published work appears in the most recent issue of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. This work, based on data from 2009-2010, represents a bit of a departure from either previous or subsequent research interests and trajectories. It is, however, consistent with my interest in exploring the experiences of women negotiating the margins, liminal spaces and the experiences of outsiders and exiles–whether they cover or uncover or do something in between. Enjoy. Here is the link!  Galman AEQ 2013

Going Public with Literary Ethnography in the Windy City



In this special event anthropologists join Chicago artists to showcase new hybrid forms of ethnography poetry, and artistry.  What do blurred genres look like? How might creative-writing and performance genres re-cast the legitimacy and truth telling of anthropological research? What happens when anthropologists engage with artists in pursuit of the slippery, ever-changing concept of culture?

When: Thursday November 21, 2013, Doors open at 8pm.  Featured scholARTists 8-9pm; followed by an OPEN MIC.

Where: Columbia College 33 East Congress (3 blocks from the Hilton Hotel) Chicago, IL 60605

 Cost: FREE but donations to Chicago cultural artists welcome!

Food/Drink: Tamales, beer, and wine for sale at the event.

Participants in this special event will answer these questions by way of example, inviting Chicago artist communities to engage with anthropologists in artful ethnographic ways of knowing.

Featured anthro-poets and artists: Event hosts, Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor & Mariangela Mihai.  ScholARTists: Renato Rosaldo, Nomi Stone, Sally Campbell Galman, the 2013 winners of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology Poetry Prize– Ather Zia, Terese V. Gagnon, Heidi Kelley, Xueting Liu.

Also Featuring Chicago poet & performer Abraham Mellish Jr.

and “Live Painting” by Penelope Thrasher & Xavier Saint DeathWolf who will ink, paint or draw responsively to the performances.  Live paintings will be available for auction purchase.

Publish your work in Anthropology and Education Quarterly!

Anthropology and Education Quarterly
General Call for Papers

Anthropology & Education Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal, housed at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It draws on anthropological theories and methods to examine educational processes in and out of schools, in US and international contexts. Articles rely primarily on ethnographic research to address immediate problems of practice as well as broad theoretical questions surrounding issues that impact research and practice in the field. We value diverse ways of knowing and weaving together theory, research, practice, and social justice to directly address issues and institutions that impact teaching and learning in the educational experiences of children, families, and communities within and beyond the classroom setting. We also see the journal as a key site for providing connection, support and feedback to emerging scholars in the field. Finally, to all of this we must reaffirm the journal’s long tradition of supporting anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially, socially and gender-just education.

The journal publishes two different types of scholarly work, manuscripts and reflections. (1) Manuscripts should be no more than 35 pages in length. (2) Reflections from/on the Field should be approximately 15-20 pages in length. Both should be formatted as Word documents and blinded for anonymous peer review.

We are eager to receive your manuscript submissions.

For more information visit us at:
You may also contact the Editors-in-Chief, Dr. Laura Alicia Valdiviezo and Dr. Sally Campbell Galman at aeq@educ.umass.edu