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Art and Method at the AAAs

Art and Method at the AAAs

Next week is the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association! There are so many great papers and sessions, many of them through the Council for the Anthropology of Education. I’ll also be there, talking about art and method and hope in my paper/performance, “Not […]

Mermaids and Metaphors

Mermaids and Metaphors

It was a fantastic couple of days attending the Island Studies conference on folklore, mermaids, islands and magic in beautiful Copenhagen. I learned so much from my lovely new interdisciplinary friends whose work spans the globe and touches on everything from new materialism to terrorism […]

Pulp Culture @Vermont Folklife Center

Pulp Culture @Vermont Folklife Center

I am so honored to have been invited to appear at the one, the only, the amazing Vermont Folklife Center’s Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium. I’m simply beside myself with joy to be a part of this event. If you find yourself in the area on what will surely be a gorgeous stretch of fall weather leaf peeping goodness, comic art learning and reading and drawing, and all around good times, please do drop in and come visit me and the other ethnographers on our panel, Ethnography: Comics and Culture.  I can’t wait! 

The Artist as an Ethnographer

The Artist as an Ethnographer

I’m going to be speaking about some of my work as an artist and ethnographer of childhood this coming Wednesday in the UMass Anthropology Department. I promise tales of wonder and terror and joy, and hope to impress upon all present that — in all […]

Tales of Comfort

Tales of Comfort

I’m so honored and delighted to have my work appearing in this brand new volume from Ethnography and Education, edited by Yaliz Akbaba and Bob Jeffrey. My chapter, titled “Stealth practice: Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers Supporting Gender Diverse Children in the Context of Right-Wing […]

Brand New AEQ

Brand New AEQ

As the summer winds to a close and the academic year hovers over us, take a moment to check out a brand new hot-off-the-presses volume of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. In this issue, we focus on gender, with pieces from Ayesha Khurshid, Catherine Ashcraft and Colleagues, Quaylan Allen, Sarah Winkler-Reid, Morghan Vélez Young‐Alfaro and more. The issue also includes Reflections from Joe Tobin and Akiko Hayashi and the CAE Presidential Address with commentaries. The issue may not be officially out until September, but thanks to Online First, you can read it now. Hooray!

 

Barcelona 2017! See you there!

Barcelona 2017! See you there!

  The very nice people at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have invited me back, ten years later, to give another opening keynote at The International Conference on Ethnography and Education. I’m so honored and excited to see old friends and make new ones over […]

Research in Pain

Research in Pain

I’ve written in lots of other places about how difficult it has been to be a researcher in childhood and a parent since the ugly events of November 2016, and what the new American populism has meant for me personally and professionally. However, thanks to […]

Preschool, dress-up, adult fears, and pregnant boys

Preschool, dress-up, adult fears, and pregnant boys

Hi everyone! I have a brand new hot-off-the-presses, so-hot-it’s-only-online-first-right-now publication! This comes out of my multi-year ethnography of preschool, and develops one themes and ideas I’ve talked about in a few lectures up until now. Here’s the abstract:

This article presents analyses from an ethnographic study of a rural preschool and the pretend play occurring there. While many studies in childhood have sought to understand children’s play from the perspective of the child player, these analyses focus on understanding adult constructions through the children’s play. By focusing on children’s pretend play and adult reactions to it, this article seeks to explore children’s play as a lens for understanding the tensions between social constructions of “good” adults and “proper” children.

And link to the whole thing, so you can read about gender, childhood and ontological insecurity. For those of you following the saga of The Pregnant Boys, they’re in this one too.

Call For Papers: AEQ Special Issue on the 2016 Election and its Aftermath

Call For Papers: AEQ Special Issue on the 2016 Election and its Aftermath

Consider contributing to a special issue on the US election and its aftermath. I know everyone out there has something they really want to say about the 2016 US Elections, and here is the PERFECT venue for your work: Short essay, reflection, creative work, testimonial, poetry, […]


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