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From the Field: Istanbul

July 2016: Sussex anthropologist Magnus Marsden’s field research for his ERC-funded project, ‘Trust, Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International Trade City’ brought him to Istanbul, Turkey from which he sent this dispatch. **Republished from Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen.** by Magnus Marsden I am staying in a neighbourhood of Istanbul, Zeytinburnu, that I […]

Songs for Freedom, Not for Free

by Sandy Bonnington It has been a busy and exciting couple of months for hip-hop lovers, with the Tidal-exclusive release of Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Drake’s Views for the Six—which is exclusive to Apple Music streaming and iTunes. Alongside these major releases, Chance the Rapper released his third free mixtape, Coloring Book, available to stream free […]

Actually Existing Silk Roads

by Magnus Marsden **Originally posted at** ‘Our country is at the heart of Asia’, Zia, an Afghan trader in his mid-50s who works in St Petersburg’s Apraksin Dvor market, remarked to me in December 2015. ‘Yet if the heart has all the qualities that allow the entire body to function, so too is the […]