Category Politics

From the Field: Herat

Notes from the Field: Regional Connectivity as a Site for the Ethnography of Diplomacy, Afghanistan 6/10/16 – 6/11/16 was originally published on the University of Copenhagen’s Asian Dynamics Blog. by Magnus Marsden During this last year of research I have had the opportunity of attending a number of most thought provoking meetings. I have been able […]

Donald Trump Elected President – Is it the 1970s?

by Dinah Rajak The more I think about, the more I think we might need a cultural revolution… Donald Trump is an anachronism – a pastiche of some kind of 1970’s suburban used car dealer with terrible hair and orange face and cheesy mannerisms. You could imagine his adverts on local TV for ‘Trump Cars’ […]

The Conspiracy Theorist’s Conspiracy Theorist?

by Jon Mitchell HyperNormalisation is the new film by Adam Curtis, released on BBC iPlayer on 16th October. As with all his films, it is built around visual and aural juxtaposition and comparison, drawing links across temporal, thematic and geographical space to forge a particular vision – the Curtis vision – of the world as […]

Anthropology and Elites: ‘Studying up,’ Politically

by Paul Gilbert **Originally posted at the Developmental Leadership Program** Some strikingly parallel questions are being asked in my own discipline of anthropology and by those examining how donors and practitioners can think and work politically with developing communities. Those parallels struck me again at a recent international workshop organised by Jessie Sklair and myself at the University […]