Volume 60, #4

Learn more about the work of the authors whose work is published in volume 60, issue 4:

Kimberly Arkin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University. She is the author of Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic: Fashioning Jewishness in France (Stanford, 2014), which won an Association of Jewish Studies award. She is currently working on a book about the afterlives of Catholic conceptions of personhood in everyday bioethics debates in a southern French hospital.

Niko Besnier is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and Research Professor at La Trobe University. His latest book is The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics (University of California Press, 2018), coauthored with Susan Brownell and Thomas Carter. He directs a project entitled “Globalization, Sport, and the Precarity of Masculinity” (GLOBALSPORT), funded in 2012–2017 by the European Research Council. He is editor-in-chief of American Ethnologist.

Andrew Bickford is the author of Fallen Elites: The Military Other in Post-Unification Germany (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is the co-author (with the Network of Concerned Anthropologists) of The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or, Notes on Demilitarizing American Society (University of Chicago Press/Prickly Paradigm Press, 2009). He was a 2017 Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology Faculty Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, and a 2014–2015 Residential Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He has received grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Jonathan Brack is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His 2016 dissertation from the University of Michigan explored the formation of sacred Muslim kingship in thirteenth–fourteenth-century Mongol-ruled Iran. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “An Afterlife for a Mongol Khan: Chinggis Khan’s Heaven and the Making of Transcendentalist Muslim Kingship.”

Sheetal Chhabria is an Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College, with research interests in modern South Asia, histories of capitalism, urban studies, and postcolonial theory. She is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled “Making the Modern Slum,” which historicizes the emergence of the “slum” in colonial Bombay.

Leo Coleman is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College, and the author of A Moral Technology: Electrification as Political Ritual in New Delhi (Cornell, 2017). He is also the editor of the book Food: Ethnographic Encounters (Berg, 2011), and has most recently published work on modernism and anthropology in Anthropological Quarterly. His research focuses on the anthropology of modernity and the modernity of anthropology in India, Scotland, and elsewhere in the former British Empire.

Jean-Philippe Dedieu is a Lecturer at Columbia Global Centers—Paris. His research focuses on the political history and sociology of African migrations. He is the author of La parole immigrée: Les migrants africains dans l’espace public en France, 1960–1995 (Klincksieck, 2012). His academic articles have appeared or are forthcoming in African Studies Review, Critique Internationale, Droit & Société, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnologie Française, Foreign Affairs, Genèses, Humanity, Politique Étrangère, and Revue Française de Science Politique. In 2014 he received a CIRHUS Fellowship at New York University, and in 2015 a Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Fellowship at Harvard University.

John Eicher is an Assistant Professor of European History at Penn State-Altoona. His research focuses on the transnational networks created by German-speaking migrants and refugees. More broadly, his work examines how groups of people fashion collective narratives as nations, religions, and diasporas. His work has appeared in the journal German Studies Review and the edited volume Jenseits der “Volksgruppe”: Neue Perspektiven auf die Russlanddeutschen zwischen Russland, Deutschland und Amerika (De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2017).

Daniel Guinness is a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He received a Dr. Philosophy in anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2014. His academic interests are in the changing social relations and performances of masculinities in the context of globalized neoliberal labor markets. He has undertaken ethnographic field research in Fiji, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and France. He is a member of the GLOBALSPORT project.

Mark Hann is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the precarious trajectories of young wrestlers and football players in Senegal as they seek to convert their body capital into wealth, fame, and success. He is a member of the GLOBALSPORT project.

Webb Keane is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Signs of Recognition: Powers and Hazards of Representation in an Indonesian Society (California, 1997), Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter (California, 2007), and Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories (Princeton, 2016), and co-editor of The Handbook of Material Culture (Sage, 2006). In addition, he has published numerous articles on materiality, language and semiotics, value, exchange, moral economies, religion, and social theory.

Uroš Kovač is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the intersection of transnational sport markets and millenarian spiritual ideologies, as illustrated by young Cameroonian men who join Pentecostal Christian denominations and aspire to migrate by playing football. He is a member of the GLOBALSPORT project.

Félix Krawatzek is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow based at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College. His research interests include migration, collective memory, and social movements in a comparative perspective with a focus on Eastern and Western European. He has a methodological interest in text analysis. He is the author of Youth in Regime Crisis: Comparative Perspectives from Russia to Weimar Germany (Oxford University Press, 2018), and has publications forthcoming in Migration Studies, History and Theory, Europe-Asia-Studies, and European Review of History/Revue européenne d’histoire.

Richard Lachmann is professor of sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author most recently of States and Power (Polity, 2010) and What Is Historical Sociology? (Polity, 2013). His book, First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Privilege and the Decline of Great Powers, which examines the decline of dominant economic and military powers in early modern Europe and the contemporary United States, is forthcoming from Verso. He also is researching media coverage and governmental commemorations of war deaths in the United States and Israel from the 1960s to the present. His articles “The Culture of Sacrifice in Conscript and Volunteer Militaries: The U.S. Medal of Honor from the Civil War to Iraq, 1861–2014” (with Abby Stivers), in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology; and “The Changing Face of War in Textbooks: Depictions of World War II and Vietnam, 1970–2009″ (with Lacy Mitchell), in Sociology of Education are the first results of that project.

Emily Laxer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at York University’s Glendon College. Her research examines how contests for political power shape the incorporation of ethno-religious minorities in large-scale immigration countries. In a current study, she focuses on the impact of party political debates over Islamic religious coverings in circumscribing the boundaries of nationhood in France and Canada (including Québec). Laxer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2015 and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her forthcoming book, Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec, will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2019.

Louisa Lombard is an assistant professor of anthropology at Yale University. Her research, primarily sited in remote reaches of Central Africa, asks several questions. How are “stateless” arenas constituted, both now and historically? How should we understand people’s quests for privilege, entitlement, rights, and responsibilities when authority is plural and overlapping? When and why do people use violence and/or collaborate? She is the author of State of Rebellion: Violence and Intervention in the Central African Republic (Zed/Chicago 2016) and “Hunting Game: Politics in the Central African Interior” (under review), as well as a number of articles on rebellion, armed conservation, and international peacebuilding. She is currently studying how military peacekeepers charged with protecting civilians in the midst of violent conflict understand their work and the moral dilemmas it entails.

Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye is a CNRS Research Fellow in anthropology at Institut des Mondes Africains, Paris. Her first research focused on literacy practices and documentary transactions in rural Mali, the topic of her monograph Le fil de l’écrit (ENS-Editions, 2013). Through an ethnographic project on the present-day transformation of West African migrants’ hostels in Paris, she developed an interest in the historical experience of these migrants in France since the 1960s. Funded by a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship and based at Point Sud, Bamako, her current project investigates the traces decades of migration to Europe in Western Mali, and explores the ways migration and return have been locally understood and debated.

Michał Murawski is an anthropologist of architecture. He is Lecturer in Critical Area Studies at the School of East European and Slavonic Studies, University College London. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2014. His publications include the forthcoming book Palace Complex: A Stalinist Skyscraper, Capitalist Warsaw and a City Transfixed (Indiana University Press, 2018); and (co-edited with Jane Rendell), “A Century of the Social Condenser, 1917–2017,” a special 2017 issue of the Journal of Architecture. His current book project focuses on architectural aesthetics and municipal politics in Putin-era Moscow.

Stephan Palmié (Dr. Philosophy, University of Munich 1989; Habilitation, University of Munich 1999) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Das Exil der Götter: Geschichte und Vorstellungswelt einer afrokubanischen Religion (1991); Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity and Tradition (2002); and The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion (2013), as well as the editor of several volumes on Caribbean and Afro-Atlantic anthropology and history.

Gwendolyn Sasse is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College. Having taken a leave from Oxford, she is currently the Director of the newly founded Centre for East European Research and International Studies in Berlin (ZOiS in German). Her research interests include post-communist transitions, comparative democratization, ethnic conflict, and migration. She has just completed a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on “Political Remittances: The Political Impacts of Migration.” The first results of this project have been published in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Comparative Migration Studies, and Migration Studies.