Anthro Job Talk: Courtney Wittekind (VIRTUAL)

“Watching and Waiting:” Development, Deferral and Desire in Myanmar’s “New Yangon City” Courtney T. Wittekind PhD Candidate Department of Anthropology Harvard University Please click here to join the virtual meeting. No prior registration required. Meeting …

Anthro Job Talk: Seinenu Thein-Lemelson (VIRTUAL)

The Burmese democracy movement and the community of political prisoners (known colloquially as naingkyin) that comprised it had a profound impact upon the trajectory of modern Burma, yet their contributions have been overlooked by scholars. What little scholarship exists on the democracy movement ignores the naingkyin’s culture, psychology, and subjectivity. There are no accounts of Burma written from the naingkyin’s point of view and few accounts that represent them as complex, whole, reflexive human beings embedded in an equally complex, whole, reflexive community. In this talk, I move past the dominant transnational discourses that have been used to analyze the Burmese democracy movement—that of human rights, humanitarianism, neoliberalism and the public health model of trauma. Instead, I focus on an indigenous concept known as anitnah, which resembles the English term of “sacrifice…”

Friday Forum & Anthro Job Talk: Darcie DeAngelo (VIRTUAL)

My fieldwork confronted me with two technologies- bombs and rats. Both were integral to understanding relations in the aftermath of war—that, in fact, these relations were transformed not only by the humans but by the nonhumans who actively disarmed the land, namely, landmine detection rats. Fears of militarism became disrupted when a rat came into the minefield. The rat itself provoked feelings of love between human deminers. The rat, as landmine detection technology and a being, helped to alter feelings of war that the bombs perpetuated. I soon began to realize that this had implications for how trauma and healing, ecological relations, and transitional justice, all of which I found to be entangled.

Friday Forum: Katherine Bowie

Eunuchs in Southeast Asia: Of Matrilineality and Theravada Buddhist Harems Compared to other Asian courts, eunuchs were relatively absent in Southeast Asian courts. Given the close association of eunuchs with Chinese and Muslim harems, this …