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Tantra and Transparency, or Cultural Contradiction and Today’s Tibetan Buddhist Wizard

This is the first of a series of articles that I will be posting this month as a guest-contributor for Savage Minds. In each post I will be sharing some preliminary and open-ended reflections relating to my research on Tibetan diaspora, esotericism, and the globalization of Tibetan culture. Show More Summary

Conservatives Have a New Worst Enemy: Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts

In a story which appeared sometime in the past few days, 1 LA Times reporter David Savage notes something that's been nibbling at the back of my mind but hadn't quite made it to the front. It's about Chief Justice John Roberts: He voted...Show More Summary

List as Form: Literary, Ethnographic, Long, Short, Heavy, Light

[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Sasha Su-Ling Welland as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Sasha is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. Show More Summary

Reader Survey Results Part 3: 95 percent of you never (or rarely) comment!

Why do you comment on Savage Minds. Or why don’t you comment on Savage Minds? Are the comments good? Do they suck? Do you even care? Can internet comments save the future of the human species? These were some of the questions we tried to answer with our reader survey earlier this year. Show More Summary

Real Writing

[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Daniel Goldstein as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Daniel is Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. He is the author of three ethnographies and one edited collection, all published with Duke University Press. Most of his work has been on urban life and the politics … Continue reading Real Writing ?

Savage Love: Minds Blown

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

JOE NEWTON My son, who is almost 30 years old, was married four years ago. He just shared with us that for the last three years, he and his wife have been practicing polyamory. They are committed to their relationship but have each had relationships with both men and women. Show More Summary

The Savage Truth: NAC Loses Its Mind … Again

In the immortal words of Sheriff Buford T. Justice, “What we’re dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law.”

Guava Anthropology Meets Savage Minds

Language choice can be an issue of access. In attempt to shorten some of the gaps, but mostly to highlight some of the awesome anthropology happening in Taiwan, we have taken on this exciting translation project. Beginning with lastShow More Summary

To Fieldwork, To Write

[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Kim Fortun as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Fortun is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is the author of Advocacy After...Show More Summary

Savage Love: Guys

3 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

JOE NEWTON Is it legal for a man to procure the services of a dominatrix? In the kind of session I have in mind, there’s no nudity or sexual activity or contact involved. There’s not even any whipping or flogging or caning or hardcore BDSM stuff. Show More Summary

The Riddle of Sean Lien

[Savage Minds welcomes guest bloggers Renée Salmonsen and Chuan-wen Chen.] Originally posted on the  Guava Anthropology Blog 28 September 2014 Author: Hsiu-Hsin Lin Translators: Renée Salmonsen & Chuan-Wen Chen Translator’s note: Contemporary youth and amateur politicians are taking an increasingly active interest and role in Asian politics. Show More Summary

Partha Chatterjee: Why I Support the Boycott of Israeli Institutions

[Savage Minds is honored to publish this essay by Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, and of the Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences in Calcutta. Show More Summary

Toward Living with (not Under) Anthropology, Pt. 2

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Takami Delisle. Tak currently works as a medical interpreter for Japanese patients and helps run an organization for anthropology students of color. You can read the first installment of this piece here. Show More Summary

Forget the outrage: Stop signing away your author rights to corporations.

Earlier this summer here at the Savage Minds editorial offices, we had a temporary informational mishap that led some of our staff to believe that the mega-publisher Elsevier had purchased and, possibly, the rights to all of our first born children. Show More Summary

Savage Minds Reader Survey Results Part 2: Education, Work & Debt

Earlier this year we conducted the Savage Minds Reader Survey. Kerim described some of the demographic results in this post. Here I’ll provide a very brief recap. The majority of the responses came from readers in North America (62.8%) and Western Europe (16.7%). Show More Summary

Toward Living with (not Under) Anthropology, Pt. 1

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Takami Delisle. Tak currently works as a medical interpreter for Japanese patients and helps run an organization for anthropology students of color. You can find her on Twitter @tsd1888 and she also has her own blog. Show More Summary

Music-Inspired Horror Short Fiction Collection “SAVAGE BEASTS” Nabs FANGO Contributor!

2 months agoGenres / Horror : Fangoria

Whether it’s a collection of small tales from a single artist and a compilation of chaotic minds under a thematic bill, horror short fiction collections are no stranger to fright fans. However, few ever get into the territory as Grey Matter Press’ SAVAGE BEASTS, which derives its scary stories under the guiding light of macabre […]

Ethnographic Field Data 1: Should I Share my Fieldnotes?

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Celia Emmelhainz.] “This will be your office,” Dr. Bernson says, unlocking the storage room near her office. Tall wooden shelves frame rows of ethnography, gender studies, and area studies book, dog-eared dictionaries of minority languages, and obscure books she picked up in the field. Show More Summary

Brooklyn Museum presents two immersive environments by artistic collaboration FAILE

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Brooklyn Museum is presenting FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds, including two major installations by FAILE, a collaboration between the Brooklyn-based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, from July 10 through October 4, 2015. Show More Summary

An Arcade Meets a Temple at the Brooklyn Museum

FAILE. Temple. "Faile: Savage/Sacred Young Minds" (2015); all images courtesy of the artist. Finding yourself wedged between two extremes is inevitable in FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds. Entering the immaculately carved Temple, one-half...Show More Summary

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