#EverythingMustFall: The Use of Social Media and Violent Protests in the Current Wave of Student Riots in South Africa

The past year has seen violent protests at most South African universities, where students have pursued the dual goals of free education and a decolonization of education. Severe dissatisfaction with everything from tuition fees, housing schemes, languages of instruction and symbolic tributes to colonial stalwarts have coalesced to produce a tense environment of conflicts and […]

Riots, Rage and Populism: Voices from the Austere City

Pope Francis for President. It’s the latest provocation of Italian comedy sketches, but it generates bitter laughter. It speaks to the burgeoning lack of trust not only in traditional politicians, but also in political parties, mechanisms and institutions. It signals despair and disillusionment. There is reason to be concerned. Muhammad Shahzad Khan, a Pakistani resident, […]

Recalled to Life: On the Meaning and Power of a Die-In

I have never died before. In the beginning of December, at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C., I made my way down to our hotel’s main lobby with a few of my friends, to join hundreds of my colleagues for a die-in, a powerful, symbolic protest against the continuing epidemic […]

A Royal Zombie Wedding

Two British Anthropologist were arrested for planning an anti-monarchist “Zombie Wedding”  in downtown London. Michael Balter from Science Magazine reports: Yesterday evening, while Prince William and Kate Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) were making last minute preparations for their royal wedding, two well-known anthropologists were arrested for helping to plan a “Zombie […]

Yemen’s Uprising

Daniel Martin Varisco, Professor of Anthropology at Hofstra University writes at CNN about the uprising in Yemen: While the world focuses on bombing raids in Libya, a different scenario has been unfolding in Yemen, which would be the first country outside of North Africa in this recent era of uprisings to lose its long-term strongman, Ali […]

::antropologi.info:: Anthropologists on Egypt Uprisings

Check out this compilation of what anthropologists have been saying about the Egypt uprisings on the anthropology blog ::antropologi.info:: “A wonderful development” – Anthropologists on the Egypt Uprising (updated) 02/02/11 by Lorenz A protester in Cairo’s Tahrir Square has a simple message for Mubarak. On February 1, demonstrators held a “Million-Man March” in the city, […]