News for Friday, March 25, 2016

New Books and Articles by SAR Alums

Reading books.Reading books.Photo courtesy of Charles Briggs.Reading books.Photo courtesy of Charles Briggs.In early December of 2015 we announced that Charles Briggs received the 2015 Cultural Horizons Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for his article, “Dear Dr. Freud.” Since then, Dr. Briggs, his wife, Clara Mantini-Briggs, and several indigenous scholars published a book on research they did on a rabies epidemic in Venezuela. Una Enfermedad Monstruo: Indígenas derribando el cerco de la discriminación en salud is a direct result of the work Briggs and Mantini-Briggs did while in residence at SAR.

Dr. Briggs writes, “We took the book to the other members of the team and the parents who lost children in the epidemic in December; here is a great photo of people in the rainforest reading the book.”

More on their book can be found here.


A-Janngu (Spotted Stingray) rock artA-Janngu (Spotted Stingray) rock artPhoto courtesy of Liam Brady.Dr. Liam Brady, SAR 2015 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Scholar, and two colleagues recently published an article titled “Negotiating Yanyuwa Rock Art: Relational and Effectual Experiences in the Southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia” Dr. Brady’s work at SAR focused on a comparative study of the Yanyuwa rock art and the rock art created by North American indigenous peoples. This article builds on the research he has been conducting for many years.

More on the article can be found here.



Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, MaineMaking Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, MaineDr. Catherine Besteman, SAR Weatherhead Fellow 1990-1991, and Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, and President of the Association of Political and Legal Anthropology at Colby College recently published a follow-up book to Unraveling Somalia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999, a publication based on her ethnohistory dissertation worked on while here at SAR. The newest book is Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, Duke University Press, 2016. Making Refuge resulted from a meeting she had when she re-encountered, for the first time since 1988, refugees from her field site in southern Somalia who were newly arrived in Maine in 2006.

In Making Refuge Dr. Besteman “follows the trajectory of Somali Bantus from their homes in Somalia before the onset in 1991 of Somalia’s civil war, to their displacement to Kenyan refugee camps, to their relocation in cities across the United States, to their settlement in the struggling former mill town of Lewiston, Maine.”

More on the book can be found here.

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