Tobias Hecht

2017
Crumpled Paper BoatSAR Press PublicationCrumpled Paper Boat: Experiments in Ethnographic Writing

Crumpled Paper Boat is a book of experimental ventures in ethnographic writing, an exploration of the possibilities of a literary anthropology. These original essays from notable writers in the field blur the boundaries between ethnography and genres such as poetry, fiction, memoir, and cinema.

2013, April 21–25
Literary AnthropologyAdvanced SeminarLiterary AnthropologyThis advanced seminar examined the place of literary craft in contemporary anthropology, focusing attention on forms of transformative encounter provoked by the reading and writing of anthropological literature. The seminar was intended both as a forum for conceptual discussion and as an intensive workshop for the collaborative development of innovative forms of anthropological prose.
2008
Figuring the FutureSAR Press PublicationFiguring the Future: Globalization and the Temporalities of Children and YouthChild laborers in South Asia, child soldiers in Sierra Leone and Uganda, Chinese youth playing computer games to earn virtual gold, youth involved in sex trafficking in the former Soviet republics and Thailand: these are just some of the young people featured in the news of late. To address how and why youth and children have come to seem so important to globalization, the contributors to this book look at the both the spatial relations and the temporal dimensions of globalization in places as far apart as Oakland, California, and Tamatave, Madagascar, in situations as disparate as the idealization of childhood innocence and the brutal lives of street children.
2004, April 17–23
Advanced SeminarGlobal Comings of Age: Childhood, Youth, and Social Re-generation in a Time of Global FlowsWhat can be learned about the current moment of globalization and neoliberalism from looking at the lives of children and youths around the world? This question provided the impetus for this advanced seminar. Participants examined the shifting and often contested nature of childhood and youth as part of the transformations wrought by globalization.


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