Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies/Anthropology.
University of Pittsburgh, 2017-2019.
1. Social Science Fellow (working across Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science - as part of PostDoc 2015 -2016). Advising PhD Candidates on issues of writing/conceptualization/argumentation at the Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas. Teaching Workshops + Individual meetings.
2. Bok Anthropology Fellow (as part of PostDoc at Harvard 2015-2016). A pilot program I was tasked with heading to develop a digital interface addressing issues of reading/writing in the discipline of Anthropology. Was a hybrid situation of student led design and making prototypes for the interface. Website launch Dec 2017.
3. “Senior Tutorial” (Anthropology Concentrators writing theses) - Harvard University, Fall 2015 / Spring 2016, Distinction in Teaching Award: Derek Bok & Office of the Dean)
4. “Junior Tutorial” - To Save a Lion: Conservation, Property, & Governance through Trophy Hunting in South Africa. Harvard University, Spring 2016. (Independent study course designed with Junior Social Anthropology pre-fieldwork)
5. Introduction to Social Anthropology - Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Spring 2015 (Visiting Assistant Professor)
6. “Moving Bodies/Moving Meanings - Junior Tutorial" (Research Design & Methodology for Anthropology Concentrators) Harvard University, Fall 2013, Distinction in Teaching Award: Derek Bok & Office of the Dean
7. Social Analysis: Food and Culture. Harvard University, Teaching Assistant for Ted Bestor. Spring 2010
8. Social Analysis & Anthropology: Language and Culture. Harvard University, Teaching Assent for James Herron. Fall 2009
Digital Methodologies: The Boundaries of Social Anthropology
This course represents a hybrid approach to the classroom that engages wider debates from the "Digital Humanities" and treats the classroom as a space of making, exploration, and collaboration. The course hopes to explore how/why/where disciplines meet & what is at stake in these junctures today in changing digital landscapes, our methods of research, and the types of products we produce. The course is meant to think broadly, interrogating how we can really be interdisciplinary, as well as push beyond the confines of single author scholarship in text.
Digital Methodologies is made up of three modules ( "Space," "Archives," & "Storytelling") that begin in Social Anthropology but move towards other disciplines to highlight tools, methods, and approaches that broaden how we think about "research," "process," and our final products. This includes Geography, GIS, and practices of mapping; Historical research, archives, and questions of materiality; to new ways in which we combined images/sounds/text/videos on digital interfaces to "tell stories." Connecting all of these paths - from the center of Anthropology - is the motor of how digital landscapes are changing process/product. Each module is grounded in Anthropological readings as well as debates in the Digital Humanities, likewise, each module introduces new platforms/interfaces/technologies that students can explore to understand the stakes of such production and their own making.
This course connects to a larger initiative, which I have run in Beirut, Lebanon over the last year.
Places of Imagination: Tourism, Mobility, and Consumerism
This course will focus on tourism as the circulation and mobility of ideas, people, and objects around the globe. How has globalization and the rise of new infrastructures challenged our self-evident understanding of the cultural differences between people, places, and social behavior? How are territorial borders and physical spaces imagined, managed and commodified? This course will problematize terms such as exotic, heritage, ecotourism, adventure, orientalism, leisure, and luxury to analyze the social dynamics they encode. We will then approach a variety of tourism imaginaries: “heritage” tourism, “dark” tourism, “sports” tourism (such as the World Cup/Olympics), “eco” tourism, and “sex” Tourism. Through these groupings we will problematize what is at stake in each idea of “tourism,” who is indexed, and what kinds of movements, subjects, and futures are constituted through each. Weekly discussions will bring anthropological readings in conversation with a wide set of interdisciplinary texts to explore what/how/who “tourism” comes to means at various times. The course is well suited for undergrads who are interested in questions of movement, mobility, political economy, gender and sexuality, and imagination/affect.
Readings will include:
-Noel Salazar & Nelson Graburn, Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches (Edited Series). Berghahn press. 2014.
- L.L. Wynn, Pyramids and Nightclubs A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers. University of Texas, 2007.
- Gregory Mitchell, Tourist Attraction: Performing Race and Masculinity in Brazil’s Sexual Economy. University of Chicago Press. 2015.
- Noelle Stout, After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba. Duke, 2012.
- Fred Inglis, The Delicious History of the Holiday. Routledge, 2005.Mark Padilla, Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, And AIDS in the Dominican Republic. University of Chicago Press. 2008.
- Stephanie Hom, The Beautiful Country: Tourism & the impossible state of Destination Italy. 2015.
- Sarah Lyon (et all). Global Tourism: Cultural Heritage and Economic Encounters. Altamira 2012.
- Meethan & Anderson & Miles, Tourism Consumption, and Representations: Narratives of Place and Self. Cabi, 2006.
- Valene Smith, Hosts and Guests, The Anthropology of Tourism. University of Pennsylvania Press. 1989
- Waterton & Watson, Culture, Heritage, and Representations: Perspective on Visuality and the Past. Ashgate, 2010.
- Dennison Nash. Anthropology of Tourism. Elsevier 1996.
- Pons & Craig & Travlou, Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities. Ashgate, 2009.
- Robinson & Picard, The Framed World: Tourism, Tourists, and Photography. Ashgate, 2009.
Moving Images 2.0: Visual Culture in the Digital Age
OR (Moving Meditation: Imagery, Circulation, & Smartphones)
How are social media and visual technologies shaping new forms of identity, community, and politics? This course problematizes and analyzes the role of new media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, etc.) through an anthropological lens. We will adopt the lens of the smartphone and other internet enabled platforms to explore the stakes of this unique visual form of production, circulation, and storage of images and data. New media technologies have fundamentally changed the way we interact with one another and the world but also the way states, corporations and even private citizens can monitor our movements and actions. This has raised a gamut of concerns about large scale data storage systems, collection of personal metadata, face recognition, tracking, geotagging (I forget the name - how smartphones can find out where you are). How have new forms of social media and digital surveillance technologies impacted our understanding of subjectivity, privacy, and citizenship? How do they tie into new commercialization and marketing techniques? How do they employ affective registers and foster new forms of imagined communities? What is their role in “emancipatory” politics across various context in the world.This is an introductory anthropology course for students interested in issues of technology, social media, visual culture, mediation, and marketing.
Twitter Essay + In-Class Twitter Discussion
The Wayback Machine: Students will use the The Wayback Machine to trace the evolution of their favorite websites.
- Underberg & Zorn, Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media, University of Texas Press, 2014
- Dominic Boyer, Understanding Media, Prickly Paradigm 2007
- Roland Barthes,Camera Lucida. Hill & Wang, 2010.
- Manovich, The Language of New Medi
- Wendy Chun, Habitual New Media. MIT 2016
- Lev Manovich , The Language of New Media, MIT 2001
- Hanna Rose, Camouflage Media, MIT 2015
- Svetlana Boym, The Future of Nostalgia, Basic 2001
- Jussi Parikka, What is Media Archaeology, Polity 2012
- Dominic Boyer From Media Anthropology to the Anthropology of Mediation. The ASA Handbook of Social Anthropology, R Fardon (ed.) Sage. 2012.
Middle Eastern Ethnographies & History:
This course focuses on ethnographic work from across the Middle East (mostly from the last 10 years). Through full ethnographies we will contexulize historical moments and also connect to current events. We will cover 7 ethnographic monographs while other weeks are augmented through journal articles from underrepresented geographic areas/issues (ex. Bahrain, Kuwait, Emirates, current events in Syria, etc.).
It is meant for advanced undergraduates who want to explore Anthropological perspectives in/of the region. Further it is well suited for undergrads who want to more deeply engage full ethnographic texts and those who want a course that spans across the Middle East.
- Christa Salamandra, A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria. Indiana University Press, 2006. (Syria)
- Amira Mittermaier, Dreams That Matter Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination. University of California Press, 2010. (Egypt)
- Jessica Winegar, Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt. Stanford University, 2006. (Egypt)
- Lara Deeb, An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon. Princeton University Press, 2006. (Lebanon)
- Diana Allan, Refugees of the Revolution Experiences of Palestinian Exile. Stanford University Press, 2015. (Palestinians in Lebanon)
- Joanne Nucho, Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon: Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power. Princeton 2016 (Lebanon)
- Pascal Menoret, Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt. Cambridge University Press 2014. (Saudi)
- Diane King, Kurdistan on the Global Stage Kinship, Land, and Community in Iraq. Rutgers 2013. (Iraq – Kurds)
- Fida Adely, Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress. University of Chicago Press, 2012. (Jordan)
Erotic Ethnography: Sense, Sensuality & Sex
This course uses the register of the erotic to explore conceptualizations of sex, gender, the body, and the senses. We will use a sensory approach to reframe our understanding of sensuality and sexuality across the world. Taking an anthropological approach, we will examine how the senses and sex combine to produce inequality along lines of gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Case studies will include discussions of global sex trafficking, pornography, advertising, music videos, religious rituals, and disease. How can we attend to questions of eroticism and sensuality, across time, to better understand sexuality?
The first section of the course will introduce the senses in history, phenomenology, and senses across culture. The second half of the course will center these issues around the categories of sensuality and eroticism. Across the course we will examine the body as sentient /sensible and how it acts as mediator to our sensations. This is an upper level undergraduate course for students interested in gender/sexuality and sensory ethnography.
Sensory Map of Science Plaza: Smells, Sites, Sounds; Mark different configurations of the body.
Body Parts: the analysis of the social construction of select body parts.
Visualizing the 5 senses – changing registers
Readings will include:
- Kathryn Geurts, Culture and the Senses Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community. University of California Press. 2003.
- Paul Stoller, Sensuous Scholarship. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania 1997.
- Robert Jütte, A History of the Senses: From Antiquity to Cyberspace. Polity, 2004.
- Nadia Seremetakis, The Senses Still. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
- David Howes, Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Culture Reader. (edited volume). Berg, 2012.
- Maurice Merleau-Ponty, “Eye and Mind”
- Howes, David. Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory, 2003.
- Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation. Duke Press, 2002. Aradhna Krishna, Sensory Marketing: research on Sensuality of products. Routledge 2010.
- Vannini, Waskul, Gottschalk, The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture: A Sociology of the senses. Routledge, 2012.
- Susanna Trnka, Senses and Citizenships: embodying political life. Routledge, 2013.
- Constance Classen, The deepest Sense: a cultural history of touch/ University of Illinois, 2012.
- Susan Greenhalgh, Under the Medical Gaze, Facts and Fictions of Chronic Pain, University of California Press, 2001.
- Robert Desjarlais. Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992.
- Howard Hughes, Sensory exotica: A world beyond Human Experience. MIT, 1999.
- Bull & Mitchell, Ritual, Performance, and the Senses. Bloomsbury 2015.