Reed College
Vollum Hall
April 16 & 17, 2005
Free and open to the public

Jill Dubisch (B.A. Reed College 1965, Ph.D. Chicago 1972)
Pilgrim, Biker, New Age Healer: What to Wear While Doing Fieldwork?


Jill Dubisch is Regents' Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. Her research interests include Europe, with a particular focus on Greece, and the United States. Her work in Greece has resulted in a number of articles and two books, Gender and Power in Rural Greece (Princeton 1986) and In a Different Place: Pilgrimage, Gender and Politics at a Greek Island Shrine (Princeton 1995). Her more recent work on motorcycle pilgrimage is presented in Run for the Wall: Remembering Vietnam on a Motorcycle Pilgrimage (Rutgers 2001), jointly authored with Raymond Michalowski and in Pilgrimage and Healing: Sacred Journeys (forthcoming from University of Arizona Press 2005), co-edited with Michael Winkelman. She has taught at Trinity College, Hartford, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Northern Arizona University, where she has served as department chair. She has also served as president for the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, on the Executive Board of the Modern Greek Studies Association, and on the board of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. She is currently doing research on New Age and alternative healing practices, including New Age spiritual pilgrimage, and has several articles on this topic in process. She is also a Reiki master and a certified practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu energy healing.

Reed Thesis: "Double Descent in Africa"

James D. Faubion (B.A. Reed 1979, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1990)
Reflexivities


James Faubion, Professor of Anthropology at Rice University, is currently working on a book, tentatively titled What Becomes a Subject: Fieldwork in Ethics, that critically develops Michel Foucault's analytics of the ethical domain through a series of bioethnographic portraits. In the spring of 2004, Faubion began long-term research into the condition of the public intellectual in Europe, attending in particular to the impact of European unification on the outlooks of contemporary intellectuals, the possibilities and limitations they face in 'going public,' and the publics old and new whom they understand themselves to be addressing or representing. He is also interested in exploring the heuristic use of the contrast between 'major' and 'minor' intellectuals in the aftermath of having written an essay on the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy as especially instructive in clarifying the parameters of a transcultural sociology of 'minor literature.' The initial site of this project is Athens. Faubion continues to think and write more generally on power and the impetuses of its coalescence into the religious, the political, and the religio-political and the politico-religious. His many publications include The Shadows and Lights of Waco (Princeton 2001) and Modern Greek Lessons: A Primer in Historical Constructivism (Princeton 1994). His edited volumes include Rethinking the Subject: An Anthology of European Social Thought (Westview, 1995); Essential Works of Michel Foucault, Volume 2: Aesthetics, Method, Epistemology (The New Press, 1998); and The Ethics of Kinship: Ethnographic Inquiries (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).

Reed Thesis: "Take Man Away From Life, Only Words Remain: An Essay on Structuralism"

Stephen William Foster (BA Reed 1969, Ph.D. Princeton 1977)
Segalen's Phenomenology of Exoticism


Stephen William Foster is a writer and independent scholar who has long cultivated an interest in the relation between micro-practices such as self-fashioning, self-presentation and ethical negotiation, and macro-structures such as state apparatuses, trans-national corporate alliances and forms of symbolic domination. He taught anthropology at Smith College and the University of California, Berkeley. After attending the Yale University School of Nursing, he became house supervisor at San Francisco General Hospital where he likes to think that he exercises an ethnographic sensibility as well as his nursing practice. He is the author of The Past Is Another Country (California 1988), a study of the problematization of local culture in the wake of a major political dispute. He also published "The Exotic as a Symbolic System" (Dialectical Anthropology, 1982), an essay on Pierre Bourdieu in the inaugural issue of Cultural Anthropology (1986), a critical introduction to Women of Marrakech by Leonora Peets (Duke, 1988) and a critique of symbolic analysis in Between Literature and Anthropology: Victor Turner and the Construction of Cultural Criticism, edited by Kathleen M. Ashley (Indiana, 1990). On a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Counsel of Learned Societies, he studied the auto-ethnographic construction of post-colonial subjectivities in urban Morocco and wrote Cosmopolitan Desire: Self-Fashioning in the Moroccan Interzone (unpublished). He is currently writing about San Francisco General Hospital, where he has now worked for more than twenty years, as a cross-roads of power and knowledge, medical and otherwise, from an internal, double perspective of critique and advocacy.

Reed Thesis: "Mid Pleasures and Palaces: Architecture in an Anthropological Setting"

Alex Golub (BA Reed 1995, Ph.D. Chicago 2005)
"Shooting Snowy Was The Toughest Job I Ever Had": Dogs in first contact and the vagaries of fashion in anthropological analysis


Alex Golub is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, "Making the Ipili Feasible: Imagining Global and Local Actors at the Porgera Gold Mine, Papua New Guinea," examines the relationship between indigenous land owners and the world-class Porgera Gold mine. His second research project -- tentatively being developed now -- focuses on selfhood, property relations, and issues of space and place in the massively multiplayer on-line video games Second Life and Dark Ages of Camelot He is the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays research grant and has spoken at institutions as diverse as the University of Queensland, Columbia University, and the Max Planck Institute for Ethnography in Halle, Germany. His first book, Gold Positive, was a not-for-profit popular history of the Porgera valley written at the request of, and for the benefit of, the community in which he lived. His most recent publication, "Copyright and Taboo" appeared in Anthropological Quarterly as part of a special section of anthropology and Open Source Software entitled "Culture's Open Sources." Mr. Golub is currently an adjunct professor of anthropology at Hawai'i Pacific University. Reed Thesis: "First Contacts or The Eruption Into Otherness: A Study in Social Theory with Reference to a Group of Recent European Writers"

Andrew Graan (B.A. Reed 1998)
On Doing Nothing: Epidemic Unemployment and Urban Sociality in Skopje, Macedonia


Andy Graan is recently returned from his fieldwork in Skopje, Macedonia, where he was researching his dissertation project "Watching the World Watch: The Politics of Media Authority in the Republic of Macedonia". Now ABD in Chicago, he is commencing with writing up.

Reed Thesis: "The Social Life of Culture: A Structuralist Approach to the Objectification of Culture with Special Reference to Kayapó"

Dennis McGilvray (B.A. Reed 1965, Ph.D. Chicago 1974)
Studio, Clan, and Factory: Three Styles of Departmental Anthropology


Raised in rural northern California, Dennis McGilvray made first contact with anthropology at Reed, asserting his ethnographic authority in a term paper for Gail Kelly entitled "The Fire Station as a Total Institution." After a deviant year of graduate study in Social Relations at Harvard, he settled in for the PhD at Chicago, along with a surprising number of other Reedies, to absorb the lectures of Geertz and Cohn and to fend off the cockroaches in Hyde Park. He briefly taught at the University of Santa Clara before moving to England, where he was University Assistant Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, and Director of Studies at Emmanuel College, from 1973-1978. After two years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell, he joined the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1980, where he now appears likely to remain for the duration. His field research on the Tamil-speaking Hindu and Muslim minority communities of eastern Sri Lanka, and on their cultural linkages to South India, began in 1969 and continues up to the present (with post-tsunami fieldwork planned for summer 2005). His publications have addressed non-Brahmin Hindu caste hierarchies in Sri Lanka, Tamil ethnophysiological constructions of gender and sexuality, matrilocal households and dowry, Portuguese and Dutch Eurasian heritage, critiques of psychoanalytic goddess theories, Sri Lankan Muslim ethnicity, and popular Sufism in the Tamil-speaking world. An ethnographic photobook entitled Symbolic Heat: Gender, Health, and Worship among the Tamils of South India and Sri Lanka appeared in 1998, and a book manuscript is currently under review entitled Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. Unabashedly Malinowskian in his ethnographic tastes, McGilvray dreams of restoring matrilineal kinship to the pedestal it once occupied when he was a student of Gail Kelly at Reed.

Reed Thesis: "Conceptions of Animals in Human Culture"

Marston Hunt Morgan (B.A. Reed 1999)
Towards an anthropological model of the 'house': Historicizing residential forms in early modern Europe and highland Papua New Guinea


Marston Morgan is a graduate student in the department of anthropology at the University of Chicago. He will start fieldwork this June in New Caledonia, an overseas Collectivité Sui Generis of France located in Melanesia. Research will focus on a group who descend from Kabyle insurgents exiled to the island in the 1800's. Reed Thesis: "Nomadic Classification and Change Among the Kel Ahaggar Tuareg"

Sasha Newell (B.A. Reed 1996, Ph.D. Cornell 2003)
The Peddler of Souls, or, Notes on Possession at a Yard Sale


Sasha Newell currently teaches at New York University and the CUNY City College Center for Worker Education. He is interested in theories of consumption and exchange, magical efficacy, and migration. His dissertation, "Fashioning Modernity: Consumption, Migration, and the Production of Ivoirian Identities," examined criminal networks of urban youth in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and their predilection for American sportswear, potlatch style displays of temporary wealth, and compulsive dreams of departure. He is increasingly fascinated by the hidden valuables of the American attic.

Reed Thesis: "Sapé à Mort: Congolese Couture and the Metonymic Consumption of Modernity"

Scott M. Youngstedt
The New Nigerien Hausa Diaspora in the U.S.: Surviving and Building Community on the Margins of the Global Economy

Scott M. Youngstedt is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Saginaw Valley State University. His research interests include migration, career, conversation, religion, globalization and modernity, West Africa, Niger, Hausa, and African Americans. Since 1988, Youngstedt's primary research site has been Niger. He was also a Fulbright scholar in Nigeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Youngstedt has published his work in City and Society, African Studies Review, Africa Insight, and Religious Studies Review among other places. He is currently working on two book manuscripts. The first, tentatively entitled Hausa Here, There, and Everywhere, explores the Hausa diaspora through case studies of communities in Niamey, Accra, Paris, New York, and cyberspace. The second, a work in ethnographic photography, illustrates the humanity, dignity, and grace of people in everyday life contexts in Niamey, Niger.

Reed Thesis: "Artistic Explorations in Yoruba Cosmology"

Joel Robbins (B.A. Grinnell 1983, Ph.D. Virginia 1998, Reed College 1996-1998)
Fashioning Discontinuity: Some thoughts on Millenarian Living


Joel Robbins' work has focused on issues of religion and cultural change. He has also done work touching on economic and linguistic anthropology and has recently been interested in the possibilities of establishing an anthropology of Christianity. He is the author of Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society (California, 2004) and the editor of several volumes, including The Making of Global and Local Modernities in Melanesia: Humiliation, Transformation and the Nature of Culture Change (Ashgate, in press, with Holly Wardlow), The Anthropology of Christianity (Special Issue of Religion 33 (3)), and Money and Modernity: State and Local Currencies in Melanesia (University of Pittsburgh Press, with David Akin). He is co-editor of the journal Anthropological Theory.

Rupert Stasch (B.A. Reed 1991, Ph.D. Chicago 2001)
Past-Present-Future: Some Examples From Korowai Kinship


My work focuses on the reflexive sensibilities about social ties held by egalitarian, residentially-dispersed Korowai people of West Papua, Indonesia, particularly the ways Korowai make otherness and contingency central to their kinship relations. I have published articles on feasting, person reference, mother-in-law avoidance, and shifts in witchcraft-related violence prompted by Indonesian police violence. I have been teaching at Reed since 1998.

Reed Thesis: "Rethinking the Culture Concept"

Thomas Strong (B.A. Reed 1994, Ph.D. Princeton 2004)
Some Muddles in the (Super) Models: Anthropology's Brand(s)


Tom studies contrastive symbolizations of body, subjectivity, and sociality in both U.S. and Melanesian contexts, as well as critical theories of modernity. He conducts ongoing research in Papua New Guinea's Asaro valley, and his dissertation was entitled, "Pikosa: Loss and Life in the Papua New Guinea Highlands." The play between the familiar and the foreign informs interests in kinship theory, sexual practices/relations, and fame/celebrity; and his publications include essays on blood donation, the artificial heart experiment, new attempts to theorize kinship, and concepts of social decay in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. In 1996-98 and 2001-2003, he was a research associate at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2003-2004 he was a visiting student at the University of California, San Diego under a Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Reed thesis: "'Bad Blood': Individuals, Community, and the Social Body"

Thomas Weisner (B.A. Reed 1965, Ph.D. Harvard 1973)
Remember the counterculture? Whatever happened to the children of the children of the 60's?


After surviving Gail's Anthro theory courses, Junior Quals, and my thesis, it all got much easier. I went on to the Social Relations program at Harvard (Gail wanted us all to go to Chicago, of course) and got my Ph.D. in Anthropology working with John and Beatrice Whiting. I did fieldwork among the Abaluyia of Western Kenya and migration to Nairobi. I worked on the patterns of rural-urban ties, and the impacts of rural-urban migration on children. I focused on sibling caretaking and other non-parental care as a crucial part of this story. I have been teaching at UCLA since 1971, and have a joint appointment in Psychiatry (Center for Culture and Health) and Anthropology. My research interests are in culture and childhood, ecocultural theory, family adaptation, and families and children at risk. I've gone on from my Africa work to study sibling caretaking among Native Hawaiians, countercultural families and children in California, families with children with developmental disabilities in Los Angeles, working poor families and children facing welfare reforms, and immigrant children and families in Head Start programs in Los Angeles. I've been a member of a MacArthur Foundation research network on successful pathways in middle childhood, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and am currently a senior advisor to the WT Grant Foundation, and President-Elect of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. I've published two edited books: African families and the crisis of social change. 1997. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press/Bergin and Garvey; & Discovering successful pathways in children's development: New methods in the study of childhood and family life. 2005. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Along the way, I married Susan Weisner and we have two sons 34 & 30. Thank you, Gail!

Reed Thesis: "Kinship and Trade in the Modernization of West Africa"