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Scaling a river
(Institut für Ethnologie, Universität zu Köln, 2018) - Book item
How can we know a watery space? This contribution to the ‘hydrosocial Anthropocene’ focuses on techniques and methodologies for the ethnographic and historical investigation of riverine societies. Here I examine three ...
Specialist knowledge practices of craftsmen and clerics in Senegal
(2009-02) - Journal article
This article examines the specialized knowledge practices of two sets of culturally recognized ‘experts’ in Senegal: Islamic clerics and craftsmen. Their respective bodies of knowledge are often regarded as being in ...
John Brown : freedom and imposture in the early twentieth-century trans-Caribbean
(Routledge, 2016-12-02) - Book item
Human predation and animal sociality : the transformational agency of ‘wolf people’ in Mongolia
(Routledge, 2016-11-14) - Book item
This chapter examines the recent proliferation of ‘wolf people’ following the advent of the Mongolian gold rush. By analysing ethnographic and historical material on the position of wolves in Mongolian cosmology, I demonstrate ...
How khipus indicated labour contributions in an Andean village: an explanation of colour banding, seriation and ethnocategories
(2016-12) - Journal article
New archival and ethnographic evidence reveals that Inka style khipus were used in the Andean community of Santiago de Anchucaya to record contributions to communal labour obligations until the 1940s. Archival testimony ...
Ply, markedness and redundancy : new evidence for how Andean khipus encoded information
(2014-09) - Journal article
Khipus are knotted-cord devices once used in the Andes for communication and recording information. Although numbers can be read on many khipus, it is unknown how other forms of data may have been recorded on the strings. ...
The anthropology of epidemic control : technologies and materialities
(2018) - Journal article
Knot direction in a khipu/alphabetic text from the Central Andes
(2014-06-01) - Journal article
Khipus are knotted-string devices that were used in the Inka Empire for communication and for recording information. We recently analyzed the names and associated khipu cords in a newly discovered hybrid khipu/alphabetic ...
“Dying out” : conversion and the complexity of neighbourliness on the Polish Belarussian border
(2017-01) - Journal article
This paper addresses the way that religious affiliation and conversion shape ongoing tensions over historical periods of exile, resettlement, exodus and elimination in a small town on the Eastern Polish border. I explore ...
Anthropology through Levinas : knowing the uniqueness of ego and the mystery of otherness
(2015-04) - Journal article
An anthropological commonplace since Evans-Pritchard has been that ethnographic subjects will have their rationality circumscribed by the discursive opportunities made available by a “culture.” Hence, social science comes ...