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Felix Girke commented on Keith Hart's video
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Handsome Johnny

"Man. "Dieses Video enthält Content von UMG. Es ist in deinem Land nicht verfügbar.""
Jan 6, 2011
Felix Girke replied to Amiria Salmond's discussion What's wrong with Quine? in the group Theory in Anthropology
"This is pretty much my take as well. I am interested in people's reflections on their ontologies, but I find it hugely problematic from the perspective of methodology that we assume that we can get at onologies beyond the spelled-out…"
Apr 28, 2010
Kathleen Murphy replied to Felix Girke's discussion Violence vs. Conflict in the group Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
"Hi there. I'm new around here, and also admit to being a rather junior scholar -- I studied anthropology in my undergrad years, with a socio-linguistic focus. I'm a teacher, working with "behaviourally-challenged" students…"
Feb 24, 2010
Felix Girke replied to Keith Hart's discussion Claude Levi-Strauss died 30th October aged 100: the greatest anthropologist ever?
"... the fact that the structuralist outlived the poststructuralists has always been noteworthy ... As far as I can see, CLS has been underrepresented in recent anthropology, and I would venture that many undergrads today never read a single word he…"
Nov 3, 2009
Philip Carl SALZMAN replied to Felix Girke's discussion Violence vs. Conflict in the group Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
"This is a good question, Felix, and the two responses are helpful. May I take perhaps a slightly tangential approach? I am wondering about the difference and boundaries between "disagreement" and "conflict." Is it that…"
Sep 14, 2009
Felix Girke replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Comparative ontologies and cosmologies in the group Philosophical Anthropology/Anthropology of Philosophy
"Huon Wardle said:"
Sep 9, 2009
Margaret Hart Robertson replied to Felix Girke's discussion Violence vs. Conflict in the group Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
"I think if you take the concept to Africa and feminise it, you won't have much difficulty in drawing distinctions. Violence can exist without conflict in that legitimisation is taken away from half of the population to determine their own fate…"
Sep 6, 2009
Alex Posecznick replied to Felix Girke's discussion Particularities and peculiarities in the group Teaching Anthropology
"For the past two years I've been teaching ANT100 as an adjunct, and nothing more advanced, as I'm still a grad student (same as Denice). I pretty much agreed with everything said above, but let me add to this by showing what I don't…"
Jul 10, 2009
Alex Posecznick replied to Felix Girke's discussion Particularities and peculiarities in the group Teaching Anthropology
"I just replied to your post on the class assignment with international students touching this very thing! "
Jul 10, 2009
Bill Guinee replied to Felix Girke's discussion Particularities and peculiarities in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Thank you for the thoughtful questions. It seems to me, that in this kind of class, there are things that anthropology has worked in a way other disciplines have not. The first, of course, is the concept of culture. I do not mean by this an…"
Jun 28, 2009
Denice Szafran replied to Felix Girke's discussion Particularities and peculiarities in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Exactly. I can point them in the right direction, I can show them my enthusiasm for the topics, and hopefully it will be contagious."
Jun 27, 2009
Denice Szafran replied to Felix Girke's discussion Particularities and peculiarities in the group Teaching Anthropology
"My classes in anthropology are always the introductions, since I am still a grad student. In a class of anywhere from 70 to 90 students we may have a handful who plan on becoming anthropology majors (or who already are, and taking the courses late…"
Jun 27, 2009
Felix Girke replied to Felix Girke's discussion Particularities and peculiarities in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Right - so that was unclear, sorry for that. To clarify: I ask you to put yourself in a situation where you (as an anthropologist) had one course you were teaching for students who (due to their specific curricula) will likely take one or two…"
Jun 27, 2009
Felix Girke added a discussion to the group Teaching Anthropology
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So, in these days of changing course structures and degree demands (especially in Europe a la Bolognese), we all who are involved with teaching are challenged to adapt.The form of adaptation I am interested here (there are many more) is the laboratory situation where anthropology (social, cultural) is not a main degree course, but just something students might take one or two classes in on their way to a different degree, say, sociology. That is, if one wants to adapt to a reduction of…See More
Jun 27, 2009
Felix Girke left a comment for Philip Carl SALZMAN
"Hi Philip - yes, I've met John a few times here at the MPI for Social Anthropology - he's on the advisory board. He was also so kind as to read part of my thesis, and we try and stay in touch."
Jun 16, 2009
Philip Carl SALZMAN left a comment for Felix Girke
"You mentioned John Galaty in your latest comment about tribes. The two of you would appear to share an East African interest. You know, I imagine, that Galaty and I are long term McGill colleagues and friends. Do you know him personally?"
Jun 15, 2009

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Felix
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University of Bielefeld
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About Me

I just completed my PhD thesis on "The ädamo of the Kara. Rhetoric in social relations on the Lower Omo" at Halle University, and am preparing for a post-doc project elsewhere.
While I have done extensive research in Ethiopia, I consider myself much more of a general anthropologist than an Africanist. I am interested in theory and methodology, visual anthropology, the history of our discipline, the Maussian mix of social relations/economics/politics, questions of ethnic groups and categories, language/culture, and speaking/interaction. This last interest has progressively led me to embrace the principles of ethnomethodology/conversation analysis, a very sound methodological approach.
My recent work heavily focused on rhetoric in a fairly wide sense, and my PhD thesis and several upcoming spin-offs are the most material evidence of that.
I am still happy with the 2007 film "Morokapel's feast. The story of a Kara hunting ritual" (with Steffen Köhn), which people apparently liked to watch.
I dearly love to teach, and it is turning out that working with sociology students in Bielefeld can be quite rewarding intellectually.

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At 10:15pm on June 15, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
You mentioned John Galaty in your latest comment about tribes. The two of you would appear to share an East African interest. You know, I imagine, that Galaty and I are long term McGill colleagues and friends. Do you know him personally?
At 3:29pm on June 8, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Another fine comment on the question of tribes. Thanks for your contribution.
At 1:53pm on June 3, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Felix, many thanks for your excellent comment on the Theory in Anthropology discussion.
 
 
 

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