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Logan Sparks commented on John McCreery's blog post Ritual, Liminality, and Social Facts
"thanks for this. I have linked to your discussion here at my Ritual Studies Forum on facebook."
Jan 28, 2014
Logan Sparks commented on Míriam Duarte's group Symbolic Anthropology
"for those who are interested, I have opened a FB group focused on Ritual Studies and I will be cross-posting between my OAC page and FB. it would be great to have more anthropologists in this group:…"
Jan 8, 2014
Logan Sparks commented on Kaela Woolsey's group Anthropology of Religion
"Anyone who is interested, please add yourself to my Ritual Studies group on FB. I am going to be cross-posting things between my OAC account and there and am looking for more anthropological perspectives for the the discussions on FB. all the best.…"
Jan 8, 2014
Matthew Timothy Bradey replied to Logan Sparks's discussion Books on Material Culture in the group Material Cultures
"Here are a couple of which I am quite fond. Mind you that I am a bit of a gentleman of the old school. :–) Boas, Franz. “Decorative designs of Alaskan needlecases: a study in the history of conventional designs, based on materials in…"
Dec 27, 2013
Logan Sparks replied to Logan Sparks's discussion Books on Material Culture in the group Material Cultures
"Dear Juan, Erin and Martijn, thank you so much. These are all very helpful! Mathew, that is a good question. What I am working on is a general introduction to material culture, so many different angles can be of help, or introductions."
Dec 27, 2013
Erin B. Taylor replied to Logan Sparks's discussion Books on Material Culture in the group Material Cultures
"Hi, I agree that the Journal of Material Culture is a good place to look. So is the Material World Blog. My favourites are Daniel Miller's "Material Culture and Mass Consumption" (1987) and also his book on modernity. I've also…"
Sep 30, 2013
Martijn Koster replied to Logan Sparks's discussion Books on Material Culture in the group Material Cultures
"Hi Logan, I liked Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett very much. Of course, it depends on how you'd like to approach material culture (materiality as symbolic objects, Latourian or Deleuzian approaches, marxist perspectives, ...). The Journal of…"
Sep 30, 2013
Matthew Timothy Bradey replied to Logan Sparks's discussion Books on Material Culture in the group Material Cultures
"Which of the following aspects of material culture are you most interested in? functional curatorial “social life of objects""
Sep 30, 2013
Logan Sparks added a discussion to the group Material Cultures
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Books on Material Culture

Hello Everyone - can anyone recommend any key texts for studying material culture that you feel are indispensable or useful? Very much appreciated...See More
Sep 30, 2013
Logan Sparks commented on Marlaine Gray's group Anthropology of Healing
"Reading the comments of John McCreery and others I am lead to a certain question for this group, if anyone is interesting in chiming in: Where does the issue of romanticising interesting subjects come in. I see John as indirectly, maybe, bringing…"
Mar 19, 2013
Logan Sparks joined Alexandre Enkerli's group
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Ethnography

Discussing ethnography and ethnographic disciplines in general, whether or not they are exclusive to anthropology as a discipline. Folkloristics, market research, ethnomusicology, microsociology, microeconomics, microhistory...
Mar 8, 2013
John McCreery commented on Logan Sparks's blog post Descriptions of Thickness, Fabrics, Green Handkerchiefs and Rituals
"If the song is sung by a woman to a man, the intent seems pretty clear. She is a widow. Thus, her handkerchief, which should have been given new to her lover, is worn and patched. In the summer of their lives, they were a couple. But she wound up…"
Jan 9, 2013
Logan Sparks posted a photo

Ibrahimin Fotosu Şirin Anne

at the funeral of a female aufi teacher (known as Şirin Anne, 'Sweet Mother') in Istanbul in 2012, her head scarf has been draped over her coffin
Jan 9, 2013
Logan Sparks commented on Logan Sparks's blog post Descriptions of Thickness, Fabrics, Green Handkerchiefs and Rituals
"Sheipra what I am learning is that there is also a consisten presence of women in the textile that doesnt change despite men holding the capital and abstract power now in the formal industries. And it seems that in Turkey there is a rise in…"
Jan 9, 2013
Logan Sparks commented on Logan Sparks's blog post Descriptions of Thickness, Fabrics, Green Handkerchiefs and Rituals
"M Izabel thank you for your comment. Its interesting how our almost biological biases frame what we see. Because I wouldnt tend to be interested in otehr people2s bodily fluids (ha!) my brain somehow shied away from the obvious fact that giving a…"
Jan 9, 2013
Logan Sparks commented on Logan Sparks's blog post Descriptions of Thickness, Fabrics, Green Handkerchiefs and Rituals
"John, my friend who translated this was a bit literal so he includes teh gender ambiguity but in reality this is sung by a woman to a man."
Jan 9, 2013

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the passing of a handkerchief

two lovers separated during the nationalistic shifts of the balkan wars exchange a handkerchief....again, this follows on from my last post on fabric and ritual...

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Mendilimin Yeşili

The song whose lyrics I published in my last blog post is this one, from a Turkish soap opera broadcast several years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQiv8Aq3CXA

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 11:39am

Descriptions of Thickness, Fabrics, Green Handkerchiefs and Rituals

At the moment I am grappling a bit with Clifford Geertz in an attempt to get a firmer background in classical anthropological texts, although of course that can be both a blessing in a curse. On the one hand I am learning the language of Anthro and its ancestor cult (!) but I also risk adopting ideas that have been morei ntegrated, critiqued, surpassed etc...by now. I risk being out of touch. Oh well!

While looking at Geertz have the impression that my emphasis on contextualization is…

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Posted on January 3, 2013 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Women who Glow in the Dark and a New Mexican-Turkish Axis

So, I have recently returned from a conference/summer school on Meso-American traditional healing practices at the University of New Mexico. The participants were an interesting mix of academics and practitioners with the slant towards a general audience amongst the presenters.I am hoping to continue connecting to the scholars at the program, which is repeated every summer in Albuquerque.I gave a couple of short presentations on popular beliefs and healing practices in Turkish culture. Its…

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Posted on August 2, 2012 at 12:28pm — 6 Comments

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At 8:39am on June 12, 2012, John McCreery said…

Hi, Logan

Just stumbled on the following and thought it might be up your alley.

http://www.iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2011_Summer_Cevik.php

John

At 7:46pm on May 9, 2012, Sahil K Warsi said…

Yes, of course!  He's buried in the dergah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya. I always visit them together.  We're waiting for you :) xx

At 4:04am on April 26, 2012, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…

Hi Logan,

No wonder I've noticed the calligraphy from Bursa just now. I've spent most of last month doing fieldwork in a southern Bosnian village with no internet connection. The 'Arts of Memory' panel went really well and I would love to get your abstract before sending a book proposal out, if you have time of course. 

The calligraphy is very interesting. I will soon post some photos I've taken in an old Qaderiyya tekke of Hadzi Sinan in Sarajevo. The outer walls are adorned with some of the finest calligraphy I've seen. You should definitely come and do some research here. :)

Best,

Safet

At 12:23pm on March 27, 2012, Sahil K Warsi said…

Well howdy-do?!

At 9:11pm on April 14, 2011, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…
:) Good luck with the editing! Looking forward to reading your work.
At 12:00am on March 16, 2011, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…
Also, your research is really interesting! Perhaps you send me a copy of your thesis once it is completed.
At 3:50pm on March 15, 2011, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…
Really interesting photos. Perhaps you can post them to the sacral geography group and write a few lines about the tekke? :)
At 6:54pm on January 18, 2011, Keith Hart said…
Welcome to the OAC, Logan! Check out the About tab and let me know if I can help at all. Keith
 
 
 

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