Timm Lau
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I studied Ethnology in Hamburg, Germany, and Social Anthropology at LSE and Cambridge (PhD 2007). My dissertation on The Tibetan Diaspora in India describes how diasporic identities are shaped by recurrent movements between refugee and local Indian contexts, encompassing both literal movement during itinerant trade with sweaters and being moved by the aspirational representations of Hindi film. My research interests also include emotions, media and cultural change, trust and markets, and the nature of evidence in anthropological enquiry.

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At 5:54am on June 8, 2009, John McCreery said…
Saw your message re starting an evidence discussion in the Theory and Anthropology Group. That's a fantastic idea. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help this along.

John
At 9:34pm on June 4, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Thanks, Timm; that would be great.
At 2:44pm on June 3, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Timm, a number of comments on the Theory site have raised questions about "facts" and "data" as well as "evidence." I would like to see a discussion along the lines of "What is the place of 'facts,' 'data,' and 'evidence' in anthropology?" As I've said, I would prefer that you put it up (which of course would not preclude other initiatives, such as a dedicated group, on your part). But if you would rather not, I could put it up.
At 10:35am on June 2, 2009, Josh Reno said…
Timm,

Just read on Horacio's page that you've organized a panel with him on markets and trust. Sounds great. Incidentally, I approached him as well and - were it not for the AAA's guidelines - he would also be presenting on our panel devoted to markets and catastrophe. We are lucky to have him as chair, instead. In any case, we might consider coordinating our respective panels in some fashion, assuming they both get through the gatekeepers.

Best of luck,

Josh
At 2:30pm on June 1, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Timm, what would you think of starting a new discussion on Theory in Anthropology on evidence: "Does anthropology need 'evidence'?" "What part does evidence play in anthropology?" "Who's afraid of evidence?"? I am sure you can think of a good title.
At 6:53pm on May 31, 2009, William Mazzarella said…
thanks for that comment, Timm...I suppose one could say that for many, identity is a kind of aspiration. For others, aspiration is a kind of identity. One of the things that consumerism does is to mediate that relation, with products and brands the symbolic and affective terrain of the mediation.
At 5:32pm on May 31, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Timm, a great comment on Theory in Anthropology. I'm very interested in what you say, and in your book. Would it be fair to call your views a post-postmodern approach? But I will not reply now on the group site, because I want to give others a chance to contribute. I'll have something to say soon enough.
At 4:22pm on May 31, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Welcome to Theory in Anthropology. Please feel free to make comments, start a discussion, and share your views generally.
At 6:14pm on May 29, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Great to see you, Timm. I'm fine. K
 
 
 

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