While very much enjoying the seminar on Martin Holbraad's paper "Can the thing speak?" I have been wishing that we had a bit more ethnographic data to discuss. This link will take you to a set of photographs taken in 1970, during my first fieldwork in Taiwan. In them you will see critical moments in the ritual by which…Continue
In what I've read about material culture, the essence of "it" has not been studied thoroughly and properly. In all cultures that have distinct pronouns for both humans and non-humans, breathing or otherwise, "it' is the marker for objects, materials, things, or stuff. Not long ago, I carried on a project in this area of material culture. I wanted to find out how a material in my culture became one, and how it entered in our lexicon and how my people thought, valued, and assumed it. I…Continue
Added by M Izabel on January 23, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments
I'm ambivalent to post this under the current seminar. I guess I don't want to be off-topic or to sound obnoxious. After the Facebook seminar, I've tried reading what I've gotten hold of that will re-educate me on material culture. Whoever started material culture studies was a visionary indeed. The vast published manifestos, books, and papers on material culture are obvious to me that material culture theories will soon dislodge postmodern theories in terms of…Continue
Added by M Izabel on January 22, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments
This evening I was doing a seminar - reading The Great Learning in Chinese, Korean, and in English as well. It was the second time and our plan is to finish it up in six weeks. We are reading the translation by James Legge as the English text. And the Legge's translation can be read here.
It's not easy for…Continue
Although Buddhism has long been a source of inspiration in psychotherapy, the recent shift of attention in Western clinical psychology from pathology, diagnosis, and treatment towards cultivating positive mental health appears to be accompanied by a growing interest in the connection between Buddhist spirituality, suffering, and well-being in mainstream mental healthcare. This trend is perhaps most apparent in Norway in the explosive growth of training programs and…Continue
Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 - 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)
Added by DocMiami International Film on January 11, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Off the top of my head, there are a few answers (which, frankly speaking, are pretty related to each other).
Baggage | Anthropology’s troubled past and its…Continue
It has been three years since I began work on my current research project, Winners' Circles. The PDF attached to this blog post (ZhengZhiUPresentation%20%28OAC%29.pdf) shows where I was a bit over a year ago when I gave a talk about the project at Zhengzhi University in Taipei. Since then I have had a few…Continue