How did I get here?
After Mod Lgs at Oxford I moved to Edinburgh in 1964 and via gf fell among anthropologists think Kenneth Little and Michael Banton, but actually took postgrad in Phonetics.
First full-time job in U of Khartoum where I overlapped with Talal Asad, Ian Cunnison and Wendy James, plus did field linguistics in Nuba Mts and Darfur. O tempora o mores...
My best mentor was Gunnar Haaland and through him contact with Fred Barth and the Bergen crowd. First academic article was socio-linguistic. From then until 2003 I played the linguistics game but fell into an Anthropology black hole when asked to take over ethnosurvey course on N Africa here in Calgary. Clearly I was a 'desert walla'. Now I also cover sub-Sahara and a special course on Darfur.
My favorite focus is on interaction between environment and subsistence (especially nomads) and I may perhaps get drawn in to theory tho it's not really my style, but as I found in phonetics and linguistics - There is No Theory Free Descriptive Anything. Just like TANSTAFL (Vonnegut).
I am still looking for a neat intro to kinship and subsistence patterns...
I don't read enough but am always open to good short cut recommendations. Plus I have a really hard time with style-challenged authors.
June 2009 Calgary and points West.