Alex Golub

An Anthropology Blog

Book review in Museum Anthropology Review

I have a book review up in the latest number of the great open access journal Museum Anthropology Review. It’s on Francis Densmore, a pioneering female musicologist and the people she conducted research with/on. The book was very good and a major piece of scholarship on Densmore because it is one of the few pieces of scholarship on Densmore. Feel free to check it out.

Now I am fifteen

1 January 2017 marks 15 years of blogging for me. My first personal website was started in 1994 or 1995, which means I’m already past twenty years with an online web presence. This blog has had its ups and down — most of it has been erased or moved over the years as I’ve progressed from Grey Matter to Movable Type to WordPress to this current, hosted WordPress blog. To be honest, I’m fine with twenty-something waffle recipes no longer being google able. At this point, my online presence is spread out over social media, various profiles on websites, games, collaborative work spaces, IRC chat rooms, and much more. This blog in particular has stagnated as Savage Minds and other spaces have become more important. I’ll keep this blog going, and I’ll keep the blogging going, but this space is probably not where most if it will happen. Last year I had planned to use this as an index to my activities online — to drop a quick note here when I published elsewhere, or participated in something I didn’t want to forget about. That sort of happened. As for 2017… we’ll see what it holds. Maybe more, maybe less.

Mānoa Horizons launches

I’m happy to announce that the first issue of Mānoa Horizons is now available. Horizons is the peer-reviewed, open access journal for undergraduate research at the University of Hawai‘i. I’m proud to be on the editorial board of this great new journal, grateful to Christine Beaule for serving as founding editor, and hopeful that the journal will have a wonderful future ahead.

Errata for “Leviathans at the Gold Mine”

I’m very excited that my book Leviathans at the Gold Mine is now available and I’m proud of the book’s quality and content. However, no work is perfect. This blog post contains errata for the book. I’ll update it steadily over time.

Errata for Leviathans at the Gold Mine

p. xiv “Albin Bensa” should read “Alban Bensa.” I particularly regret this error given the generosity and warmth with which M. Bensa hosted me in Paris, and I thank him again — with his name spelled correctly! — here.

“Cause And Effect: Who Is Responsible for Porgera”, a new conference paper, is now online.

I was delighted to be a participant at the conference Mining Encounters: Extractive Industries In An Overheated World hosted by the formidable Robert Pipers and Thomas Hylland Eriksen in late April. You can find the full text of my paper for the conference, Cause and Effect: Who Is Responsible For Porgera at my Academia.edu page, amongst other places.

When I have  it in an academic repository I’ll throw up that link as well. Thanks for taking the time to take a look at it!

Leviathans at the Gold Mine reviewed for the Journal of Pacific History by Shaun Gessler

I’ve been bad about listing things on this blog, but I did want to note another review of Leviathans, this one from the Journal of Pacific History. As someone with a background in historical anthropology — and who just attended the Pacific History conference! — I’m very pleased the journal reviewed my book. I’m also flattered that the reviewer like it. You can find the review on the JPH’s website.

Leviathans at the Gold Mine reviewed by Catherine Coumans for PoLAR

Leviathans at the Gold Mine was reviewed in the latest number of PoLAR — that’s the Political and Legal Anthropology Review, the journal of my subdiscipline of political anthropology. The review is by Catherine Coumans, an anthropologist at Mining Watch, so it reflects the concerns of the activist community.

First review of Leviathans is in

I’m happy to say that the first review of my book Leviathans at the Gold Mine has appeared and that is it positive. You can read the review here. The author of the review is David Eller — whose textbook I’ve used in my intro class before, but who I’ve never met. The most frequent adjectives he uses to describe me and the book are ‘ingenious’ ‘exciting’ and ‘fascinating’, although I’m most flattered by the idea that one of my chapters is “calm but ultimately searing”. I don’t think I planned to be ‘searing’ but… I’m glad that Eller found it so.

I’ve also been told that the book has been adopted for use in two classes, so I’m glad to see that someone is taking the time read it after all the time I put in to writing it. So… thanks to everyone for their continued (and positive) reception of the volume!

My full World 101x interview is now available

I was recently interviewed for the anthropology MOOC World 101x and I guess bits of the interview will appear in their course. The full interview with me is available on YouTube.

My annotated bibliography of Marshall Sahlins is available

I’m pleased to announce that my annotated bibliography of Marshall Sahlins’s work is now available from Oxford University Press. Although one typo has already been found (!) I’m still very proud of this piece, which I did to show my respect for the chair of my dissertation committee. I’m very satisfied with the result, although it will have to be revised as he continues to publish! I normally would turn down requests from closed-access publishers, but the topic and the form were both too interesting for me to turn down.