Anthropological Airwaves explores the craft of anthropology in all of its forms. Building on the journal’s commitment to four-field, multimodal research, the podcast hosts conversations about anthropological projects—from fieldwork and publishing to the discipline’s role in public debates. By demystifying the craft of anthropology, the podcast broaches a series of fundamental questions about past, present, and future disciplinary practice, and charts new paths for anthropological engagement.


In the fourth and final episode of this special feature on “The Military Present,” Emily Sogn and Vasiliki Touhouliotis discuss war, injury, and the production of ungovernable life in Iraq and beyond with anthropologist and physician Omar Dewachi (American University of Beirut). Click here for the transcript of the episode.

In the third episode of this special feature, “The Military Present,” Wazhmah Osman, filmmaker and professor of media studies and production, discusses the United States’s dropping of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) – the largest and most powerful nonnuclear weapon ever used – in Afghanistan in April of 2017.

In the second episode of this special feature, “The Military Present,” Vasiliki Touhouliotis and Emily Sogn continue to elaborate an anthropologically informed view of the militarized logics operating in our public discourse. They speak with Madiha Tahir (Columbia) to interrogate drone warfare by turning our eye-in-the sky gaze to focus instead on action and effects on the ground.

In the first episode of this special feature, “The Military Present,” Vasiliki Touhouliotis and Emily Sogn present us with an anthropologically informed view of the militarized logics operating in our public discourse and speak with Dr. Joseph P. Masco (Chicago) to help historicize these logics and discourses to understand the work that they do in creating our “military present.”

Episode 8 This episode features an interview with Laurence Ralph (Harvard) at the AAAs about his ethnographic work on violence, injury, and healing on Chicago’s South Side.

Episode 7 This episode features a discussion with Ralph Holloway (Columbia) and Shara Bailey (NYU) about the different methods biological anthropologists use to study human evolution through comparative anatomy and more.

Episode 6 This episode features interviews with Carolyn Rouse and Brent Luvaas about their multimodal research into various projects of self-making and becoming in religious and fashion media.

Episode 5 This episode features timely interviews with Jason De León and Hilary Parsons Dick about immigration policy and immigration discourse in relation to Trump’s border wall as well as the roles and responsibilities that anthropologists have in the public sphere.

Episode 4 This episode features interviews with Monique Scott and Salam Al Kuntar about museums and how they engage with different publics through their exhibitions and programming.

Episode 3 This episode features an interview with Damien Stankiewicz about his recent article in American Anthropologist, “Against Imagination: On the Ambiguities of a Composite Concept,” and his thoughts on anthropology’s public engagement conundrums.

Episode 2 This episode features interviews with Nazia Kazi and Mariam Durrani about the present realities and historical continuities of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism in America.

Episode 1 This episode includes an interview with Deborah Thomas about her vision for the journal and website as well as a discussion about the nexus of race and science.

If you have ideas for future episodes, please contact the podcast team:

Arjun Shankar (Executive Producer)

Kyle Olson (Producer and Editor)

Nooshin Sadeghsamimi (Producer and Editor)

Diego Arispe-Bazán (Producer and Editor)

Arjun Shankar is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His work brings together theories of globalization and development, visual ethnography, and affect theory. His current book project, How Development Feels, retheorizes the concept of development in postcolonial contexts given the emergence of transnational diasporic networks, the increased use of digital technologies, and human rights discourses that influence how social change can and should occur. Shankar is a board member of the Society for Visual Anthropology, a member of Cultural Anthropology’s Photo-Essay editorial collective, and is working on a documentary film about the history of scientific racism through a critical re-excavation of the Morton Skull Collection.

Kyle Olson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation project uses archival records, museum collections, archaeological survey data, and satellite imagery to examine the relationship between regional polity formation and the emergence of the world’s first “global” economy during the third millennium BCE. Olson is a member of the Student Affairs committee of the Society for American Archaeology, a junior fellow of the Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, and a trench supervisor and geospatial analyst on the Smith Creek Archaeological Project in Woodville, MS.

Nooshin Sadeghsamimi is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Nooshin is interested in race and racial conceptions among the Iranian diaspora in the United States. Currently, she intends to explore the role that race and racialization plays in the complex web of diasporic interactions and the ways in which Iranians perceive themselves as a minority living in the United States.

Diego Arispe-Bazán is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research centers around understandings of the colonial period in Peru and Spain, respectively, and what this tells us about how historical processes and historical memory are recontextualized in contemporary discursive and linguistic practices. His ethnographic research in both countries speaks to the effects of economic crisis in the old first world, colonial echoes, and race and class in Latin America. He is the web assistant for the Society for Linguistic Anthropology.

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