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.

Episode List
Episode 1 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.

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

Episode 3 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.


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

Arjun Shankar (Executive Producer)
ashankar@upenn.edu

Kyle Olson (Producer and Editor)
kols@sas.upenn.edu

Nooshin Sadeghsamimi (Producer and Editor)
nooshin@sas.upenn.edu

Diego Arispe-Bazán (Producer and Editor)
diari@sas.upenn.edu

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 the imagining and relevance of the colonial period in Peru and Spain, respectively, and what this tells us about how historical process versus historical imagination are evinced in discursive and linguistic practices. His ethnographic research in both countries speaks to the effects of economic crisis in the old first world, how migrants from this region reanimate historical echoes, and sheds light on ongoing social processes in Latin America. He is the web assistant for the Society of Linguistic Anthropology.