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PhD student in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Dissertation research on human-microbe relations, microbes as scientific and social actors.
Interested in performance and poetics in post-Soviet Central Asia (Kazakhstan)
Anne Roelsgaard Obling, PhD Scholar Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
I'm interested developing an "anthropology beyond the human" –an anthropology that does not take anthropo-centric frameworks as its sole set of analytics. Most of my research focuses on human-animal relations in the Upper Amazon. I also have emerging interests in sensory ethnography, especially ethnographic film. I teach Anthropology at McGill University in Montréal.
University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Cambridge University & Senior Research Fellow, Churchill College
Reader in History, Birkbeck College, University of London.
M.Phil, Cambridge 1994 Ph.d. University of Chicago 2001 Recently published The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media (Cornell Univ. Press), an ethnographic study of how Americans use new media to end relationships.
Jo received her PhD in Zoology from Cambridge and did post-doctoral research at Roehampton and Cambridge before taking up a lectureship in Evolutionary Anthroplogy at Durham University. Her research in primate behavioural ecology integrates behaviour, morphology and demographic studies with genetics, endocrinology and semiochemistry to address questions relating to reproductive strategies, life history, sexual selection and signalling. The majority of her work has focused on a semifree-ranging colony of mandrills in Franceville, Gabon, and she has also conducted primate fieldwork in Cameroon, Congo and Malaysia. Jo is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Primatology and co-editor of "Field & Laboratory Methods in Primatology" (CUP).
Joanna Cook is the George Kingsley Roth Research Fellow at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. Previously she was College Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology at Pembroke College. She is currently an Academic Associate at The College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok. She is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge. Dr. Cook has written and lectured on the Anthropology of Ethics, Asceticism, Religion, Buddhism, Fieldwork Methodology, the Gift and Gender. Dr Cook has a long-standing research involvement with Thailand. Her earlier research focused on meditation as a monastic activity. Her forthcoming monograph, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2010, examines meditation in Thailand in detail and explores the subjective signification of monastic duties and ascetic practices focusing particularly on the motivation and experience of renouncers, the effect meditative practices have on individuals and community organization, and gender hierarchy within the context of the monastery. Research interests Thai Buddhism; ascetic practice; anthropology of ethics and personhood; cultures of mindfulness: meditation techniques in psychology and monasticism; pilgrimage; detachment.
I am a lecturer in anthropology at Durham University. My research centres on the nature and limits of relationality. This thread runs through my doctoral work on relationship and alterity in Corsica, my interest in the radically anti-essentialist and micro-relational work of Gabriel Tarde, a once-forgotten French sociologist for whom "every thing is a society, and every phenomenon a social fact", and my most recent research project on interspecies sociality: an ethnographic exploration of engagement and detachment in everyday relations between behavioural biologists and the animals they study.
Dr Melissa Demian is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent.
I'm intrigued by the idea that 'detachment' could be an independent idea, leading its own life.
I'm a post graduate student, studying Social Anthropology in University of Edinburgh. My thesis focuses on how young people engage in a process of self-making through different forms of giving and taking enacted in romantic relationships.

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  • ghoutman ghoutman says:

    Vipassana : Detachment in the context of Van Gennep’s rites de passage in the unpartitioned house

    Vipassana: a technique of Buddhist insight contemplation that facilitates cultivation of detachment under oppressive regimes in Burma, both for: (a) the imprisoned (such as Aung San Suu Kyi), who aspire for reshaped political worlds, and (b) for retiring generals, in search of safe exit from a repressive and authoritarian polity.
    This paper explores detachment in the context of identity as emergent from Van Gennep’s theory of rites de passage, who associated Buddhism with circular repetitive movements in unpartitioned, rather than rectilinear movements in partitioned houses.