18 min. read (or watch the video) It has been two years now since I ditched my laptop and desktop computers for this iPad Pro. So today, I will give you a summary of my experience — what I love, what I hate, and what my final verdict is. I know a lot of people… Continue reading iPad Only?
Audacious with Susan Sontag
4 min. read (or watch the video) “Hey Folks, this is Alex Oehler in Regina, Saskatchewan.” I say it like this, because that’s how Alec Soth, a photographer and photo book lover in St. Paul, Minnesota, introduces his YouTube videos. I was inspired by him this week. He was reviewing “Backyard Photographs in Times of… Continue reading Audacious with Susan Sontag
Eating Plants With Michael Marder
2.5 min. read (or watch the video) A couple of days ago a friend of mine posted a link to Aeon Magazine’s article entitled “The minds of plants,” by Laura Ruggles. Kudos to Ruggles, a philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia. She starts off her article with the words: “From the… Continue reading Eating Plants With Michael Marder
Why Study Anthropology in 2021?
3 min. read (or watch the video) Hey Folks! Today I’m going to look at some strong reasons why you should take anthropology in 2021. If you are looking for a Bachelor of Arts degree, go for a program you can apply to as many different careers as possible. You want to keep your options… Continue reading Why Study Anthropology in 2021?
Air with Pär Lagerkvist
2 min. read (or watch the video) In 2013, a colleague and I were invited to join a PhD workshop on Forest History in northern Sweden. We had a fabulous time, learning from our forest ecologist and archaeologist colleagues over the course of ten days, often in remote woodlands of subarctic Sweden. I am not… Continue reading Air with Pär Lagerkvist
Projection with John Lilly
2 min. read (or watch the video) I love old books. Here’s a curious one from 1967: “The mind of the dolphin” by John Lilly. Lilly was a leading American neurophysiologist who believed a central cause of mental illness was failed communication. In the late 1950s Lilly opened the Communication Research Institute on the island… Continue reading Projection with John Lilly
Interiority with Merleau-Ponty
2.5 min. read (or watch the video) One of the most influential thinkers for me has been the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961). Known as a major contributor to the field of phenomenology, he offered insights that many of us now build on in our research of animal-human hybrid communities. In 1948 Merlau-Ponty gave a… Continue reading Interiority with Merleau-Ponty
Animal Languages with Eva Meijer
2 min. read (or watch the video) I recently discovered Dutch philosopher and writer Eva Meijer. Besides being a very eloquent and incredibly accessible writer and thinker, she is also an artist, singer-song writer and activist. In her recent book, “Animal Languages” (MIT, 2020), she explores the state of what we know about non-human animal… Continue reading Animal Languages with Eva Meijer
The care work of life apportionment
50 min. read (or watch the video) My friend and colleague Nicolas B, who is a slick ethnographer working in northern Mongolia, recently invited me to give a talk at the Centre for Society, Technology and Development at McGill University. The talk represents a paper I recently wrote for Inner Asia journal, challenging simplistic conceptions… Continue reading The care work of life apportionment