Making the Strange Familiar (An Introduction to Paranormal Anthropology)

This is a brief lecture I put together in 2016 while I was assisting with a course on the Anthropology of Religion. This post is my outline for the lecture, and I've also included a link to my recorded version below. What is Paranormal Anthropology? Paranormal Anthropology- -An interdisciplinary branch of anthropology with close ties … Continue reading Making the Strange Familiar (An Introduction to Paranormal Anthropology)

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death (Summary)

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death is an analysis of his field work among the Ndembu (Northwestern Zambia).  He provides a definition and description of Isoma, a ritual performed around the occurrence of female reproductive issues, for example Turner says Isoma is a “manifestation of a shade that causes … Continue reading Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death (Summary)

You Can’t Hug your Children with Nuclear Arms (2011)

            Four years after the first nuclear weapon was detonated on Hiroshima, Leslie Alvin White commented on the imminent downfall of civilization and mankind. “A new source of energy has been harnessed and in awful form…The new nuclear technology threatens to destroy civilization itself or at least to cripple it to such an extent that … Continue reading You Can’t Hug your Children with Nuclear Arms (2011)