News Archive

News Archive

Exit 0 Project website launches

September 1, 2012

Associate Professor Christine Walley's and Chris Boebel's Exit 0 Project seeks to recapture the stories of a region traumatized by de-industrialization, and to look towards a future of economic opportunity and environmental justice for Southeast Chicago residents.

Tragic Spirits: Manduhai Buyandelger rides the steppes with nomadic shamans in post-Soviet Mongolia

August 1, 2012

Buyandelger's research links contemporary developments in Mongolian nationalism and culture with Buryat family experiences to document the revival of shamanism in the post-Soviet transformation of Mongolia. She takes up questions concerning the role of historical memory in forming political economy and culture, specifically looking at the case of the post-Soviet transformation in Mongolia.

Interview with Christine Walley and Chris Boebel

August 1, 2012

Associate Professor Christine Walley and Chris Boebel are documentary filmmakers and advisors to the Open Documentary Lab @ MIT. They are currently collaborating on Exit Zero, a documentary about one family's experience of deindustrialization in southeast Chicago.

Pulling Back the Curtain: Graham Jones explores the secretive world of professional magic

July 1, 2012

Magicians can make cards appear and people disappear. But the greatest trick any magician pulls off may be acquiring the knowledge needed to perform such acts in the first place. After all, magic tricks are largely secrets; they wouldn't entertain audiences half as much otherwise. Thus magicians closely guard their trade's knowledge. And yet the craft would die if the techniques of magic did not transfer to promising practitioners.

Walley receives LEF Foundation Award

July 1, 2012

Associate Professor Christine Walley and Chris Boebel receive an award from the LEF Foundation for their documentary project, Exit 0.

Gender in Engineering: A Tough Calculation

June 1, 2012

Why don't more women enter the male-dominated profession of engineering? Some observers have speculated it may be due to the difficulties of balancing a demanding career with family life. Others have suggested that women may not rate their own technical skills highly enough. However, a recent paper co-authored by MIT social scientist Susan Silbey, based on a four-year study of engineering students at four schools, offers a different story.

Jones wins 2012 Levitan Teaching Prize

May 14, 2012

Assistant Professor Graham Jones was among the recipients of the 2012 James A. and Ruth Levitan Awards for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Political Economies of Trauma and Compassion

May 1, 2012

Professor Erica James's research examines how individuals, organizations, and states contain and redress psychosocial trauma by means of economies of compassion. Compassion economies include charity, corporate philanthropy, humanitarian and development aid circulating within and across territorial and other socio-political borders.

Silbey receives award for research on forging safety in science labs

April 25, 2012

Susan S. Silbey, head of MIT Anthropology, and Ruthanne Huising PhD '08 have been awarded the 2011 best publication prize from Regulation & Governance for their article, "Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science Through Relational Regulation."

Materials from Sensing the Unseen seminar to be published

April 10, 2012

Sensate, a peer-reviewed, open access online academic journal, will be publishing materials from the Sensing the Unseen seminar, a year-long series of talks organized by Professors Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson in 2010-2011. To find out more about the Sensing the Unseen seminar and hear podcasts of the presentations, please click here.

Exit 0: The long-term impacts of deindustrialization in Southeast Chicago

April 1, 2012

Exit Zero refers to the highway exit ramp number for the former steel mill neighborhoods of Southeast Chicago in the Calumet region, once one of the largest steel-producing areas in the world. Exit Zero is also the name of a book written by anthropologist Christine Walley, who grew up in the region as a fourth generation member of a steelworking family, as well as a documentary film made by Chris Boebel and Chris Walley.

Helmreich and Paxson teach anthropology during Semester at Sea

March 23, 2012

Professors Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson are spending the Spring 2012 semester traveling and teaching with Semester at Sea, a global education program sponsored by the University of Virginia that offers undergraduates the opportunity to explore different regions and cultures all over the world.

James receives $25,000 Levitan Prize in the Humanities

March 19, 2012

Deborah K. Fitzgerald, the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, has announced that Erica Caple James, associate professor of anthropology, has received the James A. ('45) and Ruth Levitan Prize in the Humanities. The $25,000 prize is awarded annually as a research fund to support innovative and creative scholarship in the humanities.

Spectrum Magazine explores the Sensing the Unseen seminar

October 1, 2011

MIT's Spectrum Magazine profiles the year-long Sensing the Unseen seminar, sponsored by MIT Anthropology and organized by Professors Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson.

Heather Paxson appears on WBUR's On Point radio program

June 28, 2011

Heather Paxson discusses the history of milk and artisanal cheesemaking on the June 28th edition of WBUR's On Point radio program.

Democratic Insecurities receives Honorable Mention

May 1, 2011

Democratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti by Erica James received an Honorable Mention for the Society for Cultural Anthropology Gregory Bateson Prize.

David Harvey addresses financial crisis

March 4, 2011

Invited by the MIT Anthropology program, David Harvey, author of The Condition of Postmodernity and professor in the Program in Anthropology at the City University of New York, examines the latest financial crisis and the complexities of global capital flow from a Marxist perspective.

Alien Ocean wins American Ethnological Society prize

December 1, 2010

Stefan Helmreich's Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas has received the Senior Book Prize from the American Ethnological Society for 2010.

Heather Paxson receives Honorable Mention from the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery

November 1, 2010

Heather Paxson's article, "Cheese Cultures: Transforming American Tastes and Traditions," published in the Fall 2010 issue of Gastronomica, won an 'honorable mention' in the 2010 Sophie Coe Prize competition in Food History, awarded by the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.

Stefan Helmreich wins Bateson Prize for Alien Ocean

October 4, 2010

Stefan Helmreich's book, Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas, has won the second annual Gregory Bateson Prize.