Some of you may have been following the recent matter of the ASA’s vote for an academic boycott of Israel. I was involved in that discussion and favor the boycott, but my blog today will not try to convince you or lobby you.


Here is a link to a collaborative course I am giving with Cathy Davidson at Duke.  It is time to at least halt the MOOC train and engage ourselves and our students in a broad conversation of what is going on here.


In its March 2013 issue, The Atlantic ran a tersely titled article, “Anthropology, Inc.The author, Graeme Wood, spoke about a market research company (ReD) that was hiring anthropology PhDs to use their training in social science field work to dreg up data closer to home—in fact, in the home itself.


All right, pathetic title, but that is the word on my mind even as I gaze out over my astoundingly idyllic garden space that affords a view to the Santa Cruz mountains in a temperate, balmy, sun-filled California noon.


I am delighted to announce the publication of two new issues of Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.  Number 3 is entitled "Intellectuals and the State," and features essays by Antonis Balasopoulos, Alberto Toscano, Neferti Tadiar, Ashis Nandy, Timothy Brennan, Gopal Balakrishnan and others, covering a wide range of national, intellectual, and political arenas.


The formula of the "99 percent" seems at once incredibly rhetorical and real. We are used to hyperbole; we are less used to an absurdly lop-sided figure that is actually matched by a reality. Poetic figuration meets statistical validity.


The repressive, needlessly violent, and sometimes illegal actions of security and police personnel with regard to non-violent, non-threatening protests on US campuses, and the lack of concern shown by many college and university administrators for the safety of students and community members who are exercising their free speech rights, has led several faculty from across the United States to sign this petition, which we hope to both publish and deliver to our campus leadership.


This weekend in the UK saw people walking about sporting red poppies on their lapels.  It was Armistice Day on Friday, and yesterday, Sunday, was Remembrance Day.


I really don’t know where to start with regard to this report on a booming industry on horse vibes.


I am not a super-user of social media or such. While I have done my share of posting and tweeting, unlike most of my colleagues until last month I had never done a conference video call, or anything involving “live” interaction with multiple interlocutors.


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David Palumbo-Liu
David Palumbo-Liu is professor of comparative literature at Stanford.  His most recent publications include a volume on world-systems analysis co-edited with Bruce Robbins and Nirvana Tanoukhi entitled Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World" System, Scale, Culture (Duke University Press, 2011), and The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age (also from Duke).  He is the founding editor of Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, which is housed here on Arcade.