A consortium of ecologists at the University of New Mexico asked presenter to integrate human/social research and urban ecology into their research program. This presentation is based on research Read More
Institutional Discourse Then and Now: Bottles Change But The Wine Stays The Same
Linköping University April 27, 2010 Michael Agar
In the 1980s “institutional discourse” represented an intersection of two intellectual trends in the U.S. First of all, “linguistics” was breaking out from under the Chomsky hegemony, and several different Read More
Abstract for Public Anthropology Lecture Linköping University April 26, 2010
It’s Not Your Grandparent’s Anthropology.
Since Boas and Malinowski in the early 20th century, the image of the anthropologist has been the same: A European or American, alone, living with people of color in a small impoverished isolated community, in Africa Read More
It's been a long few weeks with a fair amount of travel. I'm just home from the fourth trip in the last month or so. I can't believe that there are still large numbers of people who don't know you have to take your shoes off when you go through airport security. So why Read More
In February we gave the first paper from the UNM ecology project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings in San Diego. My favorite part of the day was the poster session for high school kids in the main exhibition hall. There may be hope for the future.
The grad students at the University of Maryland are sponsoring a DC area conference in March, http://sites.google.com/site/anthroplusconference/. I'm honored that they invited me to give the keynote lecture. We emailed some and landed in themes of integrating theory and practice and thinking of anthropology as an open rather than Read More
I'm realizing all of a sudden that a blog is like fieldnotes, and fieldnotes always remind me of the Tristram Shandy paradox, which means that it takes longer to write about experience than it does to live it, which means the more you write about what you do the less time you have to Read More
A talk for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research from 2009
A Little Knowledge Transfer Can Be a Dangerous Thing Dr. Michael Agar
"Knowledge transfer" means many things to many people; some say it is not clear what it means at all. But in another sense, like the famous Moliere character who claimed that he'd been speaking prose all his life, it isn't such an Read More