Ireland 2012

Preliminary Fieldwork/Pilot Study in Western Ireland  As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, this summer I am going to be in Ireland conducting an 8 week preliminary investigation of Irish Folk Medicine (a subject which is far more complex than that description might led you to think).  Irish folk healing insects my two academic areas of…

Home is Where the Heart is…

Listening to “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros I was inspired to make the following realization: The culturally prevalent concept “Home is Where the Heart is” which is found throughout American music and literature actually makes neolocality possible.  By valuing the notion that our sense of home is tied to those we love rather than a sense…

Remembering Zora, Writing Women’s Worlds

Feminist anthropologists striving to bring women’s voices forward through life histories and personal narratives and auto ethnography are “walking in Zora’s shoes” as Irma McClaurin’s title suggests (McClaurin 2011).  Although, in some circles of anthropology Zora’s work is forgotten and ignored, she pioneered important realms of anthropological study and writing.  Anthropologically informed creative writing can…