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interviews online @ dspace

Crawling the savage minds blog I came across a link that refers to several hundert .mp4 files of interviews and thougths by Paul Rabinow, Marylin Strathern, Jean and John Comaroff amongst others at Cambridge Social Anthropology’s DSpace.
A warning goes that the files are quite big. In this case it seems that transcriptions are available. However, it is a valuable source. See the post at
savage minds or go directly to the DSpace archive


marilyn strathern on writing

there has always been much ado on how to write in the field of ethnography. starting up with the writing culture debate, its concern on othering, authoring and sublime rhetoric etc… a necessary reflection on what and how we write that, at its best, drags us into an agora, where the author has become a cacophonous creature, built upon a polyphony of voices, sounds, interferences, static noises and distortions. rather a lecture by stockhausen than mozart for sure.

however, even before the ethnographer / anthropologist has to face the sonic as such.
there is the writing process itself. that is, the actual part of creating articles, reviews, essays or even books. it often seems as if science has its rules and structures, which just need to be filled. that’s it.
but thats not. blood, sweat and low self-esteem at its worst.
the very fact that this doesn’t work out that easily most of the time is pinned down in a beautiful little essay by dame marilyn strathern Read the rest of this entry »