The ‘cabinet of curiosities’ is a presentation format from Renaissance Europe used by middle class and wealthy collectors to display odd or rare items. Such cabinets were quite performative, pre-science exhibits that anticipated museums. Often the objects displayed were subject to inquiry and debate, and many fields of social and natural science have genealogic ties […]

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Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene – Call for Participants Conveners: Ali Kenner (Drexel University) and Timothy Neale (Deakin University) Supported by: Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Deakin Science and Society Network. Dates/locations: 1:00PM-4:00PM EST, Thursday 19th April, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 9:00AM-12:00PM AEDT, Friday 20th April, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, […]

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I’m in Southern California for the next six days, hanging out with anthropologists and talking about research, design, and ethics. “Ethnography and Design: Mutual Provocations” is organized and hosted by CoLED; the conference is situated in the tradition of experimental ethnography. In addition to learning about CoLED and the work of scholars and practitioners in the […]


(This text was written for The Asthma Files quarterly newsletter) We ran the first 6Cities field school in Philadelphia this summer. Based out of Drexel University, I had the opportunity to run the field school as a 4-credit course in the College of Arts and Sciences during the summer quarter. Rather than taking the full […]

I am really jazzed to be teaching a new course during Drexel’s summer quarter, “Civic Field School.” It’s an intensive — a ten week course packed into five — and also a hybrid, which means that half our time is spent in the classroom, and the other half is spent in the field or online. […]

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Last November at the American Anthropological Association Meetings I was on a great panel, an invited session, organized by Matt Durington and Sam Collins (Towson University). During the panel, Matt presented and shared one of his many pedagogical innovations, Cards Against Anthropology. A spin off of the popular Cards Against Humanity, CAA is designed to facilitate […]