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February 10, 2016

Besteman S16 author photoCatherine Besteman is Francis F. and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. Her latest book is Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine. Besteman follows the trajectory of Somali Bantus from their homes in Somalia before the onset in 1991 of Somalia’s civil war, to their displacement to Kenyan refugee camps, to their relocation in cities across the United States, to their settlement in the struggling former mill town of Lewiston, Maine. Besteman’s account illuminates the contemporary debates about economic and moral responsibility, security, and community that immigration provokes.

You lived from 1987 to 1988 in Banta, a small village in southern Somalia, working as an...

February 08, 2016

We enjoyed selling books and mingling with our authors at the 2016 annual meeting of the College Art Association in Washington, DC. It was especially exciting to celebrate our authors winning two awards for distinction.

Postcolonial Modernism

We were thrilled that Chika Okeke-Ogulu won the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism for his book Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria.

And congratulations to Krista Thompson, whose book ...

February 05, 2016

WalterMurch.jpgWe were very excited that renowned film editor and sound designer Walter Murch agreed to write a foreword for Anand Pandian’s recent book Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation. Known for his work on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather I and II, American Graffiti, and The English Patient, he has received three Academy Awards. Roger Ebert called him “the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema.” Pandian’s book uses ethnographic stories about Kollywood, the home of Tamil cinema, to explore ideas about creation itself. In the following excerpt from Murch’s foreword, he recalls a particular moment of creation during the making of Apocalypse Now.


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