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Future of Food Journal

The Ecological Agriculture group at the University of Kassel publishes a journal “Future of Food”. You are welcome to visit their page and make a contribution. More information is below. Open for Bachelor and Master students as well as more seasoned academics.

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The Importance of Being Stupid in Research

This year I supervise three Master students in their thesis work, and a few other written assignments of students. It’s the time when students come up with their proposals and try to work out a puzzle and a methodology around it. Now, research would not be called research if it was easy. It’s a lot [...]

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Workshop on “Translation in World Politics” at Kate Hamburger Kolleg, Duisburg, Germany

Last week, on October 08-09, I took part in a workshop at the University of Duisburg’s Kate Hamburger Kolleg (Centre for Global Cooperation Research) named “Translation in World Politics”. It was very pleasing to see the ideas of policy translation making headway in other disciplines, and now also in International Relations and World Politics. I [...]

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Crafting or Designing Socio-Ecological Systems? Read our Special Issue in Environmental Science & Policy

Finally, our Special Issue of Environmental Science & Policy is online, and you can enjoy the articles. You can read our editorial about the issue here, and the article I wrote with colleagues on water user associations in the region here.

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Edward Said: Last Public Intellectual

Last autumn, I started being interested in Professor Edward Said, who is most known for his 1978 book “The Orientalism”. I won’t write about the book here, a lot has been written about it already. Edward Said, however, is much more than an author. He stands out as perhaps the last public intellectual of our [...]

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Science Wars: Policy Translation Debated

The debate on the travel of ideas has ignited once again, this time on the pages of the new scientific journal called Global Discourse. Founded in 2010, this journal claims not to have a particular disciplinary audience and to target inter-disciplinary approaches. It managed to raise an interesting discussion with the latest issue

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bell hooks on teaching and critical thinking

One of the major things that makes my life meaningful at this particular moment is teaching and the chance to pass some knowledge and ways of thinking to my students. It is not self-esteem which I am gaining here, although I recognize that teaching is a mildly narcissistic activity which may inflate already oversize egos. [...]

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The Economics of Love and Sex

Money can’t buy you love! Or can they? I have a lot of economists around me, and I am sure they will say that it not the question if the money buys something, it is the question of “how much”

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Ways of Knowing Public Policy

Farhad Mukhtarov and Andrea Gerlak have just published an article in Policy Sciences, a well-respected political science journal, on Ways of Knowing and Integrated Water Resources Management. In this article, the authors came up with the argument that there are 3 ways of knowing reality, and public policy for that matter, which they named prescriptive, discursive [...]

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Rediscovering Baku with Fuad Akhundov

Goethe once said “he who cannot draw on three thousand years of history lives from hand to mouth”. In the last weeks, I had the feeling that I have lived my years in Baku from hand to mouth, not knowing the stories of its magnificent buildings and personalities. But now I am getting to know [...]

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Albert Camus’ birthday and the philosophy of absurd

Today is birthday of Albert Camus, who was born on November 07, 1913 in French Algeria. He is best known as the Nobel Prize winner in literature and the major voice in what came to be known as ‘philosophy of absurd’. Albert Camus in my mind has always been associated with Jean-Paul Sartre as an [...]

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Book Review: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

It was in Hanoi, Vietnam, where I first heard the name of the American writer Dave Eggers. I was doing my fieldwork studying biodiversity of Vietnam and was staying at a friend’s house for a night or two. In the same house lived a travel journalist who would write stories about traveling in China, Cambodia [...]

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Thoughts on ethnography and a slaughterhouse from the Annual Ethnography Symposium 2013

At the Amsterdam Ethnography Symposium, a full room of scholars, mostly anthropologists, is captivated by the charismatic speaker telling the tale of mass killing and normalization of such. The subject is the ethnography of a slaughterhouse. The element of story-telling is combined with stand-up comedy, when the presenter takes questions from the audience in the [...]

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Happy One Year Anniversary!

The blog was created in the beginning of August 2012 and today it is 1 year since it went online! It has been much fun to write posts and run discussions of some of them on the dedicated Facebook page. The blog has started with the general theme of exploring cultural and linguistic issues [...]

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Chess as War and Meditation

I had a nice childhood — full of happiness, joy and drive. Chess took a large part of my childhood and I had great people to share it with having grown in Baku. In this little essay I recount on my experiences of being a ‘chess-kid’ in Baku in the 1990s, it was originally prepared [...]

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Anthropology and Political Science: Dialogue or Contact Zone?

By Farhad Mukhtarov. As we reported earlier, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is currently hosting its 2012 annual session in San-Francisco. Within this session there is a roundtable arranged for the discussion of the dialogue between public policy and anthropology. Our colleague Paul Stubbs has given a short talk in which he emphasized the recent [...]

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International Conference on “Lost and Found in Policy-Translation?”

Reposted from the IKS (Institute of Korean Studies) website. The IKS organized an international academic conference with the title of “Lost and Found in Policy-Translation” for two days between 30 and 31 March 2012. The conference was attended by participants from Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Korea and the United States. In the first panel moderated [...]

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Anthropology of Public Policy Roundtable

Within the 111th annual meeting of  the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Interest Group on Anthropology of Public Policy (IGAPP) and its members Cris Shore and Samuel Shapiro will organize the roundtable on “Studying Policy: A Dialogue between Anthropology and Political Science”. In this event organized around three themes of the past, the present and [...]

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