Professor Herzfeld's recent documentary, "Roman Restaurant Rhythms," distribution by Berkeley Media LLC.
Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome; University of Chicago Press; March 2009.
"In this work, Herzfeld’s exceptional talents as a linguistically sensitive ethnographer and passion for social justice illuminate processes of gentrification in Monti, a neighborhood of Rome near the Colosseum known for artisan workshops, petty thievery, and a vibrant set of social relations wonderfully and cynically impervious to both papal and state authority. Constituting a form of neighborly civility, these relations are losing ground to an encroaching ‘civic’ consciousness. By juxtaposing the civil and the civic and by exploring the Vatican’s ‘logic of indulgences’ as a template for, among other things, condoning violations of the building code Herzfeld transcends old arguments regarding corruption in Italy. A case study of eviction from one apartment complex brings home the tragedy of displacement while exposing a contemporary irony: ultra-right political parties have garnered some support among ‘red’ working class tenants, disillusioned by the Left’s participation, along with the Church, in the real estate development of Rome’s Historic Center.” --Jane Schneider, CUNY Graduate Center
A still from the film "Monti Moments: Men's Memories in the Heart of Rome".
"Monti Moments: Men's Memories in the Heart of Rome"
Produced by Michael Herzfeld.
39 min. Color. 2007.
Available as: VHS and DVD
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Michael Herzfeld, Professor
William James Hall 380 | (617) 496-5190 | e-mail
Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences
Curator of European Ethnology in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University
Curriculum VitaE (DOC)
B.A. Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University, 1969
M.A. Modern Greek, University of Birmingham, 1972
D.Phil. Social Anthropology, Oxford University, 1976
D.Litt. Modern Greek, University of Birmingham, 1989
Research Interests: social theory, history of Anthropology, social poetics, politics of history; Europe (especially Greece & Italy), and Thailand.
Michael Herzfeld was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology, 1969), Athens (non-degree program in Greek Folklore, 1969-70), Birmingham (M.A., Modern Greek Studies, 1972; D.Litt., 1989); and Oxford (Social Anthropology, D.Phil., 1976). Before moving to Harvard, he taught at Vassar College (1978-80) and Indiana University (1980-91) (where he served as Associate Chair of the Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies, 1980-85, and as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, 1987-90). Lord Simon Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester in 1994, he has also taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1995), Paris, at the Università di Padova (1992), the Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (1999-2000), and the University of Melbourne (intermittently since 2004), and has held a visiting research appointments at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (1985), at the University of Adelaide, and at the Université de Paris-X (Nanterre) (1991).
Major lectures include the inaugural Distinguished Lecture in European Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1996), the Munro Lecture at the University of Edinburgh (1997), the Journal of Anthropological Research Distinguished Lecture at the University of New Mexico (2001), the Einaudi Lecture at Cornell University (2004), the keynote address to the Association of Social Anthropologists of the British Commonwealth (2008), three lectures hosted by the Korea Research Foundation (2009), the Kimon Friar Lecture (Deree College, Athens, 2009), and the Eilert Sundt Lecture (University of Oslo, 2009).
His D.Litt. was awarded for a series of publications, including books and articles, that have set out his understanding of the processes at work in cultural identity construction in modern Greece.
A past president of both the Modern Greek Studies Association and the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, he was editor of American Ethnologist during 1994-98 and is now Editor at Large with specific responsibility for the feature "Polyglot Perspectives" in Anthropological Quarterly; he serves on numerous other editorial boards and is currently co-editor of “New Anthropologies of Europe” (Indiana University Press).
In addition to numerous articles and reviews, he has authored the following books: Ours Once More: Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece (1982), The Poetics of Manhood: Contest and Identity in a Cretan Mountain Village, Anthropology through the Looking-Glass: Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe (1987), A Place in History: Social and Monumental Time in a Cretan Town (1991), The Social Production of Indifference: The Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy (1992), Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State (1997; a second, revised edition has just been released ), Portrait of a Greek Imagination: An Ethnographic Biography of Andreas Nenedakis (1997), Anthropology: Theoretical Practice in Culture and Society (2001), The Body Impolitic: Artisans and Artifice in the Global Hierarchy of Value (2004), and Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome (2009). Several of his books have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in other languages (Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Croatian, Polish, and Chinese; a chapter of another has appeared in Japanese). He also filmed and produced Monti Moments: Men's Memories in the Heart of Rome (2007).
Herzfeld's field research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He was a cowinner of the Chicago Folklore Prize for 1981. He has also been awarded the J.B. Donne Prize on the Anthropology of Art (1989) and the Rivers Memorial Medal (1994) (both by the Royal Anthropological Institute, London), and the J.I. Staley Prize (by the School of American Research, 1994). In 1997 Herzfeld was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
His current research activity includes completion of a book and a film about historic conservation and eviction in Bangkok and planned new research on Italian-Chinese interactions in Rome and on the profession of town planning in Italy and elsewhere.
Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome; University of Chicago Press; March 2009.
Ours Once More: Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece; Austin: University of Texas Press. 1982. Paperback reprint, Pella (New York), 1986; Greek edn., Athens: Alexandria.
The Poetics of Manhood: Contest and Identity in a Cretan Mountain Village; Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. 1985. Paperback edn., 1988.
Anthropology Through the Looking-Glass: Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1987. Paperback ed., 1989. Greek edition, Athens: Alexandria; Portuguese edition, Lisbon: Difel; Croatian edition in preparation). J.I. Staley Prize
A Place in History: Monumental and Social Time in a Cretan Town; Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1991.
The Social Production of Indifference: Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy; Oxford: Berg.1992. Paperback reprint, The University of Chicago Press. 1993.
Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State; New York: Routledge.1997.
Italian edition, Naples, LAncora. 2001. 2nd, revised U.S. edition. 2005. Serbian edition, Belgrade, XX Vek.
Portrait of a Greek Imagination: An Ethnographic Biography of Andreas Nenedakis;
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1997.
Anthropology: Theoretical Practice in Culture and Society; Oxford: Blackwell; Paris: UNESCO. 2001. Polish and Chinese editions in preparation.
The Body Impolitic: Artisans and Artifice in the Global Hierarchy of Value; Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2004.
Andrew Shryock, ed., Off Stage/On Display: Intimacy and Ethnography in the Age of Public Culture (Stanford University Press): click here
"Materializing Culture" series at Berg: click here
"New Anthropologies of Europe" at Indiana University Press: click here
Greek Study Group, Center for European Studies (Harvard): click here
American Ethnologist review of The Body Impolitic: click here
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Academic Publications Articles
"To asma tis poliorkias tis Rodhou ke e parallaye tou" [The Song of The Siege of Rhodes and Its Variants], Kritika Khronika 21:494-498.
"The Predictive Value of Archaeology," Ekistics 31:36-41.
"Cost and Culture: Observations on Incised Cement Decorations in Crete," Kritika Khronika 23:189-198.
"New Light on the 1480 Siege of Rhodes," British Museum Quarterly 36:69-73.
"Divine King or Divine Right: Models of Ritual Authority," Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 4:68-76.
"The Siege of Rhodes and the Ethnography of Greek Oral Tradition," Kritika Khronika 25:413-440.
"Proforiki paradhosi ke politistiki sinekhia stis aniksiatikes teletes ton notiorodhitikon khorion" [Oral Tradition and Cultural Continuity in the Spring Rituals of Southern Rhodian Villages], Dodekanesiaka Khronika 2(1973 vol.):270-288.
"Cretan Distichs: 'The Quartered Shield' in Cross-Cultural Perspective," Semiotica 12:203-218.
"Ritual and Textual Structures: The Advent of Spring in Rural Greece," in Ravindra K. Jain, ed., Text and Context: The Social Anthropology of Tradition (ASA Essays, 2, Philadelphia: ISHI), pp. 29-50.
(with Brian Joseph) "Yiro apo dhio morfes sti rodhitiki dhialekto, 'okhlos' ke 'okhnos'" [On Two Rhodian Dialect Forms, ochlos and ochnos], Dodekanesiaka Khronika 4(1975 vol.):210-216.
"Exploring a Metaphor of Exposure," Journal of American Folklore 92:285-301.
"On the Ethnography of 'Prejudice' in an Exclusive Community," Ethnic Groups 2:283-305.
"Honour and Shame: Some Problems in the Comparative Analysis of Moral Systems," Man, n.s., 15:339-351.
"Social Tension and Inheritance by Lot in Three Greek Villages," Anthropological Quarterly 53:91-100.
"Social Borderers: Themes of Conflict and Ambiguity in Greek Folk-Song," Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 6:61-80.
"The Dowry in Greece: Terminological Usage and Historical Reconstruction," Ethnohistory 27:225-241.
"Performative Categories and Symbols of Passage in Rural Greece," Journal of American Folklore 94: 44-57.
"An Indigenous Theory of Meaning and Its Elicitation in Performative Context," Semiotica 34:113-141.
"Meaning and Morality: A Semiotic Approach to Evil Eye Accusations in a Greek Village," American Ethnologist 8:560-574. Translation: in Portuguese, by Maria Helena Vouga, in Cruzeiro Semiotico, July 1985, as "Significado e Sentido Moral: Uma Abordagem Semiotica das Acusacoes de Mau Olhado Numa Aldeia Grega," Cruzeiro Semiotico, pp. 21-38.
"The Music of the Hemispheres: ISISSS '80 in Review," Semiotica 34:219-224.
"Disemia," in Semiotics 1980: Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America. New York: Plenum. Pp. 205-215. Reprinted in: John Deely, Felicia E. Kruse, and Brooke Williams, eds., Semiotic Frontiers (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986). Translation: in Castilian Spanish, by Javier Honorato & Mónica Lombana, in Estudis semiótics/Estudios semióticos 2 (1984):23-36.
"The Etymology of Excuses: Aspects of Rhetorical Performance in Greece," American Ethnologist 9(4):644-663.
"When Exceptions Define the Rules: Greek Baptismal Names and the Negotiation of Identity," Journal of Anthropological Research 38:288-302.
"ISISSS '83," Semiotica 42:245-246.
"Semantic Slippage and Moral Fall: The Rhetoric of Chastity in Rural Greece," Journal of Modern Greek Studies 1:161-172.
"Interpreting Kinship Terminology: The Problem of Patriliny in Rural Greece." Anthropological Quarterly 56:157-166.
"Commentary on Nagy and Peradotto: The Excavation of Concepts," Arethusa 16:57-68.
"Signs in the Field: Prospects and Issues for Semiotic Ethnography," Semiotica 46-2/4:99-106.
"Looking Both Ways: The Ethnographer in the Text," Semiotica 46-2/4:151-166.
"Reciprocal Animal-Theft in Crete: At the Intersection of Ideologies," Production Pastorale et Société 13:47-54. Reprinted in translation by Sophie Noël in Maria Pia Di Bella, ed., Vols et sanctions en Méditerranée
(Amsterdam: Overseas Publishers Association), pp. 199-218.
"The Horns of the Mediterraneanist Dilemma." American Ethnologist 11:439-454.
"The Significance of the Insignificant: Blasphemy as Ideology," Man n.s. 19:653-664.
"Lévi-Strauss in the Nation-State," Journal of American Folklore 98:191-208.
"I kimenikotita tou ellinikou dhimotikou traghoudiou" [The Textuality of Greek Folk Song], Proceedings [Praktika] of the Fourth Patras Poetry Symposium, with speaker's discussion and commentary (Athens: Gnosis), pp. 31-42, etc,
"Interpretation from Within: Metatext for a Cretan Quarrel," in Margaret B. Alexiou and Vassilis Lambropoulos, Poststructuralist Approaches to Modern Greek Literature, New York: Pella, pp. 197-218.
"'Law' and 'Custom': Ethnography of and in Greek National Identity," Journal of Modern Greek Studies 3:167-185.
"Of Horns and History: The Mediterraneanist Dilemma Again," American Ethnologist 12:778-780
"Gender Pragmatics: Agency, Speech, and Bride-Theft in a Cretan Mountain Village," Anthropology 9:25-44.
"Closure as Cure: Tropes in the Exploration of Bodily and Social Disorder," Current Anthropology 27:107-120.
"Of Definitions and Boundaries: The Status of Culture in the Culture of the State," in Phyllis P. Chock and June R, Wyman, eds., Discourse and the Social Life of Meaning (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press/Anth. Soc. Wash.).
"On Some Rhetorical Uses of Iconicity in Cultural Ideologies," in P. Bouissac, M. Herzfeld, R. Posner, eds., Iconicity: Essays on the Nature of Culture (Tübingen: Stauffenburg, Probleme der Semiotik), pp. 401-419.
"Within and Without: The Category of "Female" in the Ethnography of Rural Greece, in J. Dubisch, ed., Gender and Power in Rural Greece (Princeton: Princeton University Press), pp. 215-233.
"Culinary Semiotics" and "Divination," in Thomas A. Sebeok, gen. ed., Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, v. 1 (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter), pp. 157 and 202 respectively.
"Meta-Anthropology: Semiotics in and out of Culture," in Jonathan Evans and André Helbo, eds., Semiotics and International Scholarship: Towards a Language of Theory (Amsterdam: M. Nijhoff), pp. 209-221.
"Semiotics as Theory or Theory as a Semiotic of Practice?" in S.P.X. Battestini, ed., Developments in Linguistics and Semiotics, Language Teaching and Learning Communication across Cultures (GURT '86) (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press), pp. 239-254.
"For a Poetics of Social Life," Guest Editorial, in E.A. Schultz and R.H. Lavenda, eds., Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition (St. Paul: West), pp. 88-89. Reptd., 2nd edn., 1990, pp. 150-151.
"'As in Your Own House': Hospitality, Ethnography, and the Stereotype of Mediterranean Society," in D.D. Gilmore, Honor and Shame and the Unity of the Mediterranean (Special Publication No. 22) (Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association), pp. 75-89.
"Posturing as Social Poetic: A Reply to Damer," Critique of Anthropology 7(1):77-79.
"A View from Too Far Away," Critique of Anthropology 7(1):85-88.
"Su alcuni presupposti della storiografia popolare neogreca," in Mario Giacomarra & Elio Marchetta, eds., Mito Storia Società (Quaderni del Circolo Semiologico Siciliano, 22-23), pp. 277-286.
"The Poeticity of the Commonplace," Semiotic Theory and Practice (eds. M. Herzfeld and L. Melazzo), v. 1 (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter), pp. 383-391.
"Embarrassment as Pride: Narrative Resourcefulness and Strategies of Normativity among Cretan Animal-Thieves," Anthropological Linguistics 30:319-344. Reprinted in Charles L. Briggs, ed., Disorderly Discourse: Nasrrative, Conflict, and Inequality (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 72-94.
Comment on Paul A. Roth, "Ethnography Without Tears," Current Anthropology.
"Commentary: Gender, Political Ideology, and Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Challenging Questions and Elusive Answers," East European Quarterly 23:385-516.
"Pride and Perjury: Time and the Oath in the Mountain Villages of Crete," Man n.s. 25: 305-322.
"Literacy as Symbolic Strategy in Greece: Methodological Considerations of Topic and Place," Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 14:151-172.
"Icons and Identity: Religious Orthodoxy and Social Practice in Rural Crete," Anthropological Quarterly 63:109-121.
"Silence, Submission, and Subversion: Toward a Poetics of Womanhood," in Peter Loizos and Akis Papataxiarchis, eds., Contested Identities: Gender and Kinship in Modern Greece (Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 79-97), reprinted in Alexandra Georgakopoulou and Marianna Spanaki, A Reader in Greek Sociolinguistics: Studies in Modern Greek Language, Culture, and Communication (Oxford: Peter Lang), pp. 335-358
"On Mediterraneanist Performances," Journal of Mediterranean Studies 1:141-147.
"Textual Forms and Social Formation in Evans-Pritchard and Lévi-Strauss," in Richard Harvey Brown (ed.), Writing the Social Text: Poetics and Politics in Social Science Discourse (New York: Aldine De Gruyter), pp. 53-70,
"Parastasis tou Andhrismou stin Orini Kriti," Arkheoloyia 41: 72-78.
"La pratique des stéréotypes," L'Homme 32: 67-77.
"History in the Making: National and International Politics in a Rural Cretan Community." In J.K. Campbell and João de Pina Cabral, eds., Europe Observed (London: Macmillan), pp. 93-122.
"Historical Form and Everyday Experience in Rural Greece," in John Burke and Stathis Gauntlett, eds., Neohellenism (Canberra, A.C.T.: Humanities Research Centre, Monograph No. 5, Australian National University), pp. 93-112.
"Segmentation and Politics in the European Nation-State: Making Sense of Political Events." In Kirsten Hastrup, ed., Other Histories (London: Routledge), pp. 62-81.
"I ritoriki ton arithmon: Sindeknia ke kinoniki ipostasi stin orini Kriti," in Evthymios Papataxiarchis and Theodhoros Paradellis, eds., Taftotites ke Filo sti sinkhroni Elladha: Anthropoloyikes prosengisis (Athens: Kastaniotis/University of the Aegean), pp. 345-371.
"Cretans," in David Levinson, ed. (Linda A Bennett, vol. ed.), Encyclopedia of World Cultures, vol. 4 (Central, Western, and Southeastern Europe) (Boston: G.K. Hall), pp. 68-72.
"Metapatterns," in Gardin and Peebles, eds., Representations in Archaeology (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), pp. 66-86.
"In Defiance of Destiny: The Management of Time and Gender at a Cretan Funeral," American Ethnologist 20: 241-255. (Reprinted in Michael Jackson, ed., Things as they Are: New Directions in Phenomenological Anthropology [Indiana University Press], pp. 149-168.)
"Six Views of a Greek Village," Visual Anthropology 6: 109-119.
"I kritiki mandinadha ke i kinoniki ekfrasi tis andipalotitas," in I Kritiki Mandinadha -- 1o Simbosio Paradhosis Dhimou Anoyion (Anoya Kritis 1993), pp. 16-21.
"Europe: Contemplating the Unimaginable," State of the Peoples (Cultural Survival; Boston: Beacon Press), pp. 191-193.
"Hellenism and Occidentalism: The Permutations of Performance in Greek Bourgeois Identity," in James G. Carrier, ed., Occidentalism: Images of the West (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 218-233.
Comment on J. Heyman, "Putting Power into the Anthropology of Bureaucracy," Current Anthropology 36(2): 281-282.
"It Takes One To Know One: Collective Resentment and Mutual Recognition among Greeks in Local and Global Contexts," in Richard Fardon, ed., Counterworks: Managing the Diversity of Knowledge (London: Routledge), pp. 124-142.
"Les enjeux du sang: la production officielle des stéréotypes dans les Balkans. Le cas de la Grèce," Anthropologie et Sociétés 19(3): 37-51.
"Europe, Southern," and "Honor," in David Levinson and Melvin Ember, eds., Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology (New York: HolT), 461-466 and 582-584.
"Productive Discomfort: Anthropological Fieldwork and the Dislocation of Etiquette," in Marjorie Garber, Rebecca L. Walkowitz, and Paul B. Franklin, eds., Field Work: Sites in Literary and Cultural Studies (New York: Routledge), pp. 41-51.
"National Spirit or the Breath of Nature? The Expropriation of Folk Positivism in the Discourse of Greek Nationalism," in Michael Silverstein and Greg Urban, eds., Natural Histories of Discourse (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp.277-298.
"Essentialism," and "Folklore," in Alan Barnard and Jonathan Spencer, eds., Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (London: Routledge), s.vv.
"Monumental Indifference?" (Discussion), Archaeological Dialogues 3: 120-123.
"Provocations of European Ethnology." American Anthropologist 99:713-730; co-authored with Talal Asad, James W. Fernandez, Andrew Lass, Susan Carol Rogers, Jane Schneider, and Katherine Verdery.
"Political Philology: Everyday Consequences of Grandiose Grammars," Anthropological Linguistics 39: 351-375. (Revised version of: "Filología política: consecuencias cotidianas de las gramáticas grandiosas," in Xaquín Rodríguez Campos, as linguas e as identidades: Ensaios de etnografía e de interpretación antropolóxica Universidade de Santiago de Compostela,1997, locally translated, pp. 133-156).
Anthropology: A Practice of Theory. International Social Science Journal 153: 301-318.
Anthropological Perspectives: Disturbing the Structures of Power and Knowledge. International Social Science Journal 154: 453-462.
Anthropology and the Politics of Significance. Social Analysis 41: 107-138. Reprinted in Etnográfica 4:5-36.
"Kinoniki anthropoloyia," in Ekpedheftiki Elliniki Engiklopedhia, vol. 22 (Filosofia ke kinonikes epistimes) (Athens: Ekdotike Athenon).
"The Taming of Revolution: Intense Paradoxes of the Self," in Deborah E. Reed-Danahay, ed., Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social (Oxford: Berg), pp.169-194.
"Factual Fissures: Claims and Contexts," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 560: 69-82.
"I kinoniki piitiki: opsis apo tin elliniki ethnoghrafia," in Dimitra Gefou-Madianou, ed., Anthropoloyiki Ethnoghrafia ke Theoria (Athens: Ellinika Ghrammata), pp. 477-518.
"Intimità culturale, marginalità e definizione della diversità: la politica dell'essenzialismo," in Luisa Passerini, ed., Identità culturale europea (Firenze: La Nuova Italia), pp. 67-83 (partially translated from 1997a).
"In Search of Meaningful Methods," in H. Russel Bernard, ed., Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology (Walnut Creek: Altamira), pp. 89-219; with James W. Fernandez.
"Of Language and Land Tenure: The Transmission of Property and Information in Autonomous Crete," Social Anthropology 7:223-237.
\"La structure de la rhétorique et la rhétorique de la structure: quand on nie l'importance de ce que l'on dit," in Philippe Descola, Jacques Hamel, and Pierre Lemonier, eds., La production du social: Autour de Maurice Godelier (Paris: Fayard), 445-455.
"Afterword: Intimations from an Uncertain Place," in Hermine G. De Soto and Nora Dudwick, eds., Fieldwork Dilemmas: Anthropologists in Postsocialist States (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press), pp. 219-235.
"Uncanny Success: Some Closing Remarks," in João de Pina-Cabral and Antónia Pedroso de Lima, Elites: Choice, Leadership, and uccession (Oxford: Berg), pp. 227-236.
"Performing Comparisons: Ethnography, Globetrotting, and the Spaces of Social Knowledge," Journal of Anthropological Research 57: 259-276.
"Toward an Ethnographic Phenomenology of the Greek Spirit," Mediterranean Historical Review 16: 13-26; also published under the same title in Jacques Revel and Giovanni Levi, eds., Political Uses of the Past: The Recent Mediterranean Experience (London: Frank Cass), pp. 13-26, and as "Vers une phénoménologie ethnographique de l'esprit grec," Enquête 1: 39-53 (Les usages politiques du passé, ed. François Hartog et Jacques Revel, trans, by Yann Tholoniat (Paris: Editions de l'EHESS).
"Detailed Spaces," and "Ethnographic and Epistemological Refractions of Mediterranean Identity," in Dionigi Albera, Anton Blok, and Christian Bromberger, eds., L'anthropologie de la Méditerranée/Anthropology of the Mediterranean (Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose), pp. 202-211 and 663-683.
"Irony and Power: Toward a Politics of Mockery in Greece," in James W. Fernandez and Mary Taylor Huber, eds., Irony in Action: Anthropology, Practice, and the Moral Imagination (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp. 63-83.
"European Reflections on an African Ethnoscape," Interventions 3: 47-54.
"Common sense," in Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, eds., International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (Amsterdam: Elsevier), s.v.
"Cultural Fundamentalism and the Regimentation of Identity: The Embodiment of Orthodox Values in a Modernist Setting," in Ulf Hedetoft and Mette Hjört, eds., The Postnational Self (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002), pp. 198-21.
"The Absent Presence: Discourses of Crypto-Colonialism," South Atlantic Quarterly 101: 899-926.
"Competing Diversities: Ethnography in the Heart of Rome." Plurimondi 3(5): 147-154.
"The European Self: Rethinking an Attitude," in Anthony Pagden, ed., The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press/Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press), pp. 139-170.
"Rome," in Melvin and Carol R. Ember, eds., Encyclopedia oif Urban Cultures (Danbury: Grolier, 2002, for Human Relations Area Files), vol. 4, pp.45-54.
"Foreword," in Du_an I. Beli_ aand Obrad Savi_, eds., Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002), pp. ix-xii.
"Le molteplici evventure del 'gran nome romano,'" in Cristina Papa, Giovanni Pizza, and Filippo M. Zerilli,ed., La ricerca antropologica in Romania: Prospettive storiche ed etnografiche (Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane), pp. 51-65. Reprinted in Romanian, 2004.
"Commentaire sur le texte de Zygmunt Bauman," Anthropologie et Sociétés 27(3): 43-46.
"Reasoning with an Attitude: Johannes Fabian's Ecstatic Trek," American Anthropologist, 98 (2003): 211-213.
"The Global Importance of a Small Community," The Nation (Bangkok), 28 July, 2003 (also reprinted in The Korea Times, Seoul).
"The Unpseakable in Pursuit of the Ineffable: Representations of Untranslatability in Ethnographic Discourse," in Abraham Rosman and Paula Rubel, Translating Cultures: Perspectives on Translation and Anthropology (Oxford: Berg).
"Localism and the Logic of Nationalistic Folklore: Cretan Reflections," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 281-310.
Review of F.G. Bailey, ed., Debate and Compromise, in Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 5:67.
Review of S.C. Humphreys, Anthropology and the Greeks, in Theory and Society 10:596-600.
"Divining the Past," review of J. Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle, Semiotica 34:219-224.
Review of A.R. Kelkar, Prolegomena to an Understanding of Semiosis and Culture, in RS/SI 2: 435-439.
Review of R. Beaton, Modern Greek Folk Poetry, in Journal of American Folklore 96:96-98.
Review of W.J.T. Mitchell, ed., On Narrative, in American Anthropologist 85:195.
Review of L. Gernet, The Anthropology of Ancient Greece, in American Ethnologist 10:408-409.
Review of D. MacCannell and J.F. MacCannell, The Time of the Sign, in Anthropological Linguistics 25:478-482.
Review of Rodney Needham, Against the Tranquility of Axioms, in Mentalities/Mentalités.
"Converging Paths in Semiotics and Anthropology? (Review Article)," Semiotica 56:153-177.
Review of Peter Loizos, The Heart Grown Bitter, Anthropological Quarterly 58:40-41.
Review of David Constantine, Early Greek Travellers and the Hellenic Ideal, in Journal of Modern Greek Studies 3:119-120.
Review of Mahadev L. Apte, Humor and Laughter: An Anthropological Approach, Anthropology 10:95-97.
In the French Tradition: New Ethnographic Research in Greece (Review Article) (Colette Piault, ed., Famille et biens en Grèce et àChypre; Marie- Elisabeth Handman, La violence et la ruse: Hommes et femmes dans un village grec; Maria Couroucli, Les oliviers du lignage), Journal of Modern Greek Studies 5:127-134.
Acts and Signs (Review Article) (Georges Mounin, Semiotic Praxis; Elizabeth Mertz and Richard J. Parmentier, eds., Semiotic Mediation), Language in Society 16:578-583.
Review of Salamone, In the Shadow of the Holy Mountain, American Ethnologist 15: 814-815.
Review of Gottdiener and Lagopoulos, eds., The City and the Sign, American Anthropologist 90: 761-762.
"In the Name of the Code" (Review Article: T. de Lauretis, Umberto Eco; S. Miceli, In nome del segno). Semiotica 82:13-327.
"Speaking Volumes: The Voice as Signature" (Review Article: C. Geertz, Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author), Semiotica 83:143-150.
Review of A. Buttitta & S. Miceli, Percorsi simbolici, American Anthropologist 93: 232-233.
"Displaced: The Spaces of Refugee Identity in Greece" (Review of Renée Hirschon, Heirs of the Greek Catastrophe: The Social Life of Asia Minor Refugees in Piraeus), Anthropological Quarterly 64: 92-95.
Review of Christopher Boehm, Blood Revenge: The Enactment and Management of Conflict in Montenegro and Other Tribal Societies and Stephen Wilson, Feuding, Conflict and Banditry in Nineteenth-Century Corsica, Journal of Ritual Studies 5:136-138.
Review of G.E.R. Lloyd, Demystifying Mentalities. History of European Ideas 13: 869-870.
Review of Nicholas Thomas, Out of Time: History and Evolution in Anthropological Discourse. The Contemporary Pacific, Fall 1992, pp. 4465-467.
Review of Maria Sifianou, Politeness Phenomena in England and Greece, Anthropological Linguistics 35: 223-224.
Review of Handelman, Models and Mirrors, American Ethnologist 20: 392-393.
Review of Jonathan Boyarin, Polish Jews in Paris: The Ethnography of Memory, American Ethnologist, 21 (1994): 432-433.
Review of Bernard Vernier, La genèse sociale des sentiments, Man (n.s.) 29: 253-254.
Review of Michael Taussig, The Nervous System, American Ethnologist 21: 916-917.
Review of Constance Classen, Worlds of Sense, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 31: 180-183.
Review of Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion, for International Journal of Middle East Studies 26: 693-695.
Review of George C. Bond and Angela Gilliam, eds., Social Construction of the Past: Representation as Power. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (n.s.) 1: 639.
Review of Anthony P. Cohen, Self Consciousness: An Alternative Anthropology of Identity. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (n.s.) 1: 858-859.
Review of George W. Stocking, Jr., After Tylor: British Social Anthropology 1888-1951 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press), American Scientist 86:189.
Review of Henry Harris, ed., Identity, in The European Legacy 2:1421-1422.
Review of Marianne Gullestad, Everyday Life Philsophers: Modernity, Morality, and Autobiography in Norway, in Ethnos 62:139-141.
Review of Steven Feld and Keith H. Basso, eds., Senses of Place (Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 1996), American Anthropologist 100: 195.
"Hybridity in an Arid Field" (review article), Anthropological Quarterly 72: 131-135.
Review of Mary Helms, History of Religions.
Review of Joel M. Halpern and David A. Kideckel, eds., Neighbors at War, in Slavic Review 60: 839-841.
"Signifying Ideology: Language in Question," review article, Semiotica 133-1/4: 203-213.
"The Social Life of Reality: A Review Article," Comparative Studies in Society and History 44 (2002): 186-195.
"Well-ordered Transgressions," review article, Semiotica 142-1/4 (2002): 351-360.
Review of Anton Blok, Honour and Violence, Ethnos 67 (2002): 119-120.
Review of Michael Burawoy, ed., Global Ethnography, Social Forces, 2002.
Review of R. Mandel and C. Humphrey, eds., Markets and Moralities, Slavic Review 62: 820-821.
Review of I. Bellier and T. Wilson, eds., An Anthropology of the European Union: Imagining and Experiencing the New Europe, Anthropos 98(2003): 211-213
Review of S. Sutton, ed., Contingent Countryside in Journal of Anthropological Research.
In Etnográfica (Lisbon) 2 (1998): 149-166. With António Medeiros. Interview conducted in English and translated into Portuguese by the interviewer.
In Foro ellenico, September 1999, pp. 8-9. In Italian.
Foreword to the 1998 edition of Renée Hirschon, Heirs of the Greek Catastrophe
(Oxford: Berg). Pp. xii-xv.
"Watching Me, Watching You: Anthropologists and Modern Greece," Odyssey, Jan.-Feb., 2000, pp. 64-67.
ANTHRO 1600 Introduction to Social Anthropology
An introductory exploration of anthropological approaches to society, culture, language, and history. Lectures, readings, and recent ethnographic films give an in-depth look at social and cultural diversity. Students are given the opportunity to grapple with the intellectual and ethical challenges that confront all anthropologists in making sense of human difference, experience, and complexity. From year to year, this basic course may be taught by different instructors, all of whom bring insights from their own ethnographic fieldwork in other societies and share their theoretical expertise in examining a wide range of topics, including kinship, social and political hierarchy, exchange, subsistence patterns, gender, language, ideology, religion, and global political economic systems.
ANTHRO 2650a History and Theory of Social Anthropology: Proseminar
A critical review of the major theoretical approaches in social anthropology.
ANTHRO 2840 Ethnography and Personhood
ANTHRO 2850r Practicum in Foreign-Language Ethnography
Readings in ethnographic and related theoretical works written in a selected foreign language; discussion, class presentations, and final papers will be in that language also.
Foreign Cultures 74 Cultures of Southern Europe
Anthropology 268 Ethnography and Personhood