The New Witchcraft: Faculty Politics and Disembowelment
I am not a faculty member, and so I do not know whether this
observation is worth any salt. But if the issue of being an anarchist
is such a problem, isn't it scary that this is happening in a
department- anthropology- that privileges the Culture Paradigm as its
major crust of academic identity, not to be able to handle diverse
folks with diverse ideology? I say this with tongue in cheek as an
anthropologist, whose first impression of an anthropology department
almost sent me packing and decrying my initial choice of trying to
study to become an anthropologist. However, in my case, such
challenges urged me on, helping me to determine what is significant
and what is not.
Not quite long ago, the American Anthropologist Association (AAA) had
something about students and mentoring, and they figured out that
minorities- ethnic, racial, and gendered suffered most in terms of
their mentors' ability to be fully involved in their studies and
Now, isn't it odd, apart from all these politics, and I bet Grabner,
made some hardcore choices on his mode of operations, between
"political correctness" and his "moral imperative" that the
anthropologists that studied and towered over the so-called
"primitive peoples" and "archaic forms of civilizations" are worst
than the Yanomama in their attempt to crudely disembowel their game.
Well, it is not surprising too, given that Anthropology News some
years ago talks about the phenomenon of witchcraft in anthropology,
thus articulating the mode of 'vulture eats vulture' (or is it dog
eat dog) mentality as evidenced in many departments of anthropology
and among faculties.
In any case, whether this is department or University politics
overall, I hope that Professor Grabner is able to move on. Life is
like that, and overall anarchists do not privilege a static view of
reality, they are always tumbling things over, so maybe this is
another opportunity for Professor Grabner to act like a
hunter-gatherer in search of sustenance.