November 2012 Posts


[Korea]   Erica Vogel, Converting Dreams: Money, Religion and Belonging among Peruvian Migrant Laborers in South Korea (University of California, Irvine, 2011), reviewed by Ju Hui Judy Han (University of Toronto, Scarborough)

[Science Studies, Southeast Asia]   Wan Faizah Wan Yusoff, Malay Responses to the Promotion of Western Medicine, with Particular Reference to Women and Child Healthcare in the Federated Malay States, 1920-1939 (SOAS, University of London, 2010), reviewed by Hans Pols (University of Sydney)

[Archives Review, China, Inner Asia]   Rian Thum (Loyola University of New Orleans), “Eastern Turki Materials in European Archives, Part I,” review of the Jarring Collection, Lund University Library, Lund, Sweden, and the British Library, London, United Kingdom

[Russia]   Sarah Cameron, The Hungry Steppe: Soviet Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Famine 1921-1934 (Yale University, 2010), reviewed by Jeremy Friedman (Yale University)

[Asian Art, Japan]   Yoshiaki Kai, Sunappu: A Genre of Japanese Photography, 1930-1980 (City University of New York, 2012), reviewed by Karen Fraser (Santa Clara University)

[Science Studies]   Perrin Selcer, Patterns of Science: Developing Knowledge for a World Community at UNESCO (University of Pennsylvania, 2011), reviewed by Poul Duedahl (Aalborg University)

[Talking Shop, Medical Anthro]   Dori Beeler (Durham University), “Phenomenology and Medical Anthropology”

[Archives Review, Science Studies]   Kristen Ehrenberger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), review of the Dresden City Archive (Stadtarchiv Dresden), Dresden, Germany

[Japan]   David Gundry, “No Barrier Between High and Low”: Love, Ethics, Status and Style in the Fiction of Ihara Saikaku (Stanford University, 2009), reviewed by David Atherton (Columbia University)

[Archives Review, China]   Jim Bonk (Princeton University), review of the Reading Room for Ordinary Old Books, National Library of China, Beijing, China

[Archives Review, South Asia]   Elaine Fisher (Columbia University), review of Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, Chennai, India

[Archives Review, Science Studies]   Kristen Ehrenberger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), review of the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, DNB), Leipzig, Germany

[Bioethics]   Nathan Emmerich, Taking Education Seriously: Developing Bourdieauan Social Theory in the Context of Teaching and Learning Medical Ethics in the UK Undergraduate Medical Degree (Queen’s University Belfast, 2011), reviewed by Sara Donetto (King’s College London)

[Science Studies]   Joline Zepcevski, Complexity and Verification: The History of Programming as Problem Solving (University of Minnesota, 2012), reviewed by Christine Aicardi (University College London)

[Asian Art, Japan]   Hillary Pedersen, The Five Great Space Repository Bodhisattvas: Lineage, Protection and Celestial Authority in Ninth-Century Japan (University of Kansas, 2010), reviewed by Akiko Walley (University of Oregon)

[DR World, Korea]   Kim Hui-yeon, Le «pentecôtiste coréen» à l’épreuve de la transnationalisation: Le cas de l’église du Plein évangile de Cho Yonggi  (“Korean Pentecostalism” Facing Transnationalization: A Case Study of Cho Yonggi’s Full Gospel Church) (EHESS, 2011), reviewed by Vincent Goossaert (EPHE)

[Archives Review, Japan]   Paul Barclay (Lafayette College), review of the East Asia Image Collection, Skillman Library Special Collections, Lafayette College

[South Asia, Science Studies]   Michael Slouber, Garuda Medicine: A History of Snakebite and Religious Healing in South Asia (University of California, Berkeley, 2012), reviewed by Dagmar Wujastyk (Zurich University)

[South Asia]   Laura Brown, Tipping Scales with Talk: Conversation, Commerce, and Obligation on the Edge of Thanjavur, India (University of Michigan, 2010), reviewed by Durba Chattaraj (University of Pennsylvania)

[Southeast Asia, Islamic Studies]   Amrita Malhi, Forests of Islam: Territory, Environment, and Holy War in Teregganu, Malaya, 1928 (Australian National University, 2010), reviewed by Chiara Formichi (City University of Hong Kong)

[Archives Reviews, Russia]   Sergei Antonov (Columbia University), review of Central Historical Archive of Moscow (Tsentral’nyi Istoricheskii Arkhiv Moskvy, TsIAM), Moscow, Russia

[Science Studies, Bioethics]   Kris Weller, Defining Human: Species, Sanity, and Legal Subjecthood (University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010), reviewed by Rui Sa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

[Bioethics, Science Studies]   Benjamin Hurlbut, Experiments in Democracy: The Science, Politics and Ethics of Human Embryo Research in the United States, 1978-2007 (Harvard University, 2010), reviewed by Thomas Banchoff (Georgetown University)

[Science Studies]   Hector Vera, The Social Life of Measures: Metrication in the United States and Mexico, 1789-2004 (New School of Social Research, 2011), reviewed by Miruna Achim (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa)

[Science Studies]   Daniel Margocsy, Commercial Visions: Trading with Representations of Nature in Early Modern Netherlands (Harvard University, 2009), reviewed by Alix Cooper (SUNY-Stony Brook)

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Image: Photograph of President Truman receiving a Thanksgiving turkey from members of the Poultry and Egg National Board and other representatives of the turkey industry, outside the White House. Dated 16 November 1949. Wikimedia Commons.

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