Monday, November 19, 2012

Philadelphia Street Style: Kelcie, Walnut St

I got back late last night from the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the biggest professional society of anthropologists in the world and a frenetic mass of professors, grad students, and unemployed PhDs all vying for their place in an increasingly tight academic market. Over 6,000 of us buzzed through the hallways of the Union Square Hilton in San Francisco, attending panels, screening films, discussing the state of the discipline, and above all, loitering in the lobby, waiting for someone we know — or ought to know — to pass by. I always think the same thing the first time I step through the doors of the conference venue: does the world really need this many anthropologists?

But it was a good time, in any case. I saw lots of old friends and met lots of new people. And I gained a new perspective on the meetings through participating, for the first time, in board and editor meetings. I have a new position in the AAA, having recently taken over as Co-Editor of Visual Anthropology Review, the journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology.

I may have more to say on this subject when I've had more sleep. An anthropology fashion update may very well be in order. In the meantime, here's Kelcie, who I photographed last week on the streets of Philly. She's wearing a scarf made for her by her roommate's grandmother, a scarf, I might add, that has a distinctly anthropological quality about it. We are suckers for the handmade and the homespun, those objects woven through and through with cultural meaning and personal significance, especially when, like this one, it tells us something of the networks of kin that animate someone's life. 


  1. Fall in love with her look from head to toe.
    She look really amazing in this.
    Love her Top, Pant and Scarf.
    She look cool in the pic as well as in outfit.

    Street Style

    Hug and kisses.

  2. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!


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