Prof. Ilana Feldman's book, Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967, has been issued by Duke University Press. It is a study of Gaza under British and Egyptian rule, illuminating how government administration carried on in an atmosphere of continual crisis. The work is based on two years of ethnographic research with retired civil servants in Gaza and on archival research in Gaza, Cairo, Jerusalem, and London.
Prof. Marilyn Merritt was awarded the first-place prize in the 2008 Ethnographic Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, for her poems “Waiting for a Young Poet in Niamey" and "Dakar Rhythms of Ramadan." All winning poems will be published in the Society's journal, Anthropology and Humanism.
On April 4, 2008, Prof. John Michael Vlach delivered the keynote address to the 40th meeting of the Louisiana Folklore Society, which was held at the University of New Orleans. In his speech "Shotgun Houses: Their Future 35 Years Later," he reviewed his path breaking research on the history of Louisiana's distinctive vernacular housing. Given that thousands of shotgun houses were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the future of this 200 year old form is at risk as new modern (and alien) replacements are beginning to take their place. If not studied carefully, the shotgun house tradition may be lost within a few decades.