Ep #69 An Anthropologist’s Guide to the US Elections: This Month on TFS

The Familiar Strange · Ep #69 An Anthropologist's Guide To The US Elections: This Month on TFS Hello and Welcome back to The Familiar Strange!  We are so happy to be back and we can’t wait to keep talking strange with you all!  We’re kicking off this new season with a panel with Familiar Strangers,  … Continue reading Ep #69 An Anthropologist’s Guide to the US Elections: This Month on TFS

Theory as reproduction: Reflections on the history of doing feminist anthropology in Australia Part 1 and 2

The Familiar Strange · Part 1:Theory as reproduction:reflections on the history of doing feminist anthropology in Australia The Familiar Strange · Part 2:Theory as reproduction:reflections on the history of doing feminist anthropology in Australia Content Warning: mentions of themes of sexual assault and rape.  In this very special collaboration, TFS would like to present a two … Continue reading Theory as reproduction: Reflections on the history of doing feminist anthropology in Australia Part 1 and 2

Mission By Mail: Evangelism in a Pandemic

Religion is no "opiate of the masses." Rich and poor, educated and ignorant alike flock to the call of certainty in these uncertain times. Rather than action based on the fear of an angry deity’s surveillance and judgement, this is an escape from the unease within. Certainty is a kind of social power. It indicates authority. Certainty reinforces identity through the use of prescribed language. Certainty is a foundational part of action. Today’s pandemic religion is about something you can be sure of. It’s about a bid for authority seen as stolen by science, by government, by secularism, and by technology. In the same way that 'thoughts and prayers' are more of a dismissive platitude than an actual step towards healing, it’s “Amen” at a distance without much in the way of getting directly in the trenches to rescue the drowning.