Ep. #36 If machines talked: Lucy Suchman on drone warfare, stubborn photocopiers & human-robot relations

“The claim was 'isn’t this wonderful that remote controls keep humans safe'. Now, all you have to do is recognise that this is referring only to certain humans. The assumption is the humans that matter are those who are involved in US military operations. And it completely  dehumanises the humans who are of course the … Continue reading Ep. #36 If machines talked: Lucy Suchman on drone warfare, stubborn photocopiers & human-robot relations

Activist Anthropology and the Politics of Doing Good

Some people might do things differently, some people might do things the same but think about them differently. I personally think I probably prevented 'burnout' in some cases by helping people understand the complexities of their situation. That could be seen as a good thing to reduce the turnover of people working in Indigenous affairs, but maybe not if you think those people should leave.

Ep. #35: Loneliness, Positionality, Personhood & Violence: This Month on TFS

This month Julia (0:59) starts us off with the relationship between loneliness and health after listening to an episode of 'All in the Mind', a podcast that explores the connections between the brain and behaviour. She stresses that loneliness is something that everyone is vulnerable to and is becoming more of a problem in our … Continue reading Ep. #35: Loneliness, Positionality, Personhood & Violence: This Month on TFS

Weeds don’t exist in the wild: What can that tell us about humans?

Each so-called weed, after all, has a remarkable story to tell. Each is the product of millions of years of evolution. Each is a descendant from an ancient species that had migrated across seas and continents. Each has a life trajectory – dormancy, germination, establishment, secondary growth, bolting, pollination, seed dispersal, reproduction, death, decomposition.