‘Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art & World’ (allegralaboratory.net) is a collective of academics, an association and an online experiment founded in 2013. It explores creative ways to fill the ‘dead space’ that exists between traditional modes of academic publication and ongoing scholarly and societal debates. Allegra Lab discusses issues related to anthropology, law, art and beyond, and it is run by a diligent editorial team of professional scholars.

Our post genres include essays and fieldnotes, as well as experimental ventures such as the Allegra Virtual Museum of Obscure Fieldwork Artefacts. We also feature forthcoming global events and present thematic weeks (see our threads on Kurdistan and the Kurdish diaspora, refugees and forced displacement and sustainable development).

We have a vibrant Publications section in which we feature reviews of recent and forthcoming books within anthropology and beyond. In addition to traditional reviews, we feature book symposia, discussions with authors and videoed talks.

Everything about this site is experimental. We welcome all texts, suggestions, and proposals for collaboration that push us to rethink the borders of conventional academic boxes. We encourage exchanges across disciplines and between scholars and artists.

We claim no publishing rights over material published on this site, and welcome content created for other contexts. Our primary aim is to facilitate the circulation of academic thought by increasingly connecting it to the flows of ongoing societal debates. This, we claim, offers scholarship a renewed position of relevance.

Allegralaboratory.net is run by Allegra Lab Association, which was founded in June 2014 and which is registered in Finland. Allegra Lab Association is directed by Miia Halme-Tuomisaari and Julie Billaud, and its other board members are Judith Beyer, Antonio De Lauri and Sylvain Piron. Neither Allegralaboratory.net nor Allegra Lab Association have external sources of funding. All donations received via website donations will be spent on, in the following order: covering costs of the re-launch of allegralaboratory.net; running costs of the website (server fees and technical web support); payment for part-time executive editor and professional proof-reading. All editors of the site work on a volunteer basis, as do technical editorial assistants who prepare post layouts. Allegralaboratory.net neither pays for its contributions nor reserves copy-right for its content.

To join Allegra Lab Association, contact us at things(at)allegralaboratory.net.

The website’s ISSN 2343-0168

To cite our articles we recommend the following format: 

Halme-Tuomisaari, Miia & Billaud, Julie (2015): A facelift, discussion over academic blogging and plea for support #Relaunch. Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art, World  http://allegralaboratory.net/a-facelift-discussion-over-academic-blogging-and-plea-for-support-relaunch/ 23 February 2015 (Accessed 10 May 2015)

FOR SUBMISSIONS: please contact us at submissions@allegralaboratory.net

Please consult our AUTHOR GUIDELINES before submitting a post. We look forward to your contributions: food for thought to be digested slowly…

Academic Slow Food Manifesto

More more more!
This constant pressure to write more.
More of what?
Slogans, catch phrases?
Analysis for tid-bit quotations?
The same-old, same-old?
They want to stuff our brain
with indicators,
readily-chewed soundbites,
impact and
expected outcomes.
That is not stuff of real scholarship!
That is the stuff of auditing,
of successful annual reporting;
Signs of yielding to extra-academic pressures.
We reclaim the space
for the real pursuit
of unknown horizons,
Of reflection, philosophising
and mind-wandering
We want words, imagination, poetry!
Things impossible to report,
but only thus with real meaning.
But, like slow food,
REAL research takes time
to mature.
It needs tender love and caring;
A space to freely grow.
Less but more
of something
and only thus of true importance.


Editorial Team

Julie Julie Billaud // Director of Stuff. stuff@allegralaboratory.net  Before directing stuff, Julie was interested in many things (including gypsy caravans and oysters). Since then, she has written a book on gender & humanitarian carnival in Afghanistan, researched human rights monitoring at the UN and Islam in Europe. Together with her Allies, she aims to start a revolution in academia. But there is still a long way to go…
MiiaHalmeTuomisaari Miia Halme-Tuomisaari // Director of Things. things@allegralaboratory.net What – a bio in max 50 words?! It’s not enough! Let’s try: Allegra’s Editor and Director of Things, Creative Scholar, Professional Intellectual, All-Round Planner, Eternal Utopian Thinker – and an anthropologist of international law specializing in the analysis of the past, present and future of contemporary human rights phenomena.
AntonioDeLauri Antonio De Lauri // Director of Research and Festivities. antoniod@allegralaboratory.net  As a child Antonio De Lauri didn’t like school. Later, he started university with some reluctance. He spent his BA years doing different kinds of jobs and enjoying life with friends. It is only when he concluded his BA that he discovered anthropology, which became the focus of his master’s studies. This newly discovered love opened for him new frontiers of imagination. While it has been repeatedly put to the test by academia, so far it survives – and indeed it still generates fascinating opportunities.
Judith Judith Beyer // Reviews and Publications Editor. reviews@allegralaboratory.net  Judith Beyer is in love with doing ethnography in different parts of Asia. She finds writing expert reports for asylum cases in the UK challenging, and enjoys reading existential anthropology and anything on “legal stuff”, particularly constitutions. In her free time, she learns together with her child about all the things that matter.
JonSchubert Jon Schubert // Director of Outreach.
jons@allegralaboratory.net Having worked in foreign affairs, development consultancy, and commercial risk forecasting, Jon fell in love with anthropology late (for his PhD), originally mainly because he likes to hang out with and listen to people’s stories, and dislikes orthodoxies. As befits a late convert, he now thinks that the world would be a better place if everyone embraced the discipline’s reflexivity and radical openness to the world. In addition to spreading the light, he enjoys grappling with and writing about the big questions of inequality, power, infrastructures, pasts and futures, and the possibility of change, mainly through the perspective of Angola and Mozambique.
Luigi Luigi Achilli // Just Director. luigia@allegralaboratory.net Luigi is RA at the MPC (EUI) and IFPO. He holds an MA and a PhD from SOAS. When he’s not writing or creating acronyms, he enjoys doing research on everyday forms of political engagement and disengagements, migration and forced displacement, nationalism, the Palestinian issue, and the politics of space. His last research project has culminated in the publication of a book about everyday life and political self-fashioning in the Palestinian refugee camps of Jordan, “PRaI: NPatE” (I.B. Tauris, April 2015)
Andrea Klein // Manager of Things and Stuff. andreak@allegralaboratory.net Andrea would like to be a professional hiker because she’s happiest with a pack on her back. Until someone is willing to provide funding for running around in the woods she happily manages things and stuff for Allegra. She holds an MA in Japanese Studies, spent over a decade working in the ‘real’ world before she met Julie and Miia who made her realise that she should have studied anthropology. Well, it’s never too late… (Photo by Michel Brumat)
Sarita Sarita Fae Jarmack // Associate Editor of Stuff at Large. saritaf@allegralaboratory.net An anthropology junky; a researcher on masculinities; an editor; an advocate for inclusive education; a master in diaspora studies and identity politics. Having lived and worked globally for over a decade, Sarita now lives in Amsterdam where she reads books on art for her PhD at the University of Amsterdam and continues doing feminist things.
Marielouise Marie-Louise Karttunen // Manager of Language and Copy Editing. marie-louisek@allegralaboratory.net  Marie-Louise is afflicted with broad, often superficial, academic interests. These were generated by a couple of decades spent in the ‘real’ world before gaining a PhD via multidisciplinary analysis of a forgotten community, and then encouraged by 6 years spent as ed.-in-c. of the Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society. Her own most recent publication, in ‘History and Anthropology’, concerns memory narration – but mentoring and editing the academic writing of others puts the bread on the table.
Ian M. Cook // Master of Podcasts.
ianmickcook@gmail.com Ian loves reading interesting things, especially anthropology, but he hates reading interesting things written in terrible ways. He suspects that some anthropological writing is so bad because anthropologists forgot how to speak. He aims to help them remember through podcasting. Otherwise he is a scholar of India & urban cultures and likes to think a lot about rhythm and sound.
Aude Ferrachat // Events & Editorial Assistant. audef@allegralaboratory.net Dancer; cat lover; feminist; Harry Potter fanatic. Aude spent several years learning about filmmaking, TV production and web design in Paris and the USA before joining the light side and studying anthropology. She currently lives in Toulouse, exploring gender dynamics and dancing lindy hop for her Ph.D. at the University of Toulouse.
Linda Sivander // Editorial Assistant. Linda originally stumbled upon anthropology via a very lucky Google search and has been on the same path since. She is now finishing her Master’s studies, but hopes to continue her research on water, infrastructures and materiality sometime in the future.
Elena Sobrino // Editorial Assistant. Elena is interested in the politics of knowledge around body, health, and environment. An anthropologist in training, she aspires to be adventurously collaborative and “undisciplined,” to quote Annemarie Mol. In the past she has also worked at a university library, as a piano teacher, and at the Red Cross in disaster recovery and relief. She is currently a PhD student in history, anthropology, and STS at MIT.
Saara Toukolehto // Editorial Assistant. Saara is simply crazy about anthropology! After completing her master’s she has not been able to keep away from things anthropological. In addition to Allegra she is currently working as executive editor for AntroBlogi.fi, a Finnish online anthropology publication, and pursuing her Ph.D on values, morality and sociocultural change among immigrants in Berlin – the place she now calls home.
Carolin Hirsch // Reviews Assistant. reviews@allegralaboratory.net During her Master’s degree in sociology Carolin converted to anthropology. She was writing her Master thesis about the Dumpster Diving movement in Germany from the viewpoints of food activism and political activism. In this time Carolin fell in love with fieldwork and the Anthropology of Activism. She is now preparing her PhD project at the research group Social and Political Anthropology at the University of Konstanz and is planning her project on Activist Becomings in Southeast Asian Myanmar.
Ann Marie Thornburg // Reviews Assistant. reviews@allegralaboratory.net Ann Marie is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame (USA). Ann Marie also holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and was a Human-Animal Studies Fellow at Wesleyan University. At Notre Dame Ann Marie’s research investigates human and ranging dog relations, focusing on questions of transience, mobility, management, and care.
Gennady Kurushin // Tech Guy. Professional with a broad experience in design, photography and digital marketing. Doctoral researcher in Information Systems, completed two Master’s degrees. Eager to work with others to bring creative ideas to life. Visit portfolio for more info: gkurushin.com.
Lena Pham // Intern. Lena is an aspiring professional anthropologist from the US. She currently studies at the University of Helsinki as an exchange student. She is passionate about studies of gender and Korean culture. In her spare time, she’s either studying languages or traveling the world.

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