‘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)
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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
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
We want words, imagination, poetry!
Things impossible to report,
but only thus with real meaning.
But, like slow food,
REAL research takes time
It needs tender love and caring;
A space to freely grow.
Less but more
and only thus of true importance.
|Julie Billaud // Director of Stuff. email@example.com 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…|
|Miia Halme-Tuomisaari // Director of Things. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.|
|Antonio De Lauri // Director of Research and Festivities. email@example.com 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 Beyer // Reviews and Publications Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.|
|Jon Schubert // Editor.
email@example.com 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 Achilli // Just Director. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com 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…|
|Sarita Fae Jarmack // Associate Editor of Stuff at Large. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.|
|Marie-Louise Karttunen // Manager of Language and Copy Editing. email@example.com 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.|
Editorial Assistants team // Aude Ferrachat, Linda Sivander, Elena Sobrino, Saara Toukolehto
Aude Ferrachat // Events Assistant. // firstname.lastname@example.org
Pia Bühler // Reviews Assistant. // email@example.com
Ann Marie Thornburg // Reviews Assistant. // firstname.lastname@example.org
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