Some of my research and teaching interests are:
General anthropology; historical and political anthropology; civilizations and barbarians; spectacles of sovereignty and state power, citizenship; autonomy; slavery; ethno-politics and interethnic relations; archaeology; cultural heritage, museums and modernity, and more; especially East and Southeast Asia (China, Burma, Taiwan, Japan, etc.), also Europe, and the world at large.
• China Before China: Johan Gunnar Andersson, Ding Wenjiang, and the Discovery of China’s Prehistory. Stockholm: Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 2004.
• The Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon, the Death of Teddy's Bear and the Sovereign Exception of Guantánamo. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003.
• China's Animal Neighbors. The Art of Neighbouring: Making Relations Across China's Borders. Eds. Martin Saxer and Zhang Juan. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 2017. http://www.highlandasia.net/projects/artn.html; http://en.aup.nl/books/9789462982581-the-art-of-neighbouring.html
• Chinese Autochthony and the Eurasian Context: Archaeology, Mythmaking and Johan Gunnar Andersson's 'Western Origins.' Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics: Rethinking Temporality and Community in Eurasian Archaeology. Eds. Kathryn O. Weber, et al. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016, 303-320. (Proceedings from the Fourth Conference on Eurasian Archaeology, 2012). http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004325470
• Art and Science as competing values in the formation of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. Collectors, Collections, and Collecting the Arts of China: Histories and Challenges. Ed. Lai, Guolong. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014, 67-98.
• Gifts and debts: The morality of fieldwork in the Wa lands on the China-Burma frontier. Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia. Ed. Turner, Sarah. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013, 61-79.
• Science across borders: Johan Gunnar Andersson and Ding Wenjiang. In Denise M. Glover, Stevan Harrell, Charles McKhann, and Margaret Swain, eds. Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands, 1880-1950. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011, 240-66. ISBN: 9780295991177
• Giorgio Agamben och den kommande gemenskapen [Giorgio Agamben and the coming community]. Sociologik: Tio essäer om socialitet och tänkande [Sociologics. Ten essays on sociality and thought]. Eds. Christian Abrahamsson et al. Stockholm: Santérus, 2011, 53-87. In Swedish
• The Politics of Cultural Heritage. Reclaiming Chinese Society: The New Social Activism. 225-245. 2010
• The Autonomy of Naming: Kinship, Power and Ethnonymy in the Wa lands of the Southeast Asia-China Frontiers. Personal Names in Asia: History, Culture and Identity. Singapore: University of Singapore Press. 150-174. 2009
• "TV Tears Made of Fear: Anatomy of the Spectacle of Power in China's Forced Confessions." Cornell Contemporary China Initiative lecture series. Cornell University, November 14, 2016. Webcast: https://vimeo.com/194054432
• "Heritage and Ancestors: The Politics of Chinese Museums and Historical Memory." Elvera Kwang Siam Lim Memorial Lecture/Center for Chinese Studies, University of California-Berkeley, November 6, 2015. Webcast: https://ieas.berkeley.edu/file/1115
Academic Articles, and more:
• "Research ethics, violated." Allegra Lab, One-shots, Essay. May 7, 2020. https://allegralaboratory.net/research-ethics-violated/
• "Cultural genocide is the new genocide." Pen/Opp, May 5, 2020. https:/ www.penopp.org/articles/cultural-genocide-new-genocide • "Bury Me With My Comrades: Memorializing Mao's Sent-Down Youth." Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Volume 16, Issue 14, Number 4 (July 15, 2018). https://apjjf.org/2018/14/Fiskesjo.html
• "Confessions Made in China." Made in China 3.1 (January-March 2018), p. 18-22; 108-109 (list of references). PDF version: http://www.chinoiresie.info/confessions-made-in-china/; http://www.chinoiresie.info/PDF/Made-in-China-01-2018.pdf
• The Return of the Show Trial: China’s Televised “Confessions.” Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Volume 15, Issue 13, Number 1. (June 25, 2017). http://apjjf.org/2017/13/Fiskesjo.html
• “The Legacy of the Chinese Empires: Beyond ‘the West and the Rest.’” Education About Asia 22.1 (Spring 2017), 6-10. Special issue on “Contemporary Postcolonial Asia.” http://www.asian-studies.org/Publications/EAA/About
• “People First: The Wa World of Spirits and Other Enemies.” Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. Published online: 19 Apr 2017.Abstract: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00664677.2017.1315330 • Self and Subjectivity in a World of Diasporas: Nicholas Tapp's Anthropology of Hmong Identities. Journal of Social Science (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), (Special issue: "Ethnicity and Mobility: Nicholas Tapp's Anthropology," ed. Aranya Siriphon). 28 (2017), 125-148.
• "Foreword." In Samak Kosem, ed. Border Twists and Burma Trajectories: Perceptions, Reforms, and Adaptations. Chiang Mai: Center for ASEAN Studies, Chiang Mai University, 2016, pp. iii-v. • "Lyxkonsumtion och utrotningskrig" [Luxury consumption and wars of extinction]. Kina-Rapport (Göteborg: Svensk-Kinesiska Föreningen) no. 4 (2015), 32-35. (In Swedish; on the Chinese smuggling and trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn from Africa)
• Terra-cotta Conquest: The First Emperor's Clay Army's Blockbuster Tour of the World. Verge: Studies in Global Asias. 1 (2015): 162-183.
• "Universal Museums." Article for "World Heritage" section, ed. Helaine Silverman, in _Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology_. Claire Smith, general editor. New York: Springer, 2014, pp. 7494-7500.
• "Oscar Montelius and Chinese archaeology." Co-authored with Chen Xingcan. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology [Melbourne, Australia] 24:10 (2014). archaeologybulletin.org/article/view/bha.2410/608
• Wa Grotesque: Headhunting Theme Parks and the Chinese Nostalgia for Primitive Contemporaries . Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 79 (2014): 497-523.
• Introduction to Wa Studies. Journal of Burma Studies 17 (2013): 1 -27.
• Outlaws, Barbarians, Slaves: Critical Reflections on Agamben's homo sacer. Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 2 (2012): 161-180.
• Slavery as the Commodification of People: Wa "Slaves" and Their Chinese "Sisters". Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. 59 (2011): 3-18.
• The Reluctant Sovereign: New Adventures of the US Presidential Thanksgiving Turkey. Anthropology Today. 26 (2010): 13-17.
• Mining, History, and the Anti-State Wa: The Politics of Autonomy Between Burma and China. Journal of Global History 5 (2010): 241-264.
• Participant Intoxication and Self–Other Dynamics in the Wa Context. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 11 (2010):111-127.
• Collections of Chinese Antiquities Outside China: Problems and Hopes. Public Archaeology 5 (2006): 111-126.
• Rescuing the Empire: Chinese Nation-Building in the Twentieth Century. European Journal of East Asian Studies 5 (2006): 15-44.
• A Foreign Bird in a Golden Cage: Sweden's Asia Collections. Res Publica 65 (2005): 68-80. In Swedish
• Lost Civilizations, Lost Choices. Dushu No. 4 (2003), 72-75. In Chinese
• The Barbarian Borderland and the Chinese Imagination -- Travellers in Wa Country. Inner Asia . 4.1 (2002): 81-99.
• Rising From Blood-Stained Fields: Royal Hunting and State Formation in Shang China. Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. 72 (2001): 48-192.
• Review of Haiming Yan, World Heritage Craze in China: Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory. (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018. ISBN 978-1-78533-804-5). Asian Perspectives 58.2 (2019), 401-404.
• Review article: "Ancient China reconsidered." Review of Katheryn M. Linduff, Yan Sun, Wei Cao, & Yuanqing Liu, Ancient China and its Eurasian neighbors: Artifacts, Identity, and Death in the Frontier, 3000-700 BCE (Cambridge University Press, 2018); Roderick Campbell, Violence, Kinship and the Early Chinese State: The Shang and Their World (Cambridge, 2018); and Xiaolong Wu, Material Culture, Power, and Identity in Ancient China (Cambridge, 2017). Antiquity, Volume 92, Issue 366 (Dec. 2018), pp. 1671-1673. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/ancient-china-reconsidered/7B1B9D90AADFCBDE5F8ADC723F29C459
• Review of Alice Yao, The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China: From Bronze Age to the Han Empire (Oxford 2016); & Erica Brindley, Ancient China and the Yue: Perceptions and Identities on the Southern Frontier, c.400 BCE-50 CE (Cambridge 2015), for the Zhejiang University Journal of Art and Archaeology (Hangzhou, China), Vol. 3 (2018), 260-272.
• Review of Pál Nyíri and Danielle Tan, eds., Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia: How People, Money, Ideas from China are Changing a Region (Seattle, WA and London: University of Washington Press, 2017). ISBN: 9780295999302; 9780295999296. China Quarterly 234 (2018), 577-578.
• Review of Craig Clunas, Chinese Painting and Its Audiences (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017). The Art Newspaper, 295 (Nov. 2017), p. 22. http://theartnewspaper.com
• Review of Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, Flowers That Kill: Communicative Opacity in Political Spaces (Stanford 2015). American Anthropologist 118.3 (2016), 685-686.
• Review of Tamara T. Chin, Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination (Cambridge, 2014). Journal of Asian Studies 75.3 (2016), 806-807. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911816000693
• Review of Sarah Turner, Christine Bonnin, and Jean Michaud, Frontier Livelihoods: Hmong in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22.3 (2016), 750-751.
• Review of David Faure and Ho Ts'ui-p'ing, eds. Chieftains into Ancestors: Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China (Vancouver 2013). Asian Highlands Perspectives 40 (2016), 479-488. http://tibetanplateau.wikischolars.columbia.edu/Volume+Forty
• Review essay: "The Museum Boom in China and the State efforts to Control History" (on Marzia Varutti, Museums in China: The Politics of Representation after Mao [Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, 2014]; Kirk Denton, Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory & the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China [Honolulu, 2014]; Amy Jane Barnes, Museum Representations of Maoist China: From Cultural Revolution to Commie Kitsch [Surrey, UK, 2014]. Museum Anthropology Review 9.2 (2015), 96-105. http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/mar/article/view/19150
• "Hail to the King!" Review of two books by David N. Keightley: Working for His Majesty: Research Notes on Labor Mobilization in Late Shang China (ca.1200-1045 B.C.), as Seen in the Oracle-Bone Inscriptions, with Particular Attention to Handicraft Industries, Agriculture, Warfare, Hunting, Construction, and the Shang's Legacies (Berkeley: University of California-Berkeley, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2012); and The Ancestral Landscape: Time, Space, and Community in Late Shang China, ca. 1200-1045 B.C. (Berkeley: University of California-Berkeley, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2000). Early China 37.1 (2014), 567-573. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/eac.2014.18
• Review of Unearthing the Nation: Modern Geology and Nationalism in Republican China. By Grace Yen SHEN. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Journal of Asian Studies 73.4 (2014), 1120-1122. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021911814001259
• Review of Mandy Sadan, Being and Becoming Kachin: Histories Beyond the State in the Borderworlds of Burma. (Oxford & London: Oxford University Press & the British Academy, 2013; with an accompanying website, "Research Notes: Fieldwork Notes, Photographs and Translations," http://mandysadan.weebly.com/). Thailand-Laos-Cambodia [TLC] network/New Mandala Review LXX. In: New Mandala: New Perspectives on Southeast Asia, May 16, 2014, http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2014/05/16/review-of-being-and-becoming-kachin-tlc-nmrev-lxx/
• Review of Michael Oppitz et al, eds. Naga Identities: Changing Local Cultures in the Northeast of India (Gent: Snoeck Publishers, 2008). Asian Highlands Perspectives 28 (2013): 299-304. http://plateauculture.org/writing/review-naga-identitites
• Review of Gunnar Skirbekk, Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences (Hong Kong: Chinese Univ. Press, 2011). Journal of World History 24.3 (2013), 707-10.
• Review of Berma Klein Goldewijk et al, eds. Cultural Emergency in Conflict and Disaster (Rotterdam: NAI Publishers, 2011). Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology (2012; iFirst article, pp. 1–3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00664677.2012.717016).
• Review of Michael Keevak, Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011). Journal of World History 23.3 (2012), 676-80.
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Courses - Spring 2023
- ANTHR 3437 : Brave New World, 21st Century Authoritarianism
- ANTHR 4910 : Independent Study: Undergrad I
- ANTHR 4920 : Independent Study: Undergrad II
- ANTHR 4984 : Honors Thesis Write-Up
- ANTHR 6025 : Proseminar in Anthropology
- ANTHR 6437 : Brave New World, 21st Century Authoritarianism
- ANTHR 7520 : Southeast Asia: Readings in Special Problems
- ANTHR 7550 : East Asia: Readings in Special Problems
- ANTHR 7910 : Independent Study: Grad I
- ANTHR 7920 : Independent Study: Grad II
- ANTHR 7930 : Independent Study: Grad III