We've kicked off the school year with a fantastic Anthropology News article by Amy Garey (UCLA) about her fieldwork with student comedy leagues (KVN) in Russia and Ukraine. "Agents of Humor?" responds to a NATO-backed report that suggested that KVN is a soft-power tool of the Kremlin, and explains ethnographically why this is anything but the case. Read Amy's work here: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/09/21/agents-of-humor/.
I'm pleased to announce the publication of a book conversation between Soyuz convenor Larisa Kurtovic and fellow anthropologist of postsocialism, Mike McGovern, about Mike's new book A Socialist Peace?: Explaining the Absence of War in an Africa Country."
I'm writing to alert you to two new pieces in Anthropology News written by Soyuz scholars. Tamar Shirinian (Duke University) has a timely contribution on protests that surrounded Armenia's recent constitutional referendum. "Saying 'No!': Negation as Future Making" is available online for the next six weeks, and will be archived in AnthroSource thereafter. The next print edition of Anthropology N