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Mascia-Lees, Frances
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Mascia-Lees, Frances

Phone: 732-932-8757

PH.D., State University of New York, 1983

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Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Gender, Race, Difference, The Body, Psychological Anthropology, Consumer Culture, Cultural Encounters, Cultural Representation and Ethnographic Responsibility; Theory and History.
Teaching Areas
Culture and Desire; Gender, Culture, and Political Engagement; History of Anthropological Theory; Psychological Anthropology; Theorizing and Writing Ethnography; Anthropology of the Body; The Poetics and Politics of Hollywood Film; Cultural Encounters; Introductory Anthropology Courses.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
International Scholar, Prishtina University, Prishtina, Kosovo. Open Society Institute, 2008; International Scholar, University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria. Open Society Institute, 2007-2008; Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers-Newark, 2007-; Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2006-07; American Anthropological Association�s President�s Award, 2005; Featured in Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology, edited by V. Amit, Routledge Press), 2004; AAA/Mayfield Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology, 1998.
Academic Interests and Plans
s part of my larger interest in tracking shifts in the discipline's dominant conceptual models, I have been analyzing the frameworks that anthropologists have developed to understand the impact of global restructuring on conceptualizations of subjectivity, cultural identity, and difference. My particular concern has been with the extent to which local/global frameworks privilege spatiality, unwittingly reinforcing old disciplinary tensions, and obscuring ethnographically relevant experiences. I have gone beyond critique to explore and develop alternative conceptual frameworks. For example, I have developed the idea of �global bodies,� a conceptualization that neither privileges the local nor the global because of its play on the word �bodies,� which captures two meanings simultaneously�the physical bodies of men and women circulating in global flows, marked (or unmarked) by difference�and those global bodies that mediate, regulate, and are constituted by their circulation. I have also turned toward contemporary physics for alternative metaphors (�Reimagining Globality: Toward and Anthropological Physics.� Anthropology News, 47 (5): 9-11, May 2006, with J. Himpele), and most recently, to the concept of �global intimacies,� to explore how �the global� is insinuated at the level of structures of desire.