Yale University. University Department of Anthropology. David Graeber. David Rolfe Graeber (/ˈɡreɪbər/; born 12 February 1961) is an American anthropologist, author, anarchist and activist who is currently Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Specialising in theories of value and social theory, he was an assistant professor and associate professor of anthropology at Yale University from 1998 to 2007, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him. From Yale, he went on to become a Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London from Fall 2007 to Summer 2013. Graeber has been involved in social and political activism, including the protests against the 3rd Summit of the Americas in Quebec City in 2001 and the World Economic Forum in New York City in 2002.
He is also a leading figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement. @davidgraeber. Profs attend World Economic Forum. Yale officials and professors both presented and protested at the recently concluded World Economic Forum held in New York City.
While Yale President Richard Levin, School of Management Dean Jeffrey Garten, law professor Daniel Esty, foreign policy expert Paul Kennedy and economics professor Jean Lanjouw participated in the forum, anthropology professor David Graeber led a protest movement on behalf on the anarchist group he helped found, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence. The forum, held in Davos, Switzerland, for the past 31 years, was moved to New York City because of security concerns surrounding the wealthy Alpine resort and as a show of solidarity with New York after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. An estimated 3,000 participants included many of the world’s chief executive officers, heads of state, and billionaires.
Part of the reason for the conference’s move to New York was because of the city’s ability to provide extensive security in expectation of protesters. YaleDailyNews: Graeber case stirs students. A small group of Yale students delivered a thick packet of letters to the Provost’s Office on Wednesday protesting the administration’s decision not to renew anthropology professor David Graeber’s contract — an issue that has provoked anxiety in the Anthropology Department after two other professors recently announced they will leave Yale this spring.
Graeber’s potential departure falls at an awkward time for the department, as two other senior sociocultural anthropology professors, Thomas Blom Hansen and Eric Worby, recently announced they are leaving Yale. The administration’s decision not to renew Graeber’s contract has sparked widespread outrage among anthropology professors, left-wing academics and commentators throughout the United States and England who contend the decision was influenced by Graeber’s anarchist politics. YdN: Anthropology profs fear exodus.
Just months after the Anthropology Department voted not to renew sociocultural anthropology professor David Graeber’s contract, rumors are swirling that the department may lose as many as six additional professors by the end of the academic year.
At least one faculty member, tenured sociocultural anthropology professor Thomas Blom Hansen, will leave Yale this spring after accepting a job offer from the University of Amsterdam. Several professors and graduate students in the department said they have reason to believe that other professors are likely to follow. “I think it’s confirmed that three are pretty much set to leave, David Graeber being one, but there are definitely rumors that there are more and I think it’s been described as a quote unquote ‘mass exodus,’” anthropology student Christina Moon GRD ’08 said. Graeber appeals decision. Sociocultural anthropology professor David Graeber, a self-described anarchist whose contract renewal was denied by the University last spring, has formally appealed the decision amid suspicion the denial was based on his political views.
Graeber was an assistant professor for six years before the Anthropology Department’s senior faculty voted not to extend his contract for an additional two years. Graeber said the decision, which was not a tenure review, was never fully explained to him and he is appealing to get a fresh evaluation. Graeber agrees to leave University. Sociocultural anthropology professor David Graeber, a self-described anarchist whose contract was not renewed by the University last spring, announced Wednesday that he has withdrawn his petition to remain at Yale in exchange for a year’s paid sabbatical.
Graeber filed a formal appeal in September alleging that the decision not to renew his contract was politically motivated. He was an assistant professor for six years before the Anthropology Department’s senior faculty voted not to extend his contract for an additional two years. The original decision would have required Graeber to leave Yale following the Spring 2006 semester, but Graeber said the University offered him an additional year on paid sabbatical to drop the appeal. “Normally, you get a sabbatical on the condition that you come back and teach the following year,” Graeber told the Associated Press. “I’m getting the sabbatical on the condition that I don’t come back and teach.”
Univ. was wrong to stay silent on Graeber. While the end of the semester usually brings with it a slew of final assignments, this year the University also received a withdrawal — that of anthropology professor David Graeber’s petition to remain at Yale.
Graeber, who had served for six years as an assistant professor, challenged the non-renewal of his contract in September, claiming that the decision was politically motivated. An avowed anarchist as well as a famous anthropologist, Graeber alleged that his quite public radical views lay at the root of his dismissal. NYT: When Scholarship and Politics Collided at Yale. Without Cause: Yale Fires An Acclaimed Anarchist Scholar. David Graeber, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, and the author of Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, among many other scholarly publications.
Last week Prof. Graeber was informed that his teaching contract at Yale would not be extended. However, it was not Graeber’s scholarship that was ever in question; rather it was his political philosophies that may have played a heavy hand in the administration’s unwarranted decision. David Graeber Fired From Yale Because of Politics. By Yvonne After a decision at a meeting convened by tenured faculty at the department of anthropology, Yale University, David Graeberâ€™s contract was not renewed.
This is not a situation of David being denied tenure, but rather that the extension of his contract has been denied, and this is an extremely rare situation. In light of his exemplary scholarship and mentoring, many of Davidâ€™s students and colleagues strongly support his continuing at Yale. To this end we have created an open petition. InsideHE: Early Exit. Yale University is getting rid of a popular anthropology professor, setting off protests from supporters who believe he is losing his job for being an anarchist and for visibly backing graduate student unionization.
As the professor considers filing a formal grievance with the university, anthropologists and labor officials nationwide have already organized an online petition signed by 3,000 people. The decision not to renew David Graeber’s contract after the end of the 2005-6 academic year was made in a private meeting of 12 senior faculty members who are required to keep the proceedings confidential. ( Inside Higher Ed contacted several who said they could not comment.) In the absence of an explanation from the panel, Graeber and his supporters insist that the decision could not have been made based on his work.
"His scholarship was at the level he would have had tenure at any normal university," said Marshall Sahlins, an anthropology professor at the University of Chicago. Fired from Yale, anarchist professor points to politics. Well written story in Newsday on anarchist anthropology professor David Graeber who was fired from Yale. He's described as "one of the brightest minds in his field", but with his job prospects uncertain, Graeber didn't renew a lease on his apartment, and splits his time between his New York co-op where he grew u and apartments in New Haven where friends let him sleep. >> read the whole story UPDATE (8.12.05): Graeber drops appeal, leaves Yale this spring Will the Real McCarthyists Please Stand Up?
Free speech on college campuses is taking some disturbing blows. (AlterNet, 25.10.06) News on Graeber: Fired anarchist anthropologist appeals decision. Yale anthropologist David Graeber has been recently fired for his anarchist activism. For a long time, there were no news, and the Graeber solidarity blog hasn't been updated either. Now, Yale Daily News writes that Graeber has formally appealed the decision amid suspicion the denial was based on his political views.
Graeber drops appeal, leaves Yale this spring. Anarchist anthropologist David Graeber agreed to leave Yale University this spring, dropping an appeal over whether his termination was politically motivated, according to ap. David Graeber said he will teach two classes next semester, then take a yearlong paid sabbatical, after which he will not return: "Normally, you get a sabbatical on the condition that you come back and teach the following year. A-Infos (en) US, In Support of David Graeber. From email@example.com Date Wed, 11 May 2005 23:54:11 +0300 Delivered-to firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered-to email@example.com Delivered-to firstname.lastname@example.org List-archive < List-help <mailto:email@example.com? Subject=help> List-id a-infos.ainfos.ca List-post <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> List-subscribe < <mailto:email@example.com? Subject=subscribe> List-unsubscribe < <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?
Subject=unsubscribe> User-agent Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030624 Netscape/7.1 from email@example.com In Support of David Graeber by Andrej Grubacic. Letter from Maurice Bloch, London School of Economics. Dear Colleagues, I have just heard about your decision to terminate the contract of Professor David Graeber. I hear this news with amazement and disbelief. I know Professor Graeber from several meetings at conferences but in no way am I a close personal friend of his. I am, however, a great admirer of his work. His contribution to the history and anthropology of Madagascar is of the very best and I say this, bearing in mind that he has been probably the severest critic of my own work. David Graeber. Sculpture-law-profs.
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