About the Project

Inspired by the overuse of jargon and the inaccessibility of anthropological writing to those outside the discipline, this installation challenges anthropologists to confront the all-too-common disconnect between our work as writers and the communities we study.

Passersby at the 2013 AAA Meetings in Chicago were invited to contribute to the clothesline and air their own writerly frustrations—anthropology’s “dirty laundry” in the form of scribbled haikus or six-words stories. Some of their contributions are pictured below.

Please visit the “Making of the Quilts” page for an explanation of the quilts in the background, and the “Your Comments” page to add your own thoughts to the (virtual) clothesline. 

hanging on the line

 

What does the word mean?

 

writing

 

applied work

 

So much pressure

 

Syntax

 

Interviewing pains me

 

Space to think

 

no kids

 

vignettes

 

Messy world

 

tweets:dinasty

 

sick

 

fieldwork

 

lonely

 

anthrospeak

 

cryptic

 

funds

 

chinese

 

sex work

 

gazing