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The author of three books and many essays and a winner of the Whiting Writers’ Award for non-fiction, Hugh Raffles’s work has appeared in both popular and academic venues, including Granta, Cabinet, Natural History, The Best American Essays, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, Orion, Public Culture, Cultural Anthropology, and American Ethnologist, and alongside the work of artists such as Tomás Saraceno, Lubna Chowdhary, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, and the photographer Tim Edgar.

He has worked many jobs—in hospitals, nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, retail stores, and a scrap metal yard—and now teaches anthropology at The New School for Social Research in New York City where he is director of GIDEST (the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought).

Credits

Agpalilik meteorite courtesy of Origins DK-Own Work, CC BY-SA 3.0
Butterfly and beetle image courtesy of George O. Krizek
Amazon aerial view © Layne Kennedy/Corbis
Insect Theatre images courtesy of Tim Edgar
New York map courtesy of Cartography Associates, Creative Commons, image cropped
Heimaey eruption 1973 photo: Sigurgeir Jonasson
Flying kabutomushi image courtesy of Sega Corporation. © SEGA. All rights reserved
Image from Senchufu by Tanshu Kurimoto (1811) courtesy of the National Diet Library, Japan
UV Rudbeckia hirta courtesy of Thomas Eisner, Cornell University
LandSat TM image courtesy of Daniel Zarin
Lice image courtesy of Garry Hunter/Wellcome Images
Tōhoku crows: Chim-Pom, “Black of Death”

All videos by Orfeas Skutelis
Pendulum: Odani Motohiko, “A Dead Man Sleeping”