Volume 1, Issue 1 (2014)

CH1(1).cover-frontHere it is! It is our pleasure to officially publish the very first issue of Contingent Horizons: The York University Student Journal of Anthropology. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the invaluable contribution of all the individuals and groups that were involved in this endeavour, in particular, the Department of Anthropology at York University who has generously supported and published this journal.

While Contingent Horizons has been printed in a limited number of copies, the electronic version of the journal is its keystone. It is our hope that the website will offer a safe space for respectful discussion that will extend the life of the published scholarly materials and encourage debates beyond their publication. In the upcoming weeks, the articles currently available in PDF format will be published as blog entries, which will facilitate commentaries and healthy discussions.


Volume 1, Issue 1 (2014)

Front & Back Covers

Front Matter
(PDF: CH1(1).i-iii+v.Front)

Editors’ note or, An open-ended collective discussion (or digression)
(PDF: CH1(1).i-x.EditorsNote)

An Islander’s notes: The man, the lover, the expat musician on the streets of Athens
by Jeremy Cooper  |  (PDF:CH1(1).1-8.Cooper)

Loves me, loves me not: The Museum of Broken Relationships scene analysis
by Sara Bencekovic  |  (PDF:CH1(1).9-18.Bencekovic)

Lines that divide: Aboriginality, Canadian applied anthropology, and transgressing the ‘national anthropological tradition’
by Lindsay Moore  |  (PDF:CH1(1).19-30.Moore)

Silences on Hindu lesbian subjectivity
by Lucile Crémier  |  (PDF:CH1(1).31-46.Cremier)

My Peruvian museum
by Priya Chendke  |  (PDF:CH1(1).47-62.Chendke)

Star parties: An ethnographic exploration of amateur and professional astronomers
by Rayna Slobodian  |  (PDF:CH1(1).63-81.Slobodian)

William Curtis Farabee: Ethnographic explorer and museum anthropologist
by James Andrew Whitaker  |  (PDF:CH1(1).83-102.Whitaker-rev)

Performing gender: The construction of Black males in the hip-hop industry
by Nayo Sasaki-Picou  |  (PDF:CH1(1).103-107.Sasaki-Picou)

Eating politically: Food Not Bombs and growing resistance
by Jayne Malenfant  |  (PDF:CH1(1).109-122.Malenfant)

Book reviews
Travesti: Sex, gender, and culture among Brazilian transgendered prostitutes by Don Kulick and Flaming souls: Homosexuality, homophobia, and social change in Barbados by David A. B. Murray
reviewed by Curtis Dixon  |  (PDF:CH1(1).123-129.BR-Dixon)

Abject relations: Everyday worlds of anorexia by Megan Warin
reviewed by Jennifer Newton  |  (PDF:CH1(1).130-134.BR-Newton)


For more information about the vision of this journal, an annual open-access student journal that seeks to expand anthropological discussion by publishing students’ work and remaining open to a variety of alternative formats, please click here.


This is an exciting year for York University’s Department of Anthropology. We are looking forward to hosting the CASCA conference in late April 2014, which is shaping up to be an innovative event showcasing work at the leading edge of our discipline. But that is not all! In June 2013, the first cohort of York Anthropology’s newly founded methods field school flew to Athens, Greece, for an intensive month of learning opportunities. It was there, while enjoying a frappé in the much-appreciated shade of a café patio, that grew the idea to provide a publication platform for students beginning their engagement with anthropology. In this light, and in the spirit of the disciplinary leadership demonstrated by our department, it is our pleasure to officially launch and circulate the first call for papers of Contingent Horizons: The York University Student Journal of Anthropology.

While the first volume of Contingent Horizons is set to be published in late April 2014, we invite you to regularly visit this website for, as an online journal, it will not only host students’ scholarly works but also encourage healthy discussion within York’s academic community and beyond.

Vision statement: www.contingenthorizons.com/about
Call for papers 2014: www.contingenthorizons.com/call-for-papers
Call for peer reviewers: www.contingenthorizons.com/call-for-peer-reviewers

Last but not least, we would like to thank Yana Pasternak, and professors Othon Alexandrakis and Albert Schrauwers for their unconditional support in this early endeavour.

Yours sincerely,
Parinaz Adib, Julien Cossette, Andrea Vitopoulos