Mark Auslander’s Selected publications

  • 2021. Co-editor with Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston. In Search of Lost Futures : Anthropological Explorations in Multimodality, Deep Interdisciplinarity, and Autoethnography. Palgrave Macmillan (In press)
  • 2020. Art Beyond Quarantine blog.  Documenting and reflecting on artistic responses to COVID-19 the world over.  (Founding editor, with co-editors Pamela Allara and Susan Platt)
  • 2019. In Bondage, on the Heights: Enslaved Persons on Mt. St. Albans and The Highlands, c. 1817-1862. (Glover Park History) 
  • 2019.  The “Family Business”: Slavery, Double Consciousness and Objects of Memory at Emory University, pp. 277-197   Slavery and the University: History and Legacies. M. Harris, et al. University.  of Georgia Press. 
  • 2019. Museums as Sites of Healing.  Developing the exhibition “Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” (co-authored with Amanda Thomashow)Museums, the journal of the American Alliance of Museums. October/November issue.
  • 2019. Competing Roadways, Contesting Bloodlines: Registers of Biopower at a Lynching Reenactment and a Confederate Flag Rally.  pp. 189-203. Varieties of Historical Experience. Stephen Palmie and Charles Stewart, eds. Routledge Kegan Paul 
  • 2018,  Object Lessons: Reencountering Slavery through Rose’s Gift. The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. Rochelle Riley, editor. Wayne State University Press,
  • 2018. “Putting them in museums? Reimagining a Way Forward” (Confederate Monuments Roundtable)  Museum Anthropology, Vol. 41, Iss. 2, pp. 137–39
  • 2018.  Descent. Entry in the International Encyclopedia Of Anthropology. Co-authored with Laurie Kain Hart. Wiley. 
  • 2017. Rose’s Gift: Slavery, Kinship, and the Fabric of Memory.”  Present Pasts.  8(1), p.1.  DOI:
  • 2017. In Search of the Plaza: Threatened Mass Evictions, a Precarious Public Sphere, and a Museum-Community Partnership. Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (with Rodrigo Renteria-Valencia, Ellen Schattschneider, and Jessica Amason, et al)
  • 2017. Objects of Kinship: Reconstituting Descent in the Shadow of Slavery, Transition .No. 122. pp. 206-216.
  • 2017.  Rose’s Gift: Slavery, Kinship, and the Fabric of Memory. Present Pasts. 8(1), p.1.
  • 2016. “By Iron Possessed: Fabrice Monteiro’s Maroons: The Fugitive Slaves.“ African Arts. 49, 3 (Autumn 2016)
  • 2016. “Slavery’s Traces: In Search of Ashley’s Sack.” Southern Spaces (28 November)
  • 2016. “Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the  Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria” at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts [Exhibition review essay] African Arts.
  • 2015.  “ReMixing Possession: Dreaming Futures Past in the Work of Jim Chuchu” General Anthropology. Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 14–15, Fall.
  • 2015. (with Bryce Peake) “Viral Soundscapes in the Public Square: The Confederate Flag Visits the U.S. Capitol” Centre for Imaginative Ethnography.
  • 2015. “Contesting the Roadways:The Moore’s Ford Lynching Reenactment and a Confederate Flag Rally, July 25, 2015” Southern Spaces (Published August 19)
  • 2015. (with Chong-Eun Ahn).  “Responding to “Comfort Woman” Denial at Central Washington University” Japan Focus: Asia Pacific Journal. Vol. 13, Issue 21, No. 3, June 1.
  • 2015.  “We Can’t Breathe”: Performing Subjection in African American Protest Traditions. Centre for Imaginative Ethnography.
  • 2015. “Between Night and Day: Exhibiting Homelessness in Ellensburg, WA.” (co-authored with J. Hope Amason, Alexander McCrary, Brittany Anderson, Sarah Bair, Nicolas Crosby, Barbara Hammersburg) Centre for Imaginative Ethnography
  • 2014. “Driving Back into the Light: Traversing life and death in a Lynching” Reenactment by African Americans, pp. 178-193.  Chapter 8, in the  volume, Vehicles: Cars, Canoes and other Metaphors of Moral Imagination (edited by David Lipset and Richard Handler) Berghahn Books.
  • 2014. “Give me back my Children: Traumatic Reenactment and Tenuous” Democratic Public Spheres.  North American Dialogue (Society for the  Anthropology of North America)  17:1, pp. 1-12.
  • 2013. “Touching the Past: Materializing Time in Traumatic Living History Reenactments” Signs and Society. 1 (1). pp.161-183
  • 2012   How Families Work: Love, Labor and Mediated Oppositions in American Domestic Ritual.  in Applying Cultural Anthropology, 9th edition (edited Peter Brown et al) McCraw Hill.
  • 2012 “Enslaved Labor and Building the Smithsonian: Reading the Stones” Southern Spaces.  December 2012.
  • 2012. Witchcraft and Sorcery in 20th Century Africa, in The Cultural Sociology of Africa; Part 3, 1900 to Present (edited by Orlando Patterson) Sage Reference.
  • 2011. The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding and American Family (book) University of Georgia Press   [Winner of the 2010-11 Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize for the Critical Study of North America, Society for the Anthropology of North America and the 2012 Victor Turner Ethnographic Writing Prize (second book award), Society for Humanistic Anthropology.
  • 2011. “She Speaks with the Wisdom of God”: Traversing Visible and Invisible Worlds in African Environmental Arts. Catalogue Essay for  Environment and Object in Recent African Art. The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
  • 2010. “Holding on to Those Who Can’t be Held”: Reenacting a Lynching at Moore’s Ford, Georgia (Southern Spaces)
  • 2010. Dreams Deferred: African-Americans in the History of “Old Emory.” In the edited volume, “Where Courageous Inquiry Leads:  Studies in the Emerging Life of Emory University.” Co-edited by Gary Hauk and Sally Wolff King (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • 2010.  “The Other Side of Paradise: Glimpsing Slavery in the University’s Utopian Landscapes” (Southern Spaces)
  • 2009. “Going by the Trees: Death and Regeneration in Georgia’s Haunted Landscapes” Electronic Antiquity, “Ancient Mysteries, Modern Secrets.” (May)
  • 2007  Divination in the Age of DNA: (Re)reading the Entrails. In Steve Miller: Spiraling Inward (Rose Art Museum exhibition catalogue, pp. 31-48. Brandeis University)
  • 2005 First Word: Assemblies: Paradoxes of Excavation and Reconstruction in Contemporary African Art. African Arts
  • 2005. “Saying Something Now: Documentary Work and the Voices of the Dead” Michigan Quarterly Review, (Fall)
  • 2004. Trans/Script: The Art of Victor Ekpuk (exhibition statement, by curator Mark Auslander)
  • 2005. Rites of Passage. Entry in Encyclopedia of Anthropology (Sage Publications)
  • 2003  Rituals of the Workplace. Work and Family Encyclopedia.  (Sloan Work and Family Research Network)
  • 2003. Landscapes and Bodies: Transpositions and Mirror Images. [Review of exhibition, “Coexistence: Contemporary Cultural Production in South Africa.”] American Anthropologist, 105 (3): 621-3 (September)
  • 2003 Myth and the Family.  Work and Family Encyclopedia. (Sloan Work and Family Research Network)
  • 2002 Taking Difference Seriously: Considering Race in Work-Family Studies. Sloan Research Network Newsletter Volume 4(3) Fall 2002:1-4
  • 2002.  “Return to Sender:” Confronting Lynching and our Haunted Landscapes.  In Southern Changes, Spring/Summer 2002: 4-15
  • 2002. Something We Need to Get Back To: Mythologies of Origin and Rituals of Solidarity in African American Working Families.  Working Paper #8 (Sloan Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, Emory University)
  • 2002.  Rituals of the Family.  Work and Family Encyclopedia.  (Sloan Work and Family Research Network)
  • 2002. Reconciliation Begins at Home: Remembering African American Contributions at Emory and Oxford Colleges. Academic Exchange (December)
  • 2001. Introductory essay (with Charles Piot).  Special Issue of the journal Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. (3):1. (Special Topic: On Of Revelation and Revolution, co-editors of issue: Mark Auslander and Charles Piot)
  • 1999. Owning the Kruger National Park (with David Bunn).  In Arts 1999  (South African Department of Arts, Culture Science and Technology)
  • 1998.  Nature, Meaning and Power in South Africa (with David Bunn). Proceedings of the “Voices, Values and Identities Symposium”, 25-27 August 1998. Edited by Yvonne Dladla. (Kruger National Park)
  • 1993. “Open the Wombs!”  The Symbolic Politics of Modern Ngoni Witchfinding. in Modernity and its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Postcolonial Africa. (pgs. 167-192) Edited by John and Jean Comaroff (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) in Modernity and its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Postcolonial Africa. (pgs. 167-192) Edited by John and Jean Comaroff (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)

Honors and Awards

2019 2019 Teal Ribbon award for the exhibition, ‘Finding our Voices; Sister Survivors Speak. Sexual Violence Program annual award. Michigan State University.

2013 EMPIRE (African American student organization) Award for Administrator of the Year (2012-13). Central Washington University.

2012 Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize for the Critical Study of North America (Society for the Anthropology of North America) Awarded for the leading critical anthropological study of North America published in 2010 and 2011, for the book, “The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family.”

2012 Victor Turner Ethnographic Writing Prize (Second book award) for 
The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisitng a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family.” (Society for Humanistic Anthropology)

Research grant. College of the Sciences, Central Washington University (Research on African American labor and experience at the Smithsonian Institution, c. 1851-present)

2011 Senior Fellow, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

2010 Norman Award (Brandeis University) for ethnographic research in the Deep South on reenactments of slavery auctions and lynching

2009 Waltham Partnership for Youth/Waltham Family School, Community Service Award (for university-community partnerships with new immigrant women)

2006-07 Norman Fellowship, Brandeis University (Grant for research and community-engaged learning in the Mississippi Delta)

2002 Scholar-in-Residence Research and Writing Fellowship, The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (An Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Center for Working Families), Emory University

2002. University Annual Crystal Apple Award for Undergraduate Seminar Teaching, Emory University

2001 Annual Mizell Award for Excellence in Teaching, Oxford College, Emory

Blog Posts of Interest:

2020. Traveling Together: Slavery, Landscape, and Historical Imagination.

2019. Singing the Future: Between Absence and Presence. (Post)

2019. Game of Wolves: The Dire Wolf between Nature and Culture.  (Post)

2018, December.   Masks for the Holidays: Mystery and the Regeneration of Life

2018 (September) A New Tabernacle: Remembering Lynching in Montgomery, Alabama. 2

018 (June)  Making Visible: Hanford Sturgeon and Indigenous Nuclear Art.  

2018 (April)  Turning Points: From Pickett’s Charge to Facing the “Anthropocene.”

2018 (March)      Of Bicycles and Martian Voyages     

2017 (November) “My Youth Still Lives With You”: Images and their Paradoxes at the Museum

2017 (October). Squint Harder: Collaborative Discovery in the Museum. see:

2017.  From ‘Lucy” to Lego Robots: Tools and the Making of Community   

2017 (July)   Between “Resonance” and “Wonder”: The Museum’s Brown Bear.

2018 (February). Darwin and the Manatee.  

2018 (January).  Worlds Lost and Worlds Regained (Holocaust Memories).

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