Celia Emmelhainz

Celia Emmelhainz

Celia Emmelhainz

MA Anthropology (Texas A&M University)

PopAnth Author

Librarian and anthropologist, with a master’s in Central Asian anthropology and master’s in library and information science. Celia has recently returned from Kazakhstan to America, where she studies qualitative dataset archiving.

Celia prepared for a career as a librarian before discovering anthropology. For her master’s in anthropology, she quickly immersed herself in research on migration and missionaries in Central Asia, looking into citizenship as a key factor in the migration decisions of Mongolian Kazakhs. She is also interested in the ​cultural uses of personal names in the United States and Central Asia.

PopAnth Publications

A Naira in her natural environment. Photo by Celia Emmelhainz, Kazakhstan, February 2012.

Sorting our world: The Nairarbi and the Diiwi code

Cultural groups are diverse. Yet one group that has not been studied in all its diversity is the Nairarbi, an information-working caste scattered through many societies in the modern world. Continue reading »

By Ville Miettinen from Helsinki, Finland (Sex, Drugs & Dungeons & Dragons) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Playing the hero: How games reflect life

Are we really the hero in our own lives? Nick Mizer, an anthropologist who researches gaming and storytelling, argues that our narratives about our lives may not be so different from those in our games. Continue reading »

The BIC for Her pen (Image from Amazon.com)

The Internet for her: Amazon reviews as a comedic genre

Banana slicers, unicorn meat, BIC for Her pens, steering wheel tables — all these Amazon products are subject to comedic reviews, reflecting our desire for the ridiculous and our relationships with products. Continue reading »

The useful art of sorting knowledge: Dewey's original divisions. Photo by Celia Emmelhainz.

Would you sort knowledge with the Dewey decimal system?

Ever suspected that libraries simply assign random numbers to books? The bizarre history behind the Dewey Decimal System and how librarians cope with new fields of knowledge. Continue reading »

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