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Anne Meneley

Anne MeneleyAnne Meneley


Office: CC I4 
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x7329





BA (McGill) MA, PhD (New York University)

Research Interests

Middle East, Arabia Peninsula, Italy, religion and world view, Islam, embodiment, gender, consumption, ethnographic methods, and histories of anthropology.


Professor Meneley joined the department in the 1998-1999 academic year. She is a cultural anthropologist, with degrees earned at McGill University (B.A.) and New York University (M.A., Ph.D.). She has taught formerly at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her teaching and research interests include the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, Italy, religion and world view, Islam, gender, theories of exchange, production, and consumption, ethnographic methods, culture and food, and histories of anthropology. Her publications include the book, Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni Town (Toronto, 1996), based on fieldwork she conducted in Yemen. Her most recent paper on Yemen is published in Illness and Irony, eds. M Lambek and P. Antze (2004). She is currently working on the anthropology of contemporary academic practices, an interest which has led to her forthcoming co- edited volume Auto-ethnographies of Anthropological Practices (with Donna Young). Her other research project investigates the production, circulation, and consumption of Italian extra-virgin olive oil. She has a paper on olive oil in her co-edited collection, Fat (with Don Kulick).

Selected Publications

2014 Discourses of Distinction in Contemporary Palestinian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Production. Food and Foodways 22:1-2, 48-64. Yuson Jung and Nicolas Sternsdorff, guest editors, Crafting Senses: Circulating the Knowledge and Experience of Taste.

2011 Blood, Sweat and Tears in a Bottle of Palestinian Olive Oil.  Food, Culture and Society 14 (2): 275-290.

2011 Food and Morality in Yemen.  In Food: Ethnographic Encounters.  Editor, Leo Coleman.  New York: Berg. Pp. 17-29.

2008 Time in a Bottle: The Uneasy Circulation of Palestinian Olive Oil.  Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). Fall 248:18-23.

2007 Fashion and Fundamentalisms in Fin de Siècle Yemen: Chador Barbie and Islamic Socks. Cultural Anthropology 22:214-243.

2003 Scared Sick or Silly?  Social Analysis 47(2):21-39.   Also reprinted in Illness and Irony.  M. Lambek and P. Antze, eds. 2004  New York: Berghahn.

1999 Goods and Goodness. Social Analysis 43(3):69-88.

1999 Introduction to "The Structuring of Subjectivities in Material Worlds."  Social Analysis 43(3):1-5.

1998 Analogies and Resonances in the Process of Ethnographic Understanding.  Ethnos 63:202-226.