Anthropology is a special vocation; you and I did not select the ordinary job or anything close to it. We are astronauts of the human soul, half scientist and half explorer, part poet and part trickster.
-- Steven Rubenstein (1962 - 2012)
This month, the anthropological community lost a provocative and productive scholar, a passionate advocate for indigenous rights, a generous colleague and a gentle friend. He will be sorely missed.
For more about Steven's life and work:
- University of Liverpool faculty page
- Selected publications available for download
- Death in a Distant Place, PhD dissertation at Columbia University
- Message from Charles Forsdick, School of Languages, Cultures and Area Studies at University of Liverpool
- Announcement (March 2012) by Janet Chernela, Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA)
"Astronauts" quote by Steven courtesy of Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti.