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Daniel Tubb

Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Adjunct Research Professor
Carleton University, Ottawa
Daniel Tubb is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is author of the book Shifting Livelihoods Gold Mining and Subsistence in the Chocó, Colombia. Dr. Tubb has ongoing research on oil palm plantations, agrarian change, and the impacts of war on nature in Colombia, and on the impacts of resource projects in their early phase in Canada. More »
So, you are looking for a graduate supervisor? When you are a graduate student, after all is said and done, after the ideas and the coursework and the reading and the research, your task is to put down words on the page for your thesis, for research articles, for grant applications, and for job applications. It is the words we write as scholars that makes the research we do visible. Words are the tricky part, I think. As a supervisor, I work hard to mentor graduate students with their writing. I am always interested in students interested in learning the craft of ethnography and ethnographic writing.

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Culture: The Newsletter for the Canadian Anthropology Society, 13.2. Fall, 2019.
“I calculated my greenhouse gas emissions from travel (using an online calculator) and wrote about it in July. In the last 18 months, I took flights from Fredericton to Cuba via Toronto for a conference of anthropologists (emitting 675 kg of CO2 for the journey); to San Francisco via Toronto for another conference (767 kg); to Washington D.C. via Montreal for a conference of geographers (337 kg); to Toronto for a conference of Latin Americanists (243 kg); and to Bogotá via Toronto for fieldwork (743 kg). If you add it all up, all these flights end up contributing about 2,750 kg in CO2 emissions. Many of us are in the same position, but must spewing greenhouse gases be an occupational hazard of attending conferences? Clearly, things have to change,” writes Tubb in a short article.
By Daniel Tubb, published in the The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Spring 2017.
“Nobody tells an ethnographer beginning fieldwork that when their work is published it will already be a part of history. Aldo Civico conducted interviews with the foot soldiers and leaders of paramilitary groups in Colombia between 2003 and 2008; the University of California Press published The Para-State: An Ethnography of Death Squads in Colombia in 2016. His book is a history of the recent past, when Colombian paramilitaries were at the apex of their power, their demobilization process with the central government was ongoing, and the 2016 peace agreement between the government and the guerrilla in Havana seemed fantastical,” writes Daniel Tubb in a book review.
As academics, we get a lot of emails. Sometimes, I take a long time to respond. Sometimes, I respond quickly. I’m no Luddite, but I might take between a few seconds and a few months to respond to your email. I don’t mean to be unfair, but if I want to get the work that is most important done, then the writing of articles and books and lectures and student supervision must come first. Email comes last. Specifically, I have a few rules to liberate myself from the tyranny of email.

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Readers,

I am excited to let you know about my first book, Shifting Livelihoods: Gold Mining and Subsistence in the Chocó, Colombia. The book emerged from the eighteen months I spent learning how to mine gold with hand tools and techniques in the Colombian Pacific department of the Chocó, between 2010 and 2012.

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Spring, 2020.
Tubb presented on Gabriel García Marquez for the Fredericton Tertulia series of talks on June 20, 2020.

Culture: The Newsletter for the Canadian Anthropology Society, 13.1, Spring 2019.
There is a North American phenomenon of young people from rural areas and small towns and medium-sized cities moving to the Big City. In Canada, the destinations are Toronto or Montreal, Vancouver or Calgary. In the US, they are New York or Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco. But are big places so necessary for creative work?,” writes Tubb in a short article about Fredericton.
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September 30, 2020, 5:00 PM Bogotá Time.
Tubb will present on his book in Spanish on September 30, 2020. Esta conferencia es resultado de la investigación realizada por el antropólogo Daniel Tubb, en el Chocó, entre 2010 y 2012, y cuyo estudio ha sido recientemente publicado por la Universidad de Washington. "Shifting Livelihoods: Gold Mining and Subsistence in the Chocó" describe la vida de las personas que viven de extraer oro en esta región. Esta conferencia se realiza en alianza con los Centros Culturales del Banco de la República en Quibdó, Buenaventura y Santa Marta, y el Museo del Oro Tairona.

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By Daniel Tubb and Abram Lutes, published in the New Brunswick Media Co-Op.
“Climate change is scary; it is an emergency. We want to change the narrative, and we want your ideas, your stories, and your hope from the future.” write Daniel Tubb and Abram Lutes in a call for Letters from New Brunswick’s Future.