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This installation by Paraguayan artist Adriana González Brun was first shown in 1999 at the Mercosur Biennale as part of a series called Basura/Información (Garbage/Information). 

Participant: Kregg HETHERINGTON
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology | Concordia University
Presentation: "The Aftermath of Transparency"

General opposition to corruption seems to mark common ground among diverse political actors, but specific allegations of corruption further particular ideological projects. 

Participant: Aaron ANSELL
Dept. of Religion and Culture | Virginia Tech
Presentation: "Clientelism, Health Crises and Social Inequality in Northeast Brazil"

image thumbYang Dacai, the former head of the Shaanxi Bureau of Work Safety, became famous when he was photographed smiling at the scene of a horrific traffic accident and "netizens" noticed that he was wearing an expensive watch.  Several online vigilantes quickly found other photos of him wearing different brands of luxury watches, none of which he could realistically afford with his official salary. Photos of him and his watches spread online, and he became known as "Brother Watch" (表哥

Participant: John OSBURG
Dept. of Anthropology | University of Rochester
Presentation: "Corruption, Anti-Corruption, and the Dynamics of Class Formation in the PRC"

In May 2016 the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), an unprecedented gathering of international humanitarian actors convened by the UN Secretary General, was held in Istanbul. The preparation for the summit, consultations were held around the world with recipients of humanitarian aid.

Participant: Ilana FELDMAN
Dept. of Anthropology | George Washington University
Presentation: " Corruption and Humanitarian Governance"

Since 2002, the satirical investigative television show, Fiks Fare [Right On!/Exactly] [pronounced feeks far-eh], airs immediately after prime-time news at Top Channel, the leading national broadcasting network in Albania. Fiks Fare! conducts sting operations and citizen-led investigations providing visual evidence of the ubiquitous allegations of corruption in contemporary Albania. Fiks Fare!’s cameras have exposed a wide range of illicit transactions—from daily interactions with low-level bureaucrats to backroom deals between high-level officials.

Participant: Smoki MUSARAJ
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology | Ohio University
Presentation: "Cynical Parody and Investigative Journalism As a Powerful Anti-Corruption Discourse in Albania"

This 3-dimensional cardboard ‘desk-pyramid’ was sent to all staff at the University of Auckland announcing three of the senior management team’s new policies.  Foremost among these was a new ‘anti-fraud hotline’, which urges academics to become whistleblowers if they see, or suspect, malfeasance in the university. 

Participant: Cris SHORE
Dept. of Anthropology | University of Auckland
Presentation: "Corruption in the University: Audit Culture and the Work of International Accountancy Firms" is part of a growing trend of civil society-based efforts to tackle corruption by documenting and exposing it. This website is full of stories about people’s daily encounters with governmental corruption in India—bribes paid or not for obtaining passports or birth certificates, for example. 

Dept. of Anthropology | Wesleyan University
Presentation: "Sweeping the System, the State, and the Soul: The Technomoral Politics of Corruption in India"

In this Facebook post an Indonesian man named Edi complains about KKN, the acronym for korupsi, kolusi, dan nepotisme (corruption, collusion, and nepotism) by which corruption in Indonesia is popularly known. 

Participant: Sylvia TIDEY
Dept. of Anthropology | University of Amsterdam
Presentation: "Local Indonesian Politics in an Age of Anti-Corruption: Clean Selves and Corrupt Others"

The trails and histories of mule trains have drawn the cycles of bonanzas in the landscape and in people’s daily rhythms. Such rythms include mules and peoples traversing the vicissitudes of bonanzas- working in gold and stone looting, trading the precious wood of the forests, or dealing with marihuana, then coca leaf, then coca paste, and currently tourists. 

Participant: Diana BOCAREJO
Dept. of Anthropology | Universidad del Rosario
Presentation: "Mule Trains and Mediations: Legality, Illegality and Corruption"

To declare Corruption a “Crime Against Humanity” is a bold move. It is also a very Nigerian move. Nigeria is well known to be one of the most corrupt countries, not only since David Cameron joked about its ‘fantastical corruptness’ to the Queen of England. So maybe Nigeria wants to correct its image, which Cameron by failing all diplomatic etiquette had tarnished so badly. 

Participant: Julia HORNBERGER
Dept. of Anthropology | Wits University
Presentation: "Teaching Corruption"

thumb imageHong Kong is notable for having rapidly transformed from widespread corruption to clean government after the formation of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 1974.  Previous anti-corruption efforts had been less effective. One of them was the placing of advertisements in English and Chinese newspapers before Christmas and Chinese New Year encouraging the public not to offer gifts to government officers.

Participant: Alan SMART
Dept. of Anthropology | University of Calgary
Presentation: "Formalization and Less Risky Corruption"

The book jackets of Reversible Destiny, co-authored with Peter Schneider, and its Italian translation, Il Destino Reversible, present the reader with telling images of the antimafia struggle against mafia corruption in Sicily.  The man in handcuffs is Vito Ciancimino, Christian Democratic commissioner of public works and (briefly) mayor of Palermo during the “long” 1960s, when the city was “cementified” by mafia-allied construction companies and contractors. 

Participant: Jane SCHNEIDER
PhD Program in Anthropology | City University of New York Graduate Center
Presentation: "Antimafia Framings of Corruption"

During the military regime of Manuel Odría (1948-56), government officials in the Chachapoyas region of northern Peru came to regard themselves as under grave threat from an underground political movement that could not be seen with the naked eye.  

Participant: David NUGENT
Dept. of Anthropology | Emory University
Presentation: "Corruption as Exception?: Time, Affect and Concealment in 20th-Century Peru"

In Nigeria, discontents about corruption extend well beyond worries that politicians and government officials will misuse public resources for private gain. The specter of widespread corruption is seen as emblematic of the threats posed to sociality and shared cultural values by a perceived breakdown of collective morality.

Participant: Daniel Jordan SMITH
Dept. of Anthropology | Brown University
Presentation: "Corruption, Inequality, and ‘Culture’ in Nigeria"