All posts by Nick Mizer

About Nick Mizer

Although much of my work focuses on tabletop role-playing games, I think that geek culture in general has a lot to offer for anthropological study, from understandings of modernity and consumerism to the role of the imagination and wonder in the midst of those more “serious” trends. As I explore these things, I find myself straddling the borders between anthropology, folkloristics, and performance studies.

Moon Monogamy 3: Participant Observation, Session 1

Moon Monogamy 3: Participant Observation, Session 1

As you can probably imagine, things can get pretty tense when you cram a thousand or so humans from a conglomeration of vastly different cultures onto a starship. Sure, we may only be 856 days into our multi-generational journey, and sure, we’ve gone through rigorous psychological testing (not to mention a hundred different physical and situational tests), and sure, we’ve all been deemed fit for “confined spaces and arduous, labor-intensive schedules,” but this is definitely not the first bar fight to occur on Ellis.