my name: eli thorkelson.
contact: eli.thorkelson at gmail dot com.
see also: curriculum vitae.

I'm an anthropologist working at Whittier College, where I teach in the Department of Anthropology and the Digital Liberal Arts Center. I also have a background in software development, and I was previously a web applications programmer for the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago, where I also got my PhD.

I write about anthropology of universities, mainly about radical philosophers and university reforms in France. I've also worked on a collective project to reflect on graduate student socialization in anthropology, and I keep a blog about academic culture.

This site got its name because I often think about anthropology of decay and disorder in academic culture. The word decasia was coined by Bill Morrison, who used it for the name of his eerie movie made from decaying film footage. (But this site has nothing to do with Bill, his film Decasia, his website formerly at, the symphony by Michael Gordon, or anything else like that.)

When I think about websites, I like to think back to when the web was a fairly new medium. When people more often had websites that were zany and a little bit personal. Like in 1997.