my name: eli thorkelson.
contact: eli at uchicago dot edu.

i'm a grad student in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. i work on anthropology of universities, mainly on philosophy and university reforms in France. i have also worked on a collective effort to reexamine graduate student socialization in anthropology, and i blog about academic culture.

this site is called decasia 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 decasia.com, the symphony by michael gordon, or anything else like that...