Maple J. Razsa

Associate Professor of Global Studies

Office: Diamond 308 [ campus map ]
Box 5222

Phone: 207-859-5222
Fax: 207-859-5229
Mailing Address:
5222 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Razsa, Maple J.


Ph.D. Anthropology and Visual Media, Harvard University, 2007 M.A. Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 2002 B.A. International Studies, Vassar College, 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Movements
  • Human Rights
  • Political Documentary
  • Transnationalism
  • Postsocialist Europe

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
AY112 DCultural Anthropology
GS352 AGlobal Activism: From Socialist Internationalism to Today
GS498 AInsurgent Mobilities Lab II: Migrants, Activists, the Balkan Route


AY112: Introduction to Anthropology GS211: Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective GS397: Internationalism: From Socialism to the World Social Forum GS451: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the State in Europe GS437: Media, Culture and the Political Imagination

Professional Information

Maple Razsa is an anthropologist, activist and documentary filmmaker. He is committed to using text, images and sound to embody and explore the experience and political imagination of contemporary social movements. He has published in journals such as East European Politics and Society and American Ethnologist. Maple’s documentary work from Croatia, Slovenia, Mozambique, and the US has shown in such fora as the George Eastman House, The Harvard Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as festivals from Taipei to Turin. An Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Colby College, Razsa enjoys working with students on research that crosses the boundaries of disciplines and the borders of states.

Current Research

I am currently conducting research for a major new research project titled From Common Passport-Holders, through Illegal Migrants, to Insurgent Citizens: Migrant Activism among Former Yugoslavs in Slovenia with support from the International Research and Exchange Board. Additionally I have begun a new collaborative and interactive documentary on the Maribor Uprisings. This film is being made in collaboration with activists and researchers in Slovenia, including Andrej Kurnik.


“Bastards of Utopia:” The Radical Imaginary from the fall of Socialism to the Occupy Movement, (book manuscript) cross-listed in the New Anthropologies of Europe Series & Global Research Studies Series, Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2014


“Beyond ’Riot Porn:’ Protest Video and the Production of Unruly Political Subjects,” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, (forthcoming February 2014)

“Occupy Slovenia: From Resisting Migrant Illegality to Innovative Direct Democracy” (co-authored with Andrej Kurnik), in Border Crossers, Border Protectors: Social Movements and Globalization, eds. Naples, Nancy and Jennifer Mendez, New York University Press, (forthcoming)

“Images of Global Militancy: Reflections on Affect, Memory and Embodiment” Audio-Visual Thinking Journal (June 2012) Volume 4

“The Occupy Movement in Žižek’s hometown: Direct democracy and a politics of becoming," (co-authored with Andrej Kurnik) American Ethnologist, Volume 39 Number 2 (May 2012) pp 238-258

“Producing Spectacles of Resistance: Global Social Movements, Activist Video, and Political Mimesis in the former Yugoslavia,” in Časopis za kritiko znanosti (Journal for the Critique of Science), (Volume 33, Number 220, 2005, pp 165-176)

“Balkan is Beautiful: Balkanism in the Political Discourse of Tuđman’s Croatia” (co-authored with Nicole Lindstrom) East European Politics and Society (Volume 18, Number 4, 2004, pp 628-650)


“Anarchism,” International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, section editors, Dominic Boyer and Ulf Hannerz (forthcoming) April 2015

“Learning from, and Contributing to, European Uprisings Against Corruption, Austerity and Neoliberalism,” (co-authored with Andrej Kurnik), Anthropology News, June 2013

Review of Networking Futures: The Movements Against Corporate Globalization, by Jeffery J. Juris. Duke University Press, 2009, in American Anthropologist

“Toward an Affirmative Ethnography,” Anthropology News, September 2012

Co-editor, Cultural Anthropology “Hot Spot” on the Occupy Movement, July 2012, with submissions by nineteen contributors

“Introduction: Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings,” (co-authored with Jeffrey Juris), Cultural Anthropology, “Hot Spot” on the Occupy Movement, July 2012

“The Subjective Turn: The Radicalization of Personal Experience within Occupy Slovenia,” Cultural Anthropology, “Hot Spot” on the Occupy Movement, July 2012

“Mutual Aid, Anti-Authoritarianism, and Dumpster Diving: Anarchist Activism in Croatia Since 2000,” in Sabrina Ramet, et al (eds). Challenges Facing Croatia after 1995, Oldenbourg Verlag, 2008

“Regionalism, Memory, and Belonging at the Frontiers of the Nation-State,” (review essay) History In Exile: Memory and Identity at the Borders of the Balkans by Pamela Ballinger, Anthropological Quarterly, Volume 77, Number 1, 2004, pp 161-165

“Video” essay in Shock and Awe: The War on Words. Eds. Anna Tsing et al. New Pacific Press: Santa Cruz. 2004


2010 Bastards of Utopia. 54 min. Documentary Educational Resources. Cambridge, MA. (with Pacho Velez) 2002 Occupation: A Film about the Harvard Living Wage Sit-In. 44 min. Filmakers Library. New York, New York. (with Pacho Velez) 2001 Partisan. 54 min. En Masse Films. Cambridge, MA. FESTIVAL SCREENINGS Zagreb International Documentary Festival; Motovun Film Festival; Maine International Film Festival; Society for Visual Anthropology Media Festival; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival; Harvard Film Archive; Liburnia Film Festival; International Ethnographic Film Festival of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Cineaste Magazine New Documentary Series, NYC; Association for the Study of Nationalities New Documentary Series, Columbia University; Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania; Anthology Film Archive, NYC; Intimate Lens Festival of Visual Ethnography, Caserta, Italy; Days of Ethnographic Film, Slovenia; Go East Film Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany; WorldFilm Festival of Visual Culture, Tartu, Estonia; Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Göttingen University, Germany


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