I have been walking past Room 12B48 at the University of Canberra for the last few months.

The University has been re-numbering rooms in Building 12 and has put up temporary signs.

To my absolute delight Room 12B48 was listed as Anthropoemtry.

I am hoping that it might become Anthropoetics. Like John Van Maanen I think “we need more, not fewer ways, to tell of culture”.


  1. From John Van Maanen’s bio: studies people the old fashioned way, by living with them. I just read his paper “The Asshole” from 1978 whereby he spent a year involved with and studying the police.

    Thanks for the post Keith!

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