Andrew Lass

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Contemporary anthropological theory; the anthropology of history, science, and technology; organizational behavior; symbolic anthropology; Central Europe, specifically the Czech/Slovak Republic

Andrew Lass teaches courses in language in culture and society, contemporary theory, and the anthropology of history. His research interests include contemporary anthropological theory; the anthropology of history, science, and technology; organizational behavior; and symbolic anthropology. His area specialty is central Europe, specifically the Czech/Slovak Republic.

Recently, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Lass $15,000 to support his continuing work with CASLIN (the Union Catalog of the Czech Republic) and the Tallinn Conference for Union Catalogs.

News Links

  • "Václav Havel Foundation to honor Andrew Lass,"Office of Communications and Marketing, September 15, 2014
  • "MHC's Andrew Lass Speaks on BBC,"BBC Radio, November 13, 2013 
  • "Lass Recognized for Excellence in Teaching,"Office of Communications, November 11, 2010
  • "MHC Professor Brings Eastern European Libraries into the Twenty-First Century,"College Street Journal, April 21, 2000
  • "Anthropology Professor Leads Efforts to Network Libraries in Former Czechoslovakia,"College Street Journal, December 8, 1995


Lass, Andrew and Richard E. Quandt, eds. Library Automation in Transitional Societies: Lessons from Eastern Europe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000

Lass, Andrew and Richard E. Quandt (eds.) "Union Catalogs at the Crossroads," Hamburg University Press, 2005


2010 Manufacturing Knowledge in the Age of Pervasive Forgetting.  Presented at the first conference on Knowledge, Research and Education, National Technical Library, Prague, September 9-10

2009  From Print to Web: Identity, imagination and knowledge. Honorary lecture presented at the School of Social Stud-ies, Masaryk University, Brno on October 22, 2008. Published by the Office of the President (Rektorat), Masaryk University, Brno

2006  Poetry and Reality: Roman O. Jakobson and Claude Levi-Strauss. In: Artists, Intellectuals and World War II: The Pontigny Encounters at Mount Holyoke College, 1942-1944, Christopher Benfey and Karen Remmler, eds., Massachusetts University Press

2002  Smysl místa a význam p?ístupu: Filosofická meditace o Borgesovi, knihovnách, invalidních vozících a informa?ním v?ku,? In: Architekt, (4)

1999 "Virtual libraries in imagined communities: Is there a past in the future of public services?" Czech translation published in Narodni knihovna, 10(5), December

1999 Managing Delay: The Micropolitics of Time in the Czech and Slovak Automation Projects. In Library Automation in Transitional Societies: Lessons from Eastern Europe. A. Lass and E. R. Quandt, eds

1999 The Cross Currents of Technology Transfer: The Czech and Slovak Library Information Network. In Technology and Scholarly Communication. R. Ekman and E.R. Quandt, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press

1999 Portable Worlds: On the Limits of Replication in the Czech and Slovak Republics. In Uncertain Transitions: Ethnographies of Change in the Former Socialist World. M. Burrawoy and K. Verdery, eds. Denver: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

1997 Provocations of European Ethnology. American Anthropologist 99(4)

1996 with Dr. Vaclav Hubinger, sections on the Czech and Slovak Republics In European Anthropologies: A Guide to the Profession (Volume I). Susan C. Rogers, Thomas M. Wilson and Gary McDonogh (eds.). A publication of the American Anthropological Society, Arlington, VA

1995 "What are we like?" National Character and the Aesthetics of Distinction in Interwar Czechoslovakia. In National Character and National Ideology in Interwar Eastern Europe. Ivo Banac and Katherine Verdery, eds. New Haven: Yale Center for International and Area Studies

1994 From Memory to History: The Events of November 17 Dis/membered. In Memory, History and Opposition under State Socialism. Rubie Watson, ed. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press

1991 In Time for the Distant Other. In Great Britain, the United States and the Bohemian Lands 1848-1938. Eva Schmidt-Hartmannn and Stanley Winters, eds. Munchen: R. Oldenburg Verlag

1990  Zpritomneni, dejinnost a posun vyznamu psanych pamatek v Cechach v 18.stoleti. IN: Cesky casopis historicky, vol. 88, no. 6, pp. 852-866 (unauthorized translation of 1987 Bohemia Zeitschrift article

1989 What Keeps the Czech Folk "Alive"? Dialectical Anthropology 14:7-11

1988 Romantic Documents and Religious Monuments: The Meaning Fulfillment of History in 19th Century Czech Nationalism. American Ethnologist 15:3

1987 Presencing, Historicity and the Shifting Voice of Written Relics in 18th Century Bohemia. Bohemia Zeitschrift, Band 28/1

1987 The Manuscript Debates. Cross Currents: A Yearbook of Central European Culture. Vol 6


1998 Final Report on the Activities of Allan Ginsberg, American Poet-beatnik in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (Czech secret police file from 1965). In Massachusetts Review (3)

(in press) Vratislav Effenberger "By the Lake of Tears" (a three act play). In Analogon: Surrealismus, psychoanalysa, pncne vedy

1984. Vratislav Effenberger "The Role of the Countryside in the Development of Imagery in Czech Modern Art" (includes samples of poetry). In The Peasant and the City in Eastern Europe. T.G. Winner, ed. Cambridge: Schenkman

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