Eric Henry


Faculty of Arts
Anthropology

Faculty Member Information

Interests

China, Linguistics, Global English, Modernity, Cosmopolitanism.

Education

Ph.D., Anthropology, Cornell University, 2008
M.S., Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, 1999
B.A., Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998

Academic Work Experience

2012 - Present, Assistant Professor; Tenure-track, Saint Mary’s University
2008 - 2012, Assistant Professor; Term Appointment/Contract Instructor, Carleton University
2007 - 2007, Graduate Student Instructor, Cornell University
2003 - 2006, Teaching Assistant, Cornell University
2000 - 2000, Adjunct Lecturer, Wilfrid Laurier University

Membership

2015 - Present, Canadian Anthropology Society/Société Canadienne d' Anthropologie
2015 - Present, American Anthropological Association
2015 - Present, Society for Linguistic Anthropology
2015 - Present, Society for East Asian Anthropology

Honours

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - 2011
Starr Fellowship Cornell University - 2007
Summer Research Travel Grant, Cornell East Asia Program Cornell University - 2007
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research - 2005
Lee Teng-hui Fellowship in World Affairs Cornell University - 2004
International Research Travel Grant Cornell University - 2004

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Henry Eric. (2008)"Review: Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture", Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture, Anthropologica 50:1, 181-182
Henry Eric. (2007)"Review: Chinese Women and Rural Development: Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan", Chinese Women and Rural Development: Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan, Anthropologica 49:2, 314-315

Book Chapters

Henry Eric. (2012). "Lending Words: Foreign Language Education and Teachers in Republican Peking", Foreigners and Foreign Institutions in Republican China, 52-71

Journal Articles

Henry Eric. "What Do You Call a Bowl of Boiled Oats?", Teaching & Learning:25 (Spring - 2015), 5-6
Henry Eric. "The Sorrow of the Tweeters and the Burning of the Chanters", Culture: The Canadian Anthropology Society Newsletter 8:1 (Spring - 2014), 5-6
Henry Eric. "Emissaries of the Modern: The Foreign Teacher in Urban China", City & Society 25:2 (Spring - 2013), 216-234
Henry Eric. "When Dragon Met Jasmine: Domesticating English Names in Chinese Social Interaction", Anthropologica 54:1 (Spring - 2012), 107-117
Henry Eric. "Interpretations of ‘Chinglish’: Native Speakers, Language Learners and the Enregisterment of a Stigmatized Code", Language in Society 39:5 (Spring - 2010), 669-688
Henry Eric, Ballamingie Patricia, Chen Xiaobei, Nemiroff Diana. "Edward Burtynsky’s China Photographs: A Multidisciplinary Reading", Environments 37:2 (Spring - 2010), 67-94
Henry Eric. "The Beggar’s Play: Poverty, Coercion and Performance in Shenyang, China", Anthropological Quarterly 82:1 (Spring - 2009), 7-35

Presentation

Henry Eric. "Walls of Words: Languages and Landscape in Urban China", Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Conference (Spring - 2015)
Henry Eric. "Sunny’s Smile and Grace’s Elegance: Indexicality in Chinese English Names", American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Fall - 2013)
Henry Eric. "Got English?: Language and Modernity in China", Anthropology Week Invited Talk (Winter - 2013)
Henry Eric. "Missionary Educators, Chinese Students and Language Teaching: Making China Modern", Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting (Winter - 2012)
Henry Eric. "The Local Life of a Global Language: English in China", Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association Annual Meeting (Fall - 2012)
Henry Eric. "The Foreign Adventures of Xiaoming: Narrative, Agency and the English Modern in Northeastern China", Invited talk, Department of Anthropology, Saint Mary’s University (Winter - 2012)
Henry Eric. "The Mishaps of Xiaoming: Chinese Chinglish Jokes and the Normalization of Pathology", American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Fall - 2011)
Henry Eric. "Acquiring a “Foreign” Tongue: Language, Cosmopolitanism and Modernity in China’s Northeast", Language, Interaction and Social Relations (Spring - 2011)
Henry Eric. "What Happened to Language?: Rethinking Discourse in Social Research", IDEAS 2011 (Winter - 2011)
Henry Eric. "“The Smell of the Orient”: Cultural Critiques and Connections in 1920s Peking Language Classrooms", Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting (Spring - 2010)
Henry Eric. "英语成为中国语言的转型 (The Transformation of English into a Chinese language)", Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Invited Lecture (Summer - 2010)
Henry Eric. "“Reading” Edward Burtynsky’s China Photographs from an Anthropological Perspective", Panel Discussion, Carleton University Art Gallery (Winter - 2010)
Henry Eric. "Language Experts: Deciding What is (and What is Not) English in China", Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting (Spring - 2009)
Henry Eric. "Nationalism and Transnationalism Among China’s English Speakers", Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Conference (Spring - 2008)
Henry Eric. "Narratives of Self-Development in the Imagined Geographies of Modern China", American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Winter - 2007)
Henry Eric. "The Modern Subject Speaks English: Cosmopolitanism and Language Learning Rhetoric in China", New York Conference on Asian Studies (Fall - 2007)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Peer Reviewer, China Perspectives 2013/03 - 2013/03
Peer Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Sociology 2012/03 - 2012/03
Peer Reviewer, Political and Legal Anthropology Review 2006/03 - 2006/03
Conference Organizer , Tensions, Conflicts, Transformations: Chinese Worlds in the Post-Reform Era, Cornell University 2003/03 - 2003/03