By September, he decided to postpone and eventually declined his acceptance to the doctoral program -- with good reason!
Dunn had already filmed Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2005), and would soon film a sequel of sorts, Global Metal (2008). Yet, rather than a departure from anthropology, both of these films and others made throughout Dunn's career are informed by his anthropological training and perspective.
Besides being a cool example of what you can do with a degree in anthropology, I have found Dunn's work to be a really useful teaching tool. For instance, Global Metal is a great resource for teaching about globalization, and how cultural forms and practices are always reinterpreted locally, sometimes deeply changing the meaning of the original cultural producers.
Check out more about Dunn and the connection between his work and anthropological background in the following links... and more about finding anthropologists everywhere:
- Interview with Sam Dunn, BA '98 (University of Victoria: Alumni, 2017)
- Global Metal on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos (Strombo, CBC, 2008)
- Chief Headbanger (York University Magazine, 2011)
- Applying an anthropological perspective outside of university (anthro everywhere!)
- To PhD or not to PhD... (anthro everywhere! July 13 2017)
- Undergrad & MAs career paths (anthro everywhere! May 22 2017)