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#OpenAccess as Famine

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:00:26 +0000

The current state of thinking about open access today is a lot like our contemporary understanding of famine. In the early 1980s Amartya Sen and Jean Drèze published the ground-breaking book Hunger and Public Action. In it, Sen and Drèze made the unexpected and original argument that famines are not caused by lack of food. Rather, … Continue reading #OpenAccess as Famine



Anthropologies #21: ‘Patabea se bariu’–Rethinking environmental change

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:23:46 +0000

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the Anthropologies #21 series.Our next essay comes from Elena Burgos-Martínez, who is currently completing her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at Durham University. Her research explores local conceptualisations of the environment at the intersection between cultures in coastal Indonesia. She is interested in linguistic variations brought about by … Continue reading Anthropologies #21: ‘Patabea se bariu’–Rethinking environmental change



The Riddle of Sean Lien

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:01:51 +0000

[Savage Minds welcomes guest bloggers Renée Salmonsen and Chuan-wen Chen.] Originally posted on the Guava Anthropology Blog 28 September 2014 Author: Hsiu-Hsin Lin Translators: Renée Salmonsen & Chuan-Wen Chen Translator’s note: Contemporary youth and amateur politicians are taking an increasingly active interest and role in Asian politics. We feel it is important to translate this article … Continue reading The Riddle of Sean Lien



Partha Chatterjee: Why I Support the Boycott of Israeli Institutions

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:27:58 +0000

[Savage Minds is honored to publish this essay by Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, and of the Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences in Calcutta. He is a founding member of the Subaltern Studies Collective.] Having taught for a lifetime in Indian institutions … Continue reading Partha Chatterjee: Why I Support the Boycott of Israeli Institutions



Anthropologists Writing: The Fall 2015 Writers’ Workshop Essay Series

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:44:24 +0000

It is my pleasure to announce the fourth (and final) season of our Writers’ Workshop series. Each Monday we will share a new essay reflecting on some aspect of the writing process. We invite you to follow along, and to make these essays part of your weekly writing rituals. This fall we have a fantastic … Continue reading Anthropologists Writing: The Fall 2015 Writers’ Workshop Essay Series



Around the Web Digest: Week of August 30

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:28:43 +0000

Send along anything interesting to rebecca.nelson.jacobs@gmail.com! The BBC reports that Chimpanzees and Monkeys Have Entered the Stone Age (by using relatively sophisticated stone tools). More interesting to me is the claim that they recognize the value of cooked food and seem to understand the process of cooking in experiments. Science Daily writes that archaeologists have linked Mayan … Continue reading Around the Web Digest: Week of August 30



Embracing Impostor Syndrome

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 02:28:36 +0000

It seems a fair amount of academics, especially women, suffer from impostor syndrome, “a constant fear of being discovered to be a fraud and a charlatan.” Self-doubt is surely a universal human trait, but we vary in our ability to suppress, ignore, and/or manage such feelings. What is perhaps somewhat unique about impostor syndrome among … Continue reading Embracing Impostor Syndrome



Anthropologies #21: Is There Hope for an Anthropocene Anthropology?

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 18:43:21 +0000

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the Anthropologies #21 series.Up next for this issue we have Todd Sanders and Elizabeth F. Hall. Sanders is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on African and Euro-American knowledge practices, and is currently collaborating with Elizabeth Hall on a … Continue reading Anthropologies #21: Is There Hope for an Anthropocene Anthropology?



Anthropologies #21: Agricultural Adaptations and their Socio-Political Parameters: Social Responses to Climate Change in Ghana and South Sudan

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:53:09 +0000

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the Anthropologies #21 series.The next installment for the anthropologies issue on climate change comes from Douglas La Rose. La Rose is the regional coordinator for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), a humanitarian organization operating in Northern Bahr al Gazal, Western Bahr al Gazal, and … Continue reading Anthropologies #21: Agricultural Adaptations and their Socio-Political Parameters: Social Responses to Climate Change in Ghana and South Sudan



Anthropologies #21: Annual Review of Anthropology, Climate Change, Anthropocene

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:12:43 +0000

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the Anthropologies #21 series.To kick off this issue, we begin with Sean Seary’s excellent overview of recent literature about anthropology’s engagement with climate. This review originally appeared on Anthropology Report, has been reproduced here to give us a solid foundation for moving forward. Seary, a recent graduate … Continue reading Anthropologies #21: Annual Review of Anthropology, Climate Change, Anthropocene



Around the Web Digest: Week of August 23

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:26:21 +0000

Better late than never, I always say, as the semester starts anew and we all either pack our lunchboxes to go back to school or feel that old pull in a job that runs on a different cycle. Help me stay on top of the links by sending me anything you write or discover at … Continue reading Around the Web Digest: Week of August 23



Anthropologies #21: Climate Change Issue (Introduction)

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:41:51 +0000

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the Anthropologies #21 series.For the latest issue of anthropologies, we’re taking a look at the ever contentious subject of climate change. Over the next week or so, we will be posting individual essays from our contributors. At the end we will post the issue in its entirety. … Continue reading Anthropologies #21: Climate Change Issue (Introduction)



Ethnographic Field Data 3: Preserving and Sharing Ethnographic Data

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:03 +0000

[This is the final post in a three-part series on archiving and sharing fieldwork data.] Lisa Cliggett: How can we archive all this data?  Two years ago, I worked with Lisa Cliggett on an NSF-sponsored project to curate 60 years of anthropology projects in the Gwembe Tonga region of Zambia, a complex pilot project that involved anthropologists, … Continue reading Ethnographic Field Data 3: Preserving and Sharing Ethnographic Data



Osama Bin Laden, Chelsea Manning, and their anthropologists

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:11:02 +0000

Anthropology can turn up in the strangest places. While we often hold up Margaret Mead and… uh… well, mostly Margaret Mead… as examples of public anthropology, our discipline does a lot of important work in times and places few of us would suspect. For instance, take these two recent examples from the media featuring Chelsea Manning … Continue reading Osama Bin Laden, Chelsea Manning, and their anthropologists



Toward Living with (not Under) Anthropology, Pt. 2

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:37:01 +0000

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Takami Delisle. Tak currently works as a medical interpreter for Japanese patients and helps run an organization for anthropology students of color. You can read the first installment of this piece here. She also has her own blog. If you’re interested, please contact her through Twitter @tsd1888. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Toward Living … Continue reading Toward Living with (not Under) Anthropology, Pt. 2