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Resources for Understanding Race After Charlottesville

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:26:09 +0000

In this time of fake news and alternative facts coming from the White House as well as some media, what can we as scholars contribute to challenge this? In this time of amplified racist hate and violence, whether it is anti-Black, anti-Muslim, or directed at any group, what can we as scholars contribute to challenge … Continue reading Resources for Understanding Race After Charlottesville



Remembering the Mexican Revolution with Aunt Julia

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:41:35 +0000

Growing up in Austin, Texas, Diez y Seis — Mexican Independence Day — always seemed to hold an official, albeit minor, status in the state capitol. This was not a holiday that we observed in my family in any formal capacity. Much like Cinco de Mayo we might find ourselves at a Mexican restaurant that … Continue reading Remembering the Mexican Revolution with Aunt Julia



Peer Review Boycott: Say No to Political Censorship

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:44:17 +0000

By: Charlene Makley and Carole McGranahan Would you peer review manuscripts for a journal or press that politically censors its content? If your answer is no, then please join us in making your statement public by signing this petition. Why the need for what seems like such an obvious defense of academic freedom? Several weeks … Continue reading Peer Review Boycott: Say No to Political Censorship



Situating Knowledge

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:38:23 +0000

As an anthropologist working at the intersection of anthropology and development studies I sometimes undertake work for development organizations. The kind of work I do does not fall into the category of applied anthropology or  the work of cultural translation. Most often  I’m asked to provide, in written form,  a rapid analytical overview of an … Continue reading Situating Knowledge



What you can REALLY do with an anthropology degree

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:39:12 +0000

The Brooking Institute’s Hamilton Project (because after Hamilton everything has to be named after Hamilton) has a new website examining the relationship between career path and college major — in other words, it shows you what people who major in one field do for a living. The site and its accompanying interactive data visualizer and reports affirms … Continue reading What you can REALLY do with an anthropology degree



Artificial Intelligence: Making AI in our Images

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:21:41 +0000

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Sally Applin Hello! I’m Sally Applin. I am a technology anthropologist who examines automation, algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of preserving human agency. My dissertation focused on small independent fringe new technology makers in Silicon Valley, what they are making, and most critically, how the adoption of … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence: Making AI in our Images



The Cyborg Anthropologist (Tools We Use)

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:09:18 +0000

For those who don’t know, I live, work, teach, and do research in a predominantly Chinese speaking environment. Although you are probably aware that learning Chinese is hard, you might not realize that even scholars who have studied the language for most of their adult lives still struggle with it. That’s because scholars who work … Continue reading The Cyborg Anthropologist (Tools We Use)



Robert Lowie just destroyed A.R. Radcliffe-Brown in one must-see letter

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:07:10 +0000

When it comes to Internet Drama, nothing beats the paper letter. Anthropology’s founders did not lead isolated lives. “American cultural anthropology” corresponded with “British social anthropology” and the “Année Sociologique” all the time. I’ve blogged before about Marcel Mauss talking trash about Malinowski with Radcliffe-Brown. But for pure in-your face, the winner has got to … Continue reading Robert Lowie just destroyed A.R. Radcliffe-Brown in one must-see letter



The Path of Climate Change

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:31:10 +0000

In the 1980s the Pastoruri glacier was one of the greatest adventure tourism destinations in South America. Over 100,000 people visited the glacier annually to mountaineer, ski, and enjoy spending time on one of the most accessible glaciers over 17,000’. But since 1995, Pastoruri has lost more than 50% of its mass, transforming the icy … Continue reading The Path of Climate Change



Teaching in place: fostering relationality and reciprocity in the classroom in 2017

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:29:59 +0000

  It’s that time of year when professors like myself are editing, updating, or drafting syllabi for the coming fall semester here in Canada (and as I understand, the fall term is underway for many of my American peers!). As I head into my third year as an anthropology professor in Ottawa, Canada, I’ve been … Continue reading Teaching in place: fostering relationality and reciprocity in the classroom in 2017



Great anthropologists who fought fascism

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:56:03 +0000

Some of you who — unlike me — have not had family members murdered by nazis or had every synagogue in their home town firebombed in the same night may now be learning about antifa for the first time. But although it’s making waves in the media now, antifascist action has a century-long history which includes many … Continue reading Great anthropologists who fought fascism



Anthropologists need to address the Google memo on its merits. Again.

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:37:11 +0000

When Google engineer James Damore wrote his now-infamous memo about how woman are naturally unsuited to work at Google, anthropologists everywhere groaned inwardly. Our discipline’s lot in life is tragic. After about a century of research, we have a pretty good understanding of how human beings work. And yet, our findings run counter to what … Continue reading Anthropologists need to address the Google memo on its merits. Again.



Illustrated Man #10: The Vision

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:14:05 +0000

I first started blogging about anthropology and comic books back in 2012 in an occasional series titled Illustrated Man. It lasted for about nine posts before petering out as other projects demanded my attention, especially going back to grad school to pick up a Masters after completing my doctorate. While I stopped blogging about them … Continue reading Illustrated Man #10: The Vision



Pacific Islanders will pay the price for Trump and Kim’s nuclear escalation

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 21:05:07 +0000

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s war of words is threatening to become a real nuclear war as North Korea has announced that it is seriously considering attacking Guam. This reckless escalation of tension is profoundly frightening to everyone. But one group who will suffer from this potential attack has not gotten enough attention: Indigenous Chamorro … Continue reading Pacific Islanders will pay the price for Trump and Kim’s nuclear escalation



It’s not hip to be square

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:47:35 +0000

I see shows like Star Trek as emblematic of a transitional period in American masculinity — at least on TV. The 50’s would have been pure Kirk, with a woman on every planet and an ability to knock out foes with a one-two punch. After the 70’s we got numerous examples of Spock, with his … Continue reading It’s not hip to be square