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Notes and Queries in Anthropology



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Population #ReadIn

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:19:01 +0000

“Racism” is such an unwieldy concept. Living in a world in which racism is one of the fundamental building blocks that shapes all our relationships, calling someone racist is somewhat akin to a fish accusing another fish of swimming in water. This is how I felt when I saw Democrats claiming that the election was … Continue reading Population #ReadIn



Artificially Intelligent, Genuinely a Person

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:58:26 +0000

It’s difficult to overstate our society’s fascination with Artificial Intelligence (AI). From the millions of people who tuned in every week for the new HBO show WestWorld to home assistants like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, Americans fully embrace the notion of “smart machines.” As a peculiar apex of our ability to craft tools, smart … Continue reading Artificially Intelligent, Genuinely a Person



Around the Web Digest- January 8

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:09:34 +0000

To start this post off, I want to remind readers of our Read-In on January 20, 2017 where we will read Michel Foucault’s lecture eleven of “Society Must Be Defended” from March 17, 1976. The Read-In will be between 10AM and 10PM Eastern Standard Time and after a discussion will be held in person, through … Continue reading Around the Web Digest- January 8



Teaching Martin Luther King in Hawai‘i

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:39:52 +0000

Every Spring I teach “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in the class immediately following MLK day. Typically I focus on first and second year college students. I do it for several reasons: For many of my students, “I have a dream” is the only text of MLK’s that they know; because it helps explain the … Continue reading Teaching Martin Luther King in Hawai‘i



Society Must Be Defended: Join us for a Read-In on 20 January 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:52:37 +0000

By: Paige West and JC Salyer   In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election scholars across the country and internationally have worked to understand the drivers for the election outcomes. We have tried to foresee the potential consequences of a Republican party domination of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government for … Continue reading Society Must Be Defended: Join us for a Read-In on 20 January 2017



Medicine, Technology, and the Ever-Changing Human Person

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:42:01 +0000

Though we often take for granted that humans are persons, they are not exempt from questions surrounding personhood. Indeed, what it means to be a person is largely an unsettled argument, even though we often speak of “people” and “persons.” Just as it’s important to ask if other beings might ever be persons, it is … Continue reading Medicine, Technology, and the Ever-Changing Human Person



Why Anthropologists Failed to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 02:56:50 +0000

By: Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar In 2016 the movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions for their involvement in the illegal occupation of Palestine both gathered significant steam and faced a huge roadblock. In the United States, the country that largely underwrites and funds the Israeli occupation, the call to boycott initiated in 2004 by … Continue reading Why Anthropologists Failed to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions



On writing from elsewhere

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:54:33 +0000

My childhood imagination enhanced stories told to me by my elders of where we were from, and my history embraced the possibility of exciting seafarers, noble learned men and women, poor housekeepers, exiled princesses, wandering mystics, Marxists fighting the good fight, and revolutionaries standing up against the British. While some of this might very well … Continue reading On writing from elsewhere



Of Primates and Persons

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:56:07 +0000

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Coltan Scrivner for the month of January. Coltan will be writing a series of posts on personhood from different disciplinary perspectives. When I moved to Chicago for graduate school, one of the first things I did was go to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Just like with other zoos I’ve been … Continue reading Of Primates and Persons



Around the Web Digest: 2016 in Review

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 05:40:22 +0000

I cannot say I will be nostalgic this Sunday morning, but Savage Minds and our incredible contributors never stopped writing and confronted every step with a critical eye. In order to mark the coming year,  Savage Minds compiled a list of our favorite pieces written in 2016. The ongoing “Decolonizing Anthropology” series by Carole and … Continue reading Around the Web Digest: 2016 in Review



Pokemon GO comes home: Manners pedagogy in the Japanese linguistic landscape

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:28:35 +0000

[This is an invited post by Debra J Occhi, Miyazaki International College (aka Hyuga Natsuko1, yellow team). Debra is a linguistic anthropologist employed at Miyazaki International College. Her current research interests include leisure, gender, cuteness, characters, and regionality.] Pokemon GO, one of the big waves in summer 2016 media-mix pop culture, was released July 20, … Continue reading Pokemon GO comes home: Manners pedagogy in the Japanese linguistic landscape



Faculty work, librarian work, and life balance

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:14:25 +0000

Tis the season. As my professor friends hustle to write final exams and grade them, only to press through to letter grade submission and finally revel in winter break I am reflecting on my absence from teaching. Now three semesters out of the classroom (I cashed my last paycheck as an adjunct in May 2015) … Continue reading Faculty work, librarian work, and life balance



Amazon Go and the Erosion of Supermarket Sociability

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:04:01 +0000

Invited post by: Sally A. Applin (@AnthroPunk on Twitter)[1] I recently finished my Ph.D. As a present, a friend of mine gave me a hand. Not help, which he had done during the process, but rather a battery-powered automated hand, cut off at the wrist, similar to that of Thing, the Addams Family’s servant from … Continue reading Amazon Go and the Erosion of Supermarket Sociability



Decentering “the human” at the interfaces of anthropology and science studies?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:04:10 +0000

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the Decolonizing Anthropology series.By: Kristina Lyons In what ways do seeds, soils, bees, microbes, and rivers matter when Native, Black, brown, queer, and trans human bodies are systematically under assault? Can a decolonizing approach successfully decenter “the human” in this political moment? For whom, when, and how … Continue reading Decentering “the human” at the interfaces of anthropology and science studies?



Reader Letters #2: Call for Submissions (Due 12/20/16)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:08:32 +0000

A few weeks ago we published our first installment of our new Reader Letters series. We want to hear more. Send us your letters! Please keep the following guidelines: letters are to be no longer than 250 words and should address issues covered in Savage Minds and relevant to anthropology, broadly construed. As with traditional … Continue reading Reader Letters #2: Call for Submissions (Due 12/20/16)