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  • Against Sick States: Ebola Protests in Austerity Spain by Janina Kehr

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    Janina Kehr
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few months ago, the independent Spanish online newspaper El Diario published a cartoon entitled “Ebola in Madrid”. It showed a health worker, camouflaged in a green protection suit, wearing a white head shield and goggles, leaning over a patient almost completely hidden under the sheets of the hospital bed. The huge hospital room is deserted and empty, virtually looted. It resembles an evacuated department store, but depicts a worn down, abandoned hospital floor. The health worker addresses the patient, saying: “Now the most important thing is that you get calm and relax. We should…
  • The Lives Behind Plant Documents

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    nataliamagnani
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    In the county of Uasin Gishu, Kenya, a recent article in Ethnobotany Research and Applications, local plants have many uses for fodder, medicine, food, and building material, but today this knowledge is threatened by increased pressures on the land. While the list of plants and their uses provides valuable basic knowledge, the article heightened my interest in a completely different realm of inquiry. Medicinal plants in particular have very social, dynamic lives, from their administration by healers or healthcare personnel, to the everyday person collecting for personal health needs, to the…
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    ljwalsh
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
  • 39,000 Year Old Cave Art from Sulawesi, Indonesia

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    Kambiz Kamrani
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Photo by Kinez Riza This hand stencil was discovered in one of the caves of the Maros region of the island, Sulawesi in the 1950s. A paper published in Nature now describes the dating of the sediment on top of the stencil, which makes it more than 39,000 years old and now the oldest painting in the world. Adjacent to this stencil a painting of a babirusa or pig-deer which is 35,400 years old, which makes it among the earliest figurative depictions. The oldest dated hand stencil in the world (upper right) and possibly the oldest figurative depiction in cave art—a female babirusa (a hoglike…
  • Lions, and Tigers, and Mushrooms?

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    nataliamagnani
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    In a new article from the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology, researchers in Chihuahua, Mexico discuss the selective use of mushrooms in Sierra Madre. The municipalities of Bocoyna and Urique are the only areas in Northern Mexico where residents pick mushrooms, but even then only five of over 20 edible species make the list. Attitudes toward our fungi prey vary across cultures, beckoning a reexamination of that seemingly ubiquitous fear. I was born in Russia, a land of mycrophiles, before moving to America, the land of mycrophobes. My mother once found a cornucopia of Boletus…
 
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  • The Lives Behind Plant Documents

    nataliamagnani
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    In the county of Uasin Gishu, Kenya, a recent article in Ethnobotany Research and Applications, local plants have many uses for fodder, medicine, food, and building material, but today this knowledge is threatened by increased pressures on the land. While the list of plants and their uses provides valuable basic knowledge, the article heightened my interest in a completely different realm of inquiry. Medicinal plants in particular have very social, dynamic lives, from their administration by healers or healthcare personnel, to the everyday person collecting for personal health needs, to the…
  • 39,000 Year Old Cave Art from Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Kambiz Kamrani
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Photo by Kinez Riza This hand stencil was discovered in one of the caves of the Maros region of the island, Sulawesi in the 1950s. A paper published in Nature now describes the dating of the sediment on top of the stencil, which makes it more than 39,000 years old and now the oldest painting in the world. Adjacent to this stencil a painting of a babirusa or pig-deer which is 35,400 years old, which makes it among the earliest figurative depictions. The oldest dated hand stencil in the world (upper right) and possibly the oldest figurative depiction in cave art—a female babirusa (a hoglike…
  • Marie’s Dictionary

    Kambiz Kamrani
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.Filed under: Linguistic Anthropology Tagged: Endangered language, Linguistic Anthropology, linguistics, Marie Wilcox, Wukchumni
  • Lions, and Tigers, and Mushrooms?

    nataliamagnani
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    In a new article from the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology, researchers in Chihuahua, Mexico discuss the selective use of mushrooms in Sierra Madre. The municipalities of Bocoyna and Urique are the only areas in Northern Mexico where residents pick mushrooms, but even then only five of over 20 edible species make the list. Attitudes toward our fungi prey vary across cultures, beckoning a reexamination of that seemingly ubiquitous fear. I was born in Russia, a land of mycrophiles, before moving to America, the land of mycrophobes. My mother once found a cornucopia of Boletus…
  • 40,000 Year Old Neanderthal #Hashtag Engravings from Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar

    Kambiz Kamrani
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Engravings believed to have been made by Neanderthals more than 39,000 years ago is pictured in Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar, in this handout photo courtesy of Stewart Finlayson of the Gibraltar Museum. Joaquín Rodríguez-Vidal and his colleagues have found a 40,000 year old pattern scratched in into the floor of a cave in Gibraltar. Is it a doodle, a message or a work of art? We’ve found Neanderthal art before, such as red ochre handprints on cave walls. But this new discovery is some sort of a tic-tac-toe pattern, to which the New Scientist cheekily dubbed them a…
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  • The end of Open Access Anthropology (.org)

    Rex
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Open access week is a time to celebrate new projects and look back at the success of old ones. However today (yes, it is still Tuesday in Honolulu) I also want to look back at one open access project that I recently said goodbye to: the website openaccessanthropology.org. OA Anthro was founded back in the heady days of 2006. Back then, open access was a movement that was just beginning to gain recognition in the social sciences, and the blog was meant to be a central location for anthropologists interested in open access issues. The blog continued for a number of years until, basically, we…
  • It’s Open Access Week!

    Rex
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    It’s Open Access Week! This week the Internetz celebrates and affirms our scholarly ideals of openness: the right of readers to know, of authors to be known, and for our research to be reused to keep the Knowing More And Knowing Better train rolling right along. Anthropology, like much of the social sciences, has a more complicated view of openness than some other disciplines. We recognize the culturally-specific nature of our ideals. We also recognize that a commitment to openness doesn’t mean we have the right to compromise the privacy of the people we study and learn from.
  • Mourning, survival and time: Writing through crisis

    Carole McGranahan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the Fall 2014 Writer’s Workshop series.(Savage Minds is pleased to post this essay by guest author Adia Benton as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Adia is an assistant professor of anthropology at Brown University. She has worked in and studied the fields of development and global health since 2000, and is a contributor to Cultural Anthropology’s recent special issue on Ebola in Perspective. Her book HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2015). “Everyone…
  • New App City

    mdurington
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Over the next four weeks Sam Collins and Matthew Durington are posting a series of writings that are theoretical and activity extensions based on their recently published book Networked Anthropology (Routledge). The Man of the Crowd–Android Version Collins downloads a free app from the Chongno District Government in Seoul, “Chongno Alleys” (종로 골목길).  The app is an extension of the Chongno tour series (of the same name), each course highlighting lesser known places of interest in Chongno, the central district in Seoul that is home to the lion’s share of Seoul’s…
  • Today is Indigenous Peoples Day

    Rex
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Today we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, to remember and celebrate the heritage of indigenous people everywhere. There is a lot to say about IDP: is it too American? Does it elide the particularity of the American Indian experience? Is Dora The Conquistadora, perhaps, a bridge too far? And of course, there’s always this frequently-retweeted little morsel: I assume that a Columbus Day sale means I can just walk into a store and take whatever I want. — Julian Kiani (@JulianKiani) October 14, 2013 I don’t have a lot of insight at the moment into what IDP means of should…
 
 
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    Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog

  • High coverage genome from 45,000-year old Siberian (Ust'-Ishim)

    Dienekes
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This is the oldest full genome of a modern human published to date and it also comes from a time (45 thousand years ago) that coincides with the Upper Paleolithic revolution in Eurasia.45 thousand years ago is probably close to when Eurasians started diverging from each other as they spread in all directions. So, we expect that a human from that time would be "undifferentiated Eurasian" and indeed this seems to be the case.First the Y-chromosome:The Y chromosome sequence of the Ust’-Ishim individual is similarly inferred to be ancestral to a group of related Y chromosomes (haplogroup…
  • Ancient DNA from prehistoric inhabitants of Hungary

    Dienekes
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    A very interesting new article on Europe describes new data from ancient Hungary from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. It is open access, so go ahead and read it. I will update this entry with some comments after I read the paper myself.UPDATE I (The petrous bone):The authors write:The endogenous DNA yields from the petrous samples exceeded those from the teeth by 4- to 16-fold and those from other bones up to 183-fold. Thus, while other skeletal elements yielded human, non-clonal DNA contents ranging from 0.3 to 20.7%, the levels for petrous bones ranged from 37.4 to 85.4% (Fig. 1).This seems…
  • Ancestry Composition preprint

    Dienekes
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    This is one of the main ancestry tools of 23andMe so it is nice to see its methodology described in detail. bioRxiv http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/010512 Ancestry Composition: A Novel, Efficient Pipeline for Ancestry Deconvolution Eric Y Durand et al. Ancestry deconvolution, the task of identifying the ancestral origin of chromosomal segments in admixed individuals, has important implications, from mapping disease genes to identifying candidate loci under natural selection. To date, however, most existing methods for ancestry deconvolution are typically limited to two or three ancestral…
  • Tomb II at Vergina belonged to Philip II and a possible Scythian wife

    Dienekes
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Remains of Alexander the Great's Father Confirmed FoundA team of Greek researchers has confirmed that bones found in a two-chambered royal tomb at Vergina, a town some 100 miles away from Amphipolis's mysterious burial mound, indeed belong to the Macedonian King Philip II, Alexander the Great's father. The anthropological investigation examined 350 bones and fragments found in two larnakes, or caskets, of the tomb. It uncovered pathologies, activity markers and trauma that helped identify the tomb's occupants. Along with the cremated remains of Philip II, the burial, commonly known as…
  • ~40 thousand year old cave art from Indonesia

    Dienekes
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The BBC website has some nice pictures of it. Nature 514, 223–227 (09 October 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13422 Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia M. Aubert et al. Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the appearance in Europe ~40–35 thousand years (kyr) ago of a rich corpus of sophisticated artworks, including parietal art (that is, paintings, drawings and engravings on immobile rock surfaces)1, 2 and portable art (for example, carved figurines)3, 4, and the absence or scarcity of equivalent, well-dated evidence elsewhere, especially along early human migration routes in South…
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  • About Those Good Intentions

    Maximilian Forte
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The following, the final in our series of extracts, comes from my chapter, “Imperial Abduction Lore and Humanitarian Seduction,” which serves as the introduction to Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 1-34. This section was primarily addressed to students as readers, and any constructive feedback would be appreciated. There are many valid and unimpeachable reasons why students might be considering humanitarian work and/or working for a NGO. There is no gainsaying that many students have genuine, sincere, and heartfelt reasons…
  • Realism or Iconography? The Pentagon’s Implicit Theory of Visual Representation

    Maximilian Forte
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The following is an extract from my chapter, “A Flickr of Militarization: Photographic Regulation, Symbolic Consecration, and the Strategic Communication of ‘Good Intentions’,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 185-279: US military documents make it quite clear that, for the military, a photograph is a straightforward, truthful, and impartial record of reality as it appeared in front of the camera. However, at the same time these documents suggest that some images might be used as “enemy propaganda”…
  • Road to Victory: Syria’s Zenobians Stand to Win International Rugby Tournament

    Eva Bartlett
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    photo by Eva Bartlett By Eva Bartlett While I don’t follow organized sports, when I got the opportunity to meet the only rugby team in Syria and see them practise, I jumped on it.  I found the fact that these men still meet, train and compete–in spite of the many obstacles which should prevent them from doing so–fascinating. What follows are observations and conversations from a morning with Syria’s Zenobians: Already by 10 am on a blistering June Friday, heat rises in shimmers across the small multi-purpose pitch at Faihaa stadium. At one end, members of the…
  • The US Military as Great Chief, Father, Doctor, and Babysitter

    Maximilian Forte
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    The following is an extract from my chapter, “A Flickr of Militarization: Photographic Regulation, Symbolic Consecration, and the Strategic Communication of ‘Good Intentions’,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 185-279: In 2009 the Department of the Army produced a field manual titled, “Visual Information Operations” (US Army, 2009a). One of the significant features of this manual is that it provides a clear set of categories of photographs to be produced that are intended to positively showcase US…
  • The Visual Imperium

    Maximilian Forte
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The following is an extract from my chapter, “A Flickr of Militarization: Photographic Regulation, Symbolic Consecration, and the Strategic Communication of ‘Good Intentions’,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 185-279: One of the possibly more fruitful areas of inquiry to come out of studies of contemporary imperialism could be one that looks at imperialism’s multi-sensory lines of attack, especially when it hooks into domains of consumption and entertainment. This is clearly what the US military is…
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  • Call for Papers: Photography in Print

    Haidy Geismar
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Via Prof. Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University 22-23 JUNE 2015 Photographic History Research Centre De Montfort University, Leicester, UK The 2015 PHRC Annual International Conference will address the complex and wide range question of ‘photography in print.’ The conference aims to explore the functions, affects and dynamics of photographs on the printed page. Many of the engagements with photographs, both influential and banal, are through print, whether in newspapers, books, magazines or advertising. We would like to consider what are the practices of production and consumption?
  • Museums at the Crossroads: Local Knowledge, Global Encounters May 14-21, 2015

    Haidy Geismar
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Via Jason Jackson, Mathers Museum The Indiana University Mathers Museum of World Cultures and School of Global and International Studies invite applications for up to eight Museum Partners who will take part in an innovative international workshop on the future of museums of culture and history. The call for applications for Museums at the Crossroads: Local Knowledge, Global Encounters closes November 15, 2014. Across the world, as academically based scholars of social and cultural theory graft new shoots onto the older disciplinary roots of their work, their counterparts in the museum…
  • Review Essay: “After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge”

    Haidy Geismar
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    This critical examination of the 2013 double issue of Museum Anthropology Review (MARentitled “After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge,” (volume 7, numbers 1-2) was written by our spring 2014 class on the Anthropology in and of Museums, as part of the Museum Studies MA Program at New York University.  Contributors included Brittany Darrow, Christina Fernandez, Mary Kate Gliedt, Houda Lazrak, Jacqueline Masseo, Maria Montenegro, Edward Ovadek, and Laura Williams; and the project was overseen by our professor, Dr. Sabra Thorner (who facilitated…
  • On Scanning Fluff

    Haidy Geismar
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Haidy Geismar, UCL I’ve been working on a paper for a workshop on “Transforming data: drawing otherness into data debates” next week. I will be talking about one of  my current research projects, Te Ara Wairua – Pathways of the Intangible. In collaboration with Kura Puke and Stuart Foster of Massey University and Te Matahiapo Research Organization in Aotearoa New Zealand we have been exploring how digital technologies can connect to a Maori Korowai (cloak) held currently in the UCL Ethnography Collections. Together we are developing a critical perspective on the ways…
  • Survivor Objects

    Haidy Geismar
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    “Survivor Objects” considers the meanings of material objects that have been tempered by trauma. By bearing historical witness, such objects can come to hold a privileged place in cultural memory and, as a result, play a powerful role for present-day communities. The symposium features faculty, graduate students, curators, and conservation specialists from across the country.  Please see the full program for panel and paper topics. Details are available on the website  … Continue Reading
 
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    Museum Anthropology

  • Call for Applications: Museums at the Crossroads: Local Knowledge, Global Encounters

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    A Summer Institute of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and the School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, USA May 14-21, 2015 The Indiana University Mathers Museum of World Cultures and School of Global and International Studies invite applications for up to eight Museum Partners who will take part in an innovative international workshop on
  • Hopi Artifacts Back Home with Arizona Tribe

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Arizona Daily Star September 27, 2014 A Hopi official says 24 ceremonial items purchased last year at a French auction house have been returned to the tribe in northern Arizona.Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, says representatives from the Annenberg Foundation brought them Friday afternoon to the village of Walpi on Hopi land.He says a cultural ceremony was
  • Museum Anthropology Leaders: Steve Lekson, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, Part 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Exclusive Museum Anthropology Blog Interview with Steve Lekson, Curator of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology, Univeristy of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder This interview is the third installment in a our series, Museum Anthropology Leaders, where blog intern Lillia McEnaney will be interviewing various anthropological museum professionals. The first installment in the series
  • Council for Museum Anthropology's Student Travel Awards

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce this year’s Student Travel Awards, which support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Hannah Turner (University of Toronto, Faculty of Information) and Joseph Feldman (University of Florida, cultural anthropology) will receive the 2014 awards.  Turner’s Ph.D. research in information
  • 2014 Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    The Council for Museum Anthropology is very pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Witz and Dr. Noëleen Murray are the recipients of the 2014 Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthroplogy. Their long-term work with the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and their book Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorializing Migrant Labour Pasts in Lwandle, South Africa (2014) exemplify the kind of pioneering
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    Somatosphere

  • Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South? Mapping the Ethics, Theory and Practice of Global Mental Health — A special issue of Disability and the Global South by Aaron Seaman

    Aaron Seaman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The open access journal, Disability and the Global South, currently has a special issue, “Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South? Mapping the Ethics, Theory and Practice of Global Mental Health“. The issue is edited by China Mills and Suman Fernando, who offer an introduction and editorial to the issue, which is followed by nine articles and several short “Voices from the Field” pieces. (All pieces can be accessed from the link above.) Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South? Mapping the Ethics, Theory and Practice of Global…
  • Against Sick States: Ebola Protests in Austerity Spain by Janina Kehr

    Janina Kehr
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few months ago, the independent Spanish online newspaper El Diario published a cartoon entitled “Ebola in Madrid”. It showed a health worker, camouflaged in a green protection suit, wearing a white head shield and goggles, leaning over a patient almost completely hidden under the sheets of the hospital bed. The huge hospital room is deserted and empty, virtually looted. It resembles an evacuated department store, but depicts a worn down, abandoned hospital floor. The health worker addresses the patient, saying: “Now the most important thing is that you get calm and relax. We should…
  • Miguel Kottow’s El Pa[de]ciente by Sebastián Medina Gay

    Sebastián Medina Gay
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    El Pa[de]ciente: La medicina cuestionada. Un testimonio. [The Suffering Patient: Medicine questioned. A testimony.] by Miguel Kottow Ocho libros. 2013, Reprinted 2014. 171 pages.   Note: The original version of this review was written in Spanish by Sebastián Medina Gay and published in the Chilean Journal of Public Health (Rev. Chilena de Salud Pública 2014; 18(2):227-229). It has been translated into English by Jana Stojanova.   You must be somewhat of an exhibitionist, willing to show yourself, even though disguised behind characters of fiction, to write and publish a book. This…
  • Persistent pathogen: A conference report of anthropological research on tuberculosis by Emilio Dirlikov

    Emilio Dirlikov
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    The 2013 World TB Day theme was “Stop TB in my lifetime,” calling attention to both the goal of virtually eliminating tuberculosis (TB) by 2050, as well as the Stop TB Partnership, established in 2000, through which global antituberculosis activities are coordinated. Despite this valiant slogan, tuberculosis control is at an important crossroads. In 2012, there were an estimated 8.6 million incident cases of TB, of which approximately three million went undiagnosed (World Health Organization 2013a). That year, 1.3 million deaths were caused by TB (World Health Organization 2013b). Beyond…
  • In the Journals, October 2014 – Part 1 by Francis Mckay

    Francis Mckay
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Hi all. Please find below the first half of this month’s roundup. In addition, Aaron Seaman has posted an entry for a special issue of Disability and the Global South on the topic of Global Mental Health. You can find it here. Enjoy. Social Science and Medicine Intergenerational health consequences of in utero exposure to maternal stress: Evidence from the 1980 Kwangju uprising Chulhee Lee The evidence that demonstrates the negative effects of maternal psychological stress during pregnancy on a wide variety of offspring outcomes is growing. Animal studies suggest that negative…
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    Ethnography.com

  • Einstein, Aristotle, and Life Without Parole

    Tony
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Tonight there was a great discussion in class about Einstein, Aristotle, and a character I wrote about at Ethnography.com a couple of years ago, Mr. Life Without Parole (LWOP). Mr. LWOP was a 21 year-old inmate confined by California to one of its high security prisons, and from there sent into “solitary confinement.” It was there I met him.  And it was there he pointed out to me that “Life could be worse,” since after all, he could be looking at death by lethal injection, rather than life without parole. Well, yeah…. The discussion tonight in class was in part about E. T. Hall’s…
  • Fatuous, Naïve, or Bold? The Wonderful World of Peer Review

    Tony
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
      Fair warning from an anonymous peer reviewer of one of my academic articles… The author is hampered by an inaccurate, naïve, and highly simplistic understanding of the basic principles…which leads him to make ludicrous statements like the following… Yes, that’s me: inaccurate, naïve, and highly simplistic! And so forth. If you share that sentiment, do not read further. I posted a blog about peer review for the first time in July 2008 after being pummeled in the peer review process. Some anonymous yahoos out in peer-review land accused me of the above transgression and more.
  • Ethnography.com Reset!

    Tony
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:02 pm
      Ok, my book mss Is off to the publisher, academic article on the “forthcoming” list, summer travels done, and new class launched. In other words, no more excuses for ignoring Ethnography.com! So here are some of the plans. –I’m going to go more aggressively after the field of anthropology. I became involved with Ethnography.com in the first place by whining how anthropology had abandoned the subject of culture back in 2007 or so. No more whining. Since anthropology has abandoned culture, I want to take it up here, with no apologies! –I still think that…
  • Anthropological Fieldwork by Daiva Repeckaite

    Tony
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    by Daiva Repečkaitė Fieldwork-byDR1
  • Privilege, Honor, and Meetings

    Tony
    8 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
      Cheese Squares, Olives, and Power without Responsibility. Gentry, Blue Blood, and Privilege. Max Weber’s ideas about Honoratioren, Voting Cows, and Power. Meetings are rituals, and rituals need symbols, and decorations. I’ve been to a lot of meetings in my time as an academic where I sat bored and confused, but still fulfilled my function as a decoration, and clap on cue. And to a large extent, that is what such ritual is about: clapping on cue about that to which you are brain dead. The most obvious place I am such a decoration is in May graduation ceremonies. I march into a…
 
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    Visual Anthropology of Japan - 日本映像人類学

  • A New Android Who "Can Do Japanese Sign Language"

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Accompanying text: Toshiba has developed a lifelike communication android that can move its arms and hands smoothly and use Japanese sign language. The android is a prototype that the company will continue to develop towards achieving a service robot able to assist people in the fields of welfare and healthcare. The android will be showcased at CEATEC JAPAN 2014, which will be held from October 7 to 11.Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izH08FB2mxULifelike? Smoothly? Use Japanese Sign Language? Really? (The JSL is horrible, barely understandable...) Despite not having a face, ASIMO's sign…
  • "Own a pair of secret camera shoes? The police should be by shortly for a visit"

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    From Japan Today, September 25, 2014: For most of this summer, Kyoto Prefectural Police have been carrying out an aggressive campaign of going to people’s homes and asking them to voluntarily give up their shoes with built-in hidden cameras. These house calls have resulted in hundreds of pairs of these “tosatsu shoes” (voyeur shoes) winding up in police custody. The shoes contain a hidden camera in the toe behind some mesh which is operated by a remote control This plan to deter the use of tosatsu shoes to illegally film in private areas such as up women’s skirts had proved so…
  • Ethics of Visual Anthropology in Japan - Part Eight: The Dialogue Continues

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I cannot believe it has been 5 years since the beginning of VAOJ's Shooting Culture in Japan project. The first goal of the project was to establish and suggest some guidelines for shooting film and photographs in Japan for students in my Visual Anthropology of Japan course. Through the years my students have produced successful blogs, photo exhibitions and films with no major ethical or legal problems. The second goal of the project was to begin and promote dialogue and discussion of the methods and ethics of shooting culture with an emphasis on Japan. VAOJ produced seven posts providing…
  • Free and Open Access of Alexander Street Press Anthropology Resources (limited time only)

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Announcement via EASIANTH. This is free access to a wide variety of films, text and other resources. Take advantage of this open access while you can! For a limited time the full range of Alexander Street Press anthropology collections, video and text, are available open access to the academic community. Access to all our anthropology collections is available until 30 September using the following link: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?AlexanderStreetPress/0e2dffab45/c5f17653f7/6da9ee2676Just click on the collections in your area of interest and start exploring today -there are seven collections…
  • The Tribe - "Performed entirely in sign language with nary a subtitle nor a syllable of spoken dialogue"

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Photo and story borrowed from Variety.com.Actions, emotions and desperate impulses speak far louder than words in “The Tribe,” a formally audacious coup de cinema that marks a stunning writing-directing debut for Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Set largely within the walls of a boarding school for the deaf that reveals itself as a violent cesspool of organized crime, this bleak, pitiless yet weirdly exhilarating drama is performed entirely in sign language by an ensemble of non-professional young actors, with nary a subtitle nor a syllable of spoken dialogue — a demanding…
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    International Cognition and Culture Institute

  • [extended deadline] Berlin Symposium on Reciprocity and Social Cognition

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    The deadline for submissions to this symposium has been extended to November the 1st.A symposium on 'Reciprocity and social cognition' organized by Anna Strasser, Stephen Butterfill, Richard Moore, Olle Blomberg will take place at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, 23–25 March 2015. The call for poster deadline is extended to November 1, 2014.Abstract: 
Reciprocity is a common feature of much social cognition. For example, when two people attend to the same object simultaneously they can do so merely in parallel or jointly; only the latter of which involves…
  • Cultural Evolution at the Santa Fe Institute

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Last May, Daniel Dennett gathered, at the Santa Fe Institute, a handful of people who have written about cultural evolution. The general impression was that (as he tweeted some time later) "the meeting revealed a lot of unexpected comon ground". The International Cognition and Culture Institute is happy to publish, by way of proceedings, each participant's summary. Comments are open! Daniel Dennett's introduction (with comments). Participants' summaries (in alphabetical order): Susan Blackmore, Robert Boyd, Nicolas Claidière, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Joseph…
  • Perspectives on Cultural Evolution, by Daniel C. Dennett

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    These are Daniel Dennett's introductory remarks on the workshop on cultural evolution he conveyed in Santa Fe in May 2014. Click to see the summaries and comments by Blackmore, Boyd, Claidière, Godfrey‑Smith, Henrich, Morin, Richerson, Sperber, Sterelny. Perspectives on Cultural Evolution (Footnotes contain comments by Richerson and Sperber.)Ever since Darwin’s Descent of Man (1871), the idea of adopting an evolutionary perspective on human culture has seemed to many to be a natural move,  obviously worth trying—and to many others to be a…
  • Call for posters: Reciprocity and Social Cognition

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    The Berlin School of Mind and Brain organizes a symposium on "Reciprocity and Social Cognition", from the 23rd to the 25th of March, 2015. Keynote speakers will be Richard Moran, Julia Fischer and Natalie Sebanz (Cognitive Science, CEU Budapest). The deadline to submit a poster is the first of October. Complete call below the fold.
  • Has a decimal point error misled millions into believing that spinach is a good source of iron?

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    A great cultural epidemiology story by Ole Bjørn RekdalAcademic urban legends,"  in  Social Studies of Science (2014, 44(4)) freely available here Abstract: Many of the messages presented in respectable scientific publications are, in fact, based on various forms of rumors. Some of these rumors appear so frequently, and in such complex, colorful, and entertaining ways that we can think of them as academic urban legends. The explanation for this phenomenon is usually that authors have lazily, sloppily, or fraudulently employed sources, and peer reviewers and editors…
 
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    Glossographia

  • Review: Saxe, Cultural development of mathematical ideas

    schrisomalis
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Saxe, Geoffrey B. 2012. Cultural development of mathematical ideas.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 393 pp. Reviewed by Summar Saad (Wayne State University) In Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas, Geoffrey B. Saxe takes an ambitious approach in exploring the cultural and cognitive origins of mathematical thought. Using an extensive number of experiments oriented towards the particular practices of the Oksapmin of Papua New Guinea, Saxe demonstrates that individual action in relation to collective activities such as economic exchange and schooling is the “locus of both the…
  • Review: Ingold, Lines: a brief history

    schrisomalis
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Ingold, Tim. 2007. Lines: A Brief History. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press. 186pp. Reviewed by Molly Hilton (Wayne State University) Get out your walking stick and your comfortable shoes as you accompany Tim Ingold on this intellectual wayfarers’ journey exploring the “comparative anthropology of the line” (p1). In his path-breaking book, Lines: A Brief History, Ingold guides readers through a unique theoretical model that explores the interconnected and enmeshed lines of people and things. Ingold argues things and people are the sum of interconnected lines; to study…
  • Lexiculture: 2014 word list

    schrisomalis
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I am doing a new iteration of my Lexiculture Project in my undergraduate linguistic anthropology course, which I ran last year to some success (with eight papers published here online).  Over the next month, each of them will research the history, social context, cultural significance, and transformations of one English word, chosen from the list below.  Today I shared the word list with my students, giving them a couple of days to mull over their choices before the signup goes live, and so, in case you’re interested, here it is! actress…
  • Review: Lloyd, Cognitive variations

    schrisomalis
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Lloyd, G.E.R. 2007. Cognitive variations: reflections on the universality and diversity of the human mind. Oxford; New York: Clarendon Press; Oxford University Press. 201 pp. Reviewed by Grace Pappalardo (Wayne State University) G.E.R. Lloyd’s Cognitive Variations is loyal to its name, exploring a wide variety of cognitive differences as well as similarities cross-culturally and historically. Lloyd vehemently supports a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding cognitive variations and proves this time and again throughout the text, exploring and analyzing arguments in favor of both…
  • Review: Tomasello, A natural history of human thinking

    schrisomalis
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Tomasello, Michael. 2014. A natural history of human thinking.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 194 pp. Reviewed by Heather Buza (Wayne State University) Is there a cognitive evolutionary relationship between great apes and humans? In his valuable book, A Natural History of Human Thinking, Michael Tomasello discuses current research on great ape as well human adult, toddler, and infant cognition. He provides evidence that great apes and humans share many cognitive features due to descent from a recent common ancestor, then discusses exactly what differentiates human cognition from…
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    media/anthropology

  • Journalists and indignados: the importance of being there

    John Postill
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    In 2011, the young Spanish journalist Juanlu Sánchez (@juanlusanchez) covered the indignados (15M) movement from its very inception, spending many long hours at Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square getting to know the occupiers. In this adaptation of an interview with the documentary filmmaker Stephane Grueso (@fanetin) that took place in late 2011, Juanlu reflects on how he and other journalists (independent and mainstream, Spanish and foreign) covered the unfolding events on the ground. His story provides us with some tantalising glimpses into the complex relations that developed between…
  • Snowden on winning the alternative Nobel prize

    John Postill
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    via The Guardian Edward Snowden issues a recorded statement after being awarded Sweden’s Right Livelihood Honorary Award, dubbed the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’. The National Security Agency whistleblower says he accepts the award on behalf of those who risked their lives to help ‘resist unlawful and disproportionate mass surveillance’. He says the award serves as a ‘vindication’ for such efforts. Any contribution that I have made has been a result of the efforts of some many other people working in journalism, in activism, in the human rights…
  • The Mediterranean Spring

    John Postill
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    In this post the Spanish-Syrian blogger and activist Leila Nachawati recounts her participation in Spain’s indignados (15M) movement in the wake of the Arab Spring, as well as her efforts to explain this movement to friends and colleagues in the Arab world and the United States. In doing so, she draws parallels and contrasts between the new protest movements that were born in 2010-2011 on both shores of the Mediterranean. I have abridged, translated and adapted the text below from an interview with Stéphane Grueso that took place in Madrid towards the end of 2011. This is the sixth…
  • The long-term impact of the new protest movements

    John Postill
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    In early 2011, the Spanish blog entrepreneur Julio Alonso joined other netizens in switching his attention from internet issues to his country’s profound economic and political crisis. The story below recounts this transition as well as giving us Alonso’s particular take on the indignados (15M) movement, shaped by his technological expertise. It is translated and adapted from an interview by Stéphane Grueso that took place in Madrid towards the end of 2011. This is the fifth instalment in my freedom technologists series. The full interview is available on YouTube via…
  • The five modes of self-tracking

    John Postill
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    John Postill:By Deborah Lupton Originally posted on This Sociological Life: Recently I have been working on a conference paper that seeks to outline the five different modes of self-tracking that I have identified as currently in existence. I argue that there is evidence that the personal data that are derived from individuals engaging in reflexive self-monitoring are now beginning to be used by agencies and organisations beyond the personal and privatised realm. Self-tracking rationales and sites are proliferating as part of a ‘function creep’ of the technology and ethos of…
 
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    American Journal of Physical Anthropology

  • “Lucy” (A.L. 288-1) had five sacral vertebrae

    Gabrielle A. Russo, Scott A. Williams
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    ABSTRACT A “long-backed” scenario of hominin vertebral evolution posits that early hominins possessed six lumbar vertebrae coupled with a high frequency of four sacral vertebrae (7:12-13:6:4), a configuration acquired from a hominin-panin last common ancestor (PLCA) having a vertebral formula of 7:13:6-7:4. One founding line of evidence for this hypothesis is the recent assertion that the “Lucy” sacrum (A.L. 288-1an, Australopithecus afarensis) consists of four sacral vertebrae and a partially-fused first coccygeal vertebra (Co1), rather than five sacral vertebrae as in modern humans.
  • Infant feeding practice in medieval Japan: Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of human skeletons from Yuigahama-minami

    Takumi Tsutaya, Akina Shimomi, Tomohito Nagaoka, Junmei Sawada, Kazuaki Hirata, Minoru Yoneda
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    ABSTRACT A longer breastfeeding duration provides various positive effects in subadult health because of abundant immunological factors and nutrients in human breast milk, and decreases the natural fertility of a population through lactational amenorrhea. In this study, we measured stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios in the bone collagen of three adults and 45 subadults from the Yuigahama-minami site (from 12th to 14th century) in Kamakura, the early medieval capital of Japan. Marine foods, C3-based terrestrial foods, and freshwater fish are the primarily protein sources for adults. The…
  • Hominin teeth from the early Late Pleistocene site of Xujiayao, Northern China

    Song Xing, María Martinón-Torres, Jose María Bermúdez de Castro, Xiujie Wu, Wu Liu
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    ABSTRACT It is generally accepted that from the late Middle to the early Late Pleistocene (∼340–90 ka BP), Neanderthals were occupying Europe and Western Asia, whereas anatomically modern humans were present in the African continent. In contrast, the paucity of hominin fossil evidence from East Asia from this period impedes a complete evolutionary picture of the genus Homo, as well as assessment of the possible contribution of or interaction with Asian hominins in the evolution of Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis. Here we present a comparative study of a hominin dental sample…
  • The sampling scheme matters: Pan troglodytes troglodytes and P. t. schweinfurthii are characterized by clinal genetic variation rather than a strong subspecies break

    Tillmann Fünfstück, Mimi Arandjelovic, David B. Morgan, Crickette Sanz, Patricia Reed, Sarah H. Olson, Ken Cameron, Alain Ondzie, Martine Peeters, Linda Vigilant
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    ABSTRACT Populations of an organism living in marked geographical or evolutionary isolation from other populations of the same species are often termed subspecies and expected to show some degree of genetic distinctiveness. The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is currently described as four geographically delimited subspecies: the western (P. t. verus), the nigerian-cameroonian (P. t. ellioti), the central (P. t. troglodytes) and the eastern (P. t. schweinfurthii) chimpanzees. Although these taxa would be expected to be reciprocally monophyletic, studies have not always consistently…
  • Exploring the relationship between entheseal changes and physical activity: A multivariate study

    Marco Milella, Francisca Alves Cardoso, Sandra Assis, Geneviève Perréard Lopreno, Nivien Speith
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    ABSTRACT Analyses of entheseal changes (EC) in identified skeletal samples employ a common research strategy based on the comparison between occupations grouped on the basis of shared biomechanical and/or social characteristics. Results from this approach are often ambiguous, with some studies that point to differences in EC between occupational samples and others failing to provide evidence of behavioral effects on EC. Here we investigate patterns of EC among documented occupations by means of a multivariate analysis of robusticity scores in nine postcranial entheses from a large…
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  • Best Therapeutic Boarding Schools

    helpforteenagers
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    http://www.helpforteenagers.com/ We will help your son realize his self-worth, his significance, his dignity and his responsibility to himself. Your son will begin to see the stress and pain he has caused others by his poor choices.
  • Car Wrap Advertising is the Perfect Part-Time Job

    municaklux
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    Car Wrap Advertising is the Perfect Part-Time Job In today’s economy most Americans are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet, and just when the job market starts to look better it takes a turn for the worse. It is frustrating to miss out on vacations, holidays, time with family, or other activities because you have to work twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week just to pay the bills. Trying to schedule multiple jobs around each other is a giant headache that never goes away, and it might seem that there is no end to the havoc of working all the time. The good news is that…
  • Talking Shit with Dr. Todd and Natalia: No H8, Let’s Celebrate!

    BOAS
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Dr. Todd and Natalia answer a heartfelt question from one of their 16 fans and discuss the prevalence of homosexual activity in the animal kingdom aside from humans- sans judgement! In fact, sexuality is incredibly fluid so there is no need to slap labels on each other. Love IS love! So perhaps humans can take a cue from their fauna brethren and stop h8ing and start celebrating everyone’s similarities AND differences!
  • Meet anthropologist and “Gringo Trails” director Pegi Vail

    Kohanya Groff
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    “Gringo Trails” gringotrails.com Directed by: Pegi Vail From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the film shows the unanticipated impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment, tracing some stories over 30 years. Through serious and at times humorous reflection, backpackers and local inhabitants tell startling stories of transformation. Featuring: Freddy Limaco, Guido Mamani, Kempo Tashi, Pico Iyer, Costas Christ, Rolf Potts, Anja MuticSEPT 4-11 CINEMA VILLAGE NEW YORK…
  • Latest Fossil Finds Make Puzzle of Human Evol. Harder to Solve

    BOAS
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The latest molecular analyses and fossil finds suggest that the story of human evolution is far more complex—and more interesting—than anyone imagined By Bernard Wood So what do you think?” said Lee Berger. He had just opened the lids of two big wooden boxes, each containing the carefully laid out fossilized bones of a humanlike skeleton from Malapa, South Africa. These two individuals, who had drawn their last breath two million years ago, had created quite a stir. Most fossils are “isolated” finds—a jawbone here, a foot bone there. Scientists then have to figure out whether the…
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    The Path of The Sun

  • BONUS FOOTAGE DELAY

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hi all,I am busy at work assembling the bonus footage for distribution, but have missed the deadline.  My apologies.  Rest assured that it will be available soon and I promise it will be better than expected.  I appreciate your patience and will continue to provide updates.  I do not have a specific date when it will be ready, but it will be prior to the end of the month.  That's a guarantee.Best,Seti GershbergDirector/Producer
  • Bonus Material Timeline

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Today was to be the day that I announced that bonus materials would be ready. However, I am delaying the announcement for 1 more week and I thank you for your patience. I have been spending the past weeks since the film's release on September 1, 2014 reviewing the interview footage from the film and creating what I call interview only movies. A question is asked and then it is answered exactly like it is during an interview. The material is excellent and instead of rushing to put something in your hands that is not up to the highest quality simply to meet a deadline is not something that I…
  • Review by Author Matthew J. Pallamary

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift has received a review from author Matthew J. Pallamary.  He writes: "Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift takes you into the heart of Ayahuasca shamanism and pulls aside the veil to provide valuable insight into the gifts that only a loving mother can give from those who know her intimately. There are lots of mysteries and misconceptions around the use of these sacred plants and their effects and there are many “sharks in the water” waiting to prey on the uninformed and starry-eyed innocents who are seeking a prehistoric spiritual path that precedes the…
  • REDDIT Q&A Transcript

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    The following transcript (in it's entirety) is the result of a Reddit AMA I conducted on Shamanism, Ayahausca, The Q'ero and Filmmaking I conducted on September 1, 2014.The shortlink for the actual event is http://redd.it/2f6cbo or just read below....TRANSCRIPTI am Seti Gershberg a filmmaker and anthropologist who studied shamanism for two years in remote regions of Peru while filming my documentary series about mystical practices and the hallucinogenic plant medicine ayahuasca - Ask me anything.......submitted 1 day ago by SetiFX My short bio: Seti Gershberg is an…
  • REWARDS FOR KICKSTARTER BACKERS

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    The day is finally fast approaching.On September 1, 2014 THE PATH OF THE SUN will be officially released to the public. This includes the distribution of Kickstarter Rewards. If you contributed to the project's Kickstarter campaign you will be receiving a separate e-mail that contains your reward code that will allow you to stream and download both films that make up THE PATH OF THE SUN documentary series about shamanism, consciousness and the medicinal plant ayahuasca.  The e-mail will contain three coupon codes.  The first reward code is your Kickstarter reward which entitles…
 
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