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The “Best of Anthro 2008″ Prizes

By dlende on Best of Anthro

Everyone gets a prize! Multiple winners where appropriate! Plus a going-away gift, a list of the most-commented-on posts. Or if awards aren’t your thing, you can go traditional and check out everyone’s submissions……….

Participating Blogs in Best of Anthro 2008

By dlende on Best of Anthro

One of the main motivations behind the Best of Anthro initiative was to start to build our own list of anthropology blogs, rather than a list done by an online university or some other organization. I’ve put all the contributing blogs below, and divied them up into what I hope are relatively useful categories so that potential readers can find what interests them. There are plenty of other good anthropology blogs out there, so go explore. These are the ones that provided a submission. If there are other blogs you like, please leave a comment so we know where to find them.

Best of Anthro Submissions – Two Days Left

The Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008 has a submissions deadline set for this Monday, December 29th. Both people who blog about anthropology topics and readers of anthro blogs can submit entries. For more details, see the details in the language that suits you best.

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She received a lot of pressure not to work on this project. But she didn’t give up. In an interview over at Culture Matters, Alice Corbet tells about her fieldwork in refugee camps along the Moroccan/Algerian border.

The interview is remarkable in several ways.

First, it gives insight in apparently doubtful practices by the UN and NGOs that run the refugee camps. Maybe this is something they wanted to hide? Refugees receive very little food. These food rations are according to Corbet calculated for conserving the refugees in a state of weakness:

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Materialising the Subject: phenomenological and post-ANT objects in the social sciences

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http://www.cresc.ac.uk/events/forum/MaterialisingtheSubject.html

This conference entitled Materialising the Subject: phenomenological and post-ANT objects in the social sciences provides the opportunity for inter-disciplinary and trans-Atlantic debate about some of the most recent theoretical and methodological moves in sociology, anthropology, geography and philosophy. When considered together these moves reveal multiple approaches to a common theoretical concern – the dissolution of the subject/object distinction ? the corollary of which, across the social sciences, is the "turn to ontology" and the consequent effort to radically rework our understanding of what it is (for humans and non-humans) to constitute a world.

Authentic Dubai

By joanab

Last week I was invited to Dubai to participate at a German-Arab Dialogue, organised by the German Foreign Ministry. As my life for the past year has fully belonged to betterplace.org, a not-for-profit marketplace for social initiative, I feel lucky to be still asked to contribute my anthropological perspective to such official gatherings were anthropologists (at least in the German speaking world) are rarely present.

The topic of the gathering was cultural globalisation, especially how it is affecting the Arab region and whether Dubai’s „higher, bigger, better“ brand, including signature architecture and the promise of a five-star lifestyle seeking to eliminate real world condition, is a valid model for the region to aspire to. (One of the Dialogue participants, Prof. Ali A. Alraouf has called this process Dubanization and described how other Arab cities – in the UAE (such as the new museum buildings in Abu Dhabi), in Bahrain (Durrat Al Bahrain), Saudia Arabia (King Abdullah Economic City) or Egypt (Serrenia) – are emulating the Dubai model.) Yet, with the economic crisis hitting the region, this process will probably drastically slow down or even come to a stopp – indicating the volatility of a development model utterly based on growth (Dubai has the worst ecological footprint of all cities worldwide)………….

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