Burqas and anthropologists

Posted by on September 28th, 2009
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France asks anthropologist for advice on burqa-ban

by Lorenz

France banned burqas in public schools in 2004. Now, a parliamentary commission is investigating a possible ban on burqas in public places and anthropology professor John Bowen was asked to testify on this matter, Student Life and New York Times report.

And older round of anthro news and unrelated images from the web:


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YouTube EDU

By Kerim on dissemination

Google just announced a new YouTube ?channel? for academic lectures, talks, and interviews: YouTube EDU. Although there aren?t a lot of anthropology videos, there are some if you look. Also recently announced is Academic Earth, a general hub for the same kind of thing. These sites join already existing online repositories: Free Online Courses from Great Universities, TED, Fora.tv, and iTunes University.

US Army 101st Airborne Investigative Report on Human Terrain System

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

This is the newest article from John Stanton (reproduced with his permission), following up on the article for 26 February that was posted here and generated such intense discussion, with 182 comments: ?Some Breaking News on the Human Terrain System: Death Threats Against Female Colleagues.?

John Stanton?s earlier articles on the Human Terrain System are also available here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

Greenpeace Design Awards 2009

Greenpeace Australia Pacific is hosting a new design award. The aim is to motivate the global creative community to develop visually striking artwork that encourages the public to support Greenpeace and take action on critical environmental issues. found in Greenpeace Design Awards 2009

reflections on writing a digital ethnography

By tunabananas on virtual ethnography

Last week, a student in the Cyberspace Ethnography course taught by Maximilian Forte at Concordia University sent me some questions for a class presentation on The Virtual Campfire. Below are some of my reflections on the process of conducting virtual fieldwork, the advantages and disadvantages of digital ethnography, issues of immersion and techno-utopianism, and what it means to be a ?digital native? studying and writing about the experiences of those grappling with the uncomfortable process of integrating new communication technologies into everyday life.

Earth Hour – The first globalized ritual?

By Lorenz

Earth Hour in Perth

I have to confess I have an ambivalent relation to initiatives like the Earth Hour. But anthropologist Stephen Bede Scharper casts an interesting perspective on this new way to save our planet.

He describes Earth Hour as ?the first globalized ritual”, a `liminal space? and therefore ?a potent opportunity for change”:

“Intolerant Universities”: Anthropology professor Chris Knight suspended over G20-activism

By Lorenz

Shortly after The Sunday Telegraph wrote that anthropologist Chris Knight is one of the organizers of a mass demonstration against the G20 summit in London, he was suspended from his job at the University of East London, several British newspapers report.

According to the BBC and The Times he was suspended because of the comments he made in an interview for BBC radio.

Chris Knight, (or Mr. Mayhem according to the Evening Standard) said:

Anthropologist Under Attack: University of East London Punishes Chris Knight Over His Public Speech

By Maximilian Forte

Stories of the field: Some bibliographic notes

By Rex on Fieldwork

When I was a graduate student ?common knowledge? was that anthropologists were notoriously private when it came to talking about their field experience, and part of our socialization was the stories about famous fieldworkers which passed down orally from generation to generation (the stories, not the fieldworkers). One of the things I want to make sure to do in the course on ethnographic methods that I?ll be teaching next semester is have my students read a short piece every week in which an anthropologist describes what their fieldwork was like. I think having some examples of fieldwork under your belt is probably the best way to help figure out what is unique (or not) about your own fieldwork.

Check your neck, it could save your life

?Thyroid cancer is growing 5 times faster than testicular cancer. Ask your doctor to check your neck. It could save your life. Checkyourneck.com.?

FOUND IN Check your neck, it could save your life

Evaluation and analysis of Open Accessed Anthropology Journals (Part 1)

By Sara on Public Anthropology

The fist OA anthropology Journals started in early 1970s, and increase by 1990s, then, starting from 2000 and above, the number of anthropology open access journals is increasing.

I examined the directory of Open Accessed Anthropology Journals, and I did analyze the languages, which they are using. And, I found that:

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