A Global Celebration of Anthropology

National Anthropology DayOn Thursday, February 19, 2015 anthropologists worldwide will celebrate the inaugural National Anthropology Day. This inaugural event, created by the American Anthropological Association, calls public attention to the important work that anthropologists contribute to our daily lives.

 

A Disjointed Primer from the Front. Here’s the deal: There are too many humans on this planet. Way too many. Before we get into this little dissection of the failing middle class in this country, it is important to get that major flaw out of the way .
Turkic language family time depth: 204BC

This National Anthropology Day, say 祝你全國人類學節快樂!

We are now only days away from the first annual National Anthropology Day. As I’ve said in past coverage of this story, the American Anthropological Association scheduled National Anthropology Day on 19 February, which is also National Chocolate Mint Day. But chocolate mint is small-fry compared to the major holiday to be celebrated this Thursday: Chinese New Year (aka Lunar New Year). That’s right, people, this year National Anthropology Day is also YEAR OF THE GOAT. So this year, let’s make National Anthropology Day extra Goaty by wishing each other:

 

The missing piece of National Anthropology Day: ELECTRICITY

Goats, chocolate mint, Chinese New Year: National Anthropology Day seemed to have it all. Until, that is, long-time reader Eddie Schmitt pointed out the missing ingredient in National Anthropology Day: electricity. That’s right: National Anthropology Day is also the birthday of Alessandro Volta!

Alessandro Volta, reimagined for National Anthropology Day by Edwin Schmitt. Used by permission.

 

The Anthropology of Parenting
Northumberland News (blog)
It’s interesting to consider how the parenting role has evolved over time, something anthropologists study on a regular basis. Family structure is, after all, a core element of any civilization’s attempt to pass along knowledge and survival skills to .
Sweet Talk: The Chalky Anthropology of Candy Hearts
The Atlantic
Pretty much any cultural product—magazines, the wedding pages, movies, music, sitcoms, fashion—will double as a kind ofanthropological artifact, and I am being only the tiniest bit facetious when I say that candy hearts are, 2 BE SURE, among those .
‘Sister Wives’ Recap: Anthropologists Study Kody Brown and His Wives
Movie News Guide
“Sister Wives” Season 6 Episode 5 aired last Feb. 8, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC. The episode kicks off with Kody Brown announcing to all of his families that a couple of post-graduates inanthropology is going to stay with them for four days to study
Studying The Anthropology Of North Dakota’s Oil Boom Man Camps. By Emily Guerin & Inside Energy. Fox Run RV park in Williston, North Dakota, is home to hundreds of workers brought to the Bakken by its oil boom. RV parks are a cheap option in Williston, ..
The observation of the “Sister Wives” Brown household has commenced, and the post-graduate anthropology students observing Kody and his four wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, have been welcomed with how difficult it is to handle a big family ..
 Field Notes from Olympia: An anthropologist in the state capital
Crosscut
Popular notions of anthropologists conjure images of Indiana Jones or New Yorker cartoons with pith-helmeted characters simmering in a cannibal’s cooking pot in some jungle clearing. Weanthropologists do still ply our trade in relatively remote

Collecting Collections and digital ways of knowing

Haidy Geismar, UCL

Talpa sp, Mole, Adult, Z2754 UCL Grant Museum of Zoology, © 2014 UCL. CC BY-NC-SA license. Talpa sp, Mole, Adult, Z2754
UCL Grant Museum of Zoology, © 2014 UCL. CC BY-NC-SA license.

 

Last term I taught parallel undergraduate and Masters seminars exploring the creation of knowledge systems in museums and the effects of shifts towards the digital on the organization of knowledge and museum epistemologies. All the students had to create a project that digitally presented a series of objects, drawn from across UCL Museums and Collections and created a new digital collection environment. The project aimed not to create an online exhibition but to think about the potentials, and limitations, of digital representation and modes of organization for creating knowledge about both specific objects and from the collecting together of different objects. The undergraduates had to digitally collect 5 objects using an open source platform supported and hosted by UCL (My Portfolio, built on Mahara).…

 

A story of 69 ancient Europeans

A new study on the bioRxiv includes data on 69 ancient Europeans (remember when we got excited in anticipation for the single genome of the Iceman? that was only three years ago) and adds plenty of new info to chew on for those of us interested in prehistory.

Ethnographic Apps/ Apps as Ethnography: Exploring Possibilities for a Locative, Multimedia and Collaborative Future.
A Panel Proposal for the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Meetings, November 2015

Panel Organizers: Sam Collins (Towson) and Matthew Durington (Towson)

Via Sara Perry’s The Archaeological Eye

I’m so excited to be able to announce a forthcoming roundtable that Colleen MorganLaia Pujol-TostKathryn Killackey and myself are hosting at the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) conference in Glasgow, 2-5 September, 2015. We would like to extend an invitation for participation to all of you in the archaeology and heritage communities who are grappling with questions around the nature and future of analogue/digital material relations. 

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