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Jack Goody (1919-2015): an oral history

[The following is an invited post by Keith Hart, Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and International Director of the Human Economy Program in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria.]

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition ispleased to announce the 2015 Thomas Marchione Award.

Honoring the seminal academic and humanitarian work of Thomas J. Marchione, this award is given to MA and Ph.D. students whose active engagement in food security and food sovereignty issues continues and expands Dr. Marchione’s efforts toward food justice, food access, and food as a human right.

Anthropology in Action: Training the Next Generation
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Learn more about the School of Anthropology’s activities and accomplishments during UA Anthropology’s 100th Birthday celebration on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center’s South Ballroom. The school also will have a booth at …

Professor champions archaeology, anthropology at ETSU
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Since receiving his position, Franklin has cooperated with colleagues to make the anthropology department at ETSU more inviting to students with an interest in archaeology. Originally, ETSU only offered anthropology as a minor. “When I got here part of

Notes on the third digital ethnography reading session

by Will Balmford
PhD Candidate
RMIT University, Melbourne

See other posts on the digital ethnography reading group (DERG)

This session we discussed Helen Kennedy’s 2003 article Technobiography: Researching lives, online and off. As has become practice for DERG, we had a wide variety of voices from different areas, including all the regulars but also adding Lucy Chen (who is studying life changes through social media), Nicholas Hansen (exploring interactive documentary) and Julian Waters-Lynch (an expert in the arena of education and support for social entrepreneurship).

Guava Anthropology Meets Savage Minds

Language choice can be an issue of access. In attempt to shorten some of the gaps, but mostly to highlight some of the awesome anthropology happening in Taiwan, we have taken on this exciting translation project. Beginning with last week’s article, The Riddle of Sean Lien, we will be translating a handful of articles written in Chinese from the Guava Anthropology blog for Savage Minds this September. The articles we have chosen range in theme, background, and chronology, and yet all remain, in our opinion, excitingly relevant.

Language panels at #AAA2015

Once again this year, the list of language-related panels and activities at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting. The 114th AAA Annual Meeting will be held November 18-22 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. See the Annual Meeting Central page on the AAA web site for details and links.

#OpenAccess as Famine

The current state of thinking about open access today is a lot like our contemporary understanding of famine.

In the early 1980s Amartya Sen and Jean Drèze published the ground-breaking book Hunger and Public Action. In it, Sen and Drèze made the unexpected and original argument that famines are not caused by lack of food. Rather, they are caused by lack of entitlement — when famines occur, there is typically enough food to feed everyone, but the social system that distributes it is out of whack. Prices change such that poor people can no longer afford food, and there are not enough (or not correctly designed) social programs that ensure the food is distributed to the poor. It’s not the food that’s missing, it’s the justice.

To Fieldwork, To Write

[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Kim Fortun as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Fortun is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is the author of Advocacy After Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders (University of Chicago Press 2001), former co-editor of Cultural Anthropology, and is now playing a lead role in the development of the Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography.]

Anthropology in Action: Identifying Missing Migrants
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Learn more about the School of Anthropology’s activities and accomplishments during UA Anthropology’s 100th Birthday celebration on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center’s South Ballroom. The school also will have a booth at .

Anthropologies #21: Why do we need to teach climate change in anthropology?

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the Anthropologies #21 series.

Our next installment in the climate change series comes from Katherine J. Johnson, who is currently a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Maryland. –R.A.

College students have acquired a lot of useful information, but a limited ability to utilize that knowledge–and sometimes a surprising lack of perspective on real world problems. Many of the students I have taught in Anthropology and Climate Change courses seem to have little factual and context-specific understanding of climate change, despite growing up in an era of public contestation around this issue. Anthropology has a lot of strengths stemming from core theoretical tenants such as holism, reflexivity, and concern for marginalized populations. We can easily leverage these strengths to aid students in better understanding of climate change issues within relevant contexts, and to build on their weak knowledge of accepted science.

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the Anthropologies #21 series.

Our next essay comes from Elena Burgos-Martínez, who is currently completing her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at Durham University. Her research explores local conceptualisations of the environment at the intersection between cultures in coastal Indonesia. She is interested in linguistic variations brought about by semantic expansion and new forms of rationalization which define local senses of modernity and belonging. Elena has background in Education, Geology, Chemistry, Sociolinguistics and Social Anthropology and strives to integrate different scientific paradigms when undertaking research. –R.A.

Anthropology in Action: UA Helps Plant a New Kind of Library
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Learn more about the School of Anthropology’s activities and accomplishments during UA Anthropology’s 100th Birthday celebration on Sept. 15 from 4-7 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center’s South Ballroom. The school also will have a booth at ..

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