On Valentine’s Day, Rex at Savage Minds called for love letters to anthropology.
This idea is simple: in the next seven days, for a few thousand words, somewhere public on the Internet, write about why you like anthropology. Then we’ll make the guys at Neuroanthropology do a round up.
There’s a lot of good stuff to check out lately in anthro/archaeo blogging world, that’s for sure. The first stems from the idea that Rex at Savage Minds came up with a few weeks back: love letters to anthropology. Various people responded to this collaborative call–including Rex himself–and Daniel Lende put several of these together at Neuroanthropology. Definitely worth taking some time to read through…and think about how and why we’re all doing this anthropology thing.
There is one overarching theme that crops up in these readings that I can’t stop thinking about: democracy. I have read several histories and ethnographies that talk about US interventions and policies in Latin America, and the stories are usually pretty similar. This book by Greg Grandin provides more of the same: the US took a position on Guatemala that was completely anti-democratic, all in the name of democracy.
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Voice of Freedom / Sout Al Horeya by Amir Eid ft. Hany Adel
(post in progress) While the revolutions in Northern Africa and the Middle East are spreading and the Libyan people managed to get rid of another dictator, anthropologists continue to comment the recent events. Here is a short overview.
Inside Higher Ed has written an article about anthropologists without doctorates degrees. You can find it here.
For my love letter to anthropology, I have written a series of short vignettes. As Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
What about presenting research findings with cartoons? A few days ago, anthropologists Aleksandra Bartoszko and Anne Birgitte Leseth published a research report as a comic book – together with cartoonist Marcin Ponomarew. And it was a success! Take a look at here http://anthrocomics.wordpress.com
Winter may induce hibernation for some, but evidently not those involved with the publishing industry. We have a bevy of new articles this month, so enjoy…
In the newest issue of American Ethnologist, “Resistance or Inaction? Protecting Ayurvedic Medical Knowledge and Problems of Agency”, by Murphy Halliburton, is an examination into the challenges that India’s new Patents Act (required by the WTO) poses for India’s ayurvedic practitioners.
I have gotten a couple of comments regarding methods, access, etc. (thanks for the comments!); I will get to those issues later this week. Today I thought I would give a description of the early portion of ethnographic research that Bloomberg’s New York is based on–a narrative of what actually happened, rather than the packaged, fabricated narrative that we as academic professionals spend so much time self-consciously producing.
The following is the final draft of the DDIG report to the SAA as seen in the preliminary draft dated Jan. 28 (link).
Annual Report of the SAA Digital Data Interest Group, 2010
The Digital Data Interest Group (DDIG) had a productive year in 2010. The expansion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) creating digital data from archaeological practices appears to continue at a rate relatively equivalent or higher than that generally found within the social sciences. This year saw the publication of a number of items pertaining to digital data use in archaeology in SAA periodicals. The annual SAA meeting in Saint Louis contained a variety of symposia and general contributions specifically pertaining to the implications of ICTs and digital data in archaeological practice, including a DDIG-sponsored digital symposium. This report will address SAA activities related to DDIG, and then provide a general assessment of digital data developments in general with the potential to affect American archaeology as construed in the SAA mission statement.