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NEW: call for papers and job announcements (beta)

By Lorenz

I have installed a new bulletin board for job announcements and call for papers. Announcements are now easier accessible.


Gorgous is right word for these four posters made by Favianna for CODEPINK. found in CODEPINK: Make Out Not War


NEW: call for papers and job announcements (beta)

By Lorenz

I have installed a new bulletin board for job announcements and call for papers. Announcements are now easier accessible.

Inaccessible American Anthropology
By enkerli
Then, because these major publishers cover several disciplines, those periods during which one can “browse and download at will” really benefit from anthropology’s position at the junction of several disciplines

Against the Lastest Research

By Rex on Open Access Open Source

One of the big objections to the AAA’s move to release material ‘open access’ is that it is useless because it does include ‘the latest research’ which is, supposedly, what ‘science’ is ‘all about’. This is my reactionary post against this assumption.

‘Old’ material is valuable for a number of reasons:

Savage Minds visits the Digital Humanities

By ckelty on Briefly Noted

I just returned from a small Digital Humanities Conference at Rutgers at which everyone agreed that “The Digital Humanities” should not exist. It was decided that next year’s Digital Humanities conference would be on this theme. Kidding. I saw some great things, though, chief among them the work of Dan Cohen and Gregory Crane, two people who have not only thought about the problem of digital humanities a lot but also made something, and in each case something fantastic.

Christian Clarity Opposes the Human Terrain System and Anthropology

By Maximilian Forte on montgomery mcfate

What an interesting coincidence that on the same day that I report Montgomery McFate’s comment in Nature News critical of anthropological opponents of the Human Terrain System (Why should anthropology be some leftist religion?” she asks. “I mean, it’s supposed to be a science; it’s not supposed to be a political platform, a substitute for the Peace Corps, or a cult”), that an anti-Islamic Christian website writes an article specifically about the Human Terrain System, and condemns it. In the Christian Clarity Review we find an article for Oct. 8, 2008, titled, “Human Terrain Project: Multifaith lies impressed on US troops.” Apparently if anthropology were some right wing religion, then HTS would still do no better.

The Pentagon’s Culture Wars: An Article in NATURE for Oct. 2008

By Maximilian Forte on Sharon Weinberger

Sharon Weinberger’s article in Nature is behind a pay wall. I will provide some extracts and summaries below. The title of the article is “Military Research: The Pentagon’s Culture Wars” and was published online in Nature News on October 1, 2008 (complete details can be found on the Bibliography page).

Bill Maher would love this one! Missionaries versus Anthropologists

By Pamthropologist

Open Anthropology, my authority on the Human Terrain System, had an interesting discussion of pseudo-Calvinist religious groups. I was, again, reminded about how strange we Americans, and specifically, we Texans (who do not like to be called Southerners) are. I am not a native Texan. I never expected to end up in Texas. I was a well-traveled military brat. But, here I am. Teaching in the city which formerly housed the headquarters of the KKK. Site of some of the greatest concentration of oil refineries and their associated industries. The area is not a traditional "southern" stronghold, having been founded by mid-westerners searching out jobs post-WWII. Sort of Indiana meets the South. Swing a stick and you will hit 20-30 Baptists. We have so many Baptist churches they have to number them: first, second, third, you get the idea. And that is mainstream, "normal" ones…….

More news on AAA and open access

By llwynn

Just got this press release from the AAA:

AAA Awarded Planning Grant to Examine Future of Scholarly Journals

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce today that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct preliminary research on the economic issues faced by scholarly society publishers in the humanities and social sciences as consequence of the demand for open access to their peer reviewed journals.

More on the Military’s ‘Culture Rush’: Brian Selmeski interview

By llwynn

There’s a culture rush going on in the U.S. military. While the Human Terrain System gets most of the media attention for being the face of the military’s sudden interest in culture, there are a whole host of other military efforts revolving around the concept of culture. For example, as we have mentioned on Culture Matters, the Marine Corps has just published a textbook called “Operational Cultures for the Warfighter” with chapters that include sections on topics such as “tribes,” “folklore,” “rituals,” and “religious beliefs.” In 2006 the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) opened the TRADOC Cultural Center which teaches soldiers about foreign cultures a
nd languages, particularly “the cultures of Iraq and Afghanistan.” And the Air Force teaches what it calls “cross-cultural competence,” or the idea that soldiers can be taught to comprehend and act in a culturally complex environment, even without having any past experience in that part of the world.

DIGITIZE THIS BOOK!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now

By Maximilian Forte on Gary Hall

DIGITIZE THIS BOOK! is a new book by Gary Hall, recently published by the University of Minnesota Press (312 pages; ISBN 978-0-8166-4870-2; ISBN 978-0-8166-4871-9; Electronic Mediations Series, volume 24).

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