Antro roundup: “Why anthropology proves Toy Story 3 is not sexist” and more

Why anthropology proves Toy Story 3 is not sexist

from An Eye on the Culture Wars by Dr. K

A sad, strange little review of the new Toy Story movie in Ms. Magazine has kept me busy blogging on their site. You can see my responses to the conversation going on there but I thought I would expand some of those ideas here.

Anna Tsing in Smangus

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Kerim

I wanted to share some thoughts about a particularly interesting workshop I attended over the weekend. Entitled ?Rethinking environment, localisation and indigenisation,? the star guest of the workshop was Anna Tsing, whose work has inspired numerous blog posts here on Savage Minds. Anna Tsing was discussant for all the papers, and presented a talk about her current research as well. David Reid has a nice writeup of the workshop, to which I just wanted to add a couple of observations.

George R. Lucas Jr: Petraeus, Afghanistan, and the Ethics of Military Anthropology
some success despite the controversy it generated back home [see Anthropologists in Arms: The Ethics of Military Anthropology (AltaMira Press, 2009)]

Annual Meeting Video: The Legacy of Eric R. Wolf

from American Anthropological Association by Brian

Ten Years After: The Legacy of Eric R. Wolf

The AAA thanks Nicholas Daly (UPenn) for volunteering his time to record this session. Thanks also go to Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (Universidade de Brasília) and Sydel Silverman (CUNY/Wenner-Gren) for organizing such an engaging panel.

Please note that the audio is a little low on several recordings. You may also want to pause the video to build up buffer space for smoother playback.

Human Terrain System Program Manager Dismissed: Georgia Tech Wants Out

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by John Stanton

Steve Fondacaro is now the former program manager of the US Army?s Human Terrain System. He was dismissed on or about 11 June 2010. Sources speculate there are many reasons that may have led to his departure to include personal issues.

Human Terrain System on War News Radio

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

The latest media coverage of the U.S. Army?s Human Terrain System (HTS) comes from Kyle Crawford at War News Radio: The Human Terrain. Those interviewed on the program include recently deposed HTS program manager, Steve Fondacaro; Catherine Lutz, Brown University anthropology professor and member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists; Keith Brown, a colleague of Lutz?s who is affiliated with anthropology, and in the Watson Institute for International Studies; and, myself. As I expected, very little of Crawford?s interview with me was included, but so that listeners have an idea of what I communicated, it was essentially covered by everything Lutz said in the parts we hear from her.

What the flock? How a Harvard anthropologist made a film about sheep.
He made the film with his partner, Ilisa Barbash, an associate curator of visual anthropology at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Kerim

Errol Morris has an intriguing series of posts on the Dunning-Kruger Effect on his NY Times blog. The central question ?How do we know what we don?t know?? is something central to both Anthropology as a discipline (How do we know what we don?t know about another culture?) as well as teaching (How do we help students come to realize what it is that they don?t know?). For these reasons I found this exchange between Morris and Dunning quite interesting:

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