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Rick Holden is a practicing (non-academic) cultural anthropologist who is relatively new to the field. . This is the first in a series of nuts and bolts blogs by Rick about ?leasons learned.? He wants to encourage graduating anthropology students to think about how anthropologists go about making a living ouside of the academy. Tony Waters
I?m not a Mayanist, but maybe this means I?m more ? rather than less ? competent to endorse David Gruber?s documentary Breaking The Maya Code. I read Michael Coe?s book of the same name years ago a few years back and enjoyed it, and the movie is even better ? wonderful, in fact. If you have even a drop of geeky epigrapher in you, then you?ll love the interviews with well-known names dripping with enthusiasm over syllabaries. Even if you are not, the film does a great job of walking the viewer through a pretty detailed understanding of how Maya glyphs work. Along the way you get a pretty decent over view of classical Mayan culture and history as well.
Videos of several of the plenary talks from this year’s Society for Cultural Anthropology conference on Natureculture — which Stephanie Lloyd recently reported on for Somatosphere — are now available for viewing and listening on the Cultural Anthropology journal website and on a Vimeo site.
?Col Sharon Hamilton [acting HTS program manager], does not know what is going on here in Iraq because if she was aware of the behavior here, she would not tolerate the dysfunction that continues within the organization.?
?The rules and regulations within the HTS program only apply to minorities or other people whom the team leaders and management dislike.?
The US Army?s Human Terrain System continues to experience personnel troubles. ?Nothing has really changed?, said sources. The reasons for that appear to be due, in part, from the fallout left behind by tag team Fondacaro & McFate, and ongoing reports of hostile working environments for both women and minorities within HTS.
Susan Blum, my colleague at Notre Dame, is featured in a NY Times? article today, Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age. The basic point of the article is that students, in the age of wholesale copying and pasting on the Internet, and a culture with changing notions of authorship, have trouble understanding the academic emphasis on doing one?s work (including writing one?s own words) and citing others for their ideas, data, and other types of work.
While out in the field traveling to visit Human Terrain Teams, Colonel Hamilton?s convoy came under attack. There were injuries, said sources, but Colonel Hamilton is ?ok?.
In today?s online issue of CounterPunch, you can find my article dealing just with the Wikileaks release that it called the Afghan War Diary, now the Kabul War Diary. The article was originally two, and originally destined for Al Jazeera Arabic. This is an overview of the CP article, followed by a link to a continuing debate on this blog between David H. Price, anthropologist, and myself (David having actually worked with Wikileaks and Julian Assange), and what I have not yet done anywhere: propose an alternative.
The AAA?s section assembly recently called on a set of advisors (principally editors of section journals) to write memos to the Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing (CFPEP) that would make recommendations about the future of publishing in the AAA. As is the way of governance, these memos by advisors will go to the section assemblies who will read them and decide whether to make recommendations to the Executive Board who will make a final and official decision which the staff of the AAA will ?execute? (I love that word).
Everything that AnthroSource was supposed to be, Open Folkore is ? and more.
In his recent entry on the future of AAA publishing Chris Kelty linked to a long memo by Kim Fortun which quotes one anthropologist?s condensed history of AnthroSource:
from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker