Anthro blogs collaborating for love letters for Anthropology :)

Anthropology Love Letters

from Neuroanthropology by daniel.lende

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.

Collaboration Abounds: Savage Minds – Neuroanthropoloy – Middle Savagery

from ethnografix by Ryan Anderson

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.

Anthropologist Pleads Guilty for Stealing Artifacts

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Professor Daniel S. Amick of Loyola University of Chicago plead guilty to violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act:

Notes about Grandin’s “The Last Colonial Massacre”

from ethnografix by Ryan Anderson

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.

Ethics Task Force reviews new draft principle

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

This post is a special message by the Ethics Task Force. They are currently reviewing the Code of Ethics and request active participation of member input. To view the recent Draft Principle, click here. Additional information, comments and announcements during this review process are located here.

As a reminder, the task force has been asked to undertake a thorough review of our current code of ethics, and to suggest revisions. We have begun a process of drafting revisions, and are asking for your involvement in that process.


Saba Mahmood: Democracy is not enough – Anthropologists on the Arab revolution part II

from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz

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.


Anthropology Without Doctorates

from NAPA by

Inside Higher Ed has written an article about anthropologists without doctorates degrees.  You can find it here.

Life, Anthropology, and Love

from Neuroanthropology by daniel.lende

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.

The Anthropological Comic Book – an alternative way of reaching the audience

from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz

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

In the Journals…

from Somatosphere by Aaron Seaman

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.

Ethnography is like fishing?(h/t Marcel Mauss and James Ferguson)

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

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.


Final Draft of DDIG Annual Report to SAA

from Digging Digitally by Josh Wells

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.

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