Anthropology roundup: “anthropology, race & racism…Sexual Harassment in fieldwork… graeber in exile

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Anthropologists and Ecological Research

Last fall a group of anthropologists participated in the 2012 All Scientists Meeting (ASM) of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network in Estes Park, Colorado. They were there to make a case for integrating more anthropologists into the study of ecosystems. Read about their experience in Anthropology News. Below is an excerpt:

anthropology, race & racism III: oops, wrong guy edition

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

I have three links for you:

1. The Saudi marathon man:

What made them suspect him? He was running?so was everyone. The police reportedly thought he smelled like explosives; his wounds might have suggested why. He said something about thinking there would be a second bomb?as there was, and often is, to target responders. If that was the reason he gave for running, it was a sensible one. He asked if anyone was dead?a question people were screaming. And he was from Saudi Arabia, which is around where the logic stops. Was it just the way he looked, or did he, in the chaos, maybe call for God with a name that someone found strange?



Anthropology Graduate Students Are Often Harassed in the Field, Study Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)

Graduate students and junior scholars conducting anthropological fieldwork at remote sites are vulnerable to abuse from their supervisors, according to a study presented this weekend at the 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physical


graeber in exile

from xirdalium by zephyrin_xirdal

The Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday published an excellent article on ?David Graeber: ??A Radical Anthropologist Finds Himself in Academic ?Exile??

His academic ?exile,? as he calls it [Graeber meanwhile is a professor at the ?LSE], has not gone unnoticed. ?It is possible to view the fact that Graeber has not secured a permanent academic position in the United States after his controversial departure from Yale University as evidence of U.S. anthropology?s intolerance of political outspokenness,? writes Jeff Maskovsky, an associate professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, in the March issue of American Anthropologist.


digital ethnography

from xirdalium by zephyrin_xirdal


NORCO: Anthropology professor to give distinguished faculty lecture


A forensic anthropologist is called upon to examine deceased people who are otherwise unidentifiable. Gray uses her knowledge of human variation and applies it in a medico-legal context. This lecture will cover techniques of how these determinations


A Massacre for a Moral Martyr: ?Person? versus ?Population? in Humanitarianized Afghanistan

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte


Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

In response to the recent survey about sexual harassment in anthropology, reported by Kathryn Clancy (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Katie Hinde (Harvard), Robin Nelson (U California, Riverside), and Julienne Rutherford (U Illinois, Chicago) the American Anthropological Association has issued the following statement on behalf of its more than 11,000 members.


When ?culture? erases history

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

Sure, sometimes ?culture? can tell us a lot about human behavior and differences.  But there are also times when arguments based upon the concept of culture can obscure just as much as they reveal.


Is Earth Day a Nice Thing?

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

Today?s guest post is by the Chair of the Global Climate Change Task Force, Shirley Fiske.

A nice thing. Except for the reality.

Earth Day is a nice thing, today celebrated in the District at Union Station with a farmers market, giveaways, exhibits fromNASA, and a recycling drive, all nice things.  Seems like a pale comparison of the Earth Days of earlier years, when the entire Mall was dedicated to booths, displays and lots of gatherings.  I supposed it?s not unexpected given the maturation of the event and the politicization of the environment and polarization politically that has developed in the intervening years.


Excavations in Windsor uncover a 4,400-year-old burial of a woman adorned with gold, amber and lignite.

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