Anthropology roundup: “anthropology + design: anne galloway”…

[This post is part of a two-week series featuring interviews with designers reflecting on anthropology and design.]

ANNE GALLOWAY. designer. ethnographer. archaeologist.



Andrew Curran – Before Anthropology: Enlightenment ?Science? and the …

The Daily Voice

Wesleyan professor Andrew Curran will be looking back at an era before the term “anthropology” was used as it is today. The talk will include discussions on natural historians, the birth of racial classification, anatomical theories, and the status of .


Doing Anthropology in Public


Remembering Professor John Burton: 1952-2013

The Connecticut College Voice

On Dec. 27, 2013, Connecticut College Professor of Anthropology John W. Burton passed away, following a hard-fought battle with metastatic lung cancer. Burton joined the College in 1983. Over the course of his thirty-year career as professor, he taught

anthropology + design: nicolas nova.

[This post is part of a two-week series featuring interviews with designers reflecting on anthropology and design.]

NICOLAS NOVA. design researcher. ethnographer.


Divorce your theory? A conversation with Paul Farmer (part one)


(This guest post comes from Ståle Wig. Ståle has recently completed a research based MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, with a thesis on development workers in Lesotho. He is affiliated at the Center for Development and the Environment, and teaches a class in Science Outreach and Journalism at the University of Oslo.)

Paul Farmer was never an orthodox anthropologist. As an undergraduate I remember reading his article, An Anthropology of Structural Violence. It took me by surprise.

Not because I was unaccustomed to scholars arguing that we need to link the ethnographically visible to history and political economy ? or, in Farmer?s words, ?the interpretive project of modern anthropology to a historical understanding of the large scale social and economic structures in which affliction is embedded?. No, my class had already read Sidney Mintz. It was somewhat fascinating to read an anthropologist who at the same time was a doctor committed to heal the sick in his ethnographic surroundings. But that?s not really what got me, either.

Valentine?s Day goes global and so much news about it!

It?s fascinating to see how certain holidays spread around the world, and how they are marked, celebrated, and ?localized? in different countries and regions and among different groups. Valentine?s Day is clearly going global, but with many regional and local permutations. Some of those variations have to do with the very fact that Valentine?s Day is associated with love and romance and, let?s face it, sex. Here are some news bits about Valentine?s Day 2014 around the world


In praise of Stephen Jay Gould and The Mismeasure of Man

Last March, Michael Scroggins posted about ?Gene Promoters: On Chagnon and Diamond,? pointing out that the connection between race, genetics, and social deterimination was rearing its head again.  He was writing in response to a blog in Discovery Magazine by Razib Khan ?Against the Cultural Anthropologists? in which Khan wished that cultural anthropology could be voted off the academic island.


Argentina’s Forensic Anthropology Is Finding ‘Disappeared Ones’ ? Analysis

Eurasia Review

In the decades since a brutal military crackdown in Argentina in the late 1970s, when thousands of disappearances occurred, the country has been driven by activist pressure to become a global leader in forensicanthropology, a field that holds lessons

Sochi: Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide, and Putin?s Olympics


(Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, anthropologist and professor of Geography and International Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is author of Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business, and the Remaking of Labor, and currently is writing a book about international humanitarianism and internal displacements in the Republic of Georgia.)

This week, athletes from all over the world are in Sochi, a small town on the Black Sea, to participate in the XXII Olympic Games. While the skaters stay close to the coast, skiers are in Krasnaya Polyana, a site high in the North Caucasus. The games are an exciting display of athleticism and dedication. But I am not watching, because the games are the pet project of Vladimir Putin, who is responsible for ethnically cleansing more than 26,000 people in the South Caucasus. Having done more than 16 months of fieldwork with these victims of ethnic cleansing, the thought of watching the Games and celebrating the Russian dominance of the Caucasus is profoundly disheartening.



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