Anthropology roundup: “On Ethnographic Knowability…Neuroanthropology of ethics… Anthropologists Offer Insights and Solutions to the Ebola Crisis…

On Ethnographic Knowability

Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Carole McGranahan

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the Fall 2014 Writer’s Workshop series.

(Savage Minds is pleased to post this essay by guest author Catherine Besteman as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Catherine is Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. She is author of numerous books and articles, including Unraveling Somalia: Race, Violence, and the Legacy of Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), Transforming Cape Town (University of California Press, 2008), and co-edited with Hugh Gusterson, Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back (University of California Press, 2005) and The Insure American(University of California Press, 2009). Her most recent book Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine is forthcoming from Duke University Press.)

What if I told you to write what you don’t know?


Lots of new anthropology blogs have been started up recently, most of them have made it into the overviews here at the anthropology blog newspaper and the – I think – more reader-friendly anthropology blog news ticker (if not, let me know!)

Forum: Anthropologists Offer Insights and Solutions to the Ebola Crisis

GW Today

These comments follow a two-day workshop of intensive sessions and represent the collaborative efforts of more than 25 of the world’s leadinganthropologists who have worked in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Their distinctive knowledge of social


Anthropology Department Founder Dies at 94

The UCSD Guardian Online

Spiro was known for his contributions to “the study of unconscious motivation in religion and social life,” according to an Oct. 30 UCSD News Center article. Spiro came to UCSD in 1968, recruited the first sixanthropology professors and taught the


New to Medical Anthropology Quarterly: Accepted Articles

American Anthropological Association by Jennie and Oona

Medical Anthropology Quarterly and Wiley Blackwell are pleased to announce the launch of “Accepted Articles.” This innovative feature allows accepted articles to be published online prior to the printed issue and aids in the widespread impact of new research. Final edited and typeset versions of record will appear in future issues of Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Doctor who treated Siegfried Sasson ‘pioneered’ anthropology

The Guardian

William Rivers, the doctor who treated officers including Siegfried Sassoon for shell shock during the first world war, and who was memorably brought to life in Pat Barker’s Booker prize-winning Regeneration trilogy, was also one of the fathers of


Neuroanthropology of ethics

Handbook of Neuroethics edited by Jens Clausen and Neil Levy, published by Springer.

Springer has just published the Handbook of Neuroethics that features a section dedicated to Neuroanthropology edited by Juan F. Domínguez D. who is an anthropologist who has been working in neuroimaging at Monash University. Domínguez completed his PhD at Melbourne University under the supervision of Dr Douglas Lewis. In his introduction, “Toward a neuroanthropology of ethics” (pp. 289-298), Domínguez identifies “a pressing need for a neuroanthropology of ethics because the neural bases of moral agency are to be found beyond the confines of a single brain:

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