Anthropology roundup: “Religion has been causing conflict since 2000 years ago,anthropologists say”…

Religion has been causing conflict since 2000 years ago,anthropologists say

This social tension caused by religion, however, is not a product of the modern world, according to a new study published on the journal “Current Anthropology.” In fact, researchers have concluded that religion has been causing conflict for over 2,000

Anthropologists overwhelmingly vote to boycott Israeli universities
Inside Higher Ed
“It’s significant for us, as anthropologists, for the association, that we’ve been able to get to this point where we are prepared to take a collective stand on behalf of Palestinians, Palestinian rights, and in solidarity with our Palestinian
Anthropology group votes to boycott Israel despite major donors’ – including Washington Post
US anthropologists back Israel boycott in landslide voteThe Electronic Intifada (blog)
US anthropological group votes to boycott Israeli universitiesJerusalem Post Israel News
Jadaliyya –History News Network (HNN)
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Speak, Memory: Becky Suss’s Painterly Anthropology
With a stylized anthropological eye, Suss reimagines and anatomizes a set of familiar rooms from her upbringing, especially those of her late grandparents’ Long Island home, in a way that brilliantly demonstrates how painting can help us better see


Anthropology, Survival, and Emergency Preparation
Huffington Post
It has been a warm autumn, but winter is coming, and with it storms and extreme cold. Summer heat waves will follow. As we saw with Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy, electric and water services will fail, supermarket shelves will be stripped .


Frogtopia Revisited, or Anthropology is Art is Frog

[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by guest author Stuart McLean as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Stuart is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Event and Its Terrors: Ireland, Famine, Modernity (Stanford University Press, 2004). In 2013, together with Anand Pandian, he convened an Advanced Seminar at the School of American Research on Literary Anthropology.]

Why the world needs anthropology

Standplaats Wereld has just published a nice report by  Giulia Sinatti from the recent symposium, “Why the World Needs Anthropologists – Burning Issues of Our Hot Planet” in Ljubljana. The symposium featured keynote addresses from anthropologists Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Genevieve Bell, and CM’s own Joanna Breidenbach.

The title of the article, “Anthropologist? You’re hired!”, is perhaps a little unfortunate because it suggests that the main issue is the employability of anthropologists (always an interesting topic) but the discussion focused much more on what anthropologists have to offer in dealing with a range of globally pressing concerns. For Eriksen, it is anthropology’s capacity to link local contexts with broader scales that allows anthropologists to make a unique contribution to decision making processes. For Bell, who leads a research team at technology firm INTEL, anthropologists can intervene in and humanise design processes by understanding how technologies are cultural artefacts that coalesce various fears and desires. Breidenbach links her anthropological perspectives to the crowdfunding philanthropic site, She emphasises the complex, contextual and multi-faceted perspectives that anthropologists bring to real world problems and the capacity that they have to build bridges between academia and the public (although I would add, somewhat wryly, that this seems to work much better in theory than in practice).

Distancing Yourself From Your Tribe: A Study In BCAnthropology
The Heights (subscription)

That’s us—the Selgae tribe, or Eagles spelled backwards. This is an exercise of trying to distance yourself from your hardwired reality. Freshman year, I read an article from an anthropologyjournal titled “Body Rituals of the Nacirema”– or “Americans

The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) would like to congratulate the four recipients (co-winners and two honorable mentions) of the 2015 Praxis Award. The awards were announced and presented during the NAPA Business Meeting at November’s AAA meetings in Denver.

The two awardees are:

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This is the twenty-sixth post in the freedom technologists series

See also the Directory of freedom technologists 

This past 3-4 December 2015 I was at the Bandar Sunway campus of Monash University, near Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for the first “Internet in Southeast Asia: Power and Society” symposium, superbly co-organised by Tan Meng Yoe and Julian Hopkins with support from colleagues and students at the School of Arts and Social Sciences. The aim of the two-day event was

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