#anthropology roundup: “Ethnography in a time of upheaval…

Ethnography in a time of upheaval – Egypt before and after the ‘Arab spring’

Even within the narrower parameters of public spaces, debates which might lead to issues around accountability and transparency are not hugely popular in the public eye.

Snapshots of daily life: before and after.This is the third interview in a series on the dilemmas and contradictions researchers undertake in conducting research in the Middle East. These interviews attempt to focus on questions of methodology, and the obstacles encountered by researchers when doing fieldwork in enduring political upheavals. In this interview with Leila Zaki Chakravarti, Mona Abaza explores how these issues apply within the context of contemporary Egypt.

Fornello: Connecting to Culture at the Roots

This post was authored by Theresa Felicetti, the Project Coordinator at the John Brown Heritage Foundation and a two time participant in the Fornello project.

I come from a family of food loving Italians and mandatory Sunday lunches, where pasta sauce intake is as important as water intake. Food has always played a significant role in my life, especially my Nonna’s pasta sauce. My 83-year-old Nonna cooks with an unwavering energy that fools me into thinking we’ll be eating pasta at her house together until I’m in my 80s too. She crafts homemade pasta and sauce with such ease and consistency I convinced myself it is an ability the women in my family are born with. It is not.

Remembering Teresia Teaiwa: An Open Access Bibliography

Scholars of the Pacific are mourning the loss of Teresia Teaiwa this week. Teresia was an iconic figure in Pacific Studies: A poet and critic, dedicated teacher, and determined institution builder. Teresia was the director of the Va‘aomanū Pasifika (Pacific Studies Center) at Victoria University in Wellington, the first and only place (afaik) where you can earn a Ph.D. in Pacific Studies.

Falling in love with @MerriamWebster in the era of Trump (and his budget proposals)

I grew up with dictionaries. I have had my own dictionary for as long as I can remember. Even now, when I walk by one of those BIG dictionaries on a pedestal in the library, with the leather binding and almost translucent thin paper, I will run my finger down the page and read the words. I am usually looking for some word I haven’t heard of, or an etymology of a word I was unaware of, but curious about, and sometimes just to remind myself of words I already know. There continues to be something alluring about the book, and the form of the book as a vessel of knowledge.

How One Anthropologist Balances Human Skeletons And Human Rights
The history of contact between anthropologists and Native Americans is centuries old, and conflicts have ranged from bitter to deadly. Given that the subject matter of many biological anthropologists is the human skeleton, it is not surprising that

Rogue: Scholarly Responsibility in the Time of Trump

What if scholars need to go rogue? If anthropologists need to go rogue? In the USA right now, we are not in normal times, but in a new period of attack on academia and science, on facts and funding, on communities with whom anthropologists conduct their research, and on communities to which anthropologists belong. Our scholarly knowledge is increasingly needed in new political ways. But, how do we act effectively and with an awareness of the issues and risks involved?

Announcing SLA Spring 2018 Meeting

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology is pleased to announce that plans are well under way for our first Spring Conference, March 8-10, in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Museum.  The SLA board would like to ask SLA members to fill out a very brief (one question) survey as to whether you think you are likely to attend – this so we can make firmer plans for numbers.  Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BT7H3G5

Bolivian Tsimane People Have World’s Healthiest Arteries, Study Says
According to a new study published in The Lancet, the Tsimane (pronounced chee-MAH-nay) — an indigenous people of lowland Bolivia — have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date, with coronary …
A tribe living in the Bolivian rainforest has the healthiest hearts in the worldZME Science
This Is the Secret to Not Getting Heart DiseaseTIME
Scientists astonished by incredible discovery deep in the jungles of BoliviaBABW News
BBC News –Live Science –The Independent
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