Anthropology roundup: “Sir Jack Goody, social anthropologist – obituary”

Coffee rituals and resistance to domination Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Matt Thompson Remember resistance to domination? This was a very popular theme in cultural studies in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Eventually it reached a saturation point where, like an overplayed hit on Top 40 radio, it … Read more

Anthropology agenda: US Army’s Human Terrain System is dead.

End of the United States’ “weaponizedanthropology” program  Boing Boing by David Pescovitz After eight years, the US army’s $725 million Human Terrain System, a controversial social science program ostensibly established to help the military understand the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, but criticized as a tool for propaganda and psyops, has ended.   The US Army’s Human Terrain … Read more

Anthropology roundup: Chagnon on the news again..

‘Noble Savages’ Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon talks to Inside Higher Ed about his new book, Noble Savages, and his lengthy and exceptionally controversial career. The New York Times on Chagnon from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Ryan I received this link via the e-anth listserv and thought I would … Read more

“Occupy economic anthropology” by BILL MAURER and an anthropology roundup

Unfortunately the article itself is not public. it has to be bought, i haven’t got myself yet… Occupy economic anthropology from Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute by BILL MAURER What does it mean to ?do? economic anthropology, now, in the wake of the financial crisis and the re-energizing of public discussion over the nature … Read more

AAA revising code of ethics and want feedback from anthropologists… “Anthropologists and stereotypes about Libya and Japan

Anthropology and Ethics ? AAA Wants Feedback! from Neuroanthropology by daniel.lende In a welcome development, the American Anthropological Association?s Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review is posting drafts online of proposed revisions to the AAA?s code of ethics. And they want your feedback! Anthropologists and stereotypes about Libya and Japan from – anthropology in … Read more

AAA response to attacks on Prof. Frances Fox Piven/ 10 Perplexing Archaeological Discoveries

A Response to the Recent Attacks on Professor Frances Fox Piven from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O. AAA was one of 23 academic organizations that released a joint statement of response to the recent attacks on Professor Frances Fox Piven, renown professor of the University of New York Graduate Center. The statement condemns Glenn Beck, radio and television personality, … Read more

Anthro roundup: AAA Long Range Plan debate continues…

Human genetic variation: the first 50 dimensions from Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog by Dienekes Here is a huge data dump for anyone interested in human variation. Part of the reason I started the Dodecad Project was to be able to analyze data on my own, rather than having to squint to make sense of a plot, … Read more

Lorenz’ sum of the AAA 2010 meeting: 6000 anthropologists, much tweeting, some blogging, no press coverage

New Orleans: 6000 anthropologists, much tweeting, some blogging, no press coverage from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz It has been one of the best attended conferences ever. More than 6000 anthropologists went to the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society (AAA) in New Orleans. But as usual, it?s hard … Read more

An anthropologist explains: Yemen is not a terrorist factory

Yemen is not a terrorist factory CNN International Editor’s note: Daniel Martin Varisco is a professor of anthropology at Hofstra University and has visited Yemen over a dozen times for development consulting and research since 1978. He moderates Tabsir, an academic blog on Islam and the Middle East. (CNN) — Domino theorists love the Middle … Read more

Anthropology at Howard University needs our attention…

Anthropology on the Ropes at Howard from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Matt Some faculty at Howard University write: Dear Friends and Colleagues, This is a Call for Action regarding the possible closing of the Anthropology Program at Howard University. On September 23, 2010, Howard University President Sidney … Read more

[updated continously] Wikileaks releases Iraq War Documents. Biggest Military Leak in History

last updated: 01 Nov 2010 Biggest Military Leak in History: WikiLeaks Releases 390,000 Iraq War Documents from Mashable! by Ben Parr WikiLeaks has once again captured international headlines with the release of 391,832 secret Iraq War documents that reveal new information about detainee treatment, civilian deaths, and the involvement of Iran in backing Iraqi … Read more reports from EASA conference

Secret knowledge exchange at Europe’s largest anthropology conference from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz A bit more than two weeks ago, around 1300 anthropologists from all over Europe left the university village Maynooth not far away from Dublin. Europe?s largest anthropology conference, the biennial congress of The European Association of Social … Read more

“Pine Cone Anthropology in Afghanistan

The Loaded Goat: Revisiting Pine Cone Anthropology in Afghanistan from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by M. Jamil Hanifi The diary of Ted the Tongue reveals more about the poverty of the academic thinking and conduct that provisions the ?Comparative Cultural Competence? (or is it ?Cross-Cultural Competence??) component of the U.S. Army?s Human Terrain System (HTS) than the … Read more

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more headache for Pentagon: “Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs

Human Terrain System in Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte One question we have to ask ourselves is how the managers of the Human Terrain System can use these same records leaked via Wikileaks to make a positive case for the program embedding civilian social … Read more