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Julia Wignall

AnthroCurrents April 27, 2017

Photo from the exhibit at Parsons School of Design. Backpacks left behind by border crossers. Image by Marc Tatti.

Photo from the exhibit at Parsons School of Design. Backpacks left behind by border crossers. Image by Marc Tatti.

Ugandan anthropologist and activist Stella Nyanzi was arrested for cyber harassment when the government changed their minds about giving free sanitary pads to girls who miss school during their period because they cannot afford them.

This haunting exhibit of items U.S.-Mexico border crossers leave behind forces visitors to see the ‘contemporary calamity’ we many times find easier to ignore. Anthropologist Jason De León who is also director of the Undocumented Migration Project, created the exhibit.

Ruth Behar discusses how her… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents April 12, 2017

Jane Goodall via Facebook

Jane Goodall via Facebook

Do you agree with this explanation of how to use anthropology as a marketing strategy?  I find it a bit narrowed.  We all know that anthropology isn’t just about communication but also things like rituals, behaviors and relationships.

Have you ever been wished happy birthday by your ATM? Genevieve Bell, leading tech anthropologist has.  And she says it’s creepy.

Check out some fieldwork in action as anthropologist Sarah Lamb interviews 105 year-old Agnes Mullay.

When death becomes political.  Kristian Tamtomo reflects on Geertz & Greek tragedies.

Finally, more anthropologists… Continue reading

Anthrocurrents March 29, 2017

Tsimane village from the water. Image credit: Hillard Kaplan et al.

Tsimane village from the water. Image credit: Hillard Kaplan et al.

Well, it’s the end of March and many anthropologists have made their way to Santa Fe for SfAA.  (Yay alliteration!)  However, others decided not to come amid uncertainty and fear with the immigration ban.

Should we be thanking kiwis and kumquats for our large brains? Or hop on the primal diet bandwagon since subsistence diets are heart healthy?

I’ve seen this one going around. Have you?  Anthropologist Barbara King considers if we’re progressing towards cultural acceptance of polyamory.

Practicing anthropologists will appreciate this thoughtful… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents March 15, 2017

Professor Tori Jennings campaign sign. Photo by Nomin Erdenebileg

Professor Tori Jennings campaign sign. Photo by Nomin Erdenebileg

Linguistic anthropologist Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein refutes the demonization of “filler words” such as “like” or “um”.  She outlines how these discourse markers matter for social interaction and that attempts to banish such words are really a bias against women and younger generations who are assumed to use them more frequenlty.

Anthropology professor turned politician?

While an anthropologist didn’t write this article, it details why businesses should hire anthropologists over MBAs.  Worth a read if you’re looking to justify/create your place in the business world.

Can the clutter in… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents March 1, 2017

Dr. Paul Stoller is asking American society to think about creating a more inclusive set of cultural values that accounts for our diverse and even still rapidly diversifying society.

Gotta find them all?  Anthropologists have partnered with a computer scientist to design a facial recognition system for… LEMURS!

Sociologist Sarah Thorton uses ethnography to document the art world. What do you think of her descriptive day-in-the-life approach?

Anthropologist Rob Thorne is helping to revive Māori instruments. (check out the video!)

Finally, Daniel Knight, an anthropologist doing fieldwork in Thessaly, Greece is shedding light on the effects of the… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents February 15, 2017

Will you be participating in anthropology day tomorrow?  I look forward to the surge of stories about anthropology and anthropologists in the news.  If you’re a practitioner and you’re publishing something—please send us a note, we’d love to feature you!

Who’s asking whom to be their valentine? Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher of match.com reports that men want women to make the first move.

Anthropologists team up with NASA to study urbanization in the Himalayas.  Their mixed methods approach was initially thought too unusual until the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, which highlighted the significant… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents January 31, 2017

The last week and a half have been pretty intense.  I hope you can find a brief respite in hearing about the good work of our fellow colleagues.

I cannot wait to see the results of the Human Generosity Project. In such divided times, I can think of no better question than under what conditions do people cooperate and share with each other?  Will disasters or risks bring people together or drive them apart?

Anthropologists are engaging in the current political dialogue in some important and thoughtful ways. I’m extremely proud to stand with the AAA call… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – January 17, 2017

Hello NAPA family,

After a brief hiatus and some technical issues, AnthroCurrents is back!  My name is Julia Wignall, and I am joining the NAPA communications team as the new AnthroCurrents writer.  My immediate predecessor Walter Pond has done an amazing job and certainly left me some fun and challenging shoes to fill!  You can read a bit more about me in a previous, introductory blog posting on this site. Now, let’s review some recent examples of anthropology in the mass media:

Can anthropologists help find the disappeared?  Forensic anthropologist Roxana Enriquez Farias founded a nonprofit… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents Coming Soon!

Hello folks. We’ve been having some technical issues lately but hopefully this has been worked out. So you should see AnthroCurrents appearing very soon in this space!