I went to another career fair here in Raleigh, NC. It was a career fair tailored for mostly STEM majors, engineers, biologists, mathematicians, but I went anyway. I talked to over a dozen HR professionals and, as usual, I had to do some convincing that anthropologists don’t just dig bones, but we are also pretty good at understanding the world, including their customers’ wants and wishes. Some recruiters showed genuine interest, others were belittling. I walked home, reflecting on this experience and once I sat at my computer to get ready to write my weekly blog post, I found… Continue reading
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Anthropologist Bloggers Wanted
Fellow anthropologist bloggers (and aspiring bloggers), note two opportunities to expand your reach:
Anthropology News is looking for columnists to address “hot topics” in the news. Send a 300-word pitch by October 21st.
The Guardian is expanding the scope of their science blog network to include archaeology and anthropology. Proposals, or nominations of colleagues, from any sub-discipline are welcome.
Haiti is not Deforested
Apparently, as regular as the Atlantic hurricane season, including recent Hurricane Matthew, is the media’s description of a “deforested” Haiti. Anthropologists Gerald F. Murray (U. of Florida, Emeritus), Andrew Tarter (U. of… Continue reading
Just the other week, I was reading about Intel’s social scientist, Dr. Genevieve Bell, anthropologist and decided to look for jobs in the tech industry that require our people and data management skills.
TEKsystems is looking for a Technical Support Analyst to support one of their largest clients in Charleston, South Carolina. You will be responsible for supporting clients with proprietary software product, and training them; you will help to improve training and will develop FAQ documentation for proprietary software product. For more details on how to apply, click here.
If… Continue reading
A roundup of Anthropology in the News for September 2016.
CNN continues to offer its version of “political anthropology” of the US election season, this time on Long Island. Still no anthropologists in sight.
The Army War College cemetery in Carlisle, PA, contains the remains of native Alaskans. And while there is a story there, the recent chapter involves the controversy of repatriation.
How would you feel about contributing to bringing together anthropology and design? If you have a PhD and the idea of human-centered design appeals to you, the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate level to begin August 2017. The New School has been at the forefront of important initiatives that bring together social science and design practices. Drawing on the combined strengths of The New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design, the University has recently launched a series of… Continue reading
The Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW) Seattle is looking to hire an ethnographer of data science for a 36 month (2.5yrs) postdoctoral research scientist position, starting January 2017.
You will work with Prof. David Ribes in Seattle, and in collaboration with Geoffrey C. Bowker (and an additional postdoc) at the UC Irvine School of Informatics.
The postdoc will collaborate in the investigation of the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and Spokes program (BDHubs), an NSF funded “umbrella organization” for US Big Data and data science. This project will investigate the… Continue reading
What are some of the other websites and blogs that track anthropology-in-the-news and practicing anthropology? Here are some “highly cited” places on the web to follow. All of the sites and blogs below may be followed on Twitter, some on Facebook or other social media, and some offer weekly email subscriptions. While you are at it, follow us on Twitter (@NapaAnthro) Facebook (@NAPA.Anthro), or LinkedIn (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology).
Defending our discipline took a whole new level this week when I found this video from Rockford Career College. It troubled me to see a school marketing its educational offer by mocking anthropology. Well, I thought to myself, if you need to belittle anthropology to promote your degrees, than your students will not have much to offer to the world in terms of understanding and working with other, diverse human beings. So I told them just that. I also gave them a short list of anthropologists whose work I suggested they read and offered to provide… Continue reading
The other week, a friend of mine that moved to the other end of North Carolina called. To my surprise it was her son, a middle schooler, wanting to talk to me.
– Ms. Adriana, you are an anthropologist, right?
I paused for a moment, a giant smile on my face, and replied:
– Yes, I am an anthropologist. Yes. I am.
And then we talked for a while about the beginnings of civilization, Gobekli Tepe, the Indus Valley and other questions he needed to answer for his school project.
Luckily, our skills are in demand not only… Continue reading
Welcome back to the academy, students and faculty! As we watch Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the northern hemisphere’s colleges and universities are all in full operation. Our “back to school special” is a list of all the subfields of, or application of, cultural “anthropology” that we found published during the month of August (without duplicating our posts on August 9th and August 23rd). We hope these provide inspiration for research papers, lecture anecdotes, and career choices. Enjoy!