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AnthroCurrents — August 23, 2016

The Olympics just ended, the American presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and academic anthropologists are returning to the classroom after summer travel and research. But today let’s focus on how practicing anthropologists are raising the profile of our discipline in the business and corporate world.

Maia Green (U. of Manchester) reviews The Silo Effect: Why Every Organisation Needs to Disrupt Itself to Survive by Gillian Tett (Financial Times). The book, among other things, explains how the outside observer perspective of anthropologists is a critical tool for corporate change.

Meanwhile, business and marketing consultants are realizing—and writing about—how an… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – August 19, 2016

Over a decade ago, in my native Romania, I worked as a language tutor for Peace Corps volunteers. The opportunity of doing service abroad as they did dazzled me. I could not imagine what it takes to manage such a wide network of volunteers working all over the globe.

I could see anthropologists easily fit in the profile of a Peace Corps volunteer. However, if going to the field for two years is not in something you would like to do, there are plenty of opportunities to support Peace Corps by working domestically. Speaking of which, Peace Corps is… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – August 12, 2016

Do you know that feeling when you are on the job hunt and you read a job description, you are the perfect match… but then you do not have a PhD? Yeah, I do too.

I have posted about a lot of jobs for applied anthropologists, both in the US and abroad, that do not require doctoral studies. However, as I navigate the job search myself I often find non-academic position listings that require a PhD in social sciences.

If you are up for the task and would like to go back to school or continue studying after you… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — August 9, 2016

Thank you to Mella Baker for reminding us that not all anthropologist heroes are white and male. Welcome to anthropology! I haven’t looked at the demographics of our field recently, but I assume we still have a ways to go before the American profession better reflects the general population.

Screen capture of Tweet by Mella Baker. 8 August 2016

Screen capture of Tweet by Mella Baker. 8 August 2016

 

American Presidential Politics

Our last post looked at possible anthropological explanations for the popularity of Donald J. Trump, Republican presidential nominee. Reader Carie Little Hersh, Northeastern U., points us to an article by Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford U., reflecting on… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – August 5, 2016

“Humans are weird, wonderful, and irrational. How do we help them to change their at-work behavior in ways that will make them feel smarter and more productive?” (Microsoft Careers Page)

Have an anthropologist help you with that, of course!

I was searching for user experience jobs where our anthropological research skills could be put to good use and I came across the quote above, an intro for a Senior Design Researcher position with Microsoft. I had to share it with you. The position is based in San Francisco, CA and it requires at least five years of experience.… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – July 29, 2016

Q:  So… what can you do with your anthropology degree?

A:  Anything you want.

 

Applied Anthropology was one of my favorite classes at NC State University. Before the first meeting with the lecturing professor, I imagined we would learn about jobs in museums and other cultural institutions. I did not know that our anthropological skills could be in demand in some many other industries.

Speaking of industries, this week I received a hint from anthropologist Walter Pond (you can read his posts here on on AnthroCurrents) about two positions that require ethnographic skills.

Ford is hiring… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – July 26, 2016

American Presidential Politics

Earlier this month Brexit was THE topic in the American media. NOW it is presidential politics. How would anthropologists explain the popularity of Donald Trump? There are several possibilities:

  • An historian offers Emile Durkheim‘s “collective efferevescence,” but that seems a bit one-dimensional.
  • A religious studies professor argues that anthropologist James Frazer‘s discussion of magicians and kings in The Golden Bough is a better explanation. But aren’t there some living anthropologists we can consult?
  • Linguist George Lakoff (UC Berkeley) comes close. His most recent piece in The Huffington Post summarizes previous observations about American world… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – July 22, 2016

Q:  So… what can you do with your anthropology degree?

A:  Anything you want.

 

Over the past two years, as I was getting my MA in Anthropology at NC State University, I “managed” to be in course overload every semester. As a grad student I had to take nine credit hours every semester and I always had eleven or more. My plan was to have a very relaxing final semester but then… Introduction to GIS was offered online and there I was again… course overload. I just could not say no to the opportunity of playing with… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – July 15, 2016

Q:  So… what can you do with your anthropology degree?

A:  Anything you want.

 

I was sipping my espresso and reading my book in a coffee shop on the shore of Lake Atitlán when someone tried to strike a conversation. He asked to see the book I was reading. It just so happens that it was an ethnographic methods book so he asked me what my profession is.

“I am an anthropologist.”

“So you study bugs too?”

“No, I am an anthropologist, not an entomologist.”

He then proceeded to tell me he was studying insects and had… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – July 12, 2016

Anthropologists Comment on Brexit and Other Policy Issues

Brexit artwork

“Brexit” from Allegra Lab (http://allegralaboratory.net/brexit-europe-and-anthropology-time-to-say-something/)

Social Anthropology/Athropologie Sociale and Allegra Laboratory partnered to provide a forum for over two dozen anthropologists to comment on Brexit. They published extracts on July 1st and expect to post the full texts by July 15th. To add to the mix, Vidya Venkat, a staff journalist for The Hindu, returns to her fieldwork in anthropology to comment on Brexit.

David Vine, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University, notes the irony… Continue reading