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Heroism of Anthropology — anthro/studio

Human centered design and design thinking are on the up and up. Consultancies, agencies, and industries worldwide are finally understanding the power of a human centered research process. There is no shortage of kitschy case studies that highlight the value of this approach. My favorite is the story of a hospital system that was years behind on converting to a digital system. Programs were put in place to incentivize doctors to adopt the iPad based platform — but nothing worked. It was only when the iPad mini was introduced did the hospital convert to the new and improved way of… Continue reading

NAPA introduces the anthro/studio blog

NAPA is happy to announce the launch of a new, occasional post on these pages, anthro/studio. According to the author, Marion Tanis, anthro/studio is going to be a space for anthropologists to explore impending futures in a rapidly changing world. The blog will publish innovative thought pieces that articulate the future of the human experience. We hope you will check in from time to time to see what compelling ideas and assertions are being laid out.
 
Marion is a design semiotician, contemporary anthropologist, and freeform consultant currently based in Austin, Texas — he is the creator of anthro/studio.… 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

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – February 24, 2017

How are your GIS skills?

If you are confident and have experience with the software, consider this Information Management Project Manager with Medair in Lebanon.  You will develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the GIS Mapping project. This involves managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget with a focus on technology development, training and coordination outside Medair. Medair’s mapping work started in October 2012 to support the initial work distribution being done in Informal Settlements.  This data was used to support Inter-Agency coordination, and as such Medair were asked to expand their… Continue reading

NAPA Mentoring Program: All the Details

Read about NAPA’s mentoring program in a new post to the NAPA section of AAA’s online Anthropology News:

NAPA’s Mentorship Program

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

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – February 10, 2017

Are you an anthropology graduate with at least 2 years work experience in conceptualizing, developing, implementing and managing projects and programs, preferably in the area of cultural and heritage preservation?

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation is looking for a Senior Program Manager for Culture and Heritage. If you have experience in organizing and facilitating initiatives or activities that promote public awareness, appreciation and participation and excellent communication, leadership and people management skills, click here to apply for the position. The job is based in The Philippines.

If you are not in the Philippines, not planning to… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – February 3, 2017

Do you need some good news?

ICR – The Institute for Community Research is hiring!

The Institute for Community Research (ICR) has an opening to begin in March 2017 for a full-time Research Data Manager/Analyst. The Research Data Manager/Analyst will work with multidisciplinary research teams on multiple NIH funded research studies to create, manage, and prepare datasets for analysis and assist with conducting preliminary and descriptive analyses.

Qualifications:
• MA/MS/MPH in epidemiology, public health, bio-statistics, sociology, anthropology, geography, psychology, education, or other quantitative social or behavioral science.
• Minimum of 3 years of solid experience in managing or analyzing data… 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

Populism Rising: Anthropology Newsletter call for proposals

As the US inaugurates a new president, AN will turn an eye toward the rise of populism from a global perspective. We’re seeking proposals for feature articles, notes from the field, commentary, photo essays and other media that address aspects of populism or populist movements. We’re looking for novel and engaging perspectives on the US, France, Austria, the UK, Turkey, Venezuela, and elsewhere. What does an anthropological sensibility bring to the conversation? What is the role of the anthropologist and the value of anthropology in this current social and political moment?

Please submit your proposal for our populism series by… Continue reading