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Praxis Award Pre-Application Deadline: May 1

The deadline for pre-applications for the 2017 Praxis Award is May 1. Award pre-applications are 2-page summary proposals that outline how and why submitters feel their work will be a good fit for the award. The Praxis Award committee for WAPA, the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists, will review the proposals, provide comments, and invite qualifying authors to submit a full, 10-page application.

The biennial Praxis Award recognizes outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action as reflected in a single project or specific endeavor (not career or lifetime achievement). Applications should demonstrate anthropology’s relevance and effectiveness in addressing contemporary… Continue reading

Empathy of Anthropology — anthro/studio

The number one rule in practicing anthropology is to be empathetic. This rule is incredibly important in today’s technological landscape. As we get increasingly intimate with our devices, work places, and institutions, producers are beginning to employ empathy —— often under a process called human-centered design. The popularity of this “innovative” design philosophy made me wonder: what were they designing around to begin with?

Humans should have been at the center of the design process this whole time—not just for products, but for institutions as well. Our job market, for example, was designed around a capitalistic system in which… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the Week, April 15, 2017

 

Are you marching for science next Saturday? I am.

Speaking of science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is looking for a Program Associate in the Research Competitiveness Program (RCP). The Program Associate will report to the Director of RCP. The Program Associate will work in RCP to collaborate on implementing innovation and entrepreneurship competitions and to support RCP’s peer-review and workshop programs. Specific areas of responsibility include contribution to the design and announcement of the competitions; recruiting reviewers; coordinating workshop implementation; building interest and participation in the competition through social networking; supporting the technical implementation of the… 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

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – March 31, 2017

Do you have a BA in Anthropology and are interested in global health?

The University of Washington is looking for a Program Coordinator. You will coordinate day-to-day operations of the Afya Bora program, including managing urgent stakeholder requests, scheduling, purchasing, facilities, and communications; assist with the development of documents for grant applications, as needed; assist in creating SOPs for both central UW office and country program operations, among other tasks. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here.

The Evaluation Sciences Unit in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford… 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

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – March 24, 2017

The Institute for Community Health is searching for a Research Associate in Malden, MA. ICH works in five service areas, program evaluation, needs assessment and surveillance, research, strategic planning, and training and TA in order to improve community health. ICH works both locally and nationally in communities with ethnically, economically, and culturally diverse populations. ICH has a strong tradition of collaborating with city agencies, community organizations, and academic institutions. The Research Associate is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day activities of projects under supervision of a team’s Project Manager, including: coordinate project and community partner meetings; develop IRB applications… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the Week, March 20, 2017

I just finished reading an article discussing the code of ethics that the San people of South Africa drafted for researchers. It raises an important question that we must answer as anthropologists, how does our work benefit the cultures we research? Find the article here.

Since we are talking about “the field”, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure seeks seasonal, on-call Archaeology Technicians and Field / Laboratory Supervisors to join their team in Louisville, KY. You will assist on surveys to identify and document archaeological sites as well as excavations to test the National Register site eligibility and large… 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

New Research on Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship

Princeton University is hosting a workshop and conference August 1-3, 2017 to stimulate ethnographic research into entrepreneurship, new business formation, and startup team dynamics. We invite anthropology graduate students to apply for a limited number of subsidized openings (travel, lodging, and meal expenses covered). The conference will feature presentations on current research by ethnographers from varied disciplines, opportunities to hear from funders, and practical advice about the preparation of effective research grant applications. For conference details and to apply, go to https://www.tfaforms.com/4607087