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Why study anthropology?

How do you answer prospective students, and/or their parents, when they ask the rationale for studying anthropology, and applied anthropology in particular?

NAPA is compiling the top 5 reasons to relate to students, and the top 5 reasons to discuss with parents, about why anthropology is a great discipline. These will go beyond the general “anthropology is very interesting and important!” to more specific and topical reasons, to both compel students and assure parents.  So please think about it and send us your suggestions! These can related to either, or both, graduate and undergraduate levels.

The most compelling reasons… Continue reading

HRAF 12 month funded internship. April 1 deadline.

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is pleased to announce a competitive one-year cross-cultural research internship in Melvin Ember’s name. The selected intern will learn about cross-cultural research through hands-on experience at the historical HRAF building on the Yale University campus.

The internship will reimburse expenses (living, meals, and miscellaneous expenses) in the amount of $400 per week for approximately 50 weeks beginning late June or early July of 2018, based on a 37.5 hour week.  Travel costs up to $800 will also be reimbursed for a move to and from New Haven.

To apply,… Continue reading

Waiting in Line? The newest episode from AnthroTalks

AnthroTalks wants to hear from you for our new episode about “Waiting in Line.”

Here’s the idea: we all do it without too much thought… and that got us curious at AnthroTalks. What makes us wait? Who makes us wait? What happens while we’re waiting? Who gets to the front without waiting?! We know that things happen in and around waiting that can tell us about ourselves. Time to learn more, we decided!

Send us your experiences with waiting in line, from wherever in the world you are! Have you waited in surprising places? In ways that made you notice… Continue reading

New Anthro Networking Group in the Netherlands

EthnoBorrel, a networking group for professional ethnographers, will be launched on Thursday, 7 December, 2017. The launch will take place in the Netherlands during the group’s first meetup. 

An initiative of Erin Taylor and Gawain Lynch of Canela Consulting, EthnoBorrel aims to strengthen members’ professional skills and advance the practice and value of ethnography in Europe.

EthnoBorrels will be held monthly in locations in the Netherlands and other locations in Europe. Each event will focus on a theme relevant to the professional practices of its members. Attendees can present their work, seek advice from peers, discover opportunities, advance their
skills, and link up with broader global… Continue reading

Call for Proposals: Advanced, Research Team and Short Seminars at the School for Advanced Research

The School for Advanced Research is currently accepting proposals for Advanced, Research Team and Short Seminars. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2018.

Seminars at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) promote communication among scholars and/or practitioners who are at a critical stage of research on a shared topic. Each seminar consists of up to 10 scholars – including one or two who serve as chair/s – who meet at SAR’s Santa Fe campus for three to five days of intense discussion.

Advanced Seminars: SAR’s renowned Advanced Seminar program convenes a group of scholars for a five-day seminar, the… Continue reading

Malinowski Award applications

The Society for Applied Anthropology considers nominations each year for the Malinowski Award. This Award is presented to a senior social scientist in recognition of a career dedicated to understanding and serving the needs of the world’s societies.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is December 15.
A nomination should include a detailed letter, a curriculum vitae, up to three letters of support, and sample products which may include but are not limited to traditional scholarly writing. A more detailed description of the Award and the nomination process is included on the SfAA web site at: 

Summer 2018 Ethnography Field School in Mexico

OSEA celebrates 15 years of innovative trans-cultural exchange, community
outreach, language immersion, service learning, and interdisciplinary field
study in the Maya Community of Pisté, Yucatán, México
*​Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology
Founded in 2003, OSEA provides US students training in ethnography and
community based service learning.  Participants learn to design & conduct
research on issues that are significant for you. Focus on academic research
or practicum experience that gives you the edge for grad program, medical
school or work in public or private sector.
Students design research on issues that they choose, in areas such as… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents November 17, 2017

Hi all!  It’s been another crazy week over here but wanted to share a few things I spotted in the news…

One anthropologist is studying ageist hiring practices.

An article written by a social anthropologist about “cloudbusting”.  Provides a interesting reflection on something we don’t think much about.  Where is all our data stored and is it a secret?

The case for business anthropology in India.  Does this represent the field?

IBM is studying technology for the aging.


Thanks all and have a great weekend!

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New Business Anthropology website

A new website, arriving in part as an element of the Business Anthropology Matters! initiative planned for the 2017 annual AAA meeting, is now online. Go to https://www.businessanthro.com/ to learn about the initiative and to connect to the initiative’s social media. And look for additional messaging via NAPA’s social media!

NAPA Student Award Deadline extended to Aug. 15

The deadline for the 2017 NAPA Student Achievement Award has been extended until August 15, 2017.

Up to three cash prizes may be awarded:

  • $500, 1st Place
  • $300, 1st Runner Up
  • $200, 2nd Runner Up

Applications will be accepted from current students or within 2 years after graduation. Students must have been enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program at the time they conducted their work, although the paper may be edited or written after graduation. 

Successful applicants will have read through and followed the award criteria closely. Papers must be submitted via email by the deadline to the NAPA… Continue reading