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AnthroCurrents December 7, 2017

Hi, practicing community!   It’s been a whirlwind of a Fall and I hope you can forgive me for my sparse updates.  I hope all of you who made it to AAA this year had a great time and reconnected with your anthro community.  If you have any pressing news or stories that came out of AAA that you’d like to share here, send us a note at anthrocurrents@practicinganthropology.org.

Medical anthropologist, Sharon Young, conducted a study about whether eating the placenta afterbirth actually yields health benefits.

There’s not a lot of substance to this article but… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – October 31, 2017

From Ossian Brown’s collection of vintage Halloween pictures Haunted Air. Source: http://www.ln-cc.com/content/ebiz/latenightcatcafe/page/ossian-brown-interview/ha_12.jpg

From Ossian Brown’s collection of vintage Halloween pictures Haunted Air. Source: http://www.ln-cc.com/content/ebiz/latenightcatcafe/page/ossian-brown-interview/ha_12.jpg

Happy Halloween, fellow practitioners!

If you want to read about this history and interpretation of our hallows day celebrations, I recommend this and this.

The ABC Australia Boyer Lectures most current series feature renowned anthropologist Genevieve Bell.  He series explores the role of technology in Australia’s future and is called: Fast, Smart and Connected: What is it to be Human, and Australian, in a Digital World?

Book review turned personal biography, check out this write-up about physical anthropologist and doctor Alice Roberts.

I read an… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – October 16, 2017

MacArthur Genius Award winner, anthropologist Jason de Leon

MacArthur Genius Award winner, anthropologist Jason de Leon

Hey all, sorry for the sudden radio silence and lack of posts.  I know there isn’t a reason good enough to have abandoned you all so recklessly, so without further adieu…

As I’m sure most of you know, Anthropologist Jason de Leon was recently awarded the MacArthur Genius award.  Check out this video about his work and read about other winners.

This article features anthropologist Robin Nelson’s research on sexual harassment in academia.

Did the election make you stop listening to or reading the news?  Anthropologist Carolyn… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents September 7, 2017

Photo of “The Kalideoscope Project” by Krutika Galgalikar, Meghana Ravi & Simran Dadlani, students at Ontario School of Art & Design. This was a project to reflect on conversations around diversity and decolonization happening on campus. Original photo found here.

Photo of “The Kalideoscope Project” by Krutika Galgalikar, Meghana Ravi & Simran Dadlani, students at Ontario School of Art & Design. This was a project to reflect on conversations around diversity and decolonization happening on campus. Original photo found here.

A fascinating read about Canadian university’s efforts to decolonize education, including topics typically considered “neutral” such as design.  The article includes highlights from design anthropologist Dori Tunstall who is infusing indigenous awareness, history and unconscious bias education into design curriculum.  The student examples are powerful representations of how we can reimagine education and design by understanding… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents August 23, 2017

For those of you who haven’t read enough about the solar eclipse, anthropologist Christine Boston talks about how cultures interpreted a solar eclipse & NPR discusses the role of solar eclipses in religion.

An anthropologist’s take on happiness research.

Photo of a snowy owl.  Many owls in Indonesia & Thailand are believed to be endangered due to the "harry potter effect".

Photo of a snowy owl. Many owls in Indonesia & Thailand are believed to be endangered due to the “harry potter effect”.

Anthropologist Karen Stephenson is studying social networks, soft power & trust in the Heartland that are getting things done.

Anthropologist Kirill Istomin looks into the challenges of change for Nenet reindeer herders in Russia’s Taz tundra.… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents August 3, 2017

Screenshot of Smithscape, an app developed by design & anthropology students at Smith College to find study spaces.

Screenshot of Smithscape, an app developed by design & anthropology students at Smith College to find study spaces.

 

A case for applied anthropology PhDs.  The struggle is real.  Are you one of these PhDs? Do you have a master’s a decided not to get a doctorate?  We’d love to hear your stories.

Big data is thin.  Make it thick with ethnography.

A fun, ethnographic read about how cooking on open flames can teach you to trust your intuition.

An exciting application of user-centered design in anthropology classes.

Bonus: The best science accounts… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents July 19, 2017

This edition of AC is a bit fluffier than most–both in content & volume.  But it’s summer and that’s what we care about, right?

The sodastream commercial above features an anthropologist.

Speaking of videos, happy national hijab day (July 9). We’ve got an analysis of the hijab’s changing role in fashion, identity & consumerism.  And applied anthropologist Melissa Rinehart writes about why immigrants bring the community of Fort Wayne together.

Want to go to brunch?  According to anthropologist Kate Moore, if you’re young & single the answer is probably yes.

Lay’s potato chips is promoting… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – Summer Break

women reading newspaperHi there news junkies.  I wanted to let you know I’m taking a little break to get out & enjoy all that is summer.  AnthroCurrents will return on July 19th.

In the meantime, you can follow me on instagram @anthrofoodie if you want to know what I’m up to.  Like kayaking with whales (!!)

See you soon!

AnthroCurrents June 21, 2017

Have you heard of netnography?  Are we limiting culture to digital means or are we expanding the definition of cultural artefacts?

Is Instagram the new cultural landscape?  What role does big data play in anthropology?  I found this both fascinating and dubious.

Slow Anthropology in the Age of Trump.

Going on a summer road trip?  Check out this bucket list for anthropologists in America. Side note: are there more of these?  Have you compiled one?  Send them my way!

I totally want to look up my parents childhood homes in this… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents June 7, 2017

Renato took lots of photos while living in the rain forest, including one of Shelly with two Ilongot teenage girls. At right, Renato with Tukbaw, a close friend. Courtesy of Renato Rosaldo

Renato took lots of photos while living in the rain forest, including one of Shelly with two Ilongot teenage girls. At right, Renato with Tukbaw, a close friend.
Courtesy of Renato Rosaldo

If you haven’t yet, you should check out the new season of the Invisibila podcast.  The first 2 episodes feature Renato Rosaldo and his discovery of a new emotion.

One anthropologist photographs the bathtub marys of Sommerville, Massachusetts.

Business anthropologist Martha Bird shares her perspective on what anthropology brings to designing new technologies.  Do you think anthropology lends itself to a systems approach to… Continue reading