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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

AnthroCurrents May 24, 2017

Prom in full swing.  (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Prom in full swing. (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Fixing corruption is just one of many results a new development consulting firm in Bangladesh has accomplished.  The startup boasts anthropology and design thinking are the keys to sustainable solutions to real-life problems.  Pretty cool.

This article is basically saying you can get a degree in anthropology…as long as you work in computer science rather than education.  Mostly for the money.

An overview of how prom has become a place to contest sexuality & identity as an American adolescent rite of passage.

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons talks about… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents May 10, 2017

 The anthropologist T.N. Pandit at his home in New Delhi. In the 1960s, he began working in the Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago. Photo Credit: Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times

The anthropologist T.N. Pandit at his home in New Delhi. In the 1960s, he began working in the Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago. Photo Credit: Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times

Ever heard of neurodiversity?  Anthropologists are studying how workplace culture, norms and beliefs are changing to be more inclusive of autistic employees.

Anthropologist T. N. Pandit shares a heartfelt reflection of regret by for his role in encouraging remote hunter-gatherer tribes of the Andaman Islands contact with the outside world.

For those of you getting ready to graduate soon, check out what bike advocate and program… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents April 27, 2017

Photo from the exhibit at Parsons School of Design. Backpacks left behind by border crossers. Image by Marc Tatti.

Photo from the exhibit at Parsons School of Design. Backpacks left behind by border crossers. Image by Marc Tatti.

Ugandan anthropologist and activist Stella Nyanzi was arrested for cyber harassment when the government changed their minds about giving free sanitary pads to girls who miss school during their period because they cannot afford them.

This haunting exhibit of items U.S.-Mexico border crossers leave behind forces visitors to see the ‘contemporary calamity’ we many times find easier to ignore. Anthropologist Jason De León who is also director of the Undocumented Migration Project, created the exhibit.

Ruth Behar discusses how her… 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

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